THE SMILE OF TERROR
The town’s top 3 prominent
bachelors sat in the cool shade of the Butoya trees near the river. It was
a very hot day and the world seemed
very busy. Two of the men were
drinking it down in gulps.
“Are things going well man? ” asked
Kelvin. Alfred had been unusually quete that
“Fridays are great man” said Alfred.
He had not touched the beer .
“Man you are troubled. What troubles
you” asked Frank. Picking a little stone and throwing it
in the river , he turned to his friends.
“I don’t know if things will ever be
the same again with Cathy. She came
to my house last week. We were
having a good time. Then Isabelle appeared from nowhere.. ”
“Oh no, you hosted a third world war
in the 21 st centuary” interrupted
“No there wasn’t any world war” said
Alfred cooly “You mean the ladies didn’t fight,
Isabelle? ” asked Frank, amazed
“Thats what ate me up. I thought
Isabelle would kill me and spit on me
and insult me but she did not. She
just sat there crying when I told her that I was in love with Cathy. She left
very disappointed. I wish she had
atleast slapped me. Both ladies were
disappointed in me”
“Did you tell Cathy exactly what
happened? What led to your cheating”
“Hey man I wasnt cheating, I was
simply trapped” he defended himselsimply trapped” he defended himself.
“I told her and she seemed to
understand but things between us
have been different. Sometimes she doesn’t pick my calls or text me
back. I love her still”
“Stanley is a pig” lamented Jane
“Are you mad, you said he has been
a perfect gentleman from the
beginning” said Cathy Jane had invited her to her house
and it looked brighter than the last
time she had visited her. The walls
were covered in apple green wall
papers, the kitchen display was
cream white with the plates neatly packed inside
“Come to the bedroom” she led the
The bed was covered in coffee brown
sheets. She jumped on the bed
“This is so nice. I wonder how many men have enjoyed the comfort of it”
said Cathy plainly.
“I wasn’t expecting that from you,
you are very unpredictable with
words. But I can make a list of the
guys if you need it” The two girls burst into laughter
“Stanely is a pig” said Jane “He
won’t sleep with me” she continued
Cathy laughed very hard, she thought
her lungs would burst
“What kind of stupidity is this, a man respects you so much and here you
are whinning about it”
“Cathy you are still very young” she
said giving her that look that she
liked, making her feel intimidated.
“Haha you are very funny, there you go with the parent role you always
try to assume on me”
“Cathy listen, if your man doesn’t
demand, it means he is getting it
somewhere, or he doesn’t find you
attractive” said Jane, falling back on the bed
“Well Jame none of your theories
have ever been found true , just say
you have problems with keeping
those legs closed”
The two girls fought with the pillows “We did this a lot when we were
kids” said Jane falling back on the
bed. They both lay on the bed
watching the ceiling.
“You remember everything from our
childhood” said Cathy. They both got lost in their thoughts.
Cathy could not believe that the man
whom she loved so much had
cheated on her
“Not really cheating” she corrected
herself. However Alfred had gone out of the way to prove his honesty. He
had handed his phone to her for the
entire weekend so that she could
monitor his calls and even initiate
conversations with anyone if she
wanted. Therefore the trust had been restored
Days passed and turned into weeks.
Christmas passed and Alfred and
Cathy had a special celebration.
“I really love you Cathy” said Alfred
when he escorted her back home. Soon it was January and Cathy went
to the University.
“Look after yourself Darling” were her
mother’s last words.
“Always remember that l love you
very much, I will miss you and I will wait for you. ” were Alfred’s last
“I will miss you so much, please
come back to me as soon as
possible” were Jane’s words
Those three were her closest The bus started off around 10 pm. It
was raining heavily and she felt was raining heavily and she felt very
alone. Away from the people she so
Starting a journey with absolutely
new people. They had discussed it with Alfred. He was going to wait for
her and he had asked her to take
care of her sweet self.
She dozed off and only woke up
when she reached Lusaka.
Delslake School of Nursing and Midwifery
It was a very clean university with
good tall buildings, painted pink
She went to her assigned hostel and
found her new room mate already in.
“Am Cathy” she introduced herself t “I am beginning my first year”
“Wow, good to meet you Cathy, am
The two girls got along pretty well.
They unpacked their clothes and
displayed the plates and other kitchen utensils.
Alfred had not stopped texting and
calling her, re-assuring her of his
love. Cathy together with other first
years spent the entire day doing the
registration. They were all very excited about it.
“Am totally exhausted” complained
Kay back at the room.
A week later Cathy’s mother was
standing in her living room, listening
to the best news ever. There was a report that Mrs Stevenson who had
been missing for two days was found
floating in the river, caught among
the reeds. She looked away as they
warned that the picture which was
about to be showed was disturbing. However she gathered the courage
and looked at the tv. Her body had
bulged and the eye sockets were
sunken. Her skin was white and she
looked nothing like looked nothing like her.
“I feel sorry for you Mrs Stevenson, but maybe you deserved it” she
laughed. “You had really become a
pain in my life. Whoever did that did
a great job” she said but suddenly
tears begun to stream down her face.
She felt pity for the poor woman. Mrs Stevenson the wife to Mr
Stevenson was Melody. The sister
inlaw to Cathy’s mother.
Yes Melody was dead. It pleased
Cathy’s mother and it also made her
sad. Their last meeting was bad. She sank in the sofa watching the
cup of coffee in her hands. She didn’t
know what to feel.
To Be Continued