After all the needed action with her, I laid on top
of her for a while and she still held me. Only
then did i realise that the power was out and
everywhere was hot and we were both sweating.
I got off her and she just looked at me…..no
smiles, no joking words, nothing except a look of
satisfaction on her face. She slowly got up and
cleaned her body with my towel, found her
blouse, put it on and tied her wrapper as well.
Then went into the sitting room, took the items i
gave to her and left, not saying a word. I stood
there naked, watching her leave, satisfied and
The next couple of days was awkward for me. I
would leave in the morning and come back in the
evening when it was dark (talk about a hen being
pursued by the round). The way she left that day
kept me watchful. One evening i was coming in
when i met her at the gate leaving, she smiled
and greeted me very well, i was relieved. As we
were chatting, making little jokes, she put an
arm on my hand in a familiar way.
Out of nowhere her last daughter (who happens
to be one of those that i like) surfaced. We each
took a step apart and ended our conversation
abruptly and headed on our seperate ways. She
greeted me as i walked past her as i answered
her with a smile. That has never happened cos i
always greet them with little or no expression,
but never with a smile. She seemed to almost
pause but continued on her way.
Maybe she saw us i thought, maybe she knows
what’s going on. Guilt washed it’s way down my
body as i went into my house. I didn’t see her
again until a couple of days later, on a saturday
afternoon when i was driving out and she was
leaving the compound as well. As the security
man was opening the gate, she walked past me.
I drove out and stopped beside her, asked her
which way she was going and it happened that i
could drop her off along the way so i invited her
to join me. She did and we drove in silence. I
turned on the radio and was laying my ‘don’t
play your rock and roll to me’ by smokie,
listening to it when she interrupted me. She
asked luntly, “why do you not like talking to
people?”. It took me unawares that she’ld care to
know but i replied and told her that i do talk to
people ofcourse, but i just mind those i talk to.
And she asked “like me?”.
I didn’t know what to say and i said the what
seemed like the smartest thing that came to my
mind “it’s not the way you see it”. Not knowing
what else to say i added “i’m talking to you
now”. She smiled. After a while, she said “my
mum seems to like you. She keeps saying that
you’re the best tenant that she has”. She said
that without taking her eyes off me.
Without looking at her, i know she was looking
at me so i concentrated on my driving. After a
while i glanced her way and our eyes met and i
hurriedly looked away, that seemed to satisfy
her. Now i know that she knows that something
is up between her mum and i, maybe she knows
not what it is but she definitely knows that
something is up. I tried to change the subject by
complaining about the traffic building up, she
obliged the conversation and we started chatting
about other things.
Soon i found myself really having a good
conversation with her. She’s smart and has a
nice laugh. She humours my jokes and suddenly
i was attracted to her. Soon i got to where i’ld
drop her off and i stopped, she got out, thanked
me and bid me farewell with a “see you later”. As
i pulled out of the curb, i thought “you bet”. Two
days passed without us seeing each other. On
the third day, I came home early and met her at
the gate seeing off a friend of hers. We greeted
and i went in, few minutes later someone
knocked on my door… Guess who?
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