Davida’s first thought was to turn up the light’s switch. The second was to creep in slowly on Margarita and scare the whispers of whatever out of her, then she remembered she wasn’t a fun of her cousin. The third, was to call out Margarita’s name in an unsure manner. She settled for the third card of options.
“Margarita. Is that you?”
There was quick silence and Davida turned on the switch which was an arm’s reach away from where she stood.
Nothing. There was no one there. Davida was puzzled but only turned the lights off and walked out quickly. She kept shaking her head as she did.
Margarita giggled as she swept the compound. Ama Benewaa noticed her giggles from the kitchen window and was happy Margarita had something to laugh about, although she didn’t know what. It was Friday today, and the twins tried to find an excuse to not want to be at school. Because of the injury David had inflicted on the side of Benedicta’s neck of course. They both slept in, but for their mother who is an early bird as Margarita. She hadn’t mentioned anything about the incident to any of the children, but the twins knew their mother was saving her speech for the next day.
“What kept you yesterday mum?” David spoke up first. She smiled.
“I had a very important meet up with someone”
“At the beach? Night beach. I could hear the tides. Mummy was relaxing” Davida spoke right after her mother.
“Mum, you said meet up. Like a date or you meant to say meeting?” David chipped in.
“And you look tired often times in the mornings when you get back from a meeting with someone”
“Yes… But you look cheerful. Extremely cheerful.”
Okay, this is not how Ama had planned breakfast with her children today. So it was either no school today like the twins wanted, or forgetting the incident at school yesterday.
“Your people are not in yet I can see”
“Your tongue is still not tamed Benedicta, I can see”
“Just ask your Davida to let her brother know he has a score to settle with my mother.”
Benedicta walked away in style after barking her last words. Queenly watched her mate walk away in disgust. She would never learn, would she? And where were the twins already? Lateness was their thing but it seemed a bit more of it today. Or they planned to absent themselves from school today?
The thought of it made Queenly cringe. She hug herself on the school’s bench where Benedicta had come to attack her.
How long had it been she and Joe crossed paths? Forever? It seemed so. They were both taken aback briefly on sighting each other after a long time. Ama was amazed at how Joe had managed to add on way too much pounds from her perspective. Joe was dazzled by her beauty curse.
In the traffic, it felt like they had spoken at length. He had seen her first and only stared until she turned her head in the long traffic, only to meet his face in the other line of waiting vehicles. She smiled and waved at him. He shouldn’t, but he wasn’t going to forget her smile ever again.
The day seemed to have been going his way, until he rolled down his glass to have a chat with her. Her line begun to move. She made an awful face and waved at him lastly, whispering bye. Why had he settled down for her friend? The guilt had begun to hunt him years ago and now it was worse. She didn’t look hurt. She wasn’t an angry woman. She still was the cheerful and strong woman he had known her to be. Maybe it was the reason Clancy’s hatred for her grew with each passing day. They both never broke Ama Benewaa down.
The first class lesson period was hitting the 45minutes time mark and the twins now entered into their class. The maths teacher didn’t seem to care. Maybe because both brother and sister were good at the subject. Or maybe, he knew the trouble with twins. Especially with this pair. Especially with the one who was bleaching.
Queenly managed a smile. David wore sadness on his face. Augustine’s seat was empty. It meant he was going to be all by himself again.
David and Davida’s plan on getting their mother to change her mind had failed. Where had their mother learned courage against them both, when they suspected her of something they considered wrong?
To be continued…
The author, Trudy.K, actual name Afua Opare-Djan, is a drama, humorous and annoyingly nice person. You would find all of these characters and more in this short, unplanned scene, put together in a book. Please comment, comment, comment!