Life is Just Not Kind

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“No, you not dressed yet?”

I say because she looks like she just woke up

“I am not going with you guys”

She says dropping a bomb on me, I frown

“What do you mean?”

She shrugs

“I want you and Jay to know each other proper without me. Learn each other and have fun. He’s a simple kid, like any kid he likes sweet things but I don’t give him much of those and he doesn’t drink Coke because it messes with his stomach”

She says

“he hates veggies like any normal kid”

Biko adds and I nod

“Will that be all?”

I ask

“He will tell you what he doesn’t like and what he likes. I would however suggest that you guys go to the game arcade since there’s a lot of things to play with”

She says and I nod

“So does he know he’s going out with me?”

She nods

“I told him you are his father and he’s looking forward to spending some time with you”

I frown

“I thought you were going to wait”

She shrugs

“I figured I owe it to both of ya’ll. Biko can you please go and get him”

She says and Biko gets up

“Mihlali this is… I don’t know what to say”

She takes something from her pocket and hands it to me

“Here’s your watch. I hope I didn’t get you into trouble with your girlfriend”

She says, I sigh

“She dumped me”

I say and she chuckle’s

“I’m sorry she dumped you, You telling me after all these years you still can’t lie?”

I shrug

“You don’t gain anything by lying”

I say and she nods

“Jay can’t lie too”

I chuckle

“Honestly, he just comes clean when confronted. He has so much of you in him than me”

She says with a proud smile

“So he’s just Junior?”

I ask and she shakes her head no

“He’s Lwando Junior, I didn’t want my son being called BJ”

I laugh

“So you thought of naming him after me?”

She smiles with a shrug

“Yes but the thought of other kids making fun of him because of such a nickname”

I nod

“I guess I understand”

Jay walks in with Biko and runs to hide beside Mihlali laughing

“Woah and the noise?”

She asks

“Your little rascal didn’t want to pack up his toys”

Mihlali gives him a look and she frowns, I notice that he pulls the same face I do when I frown and smile to myself

“Nana go and pack your things ok, daddy is here. You didn’t even greet him”

She says and he walks over to me, I pick him up and place him on my lap

“Hello daddy”

He says and I smile

“Hello little man, I am Bandile Tshawe and who are you?”

“My name is Lwando Junior but call me Jay. Mommy said I’ll spend the day with you”

He says and I smile

“Of cause, do you want to spend the day with me? My brother has children your age you can play with”

He smiles looking all so excited nodding yes

“But first you need to pack up your toys now off you go Junior”

Mihlali says and he pouts getting off me and he walks out

“He’s cute”

I say and she smiles and nods

“yeah he is”




Bandile and Jay leave and I’m left with Biko

“So when are you leaving?”

I ask and he chuckles

“Want me gone already?”

he asks and I nod

“I want to sleep”

He laughs

“Wow! Bandile really wore you out”

He says still in stitches, I shove him

“You not funny. I tried sleeping but with Jay I couldn’t and with the hangover”

He chuckles

“Fine I’ll leave you to sleep but you better go and visit your parents”

He says and I roll my eyes

“I don’t have a choice. I’ll go when I wake up”

I get up and so does he, he hugs me and walks to the door. I’m about to lock when Lara’s car parks inside the yard.

“I guess you can kiss sleep goodbye” He whispers and I sigh “I guess. Bye bro”

I say and he and Lara greet each other as he walks to his car

“You look glowy”

She says pulling me into a hug, I giggle

“Hey friend, what are you doing here this early?”

I ask and she shrugs

“I missed my friend haibo. How are you after last?”

She asks as we walk in, we head up to my room

“Bandile called me last night wanting to talk and understand things”

I say and she chuckles

“Explains the glow. He slept over didn’t he? Que called Troy crying this morning so he had to go and fetch her and bring her to our house”

I sigh

“He told me they broke up. I didn’t mean for things to happen last night I swear, one minute we were talking and the next. Everything just happened all too fast Lara. I didn’t mean to ruin his relationship”

I say burying my face in my palms

“Hey it’s ok. It’s Bandile’s fault as much as it is yours. He’s the one that’s in a relationship here not you”

She says brushing my back

“It doesn’t change anything Lara. This is why I stayed away, I didn’t want to be some home wrecker and now I’m exactly what I didn’t want to become”

She sighs

“Look, Bandile and Que were never going to work out. You did them both a favour, Bandile never got over you and Que was never going to replace you. I understand you hate that you came between them but it happened ok and there’s nothing you can do about it”

Lara says and I sigh

“Anyway where’s Jay?”

She asks

“He left with Bandile. I told him that Bandile is his father and they off spending the day together”

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