LOVE AND JUSTICE
I watched as the guys walked in one by one. Chama with a slight limp, he and Jim were getting better after we rescued them, unlike Queen they were brutally beaten by the time we got them. Being men and ex-soldiers for that matter they endured the physical torture.
“Hey what is going on man?” Jim spoke first settling on the arm of the couch, most of the guys were standing with me leaning on the wall my left foot at 90 degrees angle leaning backwards.
I looked at them all as they kept their eyes at me am sure they kept wondering why I called them all that early.
“Where is Aaron?” I asked noticing he was not around.
“Am here” he shouted walking in I realized he was coming from outside with his coat in his arms. I wanted to ask where he was but I decided to take it out with him later on.
“Well, you all here. I want to let you that something is going on with Ackim, he called yesterday morning and sounded a bit odd, now we know, I mean me and my guys Jim and Chama here know that Ackim is not one to betray his friends. He has the heart to fight and never
“How do you know he has not turned his back on you guys? You told me yourself he must have given out something about you and the last time I checked we were doing fine without him” Scar broke the silence.
“well, I know my men Scar, he is not like that and to add to my suspicions his wife called me a few minutes ago telling me her father, who happens to be one of our enemies, told her Ackim is dead and. So” I paused
“We have to find a way to help him and get this thing done with all together. Trust me we need him, this is the man who can get results and if he is in trouble he needs us” I looked around watching the men`s faces.
“Look Steve, I understand that your man needs you, but am thinking you forgetting the deal here. I agreed to bring my men in to help you get your woman and justice, well we are one mission down cause you woman is here. So I don’t want my men exposed to anything more dangerous like the rescue mission for some hero soldier, no man that was not the deal” he scoffed sitting down the couch and pulling out a cigarette.
“I know this is hard on your men Aaron, I was there when some
“What do you say?” I looked at Scar who sighed taking in some smoke and looking at me shaking his head.
“You better be right about this man” he stood and looked at me closer
“Let’s talk about what we shall do since Ackim said he is in today evening” I sighed and we all sat down plotting on what would be done that night. We spend almost four hours planning and plotting coming up with different alternatives in case something didn’t work out.
“I don’t want any surprises guys, lets stick to our plans and to add on to this, I want you all to know that am not losing any man tonight, let’s stay together no matter what and I am confident we will live through today and my man Ackim is going to be home and safe” I concluded and dispersed everyone.
“Hey!” I smiled standing by the small kitchen door where Queen was preparing some food. I noticed she had a lot of omelet prepared and some bread and sausages.
“What are you doing? I thought you still sleeping.
“Well, I figured my boys would be hungry by the time they finish talking about whatever. So I made some breakfast” she smiled wiping her hands and walking towards me.
“Hm. Your boys huh?” I teased pulling her into a kiss.
“Yeah” she chuckled withdrawing.
“Am your only boy around here” I murmured taking a bit on the sausage.
She smiled as she continued putting everything on some plates.
“How did you find this place? “She changed the subject.
“Hm. I saw it advised for rent. It had everything in terms of furniture. So I needed not to buy any stuff. I liked the fact that it’s not so hidden, sometimes the best way to hide is to stay in a place you are least expected, its quiet around here and wall fenced, people mind their business.” I explained leaning my chin on her shoulder as she finalized preparing the bread on the trays.
“Why? you like it?” I asked
‘Hm. Its okey. Given it has four bedrooms, enough for the whole group huh?” she smiled
“Yeah, its temporal don’t worry about it”
“Okey, how many men are here?” she asked looking up my face.
“Here, there are about 10. Others are somewhere else, waiting for my call” I nodded as I chewed on the bit I had taken.
I watched as she put all the food on the small table and wiped her hands.
“Am done here only am not sure what I should save this with. Juice, coffee or tea” she looked at me.
“hm, these are not house husbands who go about taking tea in the morning my love, the best could have been nshima, but since you already made this delicious meal, save them with water” I let a laugh and she shook her head.
“Yeah, don’t worry they will take some beers am sure, none of them seems to like any sweet staff” I smiled and before I could finish my sentence Chama walked in murmuring.
“Something smells delicious in here” he smiled looking at the trays
“Yeah, you jerk my woman had to go through the trouble of preparing food for you guys” I hit him playfully and that alerted others who came in rushing
“Did I hear food?” Joe walked in and the rest after him.
“Hey easy boys can you let me and mine pass through before you squeeze her up in here” I pushed them apart pulling Queen by the hand as she laughed.
“Thank you Queen?” Joe shouted as we walked away and I could hear murmurs as the boys ate.
“So?” I sat on my bed after getting in and closing the door shut
“So what?” she smiled biting her lip.
“Are you strong enough for me? “I stood holding her by the waist and pushing her slightly to the wall making her giggle
“Hm, depends on what I have to do” she teased rubbing her hands on my chest.
“Hmm. Nothing much, just lay down for me and let me have a piece of you” I kissed her gently but she pulled out shaking her head.
“I know I need you like that too, but I can’t have you like this, go on and do what you got to do, be yourself again Steve and come back to me.” she told me seriously. I knew she was right, I was trying so hard to sound and be okey around her but I wasn’t myself. My mind was somewhere else I kept thinking of how to get Ackim safe and how to get over everything that was going on. The fact that her life would still be in danger worried me more.
“Am okey love. Am here right?” I tried to pretend with her but she smiled shaking her head.
“I know you Steve. I can tell you are not yourself. Please just be careful whatever you do, I overhead some of the things you were talking about and I know this Ackim is important to you but be careful okey? Please” she sighed worried.
“Don’t worry I promise all this will be over soon my love. I know if I don’t do it this place will not be safe for both of us, I need to do this now more than ever. You are here and in this life you are the one that matters the most. I will die trying to make things right so that you will never go through what you went through the past week” I assured her and she hugged me tight, I felt her soft heart beat and connected with her. Kissing her gently I led us to bed and lay down there talking.
She told me about Makasa and how she knew him and in was more pissed at him.
“How dare he?” I spat when she was done telling me.
“he is a loser and I swear this time he will pay dearly, he messed with my woman and he messed the wrong guy he surely knows that, no matter how much he can hide I will find him and anyone else involved in this” I spat angrily and she held my face close to hers.
“Please, be careful. I don’t know how to live without you anymore, if you let me down and decide to break your promise of coming back to me, I will die too” she spoke seriously.
“Whether I die or live, you need to live on my woman” I responded cutting her short.
“Don’t you dare” she murmured siting up
“Am serious Queen. You have to stay strong for me. I may live or die, God knows when but that should not take away your life too. You are still young and beautiful. I want you to have a life and live on in case something happened to me” I held her face but she shook it continually.
“Stop talking nonsense Steve, just stop okey” she shed tears breaking in my arms.
“I chose you because I love you. I didn’t chose this kind of life.”
“I know, I will try keep alive” I smiled at her and she let a weak smile too but I knew she was afraid for me. I couldn’t assure her for I had no idea what lay ahead of me that coming night and I hoped with everything in me I lived to see her face again. I cuddled her and she lay there with me for some time.
Evening came and I walked out after kissing her good night in bed. She looked sad that I was leaving but she understood I had to do that.
“Let’s get our man back” I shouted as we matched to the trucks all the men dressed in black and ready to fight with me. Another battle lay ahead of us and I silently prayed for all of us to live.
“Good lucky everyone” I added as we drove out leaving two men on guard
The soft winds were blowing in my face, I pulled down the shades as I continued waiting at the airport. I had left the waiting bay and stood afar so I could take my mind off some things. I was just coming from one of the worst week of my life. I could hear the noise of people chatting and laughing from a few meters away but my mind was not there. Part of me was thinking about my wife and kids and the other was still replaying the hard week past.
“You doing okey?” a voice interrupted my thoughts making me turn to look at him.
“Yeah, almost” I smiled grabbing the cold coke that he was handing me.
“They don’t have anything stronger?” I asked him and he shook his head smiling.
“Nope” he leaned on the rail besides me taking his own bottle his face watching the runway.
“What?” he asked seeing I stood watching him because I didn’t believe he didn’t find any beers from the cafeteria he had gone to get the drinks from.
“come on Ackim, you don’t need to drink today, remember you had a rough night a couple of days ago not to talk of the more than enough drinks you took yesterday.
“Yeah, it’s hard enough to come ad face my wife and tell her father plotted and skimmed to kill me. Now I will have to tell her I killed him afterwards” I spat sighing and joining him placing my hands on the rail.
“yeah this sucks, but that son of a b***h deserved what happened to him, besides you tried to save him man come on stop beating yourself over this” Steve remarked turning to look at me.
“You think she will understand that?” I asked him seriously
“Hm. I can’t tell cause I don’t really know your wife, but she was there way back when you fought so hard to save that man`s ass, why would you want to kill him now?” he shrugged pouring the contents of the bottle in his mouth and sighing deeply after swallowing. I listened as he tried to comfort me but each passing minute was an indication Paula was getting close and I would have to tell her father was dead and it had to do with me.
“Thanks man” I looked at him and spoke sincerely.
“Whatever” he teased hitting my shoulder.
“Yeah am dead serious Steve, you saved my life the other day and you are here with me. You are a true friend man I wouldn’t ask for more” I smiled holding his shoulder.
“Friend huh?” he teased
“Hm. Good, I love the sound of that, I have been waiting for the day you would drop the soldier thing and call me friend” he spoke with a laugh
“You will always be my boy though, you can be all manly and taller than me but you are my boy” I laughed and he joined in. we were still chit chatting when they announced that the plane from south Africa was to touch down in less than 10 minutes.
“Well, here we go” I sighed
“Yeah, good lucky man. Stay calm” he smiled and we walked to the waiting room waiting for Paula.
She was clad in a black body con with pink pumps and a small case bag in her hands. Just the way I loved her, she had left her hair loose as the soft breeze blew it aside as she walked towards us. I raised my hand seeing her searching around.
“Ackim! “She screamed running towards me, I stepped forward meeting her half way and she hugged me tight sobbing.
“Oh, God, I can’t believe this. I thought I lost you my love, I missed you a lot” she remarked as I held on to kissing her, I didn’t mind the eyes on us.
“I love you baby, am happy to see you” I smiled my heart racing as I felt her warm body close to mine.
“I love you too my love, oh Ackim, I missed you” she kept smiling not letting go of me. Steve cleared his throat standing behind me.
“Tone it down guys, this is not your bedroom” he giggled and Paula let go of me turning to him.
“Steve, hey” she hugged him
“Welcome back Paula, how are you?” Steve smiled.
“Okey now that I believe my baby is alive” she smiled placing her hands around my waist.
We walked to the car after I collected the bags for her. I knew the kids wouldn’t be travelling with her just yet as I instructed her to come alone.
“How are my boys and my princes” I asked her as we started driving out the airport.
“They miss their father, but they are doing okey” she smiled pulling me into a kiss.
“I miss them too, can’t wait to set my eyes on them soon” I smiled back.
We arrived at the hotel I had booked for us and Steve dropped us, he was to proceed back to the camping house for another schedule the following day.
“Will see you tomorrow man. All the best there” he shook my hand before leaving.
“Yeah, sharp.” I nodded my heard watching him drive away. I walked back in to join Paula and found her removing her dress.
“Is he gone?” she turned to look at me tying her hair in the middle with a band I knew she was preparing for a bath. I held her close kissing her and rubbing my hands on her nipples and she breathed out heavily.
“Can I at least take a bath? Been traveling for hours you know” she laughed trying to push me away.
“I love the dirty and sweat on you” I kissed her neck and she leaned forward defeated. I was married to her for years but she still had that effect on me, her body just made me go crazy.
“I missed you baby” I whispered lifting her to bed and she wrapped her legs around me giving me access into herself. In a moment I was lost in the pleasure with my wife. There was no disputing how much she had missed me too. For half an hour we tangled and shifted around only the sounds of sweet moans and murmurs was around the room.
“You really missed me huh?” she panted as I lay back down all done.
“You have no idea, plus the near death experience I had” I remarked and my last words made her sit up.
“What is going on baby? Please this time I don’t want any lies” she looked at me her eyes serious.
I extended my hand and touched her face,
“you know that I love you baby, I have always loved you and I never doubt even for one moment that you are my woman and nothing will separate us, except death.” I whispered and she lay back facing me.
“I know Ackim, please tell me what is going on here” she begged
“Remember last time we had issues with your brother, then that white guy and your friend?” I asked her trying to find a better way of breaking the news to her.
“Yeah, I can never forget all that baby” she sighed
“Yeah, I promised to fight for you Paula, I told you no matter what I would lay my life for you and those beautiful children you have given me. Now what am going to tell you today might hurt you bodily, but I want you to know that I would never, never do anything to deliberately hurt you. I know this day and what am going to tell you will change our lives but it will never change how I feel about you my love, you are mine come what may” I went on explaining and she sat up again this time her facial expression concerned.
“Ackim stop” she raised her hand at me.
“Baby you know we have always fought and stood together, please tell me what has gotten you like this, I could see that sadness and worry in your eyes from the airport. I know what you told me on the line that someone wanted me to believe you were dead and the guys saved you. What is it?”
“Your father is dead” I started and she sharply stood looking at me her eyes blank.
“What did you say?” she asked tears forming in her eyes. I knew at the moment there was no turning back as I had to give her the worst part of the news.
“How? Okey, okey” she paused trying to calm herself even when tears where already falling off her eyes.
“Come sit back baby please” I tried to pull her but it was like she was stationed there still in her birth suit.
“I asked how my father died Ackim, I talked to him the other day and he didn’t sound sick to me, he never told me of any illness whatsoever.” She looked at me
“I know Paula, he was killed” I murmured and she walked back to the bed sitting next to me.
“What?” she asked wiping the tears now running down her cheeks.
“How did you know? Okey, tell me at least you found the person who killed dad and have put a bullet in his damn skull” she cried out. I swallowed hard. I knew it was time to blow the heavy news and I had no other way of doing it. I could never get to lie to Paula and that was my weakness with her. I just had to tell the truth and I didn’t know how the next minute would be.
“I know because he died in my arms, Paula, I.. I.. I killed your father” I finally spoke and like I was some kind of poison, she let go of my hand in a rush staggering as she moved backwards landing her body into the wall.
“What the….” She tried to speak and I rushed to hold her
“What the hell did you do?” she stared at me in a way that made me cry, I have never seen that cold look in her eyes before. I tried to speak but my mouth felt so dry I swallowed hard tears coming out of my face as I recalled what had transpired…
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