Celebrating East African Writing!
‘Psst…mmh…I love you darling.’
A heavy sigh, shuffling feet…then a helpless groan
‘What do you want? How do you want for me to show that I love you?’
A table is moved, rather noisily. Thud! Impact of falling glass meeting the hardened floor. Glass breaks. Silence. The television comes to life.
‘You are a sweet ripe banana. Appealing to the eye. It’s tempting not to peel you over. To taste you. To partake in your sweetness.’
‘Akinyi, Akinyiii.’ Mama Nyaguthii, the neighbor. She is home early. Maybe there was no market for her mandazis.‘Are you home Akinyi?’ her voice could wake a dead lion.
‘Shhht; don’t answer darling. Such a nuisance Mama Nyaguthii is. She doesn’t know you go to school? By the way, why din’t you go to school today Akinyi? How is Form 1? Do you love Maths? Are there any boys who look at you in a funny manner? Don’t let them. I am here. Your only love.
The TV volume is raised. It should drown Mama Nyaguthii’s deafening noise.
‘Psst, darling, it won’t hurt. As sweet as the chips I bought you yesterday. You are a ripe banana; I tell you everyday your sweetness needs to be tasted. Psst, don’t open your mouth, does it hurt. Don’t look at me with fear then, I am your friend because I love you. Tomorrow I should add chicken to your chips you know.
Gong, Gong, Gong. ‘Akinyiiiii’
Curses… Mama Nyaguthii. The Loud Mouth.
Gong, Gong. ‘Baba Tembo. I see your door is open. Did you go to the mjengo today? You are home early.
Psst. Psst. Baba Tembo gestures. My banana…whispers. My sweet banana. Shut up. Shhhh.
‘Gong, Gong. Akinyi eeeeh.
The unfastened mabati door is wide open.
Uuuuuiiii uuuuiiii uuuuuiiiii
Baba Tembo. Mama Nyaguthii stammers…uuuuiiii
Shhhhhuuuuut up. He whispers. Shhhut up.
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