Fear had already consumed my whole system, so much that I could not even think straight. I tip toed down the stairs, in an attempt to escape. The fact that Bazukile’s house was under heavy security systems didn’t seem to bother me. I got to the front door and tried opening it. It was locked and there was no key or anything to use to unlock the door. I was stuffed. I was in deep trouble. I sat on the floor, next to the door and cried my heart out. My babies were only two weeks old. They needed me, they needed their mother’s love. 

“Hey”

Bazukie softly called out as I was crying my heart out. I looked up, and there he was, standing like he had seen a ghost. 

“Mandy, we need to talk”

I sniffed, still looking at him. He sat next to me. 

“We are in trouble, Mandy. I will not sit here and lie to you about things going to be okay, no. Nothing is going to be okay here, we are in trouble. You saw what you were not supposed to see, and people who see such things never live to tell the tale”

I swallowed.

“Bazukile please don’t kill me. I promise I will walk away and never look back. I promise I will not tell anyone about this”

I begged, with the shakiest of voices. 

“Mandy, I don’t want to kill you. I meant it when I said I love you. I can never bring myself up to kill you, ever”

“Then please let me go home Bazukile. Let me go back to my kids”

He shook his head.

“I can’t”

I cried harder.

“Then that means you will kill me. That means you don’t love me”

“Mandy, I love you, a lot. What you need to understand now is that this is not just about you and I. There is Malusi involved and he feels strongly about taking you out”

I wiped my tears with the back of my hand. 

“Baby, you need to think this through. You need to be as selfless as you possibly can, for the sake of your life and your children”

“I just want to go home. I will not tell anyone anything. Please let me go”

“I can’t let you go”

“Why not? I just want to get the hell out of here!”

I snapped.

“Mandy, you need me. Okay? You need me as much as I need you. Stop being stubborn and listen to what I have to say. I know you are shocked and I am shocked too, but now we need to find a solution for this”

I swallowed. 

“I need you in order to remain a free man, and you need me in order to remain alive. We need to stick together, no matter what”

“So what do you have in mind?”

“You can’t leave this house”

“What? What about my kids?”

“Your kids are safe, for now. What matters to me is your own safety”

He wasn’t making sense to me. How was holding me hostage about my own safety?

“Bazukile, I need to go home. My family will start looking for me and they will find me”

“Mandiphumle, this is up to you. You have to decide whether you want to work with me or you want to deal with Malusi”

I swallowed again. How did I get myself deep into that situation?

“Bazukile, I promise you that I will not tell anyone. I swear. Please let me go home. I will pretend nothing happened”

“I can’t. I can’t take your word for it Mandiphumle. We are not allowed to trust anyone, especially if that person found out this way”

“Guys, I have given you enough time to discuss this. What are you agreeing on?”

Malusi asked, walking down the stairs. We both looked at him.

“Malusi, I promise I won’t tell anyone about this. Please let me go home”

I begged.

“Mandy, going home is not an option. Okay? Think of something else”

He reached for his waist area and took out a gun. I screamed.

“No, Mandy, relax. Relax baby”

Bazukile tried calming me down, but how was I going to be calm when a man pulled a gun on me? 

“Malusi, hide that damn thing. Can’t you see that you are freaking her out?”

“I’m freaking her out? Bazukile I am freaked out too. She will go out there and call the cops on us. I am freaked out because you are so naïve to believe that a little girl like Mandiphumle would keep your deep dark secret. Excuse me for freaking her out, it was never my intention”

“Malusi, put that gun away”

Bazukile got up.

“Or what?”

“Or I will kill you before you even think of pulling that trigger”

“Guys please, nobody has to die here”

“Shut up!”

Malusi dismissed me. 

“Mandiphumle, this is nothing personal, but I cannot let you walk out that door. You are a threat to my freedom and I am not going to turn a blind eye on the fact that you might get us arrested”

“I swear on my mother’s grave, I would never tell anyone about this”

“I don’t trust you” 

“Malusi, let me handle my woman”

“No, screw that. She is no longer your woman now. She is a threat to our freedom. Let’s kill this b*tch and do what we do best with human body parts”

He pointed a gun at me as I was sitting there. I covered my head with both hands, waiting for the loud bang that would take me away from my kids…