​I could feel tears welling up in my eyes.

“What is he saying?”

Daddy whispered. I sniffed.

“Hey, I’m talking to you”

Bazukile said. I almost shivered in fear.

“I can’t talk right now”

I hung up.

“What is he saying?”

Daddy asked.

“He wants to know if I’m sure about this, and is also saying that I should be careful of the consequences of my response”

I replied.

“That’s a threat!!”

Mommy freaked out.

“Calm down”

Daddy calmed her down.

“Don’t tell me to calm down. We are being threatened here. What if this boy kills us all?”

She jumped off her seat and paced up and down.

“How will I be able to think if you are pacing up and down like that?”

“What am I supposed to do? Huh? Sit around and wait for him to kill me??’

She screamed loudly.

“Mommy, please calm down”

I said.

“This boy means business. We need to come up with a plan”

“Let’s call the cops”

Mommy suggested.

“No, no cops. That will get us into more trouble”

I opposed.

“What do you suggest we do?”

Mommy asked.

“I don’t know, but just not the cops”

I got up on panic mode too.

“Will you two just shut up?”

Daddy yelled. We both turned to look at him.

“I am trying to think. Just shut up!”

Mommy and I both sat down. My phone rang again, and I ignored it. I was even too scared to check who the caller was.

“Who is it?”

Daddy asked. How was I going to know? I didn’t check.

“Our lives are over!”

Mommy broke into tears. Maybe I failed to understand all the drama she was causing because I was ready to die. I was prepared for whatever happened.

The front door slide open, and Mommy got the shock of her life. She screamed and ran off.

“Whoa! What’s going on? Mom, it’s just me!”

Thoko shouted as Mommy ran off.

“What’s wrong with her?”

She asked, wearing a confused look on her face.

“Something is wrong”

Daddy replied as he went to stand by the door and checked outside for a minute and locked the door.

“What is wrong?”

Thoko asked.

“Bazukile is threatening to kill us”

Daddy replied.

“What?? Why?”

She asked, turning to look at me. Mommy silently walked in, while I was still looking for the right words to use to reply to Thoko.

“I found out that Bazukile is a serial killer, and I have been helping him by cleaning up after him after killing women. It’s been happening for a while now, and I want out. So when I told him, he threatened to kill me and my family if I leave him”

“What the hell? Why would he get us all involved?”

Thoko freaked out too.

“We need to think of a solution, and stop running around like headless chickens. We are too old for this kind of reaction”

Thoko threw herself on the couch, shaking with frustration.

“We need to go somewhere safe, so we can be able to think”

“What? How do you suggest we will leave the house? What if they are just outside?”

Mommy and Daddy started arguing about it for a while. Trevor walked into the room. Without even asking, Thoko jumped off her seat and told him everything.

“Mandy, how could you do this to us?”

Trevor asked.

“What have I done? I never planned for this to happen”

I replied.

“Why didn’t you tell anyone about it? Huh? Why did you stay for so long?”

“Because I didn’t know how to get out”

I replied.

“And now that it suits you, you want out and you don’t care whose life is at risk. As long as you are doing what pleases you”

He added.

“Trevor, please”

“No, don’t please me, Mom. Why must we all suffer because of her? That man must only kill her and leave us alone. We never helped him with anything”

“Trevor!!”

Daddy screamed. Well, he was right. His reaction was normal. At the end of the day, someone had to react like that. I was expecting Daddy to react like that though, not Trevor.

“Shut up, both of you. From now onwards, nobody says anything. This is what is going to happen; I will call Ludwe, to bring the church mini bus, and take us to a place of hiding”

“How long will we have to hide?”

Trevor asked.

“For as long as it takes. We need to be safe”

Daddy replied.

“Dad, we can’t hide forever. We have lives to live. We have friends, church and school. We can’t just disappear into thin air”

Thoko complained.

“How will those friends protect you from this monster?”

Daddy asked. Thoko couldn’t reply.

“Everyone, go and pack. We are leaving in 30 minutes”

We all dispersed to our rooms to pack. The twins were still fast asleep when I got there. Their nanny rushed into my room.

“Mandy, what’s going on? Mommy is telling me to pack for myself and the kids. Are we going anywhere?”

“Why didn’t you ask her?”

I asked. She remained silent. I stopped what I was doing and looked at her.

“I’m really sorry. I’m just too frustrated at the moment. Yes, you need to pack for yourself and the kids, Daddy will explain everything later”

She turned and walked out. I sighed. That was rude, I thought to myself as I continued with what I was doing. My phone rang. I didn’t have the energy to pick up, so I ignored the call. It kept ringing, so I took it and checked. I didn’t recognize the number. I didn’t know whether to pick up or not, but I ended up answering.

“Hello?”

“Why are you ignoring me when you need me the most?”

A woman asked.

“Excuse me?”

“You heard me. Why are you ignoring me when you need me the most?”

Before I could ask who I was talking to, I recognized the voice. It was Alex’s mother. My heart skipped.

“I once asked to meet with you, but you ignored me. I wanted to warn you about the darkness that you were facing at that time. Now, it has gotten out of hand, and I can’t stay away anymore. I have been sent to tell you that death is near”

“No, please. How can I prevent this from happening?”

“Mandy, I asked to meet with you, but you never made time for me. This could have been prevented from happening”

“I’m sorry, it totally slipped my mind. I remember you asking to meet with me. I really forgot all about it. Please help us, we don’t want to die”

“Come to my house, with your whole family and I will see what I can do”

I knew Daddy was not going to agree to that, because it was not in line with his belief. I didn’t know whether to agree or not…