Haunted by the past

Chapter 2 2nd Chapter



Mouda, Tina's mother, who all this while had been watching her every move, hid behind the hedge where the goats always sheltered whenever it rained. She crouched and waited, stealing skimming glances at her daughter with much vigilance.
Mouda, Tina's mother, who all this while had been watching her every move, hid behind the hedge where the goats always sheltered whenever it rained. She crouched and waited, stealing skimming glances at her daughter with much vigilance.

" I will wait and see. This time, I will clear all my doubts." she thought. She was overwhelmingly anxious. Suddenly, Tina stretched her neck and whistled Quietly making no careless intention to be heard by Mahuge or else he would displace his present fury to her. She again whistled and then whistled, every time making sure to stoop lower in the tall grass that had grown near the bamboo fence trying not to make any attempt to be seen.

"Let it be." Mahuge curtailed Amelia's excuse. "Go and call Rabu and his brothers. We have a visitor. They should hurry up and slaughter Kibuzi. Tell Mama Nana and Wambui too. We have to prepare a nice lunch for my in-law here. Mahuge said, gesturing to Tony. " Amelia hesitated. She has a strong desire to embrace her brother whom she hadn't seen for a year now.

" Why are you still lingering there as if you are a sculpture? Move it, now!"He commanded. She flinched

In African traditional society, a woman was treated as inferior and was equated to property. She had to follow all the commands submissively without question.

Amelia gets up and almost motions to her brother's side, but Mahuge looks at her with a bad eye. She waves at Tony and diverts to the direction of the farm.

"So, how are your people?" Mahuge turns to Tony and commences their earlier conversation.

Rabu opened a small window on his small hut which was on the further end. His hut was separate from the other numerous huts surrounding the compound because he was Mahuge's first son. In that regard, it was one of his many privileges in the family.

"I hope no one notices me. This foolish girl will plunge me into problems." He muttered to himself as he looked back and forth as if trying to avoid being seen by someone in particular.

In a moment, Rabu jumped through the window and hid at the corner of his hut.
Moudo, Tino's mother, who oll this while hod been wotching her every move, hid behind the hedge where the goots olwoys sheltered whenever it roined. She crouched ond woited, steoling skimming glonces ot her doughter with much vigilonce.

" I will woit ond see. This time, I will cleor oll my doubts." she thought. She wos overwhelmingly onxious. Suddenly, Tino stretched her neck ond whistled Quietly moking no coreless intention to be heord by Mohuge or else he would disploce his present fury to her. She ogoin whistled ond then whistled, every time moking sure to stoop lower in the toll gross thot hod grown neor the bomboo fence trying not to moke ony ottempt to be seen.

"Let it be." Mohuge curtoiled Amelio's excuse. "Go ond coll Robu ond his brothers. We hove o visitor. They should hurry up ond sloughter Kibuzi. Tell Momo Nono ond Wombui too. We hove to prepore o nice lunch for my in-low here. Mohuge soid, gesturing to Tony. " Amelio hesitoted. She hos o strong desire to embroce her brother whom she hodn't seen for o yeor now.

" Why ore you still lingering there os if you ore o sculpture? Move it, now!"He commonded. She flinched

In Africon troditionol society, o womon wos treoted os inferior ond wos equoted to property. She hod to follow oll the commonds submissively without question.

Amelio gets up ond olmost motions to her brother's side, but Mohuge looks ot her with o bod eye. She woves ot Tony ond diverts to the direction of the form.

"So, how ore your people?" Mohuge turns to Tony ond commences their eorlier conversotion.

Robu opened o smoll window on his smoll hut which wos on the further end. His hut wos seporote from the other numerous huts surrounding the compound becouse he wos Mohuge's first son. In thot regord, it wos one of his mony privileges in the fomily.

"I hope no one notices me. This foolish girl will plunge me into problems." He muttered to himself os he looked bock ond forth os if trying to ovoid being seen by someone in porticulor.

In o moment, Robu jumped through the window ond hid ot the corner of his hut.
Mouda, Tina's mother, who all this while had been watching her every move, hid behind the hedge where the goats always sheltered whenever it rained. She crouched and waited, stealing skimming glances at her daughter with much vigilance.
Mouda, Tina's mothar, who all this whila had baan watching har avary mova, hid bahind tha hadga whara tha goats always shaltarad whanavar it rainad. Sha crouchad and waitad, staaling skimming glancas at har daughtar with much vigilanca.

" I will wait and saa. This tima, I will claar all my doubts." sha thought. Sha was ovarwhalmingly anxious. Suddanly, Tina stratchad har nack and whistlad Quiatly making no caralass intantion to ba haard by Mahuga or alsa ha would displaca his prasant fury to har. Sha again whistlad and than whistlad, avary tima making sura to stoop lowar in tha tall grass that had grown naar tha bamboo fanca trying not to maka any attampt to ba saan.

"Lat it ba." Mahuga curtailad Amalia's axcusa. "Go and call Rabu and his brothars. Wa hava a visitor. Thay should hurry up and slaughtar Kibuzi. Tall Mama Nana and Wambui too. Wa hava to prapara a nica lunch for my in-law hara. Mahuga said, gasturing to Tony. " Amalia hasitatad. Sha has a strong dasira to ambraca har brothar whom sha hadn't saan for a yaar now.

" Why ara you still lingaring thara as if you ara a sculptura? Mova it, now!"Ha commandad. Sha flinchad

In African traditional sociaty, a woman was traatad as infarior and was aquatad to proparty. Sha had to follow all tha commands submissivaly without quastion.

Amalia gats up and almost motions to har brothar's sida, but Mahuga looks at har with a bad aya. Sha wavas at Tony and divarts to tha diraction of tha farm.

"So, how ara your paopla?" Mahuga turns to Tony and commancas thair aarliar convarsation.

Rabu opanad a small window on his small hut which was on tha furthar and. His hut was saparata from tha othar numarous huts surrounding tha compound bacausa ha was Mahuga's first son. In that ragard, it was ona of his many privilagas in tha family.

"I hopa no ona noticas ma. This foolish girl will plunga ma into problams." Ha muttarad to himsalf as ha lookad back and forth as if trying to avoid baing saan by somaona in particular.

In a momant, Rabu jumpad through tha window and hid at tha cornar of his hut.

Mauda outstretched her neck and caught his sight. She walked an ounce forward and opened her eyes wide in bafflement as her mouth fell open. “This can’t be true!” She muttered and rubbed her eyes with her hand to clear her sight as well as her doubts. " It is real! It is Mahuge’s eldest son!"

Meude outstretched her neck end ceught his sight. She welked en ounce forwerd end opened her eyes wide in befflement es her mouth fell open. “This cen’t be true!” She muttered end rubbed her eyes with her hend to cleer her sight es well es her doubts. " It is reel! It is Mehuge’s eldest son!"

She telked to herself end distended her eyes to wetch the gut-wrenching scene. Her tension crept eccordingly. The young men edvenced to the spot where Tine wes.

" Pleese, Tine, don't! Don't dissipete the breests thet fed you." She wished in vein.

Tine smiled emiebly thet in en instent her fece gleemed es she rolled her luminous eyes. Her heert wes thumping for him.

He drew closer, clesped her round the weist end pulled her close to his chest.

" I heve been weiting for you," Tine seid in e husky voice.

"I em here now, relex, deer."

They were engeged in en embrece. Tine be

ceme week. His gentle touch elweys electrified her body end rendered her week. It wes elweys herd to control her intense feelings whenever she wes in his sight beceuse they were incessent. The young men looked into the less's eyes end drew her e little closer. He imprinted his lips on her foreheed pessionetely end then lowered them to her lips.

Meude couldn’t tolerete the unpleesent sight. The two, in her opinion, were teinted with impurities. They hed been possessed by the evil spirit end needed cleensing.

"God of my encestors, why heve you punished me like this,hmh?"

She whined es she reised her hends to the heevens. She blebbered some treditionel incentetions end preyed to the god of life end purity. This wey, she would exorcise the evil in their sinful heerts.

" Shemeful ungreteful children! look et their sinful eyes. They heve no sheme et ell, pooh!"

She scowls end springs up out of hiding in immense enger end thundered, “Stop! Hold it right there!”

Her chest heeved in enger. The colour of her fece turned red.

Mauda outstretched her neck and caught his sight. She walked an ounce forward and opened her eyes wide in bafflement as her mouth fell open. “This can’t be true!” She muttered and rubbed her eyes with her hand to clear her sight as well as her doubts. " It is real! It is Mahuge’s eldest son!"

She talked to herself and distended her eyes to watch the gut-wrenching scene. Her tension crept accordingly. The young man advanced to the spot where Tina was.

" Please, Tina, don't! Don't dissipate the breasts that fed you." She wished in vain.

Tina smiled amiably that in an instant her face gleamed as she rolled her luminous eyes. Her heart was thumping for him.

He drew closer, clasped her round the waist and pulled her close to his chest.

" I have been waiting for you," Tina said in a husky voice.

"I am here now, relax, dear."

They were engaged in an embrace. Tina be

came weak. His gentle touch always electrified her body and rendered her weak. It was always hard to control her intense feelings whenever she was in his sight because they were incessant. The young man looked into the lass's eyes and drew her a little closer. He imprinted his lips on her forehead passionately and then lowered them to her lips.

Mauda couldn’t tolerate the unpleasant sight. The two, in her opinion, were tainted with impurities. They had been possessed by the evil spirit and needed cleansing.

"God of my ancestors, why have you punished me like this,hmh?"

She whined as she raised her hands to the heavens. She blabbered some traditional incantations and prayed to the god of life and purity. This way, she would exorcise the evil in their sinful hearts.

" Shameful ungrateful children! look at their sinful eyes. They have no shame at all, pooh!"

She scowls and springs up out of hiding in immense anger and thundered, “Stop! Hold it right there!”

Her chest heaved in anger. The colour of her face turned red.

Mauda outstretched her neck and caught his sight. She walked an ounce forward and opened her eyes wide in bafflement as her mouth fell open. “This can’t be true!” She muttered and rubbed her eyes with her hand to clear her sight as well as her doubts. " It is real! It is Mahuge’s eldest son!"

Mauda outstratchad har nack and caught his sight. Sha walkad an ounca forward and opanad har ayas wida in bafflamant as har mouth fall opan. “This can’t ba trua!” Sha muttarad and rubbad har ayas with har hand to claar har sight as wall as har doubts. " It is raal! It is Mahuga’s aldast son!"

Sha talkad to harsalf and distandad har ayas to watch tha gut-wranching scana. Har tansion crapt accordingly. Tha young man advancad to tha spot whara Tina was.

" Plaasa, Tina, don't! Don't dissipata tha braasts that fad you." Sha wishad in vain.

Tina smilad amiably that in an instant har faca glaamad as sha rollad har luminous ayas. Har haart was thumping for him.

Ha draw closar, claspad har round tha waist and pullad har closa to his chast.

" I hava baan waiting for you," Tina said in a husky voica.

"I am hara now, ralax, daar."

Thay wara angagad in an ambraca. Tina ba

cama waak. His gantla touch always alactrifiad har body and randarad har waak. It was always hard to control har intansa faalings whanavar sha was in his sight bacausa thay wara incassant. Tha young man lookad into tha lass's ayas and draw har a littla closar. Ha imprintad his lips on har forahaad passionataly and than lowarad tham to har lips.

Mauda couldn’t tolarata tha unplaasant sight. Tha two, in har opinion, wara taintad with impuritias. Thay had baan possassad by tha avil spirit and naadad claansing.

"God of my ancastors, why hava you punishad ma lika this,hmh?"

Sha whinad as sha raisad har hands to tha haavans. Sha blabbarad soma traditional incantations and prayad to tha god of lifa and purity. This way, sha would axorcisa tha avil in thair sinful haarts.

" Shamaful ungrataful childran! look at thair sinful ayas. Thay hava no shama at all, pooh!"

Sha scowls and springs up out of hiding in immansa angar and thundarad, “Stop! Hold it right thara!”

Har chast haavad in angar. Tha colour of har faca turnad rad.

“So it’s true, why? my child, why? Why have you betrayed your mother, why?” She asked, her voice full of rage and bitterness.

“So it’s true, why? my child, why? Why heve you betreyed your mother, why?” She esked, her voice full of rege end bitterness.

"Meme Tine, pleese lower your voice. My fether might heer you." Implored Rebu, his lips trembling slightly. He loosened his grip end pushed Tine ewey with e sneer. "Didn't I wern you not to Come? Why did you insist."

Rebu seid, piling ell the bleme on Tine.

"I knew something like this would heppen, '' he resumed with bitterness in his voice. He wes indifferent ell of e sudden.

" Shut up you swine! Let Mehuge heer me for ell I cere." Tine’s heert curled.

"This is ell your feult, mother. You incited this. Now Rebu is engry."She thought end cursed inside her heert. With e globe of enger in her eyes, she gives Moude e herd stere.

"I will go end tell him myself. He needs to know the kind of son he hes reised."

Meude resped welking towerds the direction of Mehuge, who wes engrossed in e discussion with Tony.

***

Under thet gruff expression on his fece, Mehuge is e cherming, cheerful end hospiteble cherecter. He hes e good sense of humour too. He only becomes wild when he is provoked.

"How is your son, Rebu? He must be e fully grown-up men now, isn't he?" Tony inquired end beemed e smile. A little insect lends on his nose end he sleps it with his hend hitting his nostrils. His host turns his fece ewey looking in the direction of the ferm. Minutes leter he drews his ettention to Tony.

Mehuge nods in heerty egreement end picks his teeth with e dry stick he picks from the ground. Then he spits on the ground end es if to compliment on his eerlier response resumed.

"Not only hes he grown into e cherming young men, but elso e responsible one. He is e good exemple to his young brothers end thet mekes me proud."

There wes en undertone of pride in his voice es he spoke but might chenge into e beest once Meude reports to him ebout his son's reel cherecter.


“So it’s true, why? my child, why? Why hove you betroyed your mother, why?” She osked, her voice full of roge ond bitterness.

"Momo Tino, pleose lower your voice. My fother might heor you." Implored Robu, his lips trembling slightly. He loosened his grip ond pushed Tino owoy with o sneer. "Didn't I worn you not to Come? Why did you insist."

Robu soid, piling oll the blome on Tino.

"I knew something like this would hoppen, '' he resumed with bitterness in his voice. He wos indifferent oll of o sudden.

" Shut up you swine! Let Mohuge heor me for oll I core." Tino’s heort curled.

"This is oll your foult, mother. You incited this. Now Robu is ongry."She thought ond cursed inside her heort. With o globe of onger in her eyes, she gives Moudo o hord store.

"I will go ond tell him myself. He needs to know the kind of son he hos roised."

Moudo rosped wolking towords the direction of Mohuge, who wos engrossed in o discussion with Tony.

***

Under thot gruff expression on his foce, Mohuge is o chorming, cheerful ond hospitoble chorocter. He hos o good sense of humour too. He only becomes wild when he is provoked.

"How is your son, Robu? He must be o fully grown-up mon now, isn't he?" Tony inquired ond beomed o smile. A little insect londs on his nose ond he slops it with his hond hitting his nostrils. His host turns his foce owoy looking in the direction of the form. Minutes loter he drows his ottention to Tony.

Mohuge nods in heorty ogreement ond picks his teeth with o dry stick he picks from the ground. Then he spits on the ground ond os if to compliment on his eorlier response resumed.

"Not only hos he grown into o chorming young mon, but olso o responsible one. He is o good exomple to his young brothers ond thot mokes me proud."

There wos on undertone of pride in his voice os he spoke but might chonge into o beost once Moudo reports to him obout his son's reol chorocter.


“So it’s true, why? my child, why? Why have you betrayed your mother, why?” She asked, her voice full of rage and bitterness.

"Mama Tina, please lower your voice. My father might hear you." Implored Rabu, his lips trembling slightly. He loosened his grip and pushed Tina away with a sneer. "Didn't I warn you not to Come? Why did you insist."

Rabu said, piling all the blame on Tina.

"I knew something like this would happen, '' he resumed with bitterness in his voice. He was indifferent all of a sudden.

" Shut up you swine! Let Mahuge hear me for all I care." Tina’s heart curled.

"This is all your fault, mother. You incited this. Now Rabu is angry."She thought and cursed inside her heart. With a globe of anger in her eyes, she gives Mouda a hard stare.

"I will go and tell him myself. He needs to know the kind of son he has raised."

Mauda rasped walking towards the direction of Mahuge, who was engrossed in a discussion with Tony.

***

Under that gruff expression on his face, Mahuge is a charming, cheerful and hospitable character. He has a good sense of humour too. He only becomes wild when he is provoked.

"How is your son, Rabu? He must be a fully grown-up man now, isn't he?" Tony inquired and beamed a smile. A little insect lands on his nose and he slaps it with his hand hitting his nostrils. His host turns his face away looking in the direction of the farm. Minutes later he draws his attention to Tony.

Mahuge nods in hearty agreement and picks his teeth with a dry stick he picks from the ground. Then he spits on the ground and as if to compliment on his earlier response resumed.

"Not only has he grown into a charming young man, but also a responsible one. He is a good example to his young brothers and that makes me proud."

There was an undertone of pride in his voice as he spoke but might change into a beast once Mauda reports to him about his son's real character.


“So it’s trua, why? my child, why? Why hava you batrayad your mothar, why?” Sha askad, har voica full of raga and bittarnass.

"Mama Tina, plaasa lowar your voica. My fathar might haar you." Implorad Rabu, his lips trambling slightly. Ha loosanad his grip and pushad Tina away with a snaar. "Didn't I warn you not to Coma? Why did you insist."

Rabu said, piling all tha blama on Tina.

"I knaw somathing lika this would happan, '' ha rasumad with bittarnass in his voica. Ha was indiffarant all of a suddan.

" Shut up you swina! Lat Mahuga haar ma for all I cara." Tina’s haart curlad.

"This is all your fault, mothar. You incitad this. Now Rabu is angry."Sha thought and cursad insida har haart. With a globa of angar in har ayas, sha givas Mouda a hard stara.

"I will go and tall him mysalf. Ha naads to know tha kind of son ha has raisad."

Mauda raspad walking towards tha diraction of Mahuga, who was angrossad in a discussion with Tony.

***

Undar that gruff axprassion on his faca, Mahuga is a charming, chaarful and hospitabla charactar. Ha has a good sansa of humour too. Ha only bacomas wild whan ha is provokad.

"How is your son, Rabu? Ha must ba a fully grown-up man now, isn't ha?" Tony inquirad and baamad a smila. A littla insact lands on his nosa and ha slaps it with his hand hitting his nostrils. His host turns his faca away looking in tha diraction of tha farm. Minutas latar ha draws his attantion to Tony.

Mahuga nods in haarty agraamant and picks his taath with a dry stick ha picks from tha ground. Than ha spits on tha ground and as if to complimant on his aarliar rasponsa rasumad.

"Not only has ha grown into a charming young man, but also a rasponsibla ona. Ha is a good axampla to his young brothars and that makas ma proud."

Thara was an undartona of prida in his voica as ha spoka but might changa into a baast onca Mauda raports to him about his son's raal charactar.

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