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“Mr and Mrs Mwale meet my niece Mwansa and Mwansa these are our in-laws to be.. Of course Claudine over there is Atusaye’s fiancée” Mrs. Martins said.
“Of course the one and only” Claudine responded as her eyes flirted with Atusaye.
I was honoured to be called a niece, not even my uncle and aunt addressed me as such.
“This food is so nice” Mrs. Mwale said.
“Yes sis in-law this is great” Claudine added.
Mrs. Martins smiled and appreciated the comments. Dinner was indeed great but what baffled me was the fact that Atusaye was too serious. He never participated in the conversations and he didn’t seem interested at all. Perhaps its because his in-laws were around.
Claudine’s family was very modest, they were quiet particular about a lot of things and from the look of things they were rich.
After dinner the guests went to the living room to have a conversation while I picked the plates to take them to the kitchen.
Atusaye helped with taking the dishes to the kitchen.
“On which side of the family are you from? Is it from Mrs. Martins or???” Claudine asked as she sat by the kitchen counter.
“Am actually from…”
“She’s mums cousins daughter” Atusaye interrupted.
I took in a deep breath and continued doing the dishes.
“So where are you from?” Claudine asked.
“She’s from within.. Honey let’s take a walk outside” Atusaye interrupted again.
From the look of things I already knew Claudine and I would not get along.
I quickly cleared the kitchen and walked to my apartment. I overheard Claudine asking Atu where I was going but I didn’t turn around to look at them neither did I bother to hear Atusaye’s response.
I changed into my old dress so I could sleep in it, its funny how my favourite dress was now my night gown. God surely works wonders.
I quickly fell asleep guess the walking for 3hours had made me really tired.
The following morning I was up by 5 and I cleared my apartment. Mrs. Martins came to the apartment just before 7 and she asked me to join her in the house.
“I was impressed with how you left the kitchen” she said as we walked.
“Oh thanks madam”..
” Mrs. Martins” She interrupted
“Sure.. Mrs. Martins” I responded.
Mrs. Martin’s gave me food and she ran me through a couple of rules. Everything sounded fair and manageable, all she wanted was for me to do my best.
The maids came in a little while later and she introduced me to them, they seemed just as nice as the ones from the mansion and I felt welcome.
“Do you know how to pound groundnuts?” Mrs. Martin’s asked me.
“Yes I do Mrs. Martins” I responded.
She gave me about a kg of groundnuts and led me to the back where I could pound from. It wasn’t a difficult task for me at all, so I sorted the nuts, put half in and I started pounding.
“Someone is working hard, a lot of strength you’ve got there” teased Atusaye.
“Good morning sir”. I greeted him as I continued pounding.
Atusaye bended over about to get a handful of nuts when Mrs. Martins walked out.
” Atu what are you doing? Mrs. Martins asked.
“Oh sis.. Just the person I was looking for” Atusaye said before walking away with Mrs. Martins.
They disappeared into the house and I continued pounding until I finished. Mrs. Martins was in the living room with Atusaye when I walked in.
“You’re done? That was quick” she said.
“OK you give it to the maids to prepare lumanda or are you able to do that?” Mrs. Martins asked me.
I didn’t expect Mrs. Martins to eat such traditional food but I guess the pregnancy had a mind of its own.
“Yes I do” I responded calmly.
“OK then you can prepare..” She said.
I quickly cooked the traditional vegetable and nshima. The maids had cooked the other food to complete the meal.
After setting the table I sat with the maids in the kitchen and we enjoyed the food, it was just like the mansion except I was welcome.
As I went to pick the dishes from the table Mrs. Martin’s teased Atusaye.
“Can your soon to be wife prepare such a meal?” She asked.
“In my house we’ll be modern, such won’t be there … We’ll be having hotel kind of food” Atusaye responded as he giggled.
“Oh please.. Its your favourite food.. Are you just ashamed to admit that you enjoyed?” She teased again.
Atusaye just giggled as he played with with the toothpick in his mouth.
“Mwansa dear the food was great, I’m holding you responsible for getting me so full” Mrs. Martins said.
“Oh thanks madam” I responded.
” Atusaye aren’t you going for work?” Mrs. Martins asked.
“No I’m off today..” He responded.
“You’re off how many times in a row? If I were you, I would be happy to be working with the love of my life” Mrs. Martins said.
“Jeez…… Working with Claudine? then please take my place by all means” Atusaye said as he laid back in his seat.
I quickly cleared my mind and lifted the last plates from the table.
When I was done Mrs. Martin’s asked me to go and rest before I could come and prepare dinner. She asked me to leave the work for the maids.