THE BITE OF LOVE (CHAPTER V)


AS KARIMBE RETURNED FROM HIS PROGRAM AT THE COMMUNITY PRE-RELEASE CENTER (C.P.C.) HE CAME TO AN IMMEDIATE HALT AND DISGUST COVERED HIS FACE AT THE SIGHT OF HIS COMPLETELY TOSSED CELL.

EVERYTHING HAD BEEN PILED ON THE BED WITH NO DISCRETION.

KARIMBE KNEW THEY WERE SEARCHING FOR SOMETHING IN PARTICULAR.  HE WAS ABOUT TO STRAIGHTEN UP HIS CELL WHEN HE REMEMBERED HIS WIFE WAS AWAITING HIS CALL.LISTENING TO THE CONNECTION BEING MADE, HE BEGAN TO THINK OF THE DAY THEY MET.

IT WAS ON THE VISIT WHILE  IN A DEEP CONVERSATION WITH HIS OLD EARTH(MOTHER),  HIS CONCENTRATION WAS INTERRUPTED WHEN TEFNUT STROLLED PASS THEIR TABLE AND A WHIFF OF FLORAL SCENT GRABBED HIS ATTENTION.  HE LOOKED P TO SEE A COCOA BROWN SISTER WALKING IN ALL HER CONFIDENCE.  SHE WAS DRESSED IN AFRICAN ATTIRE, AND HER HAIR PICKED OUT INTO THE FULLEST AFRO HE HAD SEEN.

KARIMBE NOTICED THAT SHE WAS SEATED WITH NDUGU KUUMBA, WHOM HE KNEW CASUALLY FROM HIS ASSOCIATION WITH THE J.Y.M.  BUT HE COULD NOT HELP BUT NOTICE HER WHICH WAS AS BRIGHT AS THE MOON AT ITS HIGHEST ORB.

KARIMBE…KARIMBE, BABY…ARE YOU THERE?

KARIMBE SNAPPED FROM HIS DAZE AT THE SOUND OF TEFNUT’S VOICE.

NDIYO, SWEET SOURCE OF HAPI.  I AM HERE.  U HALI GANI?

SIJAMBO, NOW THAT I KNOW YOU ARE WELL.

I BECAME VERY NERVOUS THIS MORNING WHEN HATHOR INFORMED ME OF THE DEATH THAT OCCURRED THE OTHER NIGHT.

WAS HE ONE OF OURS?

HAPANA.

NONETHELESS, HE WAS A STRONG AND INDEPENDENT YOUNG NDUGU WHO REFUSED TO TOLERATE THE SYSTEMS’ ACT OF REPRESSION.

UNFORTUNATELY, HIS UNFAMILIARITY WITH THE VICIOUSNESS OF THE MACHINE LED HIM TO HIS DEMISE.

TEL ME, HUSBAND, WHAT IS IT YOU WISH FOR ME TO DO ON THE FRONT END?

THE MOVEMENT HAS CALLED A MEETING IN THE MAIN YARD THIS EVENING.  OUR INTENTION IS TO DEVELOP A MORE EFFECTIVE METHOD OF REACHING THOTH.  I WILL LEARN MORE THEN, BUT IN THE MEANTIME, I’D LIKE YOU TO GATHER SUPPORT FROM THE OTHER COALITIONS.  WE ARE GOING TO NEED PUBLIC OUTCRY IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

I’LL WRITE YOU WITH FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS.

HOW’S HER-BAK?  IS HE THERE?

HER-BAK IS WELL.  HE’S HERE WAITING IMPATIENTLY TO TALK TO YOU.

JAMBO, FATHER.

JAMBO, CHICKPEA.

FATHER IT’S WONDERFUL TO HEAR YOUR VOICE.  AS THE MAN OF THE HOUSE, I AM WATCHING OVER MOTHER.

THAT’S VERY RESPONSIBLE OF YOU, CHICKPEA.

TEL ME, CHICKPEA, HAVE YOU DISCOVERED THE ANSWER TO MY QUESTION?

NDIYO, FATHER.

MAY I HEAR IT?

CERTAINLY.

AS THE AUSAR OF A PERSON IS LED BY ANUBIS INTO THE HALL OF JUDGEMENT, HIS AB (HEART) IS WEIGHED AGAINST THE FEATHER OF MAAT ON THE SCALE OF JUSTICE.  THE AB IS EMBLEMATIC OF THE CONSCIENCE, WHILE THE FEATHER IS EMBLEMATIC OF LAW.

VERY GOOD CHICKPEA…VERY GOOD.

HERE’S YOUR NEXT ASSIGNMENT. READY?

NAME THE TWELVE GODS WHO SIT WITH THEIR SCEPTERS IN THE JUDGEMENT SCENE.

FATHER.

NDIYO?

ARE YOU ALL RIGHT?

I AM WELL, HER-BAK.  DON’T YOU WORRY YOUR LITTLE HEAD.

TAKE CARE, CHICKPEA.  I LOVE YOU.

TAKE CARE, FATHER.  I LOVE YOU TOO.

HERE’S MOTHER.

TU WA MOJA(WE ARE ONE), FATHER .

TU WA MOJA, HER-BAK.

NDIYO, TEFNUT.

I WILL BE SEEING YOU THIS WEEKEND.  UNTIL THEN, TAKE CARE.  I CARE.

I WILL TEFNUT, I WILL.

WITH LOVE, A LUTA CONTINUA, TEFNUT.

A LUTA CONTINUA, KARIMBE.

 

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