THE VISIT…(CHAPTER III)


III

AT EXACTLY NINE O’CLOCK ON A BRIGHT WEDNESDAY MORNING.  TEFNUT IS SITTING AT HER MAHOGANY DESK DECORATED WITH AFROCENTRIC CARVINGS IN THE WOODWORK.

TODAY SHE IS DRESSED IN A KENTE OUTFIT WITH A MATCHING HAT.  HER SHOES ARE DEEPLY RED, THAT EXPOSE MANICURED FEET SHE PUTS SO MUCH EFFORT INTO KEEPING BEAUTIFUL.

THE TWO INCH HEEL RAISES JUST THE RIGHT EMPHASIS ON HER CALVES REVEALING MUSCLES THAT ARE EXERCISED DAILY.

TEFNUT IS MERELY DAYDREAMING ABOUT THE UPCOMING VISIT WITH HER HUSBAND, KARIMBE.

SHE KNEW FROM EXPERIENCE THAT THE VISITING DAY WILL BEGIN ON A BAD NOTE BECAUSE THE C.O.’S AT REGISTRATION ENJOY HARASSING FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE PRISONERS.

A LOT OF THE TIMES SOME ARE REFUSED ENTRY FOR SOME MINOR PROCEDURE.  SHE KNEW IT WAS SIMPLY A DISCOURAGEMENT TACTIC.

THE RINGING OF THE PHONE JOLTS TEFNUT FROM HER DAYDREAM.

SALAMU! (HELLO!)

HOTEP, TEFNUT.

AH…HOTEP MY SISTA HATHOR.

HABARI ZA ASUBUHI, U HALI GANI?

SIJAMBO…SIJAMBO. (FINE…FINE.)

HOW CAN I HELP YOU MY SISTA’

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE DEATH AT AMENTA?

TEFNUT’S HEART RACED AT THIS QUESTION BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE HER HUSBAND IS LOCKED DOWN.

HAPANA (NO), MY SISTA’…WHO WAS IT?

I DON’T KNOW.  IT WAS ON THE GRAPEVINE LAST NIGHT.

I JUST THOUGHT I’D LET YOU KNOW, ‘CAUSE I KNOW YOU DON’T GET OUT MUCH ANYMORE, NOW THAT YOU HAVE HER-BAK TO ATTEND.

WELL…I’LL TALK TO YOU LATER.

ARE WE STILL ON FOR LUNCH?

NDIYO…NDIYO.

TEFNUT WAS RESPONDING MECHANICALLY BECAUSE HER THOUGHTS WERE ELSEWHERE.

A LUTA CONTINUA, TEFNUT (THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES)

A LUTA CONTINUA, HATHOR

AS TEFNUT LAID THE PHONE IN ITS CRADLE, SHE KNEW ALREADY WHAT HAD TO BE DONE.

WHILE THE PHONE SOUNDED OUT DIFFERENT DIAL TONES, SHE WAS PRAYING TO THE ANCESTORS NOT TO LET IT BE HER HUSBAND…KARIMBE.

HELLO…AMENTA CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, HOW CAN I HELP YOU?

THIS IS TEFNUT KHEMET.  WILL YOU PLEASE CONNECT ME TO MR.MCDONALD?

PLEASE WAIT A MINUTE.

AFTER A SERIES OF BEEPS, THE PHONE IS ANSWERED WITH A COARSE VOICE.

HELLO…McDonald HERE.

MR.MCDONALD THIS MRS.KHEMET.  WILL YOU PLEASE HAVE MY HUSBAND CALL HOME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE?

MRS.KHEMET, I CERTAINLY WILL.  IS EVERYTHING ALRIGHT?

YES…YES…IT’S JUST A DOMESTIC MATTER.

McDONALD DIDN’T KNOW THAT EVERYTHING WAS ALL RIGHT NOW.

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