THE UNDISPUTED – PART 29 AND 30
Everything in life happens for a reason. We meet people for a certain God ordained purpose. For some people its for a long time, they see us through life’s happiest moments or the most defeaning times. In times of hope and despair they stand by us. They become a part of our thoughts and lives, a day can not pass without their existence being spoke of either directly or indirectly in our daily activites because it is in the very nature of our lives that we are bound and connected.
One of such deep connected friendship is what existed between Thandi, Mattie and Sali. The more challanges they faced, the more bound they become and the stronger they grow in love for each other. There was nothing to dispute their bond, it was undisputed so was their endurance in lifes most difficulty times.
As the girls did their make up in readiness for Saliya’s wedding which was on in a couple of hours, there was no explaining the joy each one of them was feeling.
Sali was marrying the love of her life. The man that had not only become her friend but one who would move distances with her and for her. She knew Joe loved her with everything she was. A man who accepted her for who she was with all her weaknesses.
” how are you feeling sweety?” Thandi asked looking at Sali from the wide mirrow in front of them as the hair dressers did the final touches on their hair.
” i don’t know how to explain it. I feel so excited and happy at the same time scared that this kind of happiness is imposible. I fear someone might wake me up and tell me its all a dream and there is no such man as Joe” Sali said with an honesty smile.
” well, you better snap out of it Sali, Joe is a real man and he is waiting for you at the alter, he loves you and nothing of such sort as an end to a dream will come your way. ” Mattie spoke rubbing her stomac unconsciously as she sat on a stool away from the mirrow. She was ready and all prepared as they had attended to her first before Thandi.
” yeah, i wonder if that is meant for me or you referring to yourself” Sali laughed pointing at her as she went on rubbing herself.
” well partly its my own way of assuring myself. I carry the most precious gem inside myself, each day i woke up i feel like am living a dream. There is no way of explaining how happy i feel carrying Kelly’ s child” she smiled widely.
” you deserve that sweety i always tell you. Who could have known that this day would come huh? When my Sali would be getting married to the most handsome and loving man alive.
Matilda would carry a child for Kelly, may his soul rest in peace, a child who will not only comfort her but will make my Mattie complete” Thandi raised her hands.
” and that Thandi, would become the top model of the country, dating one of the most intelligent and hot looking lawyer of the town.” Sali added looking at Thandi.
Thandi smiled standing up and taking some flirty steps to and from as she spoke.
” say that again my love, my joy can not be overated, am so happy, i fall in love with Alex sometimes it hurts just to think of him when he’s not with me. ” she laughed as everyone else joined her.
” thats my girl, you deserve that too.” Mattie shouted clapping her hands.
” i feel bad talking about our men though, you derseve one good man too and i pray to God for you find another one soon. You are still young….”
” hey stop Thandi!” Mattie raised her hand at her.
” who needs a man in my condition? Besides whatever love i had experienced with my Kelly was enough to last a life time. I don’t feel i will ever love again. Besides i will be too busy taking care of my baby here till she or he grows up” Mattie shrugged.
” talking of men,” Sali added
” i saw how Noah was eyeing you at the rehearsal sessions the past weeks. That guy is into you girl and it seems he can’t even notice you carrying a child there. ” Sali looked at Mattie.
” what? Oh no he didnt, you just exaggerating!” She shook her head chewing on the pizza piece she had ordered earlier.
” Sali is right, Noah seems to be a good guy though, he’s neat and dark. Being friends with Joe is an added advantage” Thandi said with a laugh.
” mmmmm dream on ladies i like the way you match making us right now. He’s only my dance partner and nothing else.” Mattie spoke her mouth full.
” easy up on that pizza Mattie, you don’t have to fill yourself so much before going to dance today! ” they laughed.
” excuse me Sali , its time you wore the dress, we are a few minutes out. You dress up too girls we need to move the men are waiting” came the matron’s voice interrupting the girls.
” yea sure Matron. Go on help our bride, we will dress up too!” Mattie wipped her hands standing up.
After 30 minutes they were parked outside the church. Thandi and Mattie were the bridesmaids clad in pink flayered dresses that went up to their knees and black wedges of medium heels. Alex and Noah who was Joe’s best friend were the groom’s men.
Sali was silent as she sat awaiting for the matron to tell her to go ahead inside. She was to walk in with the girls as she had no relative to take her.
” okey Sali you can come out now. The girls will be ahead of you” the matron told her.
She stepped out and her eyes went towards the entrance. ” oh my God! Mama!” She almost screamed seeing her very own mother standing their all dressed up ready to take her in.
” i don’t understand… i ” she stammered shocked.
” well my love, your mother is alive and is here. We wanted to surprise you!” Thandi spoke smiling.
” mama!” She cried hugging her mother and crying at the same time completely puzzled.
” my baby am so glad to finally meet you after years of searching. You look so beautiful like a princess you are” her mother exclaimed with joy.
” i missed you so much mama. You have no idea how much i wished to see you again. i thought you were dead and i …..”
” its okey my baby. We will have all the time to talk later this is your moment and that wonderful and good man is waiting” her mother smirked wiping away the tears in her eyes.
” but i dont…”
” its a surprise your man wanted for you. He told us not to say a word. Joe went to look for your mother weeks ago, he followed your story and went back to Chongwe. It took time but am sure he will tell you of that too. We met your mom two days ago and we prepared her for the wedding. ” Mattie explained to Sali who shook he head tears of joy in her eyes.
” yeah we wanted your day to be so great and memorable and it wouldn’t have beem complete without your dear mother” Thandi added wiping her tears.
” you girls are … you are crazy to have kept this from me she laughed amid tears. I will get you both for this” she teased hugging them.
” we love you Sali and we are here to see you have your happiness complete” they told her .
The matron cleared her throat…” girls can we be moving now” she patted Sali’s face to cover the wetness.
” ofcourse” they smiled and Thandi and Mattie walked ahead with Sali’s mother holding Sali and smiled at her as she led her inside.
Sali kept looking at her mother and smiling,
As they walked in the bells ringing, and later on the song by Shania Twain ‘from this moment’ played softly, Sali looked ahead at Joe. A perfect gentleman dressed in a white suit with a pink balltie that matched the ribbon on her shoulder of her one hand wedding dress that fitted her breasts and fall down to her feet.
She couldnt help love him more. ” how posible are you my love?, you took the trouble to look for my mother just to make sure this day is complete for me?” She whispered when she was handed to him and he held her hand close facing the man of God who was to bless their marriage.
” i wanted it all for you. I had to try to find the missing piece in your life and now i know its all there. I was convinced your mom was still alive i had to try find her, I love you” he smiled whispering to her as the pastor indicated for the music to be stopped and the people gathered to take their seats.
The pastor went on preaching about the sacredness of marriage, how the couple ought to take care of each other and serve God for their marriage to sustain. He told them the greatest gift of God to man kind was the gift of love. For in love is the centre of humanity. He told them, nothing was impossible with love and that it is the pillar to guide them through all their troubled and happy times.
After the vows he pronounced them husband and wife and Thandi and Mattie smiled with joy and tears in their eyes as they watched him hold her and kiss her with pure love and passion.
Sali’s mother cried through most of the session. The happiness she was feeling inside for her only daughter who she knew had endured a lot to be were she was taking her breath away.
” they are perfect together. ” Mattie wiped a tear from her eyes.
” yeah they are.” Noah who stood close to her whsipered with a smile.
Mattie looked at him and he smiled widely showing off his white teeth and his dark face so calm. ” you look beautiful Mattie. ” he chuckled
” thanks, you not bad yourself” she smiled back and held her stomach again making Noah look down at her hand and smiled.
” how far long?” He asked
” what? Who told you… or i know, Joe” she sighed.
” well he did but i knew before hand, am a medical doctor” he smiled
” okey, almost 4 now” she shrugged.
” great” he responded looking up as the bride and groom walked out and they stepped forward following them, Thandi and Alex walked behind them too.
The after math was so wonderful and well prepared, some invited guest danced at the centre of the wall as the groom and bride had their moment too.
Alex pulled Thandi close and smiled in her face. ” what?” She asked seeing he kept smiling at her.
” i love you Thandiwe, your looks this evening are killing me i feel like taking you away to my bed right now” he teased.
” mmmhmh you are too much my man, you look so sweet too i can’t help feeling jealousy of the girls who keep on eyeing you.” She laughed as they danced.
” well let me go tell them am taken. I have the most beautiful African woman in here” he smiled letting her go.
” what are you doing babe?” She asked when she saw him walk to the front.
” no he won’t ” Thandi looked at Mattie
” what now?” Mattie laughed.
” i was just joking about the girls and …..” she couldn’t finsih her sentence and Alex spoke in the mic.
” may i have your attention please!” He smiled as everyone went silent the music stopping in an instance.
” i would like you people to help me. I have found the most beautiful woman and she’s in the house today. Even though i have been with her for a few months, i know she is what makes me complete. Today my man Joe has taken a bold step to be with the woman he loves. And am greatly inspired, i thought well, if my fellow man can be so fearless to make a commitment, why can’t i when i cannot stop dreaming about my woman even when she belongs to me.” Alex looked at Thandi who was smiling widely at him.
” help me to beg this woman, Thandiwe, the love of my life to marry me!” He shouted and every one turned to look at Thandi.
” My caramel, my susunshine, will you marry me?!” He shouted raising the Gold ring up in the air towards her.
Thandi felt stationed , she was speechless and lost of words.
” say yes! Say yes!” Sali shouted followed by Mattie and everyone in the room joined in the shout. ” Say yes! Say yes! Say yes! ” they clapped.
Thandi smiled her face wet now, she walked to him shaking her head she couldnt contain her joy.” Yes i will marry you Alex, i love you” she whispered but loudly and he stood placing the ring on her finger before kissing her.
” Thank you babe, thank you” he lifted her as people clapped and the music played on as the girls gathered together, the three of them having their moment. They laughed and smiled and the beaming joy shone on their faces everyone could see it but none of them understood how deep their joy had gone.
Final Sequence 30
” love, i don’t know what to say for what you did for my mother, seeing her was a great miracle i thought she was dead. The truth is i was scared all these years to even think of the possibility that she had survived.” Sali told her husband as they got together in the hotel room they had booked for their honeymoon.
After the wedding she had had talked to her mother who told her everything that happened and how she survived. The girls decided Sali’s mother stayed on with them as Sali went on her honeymoon.
” come here my love, it’s nothing really. I had to make sure i tried to make you happy and am so glad you have her back.” Joe pulled her close to him.
” i have always been happy with you and even if you had not found her i stil would be happy with you but thanks anyway. ” she smiled.
” what?” He asked her as he noticed her uneasiness.
” am am… i ”
” i know, come on don’t be scared. Am not gonna hurt you” he laughed placing her face on his hands .
” i looked forward to this day, now here i am not knowing what to do” she chuckled narrowing her eyes.
Sali was in a towel, she had taken a shower after they arrived. Looking at Joe’s now bare muscline chest made her feel nervous of the obvious.
“Dont worry, you will know everything and its gonna be worthy the wait” he responded pulling off the towel. He lay her down the bed gently engaging in a passionate kiss.
Joe took time making his wife have a memorable time. She felt so delicate in his arms and with gentleness he took her to distances of pleasure and passion. Making her want more of him, he knew he had it all right.
The first seemed a but challenging he noticed she seemed tense and flinched as he tried to enter her for the first time ever getting were no man had before.
But the times after, came out easier and better, her body felt belonging to his and he knew it was the beginning of many years to come of experiencing emmerse pleasure and passion.
Sali looked at Joe’s face afterwards, she felt complete and bound to him. His half closed eyes looked at her and he smiled.
” it was worth the wait right?” He asked.
” more than worth my dear husband. This was the most amazing moment of my life and am glad to have you as my husband” she smiled proudly.
” there are many more good moments coming your way my love i promise you that.” Joe kissed her with a smile.
Sali felt that goodness inside her, her heart knew she was home finally. Whatever lay ahead of her was to be good. And she knew even in hard times, Joe would be there besides her. She smiled as she moved her head and lay closer to his face his soft breath as she slept warming her face.
” i love you Joe.” She whispered
” i love you more my wife” he smiled in his sleep wrapping his arms around her.
Thandi stood by the window watching some vehicles pass in the road down. She had just finished signing in the biggest contract with a an American company to become the black face to represent an African Business owned by the Americans. Now she had to think of taking part in the world black women contest which was to come up in a couple of months.
she was still standing there when she felt soft hands hold her from her back gently stroking her shoulders.
” oh my God that feels so good!” She chuckled with a smile.
” mmmmm i told you, having me by your side here in South Africa was a good idea.” Came the deep voice of Alex.
” i just hate the fact that you had to turn down that man’ s case to be here with me babe” she frowned turning to face him.
” don’t worry, other cases are lined up for me and i can choose whatever i want. Besides i don’t like that man, why defend someone i know is not innocent after all just because he has money” He shrugged still rubbing Thandi’s shoulders.
” wow, luck me right? I cant Imagine myself alone in a strange country. Having you here is more than thrilling” she said happily wrapping her hands around his neck.
” when are we going to tell everyone about our wedding coming next month?” He asked her.
” babe, who else is there to tell apart from a few friends and your family? We can call them tonight. After all i plan not to have a big event. Am okey with only a church blessing and a small party afterwards.” She sighed pulling him to sit down on the bed and sitting on his laps facing him.
” Don’t forget you are the one who attracts the media and they will definitely want it covered. Plus you know how Harold is he won’t let it pass without making a story in his magazine. So my sweet babe, get used to being publised and change your mind set. We are going to have a blast wedding ” Alex giggled.
” okey. As long as am marrying the man i love. Let it be whatever, big or small i don’t mind. ” she smiled looking into his eyes.
Thandi was happy too. Everyday that came by, she excelled in her work. She was a professional model and she even did home school completing her Secondary school. Alex helped her study some public administration course after they got married.
Now she had it all, the firm, the man who loved her and the money. She had become second in the world black women contest and her friends as always attended the function feeling proud of what she had achieved.
Mattie had given birth to a baby boy, a replica of Kelly. His deep eyes and round face always reminded her of him. She was so happy, seeing him grow everday made her feel the pride of being a mother.
Even though she missed Kelly at times, as years went by she felt much better. It is true what they say. When one dies it is trully painful but the Lord has a way of comforting us.
Mattie and Noah who kept following her around, grew close to each other. Two years later, she decided to give him a chance. He was not as charming as Kelly, but she learnt to love him.
He was a unique person with a strong vibrant personality that kept her smiling most of the times. His ability to interact and bond with her child made her see a father in him.
She had not yet agreed to marry him, but promised she would whenever she felt ready.
” i will wait for that day you will open your heart to have me as yours. For now we can continue living together, after all a marriage certificate is just a paper” he told her one day as they sat in a couch togther, the 2 year old Kelly playing with his toys.
Mattie had moved in with him after Thandi and Alex got married. She unlike Sali, who her husband stopped from doing the fish business and opened some boutique for her in town, got out of the business.
Mattie expanded it, she now had some 3 other branches opened in different locations and would run them remotely with hired workers as she decided to be a full time mother to her child.
Noah understood her, he always admired her charisma and her hard work. Even when he so much wanted to support her fully, she still did most of the things for herself.
Her step to move in with him gave him hope that one day, she would agree to marry him. Her eyes on him made him feel she love him and that was enough to hold on to. He felt her and baby Kelly where part of his life and it felt so good seeing them both so close to him.
” i fall in love with you Noah, i just need time to commit to a marriage ” she whsiperd to him and he smiled.
” that’s more than what i wanted to hear Mattie. Thats enough for me” he added seriously.
” Kelly is so taken up with catoons and toys, can i have his mother to myself now?” Noah whipsered in Mattie’s ears.
” mmmmm sounds inviting, but someone needs to watch him right?” She pointed at the boy as Noah kissed her slightly.
” thats easy, the maid will check on him” he smiled back.
Pulling her up, he led her to his bedroom unbuttoning his shirt. Mattie smiled, seeing him so heated up and breathing heavily.
” well Doc, can you take it easy” she laughed as he pulled up her top.
” you purnish me by not making me your husband but this you will not run away from”
he chuckled narrowing his eyes and placing his face on her stomac tickling her she let a laugh.
Noah looked up at her face as he leaked her nipples and he smiled seeing her mouth pat with pleasure and her eyes closed.
” i think you love my body more than my person” she teased as he gently pushed her to lay down.
” i love all of you Matilda you have to believe me. Your body is an added advantage though” he responded kissing her almost every where.
” will you man up and do this, or you will keep on purnishing me?” She let a laugh pulling him up to her lips.
” mmmmmhmm am glad to hear the queen wanting my body too” he smiled looking into her eyes.
” do i make you happy?” He asked rubbing his hands in her inside thighs.
” ofcourse, who wouldnt feel happy with such creative hands working on them” she laughed making him slowly get himself in her.
Their connection was evident, Mattie knew she wouldnt deny she had failed to keep her promise never to love another man again.
In her mind she knew she had given herself to him and he made every moment of love making worth it. Being a doctor he somehow seemed knowledgeable about her body and he always made sure she was fully satisfied making it hard to resit his every touch.
She let a scream as she felt her body vibrate in his embrace and he breathed heavily smiling proudly he achieved his mission that evening.
” what more can i do for my beautiful house mate?” He teased still laying on top of her.
” you have paid all your dues Doc, you are the man” she smiled at him and he sighed shaking his head.
” are you always this funny?” He asked placing his palm in hers.
” mostly” she smiled
” i can’t wait to see and hear more of your sense of humor” he responded leaning his head on her.
A year after their marriage, Sali and Joe had a child too. She was a girl who Sali named Matilda. With time her relationship with Joe’s parents improved and she was glad they finally got to understand her.
Her mother moved in with them to help with the child but decided to go back to Chongwe were they had got her a farm. Her powers had subsided too after the torture she had gone through and she was glad Sali was free too. Sometimes Sali would have dreams of the future but mostly it was for good and not evil.
Thandi and Alex had plans to have kids too but Alex insisted he needed some years more to live with only his lovely wife.
He told her she had to continue her career without being interrupted for some more years. What mattered to him was she was his and he was proud of what she had become.
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Well, that was a happy ending for the undisputed girls, they had fought, they cried, they felt hopless at times, they endured the worst moments of their lives, but with each other they forged ahead.
There is no disputing the fact that friendship sometimes, is what we need to give us hope and courage to move forward. When you know that someone out there is your true friend, who would stand by you whatever may come your way, you are made to stand with boldness and strength.
What was unsdiputed in this story is the true friendship of the three girls. Who in a way, God destined to meet for a greater purpose. They all found happiness, God blessed them with the gift of love and success, covering up all they had endured. Now they all lived happly in the end.
…….. The End……………..