I arrive at the café a few minutes later then I step out of the car. I walk into the café, looking around until I spot him sitting at the far end of the café. I walk up to him and when he sees me he looks up smiling at me.
He stands up,’ Hey you,’ he cups my face in his hands and kisses my forehead.
‘You look beautiful,’ he says
I feel myself blushing. ‘Thank you, you don’t look bad yourself.’
He smiles, I pull out one of the chairs before sitting down he sits down too.
‘I didn’t think you would make it,’ he says
‘I needed some fresh air.’
‘I see.’
The waitress walks to our table a minute later and takes our order. Kai orders toast, bacon and juice while I order coffee and cake.
‘How are the girls?’
‘They are perfect.’
‘And your husband?’
I frown and roll my eyes, ‘He is perfectly fine as well.’
‘Why the rolling of the eyes?’ he laughs
‘My husband sometimes gets on my nerves we actually had an argument before I left.’
“Is he cheating?’
‘He wouldn’t dare cheat on me, I am psycho and he knows it.’
‘So what happened?’
I intently look at him, ‘I don’t think you called me here to talk about my husband.’
He laughs, he opens his mouth to say something but is interrupted by the waitress she puts our food on the table and walks away.
I take small sips of my coffee as he takes a bite of his toast. There is a long silence between us for a few minutes as we eat. Suddenly he leans towards me from across the table and picks up one of my hands and turns it over his. As he touches my hand, a shiver sweeps through me and I feel nervous.
‘I haven’t stopped thinking about you Tasha,’ he says as he looks into my eyes.
My heart skips a beat,
I met Kia three months ago.  The first time we met I was angry, I had an argument with Fred and I decided to go out with my friend Prisca to cool off. And that night I made the stupidest, mistake of my life.
I got drunk and Kia showed up, I don’t know what happened but I was all over him, we kissed and made out in his car. I was actually this close to sleeping with him when Prisca knocked on the window and pulled me out. He asked for my number before I left and I gave it to him.
I know I should never have let it go any further than that, but he called me the next day and we got talking, two weeks later we met up and shared yet another passionate kiss.
I told him I couldn’t have anything to do with him and hence I have been avoiding him since then though we have been talking here and there. Kia is married with one child.
‘I know I shouldn’t feel what I am feeling but I can’t help it you know? That kiss we shared made me feel things I have never felt before.’
‘You know I am a married woman right?’ I ask
‘And I am a married man.’
‘So you stick to your wife and let me stick to my husband.’
‘The same husband you are always complaining about?’
I laugh, ‘Don’t use that against me.’
‘I am sorry.’
‘What do you want?’
‘A chance.’
‘I love my husband, yes I know he isn’t perfect but he loves me perfectly.’
‘I know you feel something for me.’
I don’t know what I am feeling at the moment but I know that the kiss we shared ignited emotion in me, emotion I don’t want to feel. But I know I can’t let it happen again, one kiss and I might end up doing something that I would later regret.
‘You know what?’
‘What?’ he asks
‘Let’s just forget about all this, I can only offer you friendship and nothing else, I don’t want to defile my marriage.’
Our gazes lock. ‘Okay.’ he responds
‘Okay?’ My eyes widen in surprise, I didn’t expect him to accept defeat just like that.
‘Yes, if you want to be just friends then I respect that.’
When it’s time to go, we stand up and he puts his hand around my shoulder and squeezes it from the side. The hug leaves me feeling uncomfortable, this is a public place and anyone could walk in and get the wrong idea.
I pull away from him and we walk out towards my car.
‘Thanks for coming,’ he says
‘Thanks for inviting me and thanks for accepting to be just friends.’
‘You are welcome.’
He pulls me into his arms and hugs me tightly, as if his life depends on it, I pull away from him.
‘I have to get going.’
‘Sorry. I got carried away.’
‘I will see you later.’
He leans in and kisses my forehead before h opens the door for me I get into my car and shut the door. I start the car and drive off instantly.
I have just finished preparing breakfast for the kids when a knock sounds at the door.
‘I will get it,’ Talia says
‘its okay hun I will get it you need to start eating your breakfast.’
She frowns, ‘Your wish is my command Mr.’
I laugh, ‘Such attitude
I open the door to find a woman wearing a t-shirt and a chitenge wrapped around her waist standing on my door step.
‘‘Hello,’ she politely says
‘My name is Leah and I am here for the interview.’
I open the door wider and allow her in.
‘Please feel at home,’ I say gesturing at the couch. She sits down and I sit on the couch across from her.
‘My name is Fred, Fred Sakala, my wife and I have two kids.’
‘Have you worked before?’
‘I worked at a school in Kabwe as a maid so I am very good with kids.’
‘I see. Why did you stop?’
‘The school closed down.’
‘I was hoping I would find your wife.’
‘She is on her way but I should warn you that my wife talks too much, if you are too emotional and can’t handle someone who talks too much, I think this job isn’t for you.’
She laughs, ‘I have dealt with talkative people all my life I guess I can handle her.’
‘We don’t want someone who will be here for a week or two we want someone to be here atleast for a year and more.’
‘Then you can count on me.’
‘Daddy!’ Talia calls out.
‘Yes hun.’
‘Aren’t you coming to eat?’
‘I will join you shortly.’
‘Please be quick.’
‘How old are your children?’
‘Talia is seven and Taylor is three.’
‘Thank you.’
‘I will just attend to the kids as we wait for my wife.’


An hour later I pull up I front of my house, before I step out of my car, I check my phone and as suspected Kai has texted.
“Are you home already? I know I promised to lay low but I can’t stop thinking about you.’
I feel the warmth of the blush crawling up my cheeks as I respond to his message.
“I just got home & you really need to stop texting me, I am married woman remember?’
A second later there is another vibration on my phone and this time around the warmth spreads through my body as i read his text, ‘I wish I met you earlier, you are everything I want in a woman.’
‘Stop it.’
‘I am serious.’
‘When am i gonna see you again?’
‘Boy bye,’ I respond before I tuck my phone back into my purse. I get out of my car and shut the door then I walk towards the house, I hope he will stop texting me. As far as everyone is concerned, Fred and I have the perfect marriage even though we have been having issues the past few years I don’t want to ruin the illusion by starting an affair with another man.
Fred and I come a long way he took me to school and made me the person I am today. I love and appreciate him though my actions speak a different story. I do love him but in my own special way though sometimes he irritates me and another thing I hate is his job.
I wish he can go back to school and just study something else, he is below me and sometimes I feel I deserve better, I should be married to a CEO of a company and not a teacher.
Anyway, I push the door open and enter the house firmly closing the door behind me. As I walk into the living room, I see a strange lady sitting on my couch watching television.
“Who are you?’ I ask pinching my eyebrows together.
She instantly stands up and smiles at me, “Hello madam,’ she reaches out to shake my hand.
“And you are?’ I ask once again
“I am Leah.”
“And what are you doing in my house? Why are you even sitting on my clean couch?’ My voice isn’t pleasant. I hate to find strangers sitting on my couch, they are quiet expensive.
Before she responds, Fred comes out of the kitchen with a beer in one hand. He walks over to me, leans down to kiss me and nuzzle my neck but I push him off me.
“Who is she?’
“Her name is Leah and she is here for the interview.’
I exhale loudly, ‘She is the maid?’
‘And you allowed her into my living room? You asked her to sit on my couch? Do you know how much these are? They cost me a fortune Fred.’
‘Tasha come on, you expected me to ask her to sit on the floor?’
‘Outside on the verandah, we don’t even know this woman, for all we care she could be a criminal,’ I snap.
‘My bad.’
‘You always find ways to annoy me.”
“I am sorry.’
I shake my head and turn to the woman in question, ‘Please carry your bag and leave my house.’
‘I said leave?’ I yell
She grabs her bag and runs out of the house Fred is about to go after her but I grab his arm, “you wouldn’t dare run after a stranger would you?’
He takes a deep breath, ‘You are impossible.’
“I don’t like that woman so let us wait for someone else, well unless you have other motives.’
He takes a sip from his beer and throws himself on the couch.
“Where are my babies?’
“In there room.’
I walk to the children’s bedroom they are laying on the bed watching Sofia the first, there all time favourite.
“Hey my darlings.’
“Mummy!’ they jump up and down.
I scope Taylor in my hands and hug her tightly, ‘My bambino is growing so big,’ I whisper
She giggles.
I sit on the bed and Talia hugs me from behind, ‘What did you get us?’
I hand her the small plastic with the cake I got from the café, she shares with her sister and they start eating.  I love my children a lot though they are more close to their father because he spends a lot of time with them plus I am a little strict and their father is always tolerant of them.
I spend some time with them reading and singing for them, afterwards some more ladies come for the interview and I interview them one after the other till I finally find one that I like.
Her name is Fatima, she is dark in complexion and not very beautiful, I love how is she dressed, long blue dress, a head wrap around her head and some black sandals.
“So I will see you tomorrow Fatty,’ I wave at her as she walks out of the gate.
I rush back to my room I get a quick shower and brush my teeth. After leaving the bathroom, I walk back into the bedroom I make the bed before I get dressed.
I decide to wear a yellow off the shoulder blouse and pink slacks I let my hair fall loosely on my shoulders and slip my feet into a pair of sandals.
I apply my make up perfectly then I scan my perfume shelf, grab one of my favourite perfumes, spritz here and there walk out of my room leaving a trail of fragrance behind.
When I get to the kitchen, Fred and the kids are having their lunch.
“I will see you later.’
‘Okay,’ he responds.
I kiss the girls goodbye and head out of the house, I am meeting up with my best friend Prisca for lunch, we will go shopping after lunch and then later in the evening go clubbing.
Prisca and I have been friends for more than ten years, she is my go to person, she is my sister from another mother, I love her whole heartedly I can never do wrong by her.
I head over to the restaurant I arrive first at our usual meeting place. It is a small restaurant in the outskirts of town. I order myself a drink while waiting for Prisca to arrive.
After what seems like forever, Prisca finally arrives we chit chat for a while before we make our order. “So I met up with Kia today,’ I say
Her eyes widen, ‘Say what?’ she squeals with excitement.
“Shut up.’
‘Details please.’
“He says he likes me and would like me to give him a chance.’
‘I can’t.’
‘I am a married woman, dah!’
‘And who cares?’
“I do.’
‘How are things with Fred?’
I shrug, ‘Same old stuff.’
‘You see.’
“He has his flaws but he loves me and I love him, I am not gonna leave him for someone I hardly know.’
“I am not telling you to leave him, I am just telling you to let loose and have some fun.’
“I only agreed to be friends with him.’
She rolls her eyes and smirks, “Let’s see how long you guys will last as friends.”
“Shut up"

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