“Excuse me, do you know where I can find Barbours Departmental store?”
He swang around. Instead of answering he spent his time admiring what was in front of him. She scared the daylights out of him
“Oh yes , yah, yes” he found himself saying.
Wat are you saying, she asked in astonishment. ?
“I mean Barbours is just around the corner, along First Street, you wouldn’t miss it. But may I please have your number”. He finished the sentence in a half shout, as she had walked away. “I’m James by the way,” he shouted
She looked back , tilted her head downwards so as to look from the top of her sunshades with that smile expression of “loser” written all over her face.
She was swinging, black mini skirt, so short that even women turned around to admire the great feature behind her. High heals and dangling car keys, Merc keys. She had an 8 figure shaped body. Her eyes made men shy away. She had dimples.
All that he could do was swallow saliva, as he couldn’t even blink. Neither could he walk. Even though he swallowed, nothing went down. The throat was dry.
* * *
“Will all those going to Mutorashanga please board, this is the last kombi (commuter omnibus ) for the day”.
“Driver my money is tallying, please stop the bus. Vabereki someone didn’t pay me”, shouted the conductor
“It’s me who didn’t pay”, said a soft frail voice on the front seat. She looked as though she was sick and her mind wasn’t anywhere nearby.
Everyone stared at her.
“Do I know you? Have we met before?”, asked the driver. She raised her face to meet the eyes of the driver
“Ah I remember you. The girl I directed to Barbours, black mini skirt , Merc keys in hand, you remember me, It’s James. “What happened to the Merc and all that glamour?”
“Conductor don’t worry she is staff. No need for her to pay”.
Tears rolled down her cheeks. She sobbed. The place she was hearding isn’t the kindof place where people give you a tissue to wipe your tears. They all expect to use your palms.
“It all began 2months ago…”, she began
“Tafara 1 bus stop”, I shouted as I saw my drop off point, as she began her story, I too was curious to know what transpired to this former great cat walker
…….. to be continued