Chipo’s bridesmaids Group:
Cynthia: D-Day is almost here, what time are we meeting to go check out the venue?
Paida: Sister Maria just come to my place and we will go together
Christine: Some shots before we go to the venue lol
Chipo: * Typing*
Christine: Chipo are you ready for the big day?
Chipo: After what you did at the party, if you take shots today I will have drunk bridesmaids walking down the aisle tomorrow lol. The day is here * dancing*
Christine: lol we will see about that, see you all just now
Andile :Oh my did you see Cy? We have turned sister Maria into a monster mamacitas
Chipo: Paida you missed out hey Cy was on fire. Ladies gotta go ,you know dem aunties last minute talks. See you soon xoxo
Christine :okay mamie see you soon
Cynthia : lol guys. Paida I am coming over now
The party had been epic, after Chipo had been given the lowdown on being a good wife and I even took down some notes for future use
1. Shave it all. We don’t need to see a Tarzan walking around . I felt like howling when they said this, do these ladies know the pain you feel when you bump into something after giving your cookie a treat.
2. Keep him full. A hungry man is an angry man, lol @keeping him full do they understand what they truly want these peeps?
3. Don’t be a log, remember what you come for. This made me realise terms and conditions apply, there is blueprint to this marriage thingy.
4. Communicate and always keep your house smart. The inner rebel in me sipped some tea as they shared how you need to do all the chores what about hubby dearest, when I am tired can’t he cook also ?
After the “Good Wife” lecture, we waited for the grannies and aunties to leave so we could head to Pariah State to tick off things on Chipo’s dare list.
“Who run the world girls , who run the world girls, who run this mother f………” played in the background
“Now ladies it’s time to dare, dare to be great, first up Chips needs to down a shot of tequila
“ Tequila tequila , tequila,”, we screamed as Chips downed the tequila.
“Next up dance with a stranger and a kiss”, Christine read out the second dare
“Amaihwe I need a drink”, Cynthia retorted, after all she is Sister Maria who loves to stay on the safe side but she wanted to drink. Chipo manoeuvred her way to a guy who had been standing alone at the bar and asked to dance with him, luckily he was up for the challenge and even gave him a peck. We later joined her on the dance floor and oh boy we danced and drank like thirsty fish until it was time to go home.
“Ping little pong who is sober amongst all”, Christine asked as we got into the car
“Sister Maria on the rescue, ready for takeoff. Ladies fasten your seatbelt, we should be landing at Chipo’s residence in a few minutes to come”, Cynthia shouted as we sped off to Chipo’s house
When we arrived at her house and settled down, we had surprised Chips with some presents
“Mamacitas what is this? “ , Chipo commented as she opened Christine’s present to find a pack of blindfolds.
“Mamie for those days when you want to unleash the dragon in you, unleash it “, Christine replied
“ And this aprons for when you are cooking but always remember they are transparent for a reason, wear nothing underneath”, Andile said as she gave Chips who could not contain herself with laughter.
“I bought this set for you but it looks like little threads but the lady in the shop highly recommended it ”, Cynthia said as she presented Chips with a black lacy number.
As we turned in for the night, an elephant still hung around in the room, where was Paida? She had said she was sick but still…..
All roads lead to Meikles hotel for the final rehearsal and I am pretty anxious to see Tendai .I have chosen to ignore his messages and calls, yes it was mind blowing but he is getting married – to my friend for that matter. Let the sleeping dogs lie or I will wake up with an egg on my face, I need to contain these feelings and store them away. Have you ever loved someone and would risk it all for them but you know it will be seen as wrong? I need to play some music to wash this pain away…
“You give me love love , crazy love, you give me love love love crazy love” plays gently but is interrupted by a soft tap on my door. It must be Sister Maria, I tell myself as I walk to the door. I open the door and I see him, red sullen eyes and shaking:
“Why are you doing this Paida, you not picking up my calls and messages why?”
“You know why, you want me to be dubbed a home wrecker and be number 1 sworn enemy by Chipo”
“I want you Paida get this and I have been thinking I want to call my uncle, I no longer want to marry Chipo, I am done lying about who I truly love”
“Hold your horses Tendai, life is never fair deal with it, you chose Chipo that’s your choice. You shall have to live with it” , I yell at him as I walk back into my lounge.
“ I will declare my love for you again, I love you and I will quit just say you will stand with me love?”
Someone clears their throat in the kitchen and we both turn our heads to face Cynthia who must have heard Tendai profess his love for me. Shucks shucks shucks what have we done? We just gaze at each other for a split second in shock then Tendai quickly mumbles something as he walks hurriedly to the door. As soon as he slams the door, I greet Cynthia and quickly pack my overnight bag. The awkward silence between us just lasts for a short while before we drive off to Meikles for the rehearsal. Lucky for me she does not refer to the earlier incidence, maybe she did not hear anything after all. Yea right!
When we arrive at the hotel and we quickly head to the roof top where the ceremony will take place and we find everyone is present except Tendai. Aripi nhai?
The rehearsal begins and we pair up with our partners to walk down the aisle. My partner is a laid back simple guy, Tendai’s uncle, young and attractive but he doesn’t move me at all. After we finish our practice, we go check out the décor in the Steward Hall. The hall breathes of opulence and class, the rustic theme is really nice. I love the burgundy and white flowers that will be the centre pieces, the décor guy has surely outdone himself. We gather around to pray before we leave, I think we all need this prayer because Tendai is still not here. We all bid each other goodbyes and head for Chipo’s house.
I can’t believe that tomorrow I will walk down the aisle and marry the love of my life. Love of my life? I scoff. I mean Tendai is an okay guy, perhaps someone i can love over time. However,this is a means to an end. This had to be done so that i cannot embarrass my mother. I can almost hear her dotting on about how the Mother’s Union from church will finally put some respect on her name after this. This has to be done so my child can grow up in a loving family and Tendai will surely provide that sort of environment. This has to be done so i can forget that Nigerian monster who has me twisted even though he has a wife. As for love of my life? Are we faking it till we make it? Maybe, all i know is it simply has to be done. I need to read my vows once I finish eating supper. I reflect on his absence, what could have happened to Tendai?
“ Honey sorry for not coming to rehersal, can you come out we need to talk?”
“ Love I was worried about you, you know though that it’s bad luck to see the bride before the wedding day”
“hahahaha but I was going to see you at rehearsal though, I really need to talk to you”
“ Okay let me know when you are by the gate”
I hang up and I dash to my bedroom where my bridesmaids are chilling.They are busy fitting their shoes and my aunties are singing “Makorokoto” .It is here I am finally getting married tomorrow, I freshen up and wait patiently for Tendai.
“ Babe I am here”
“ OK coming honey”
I smile as I walk towards his car but my heart is pounding . I must really like this guy after all….