(Once again, Mthembeni is in the bar, sitting and drinking alone. Honey is walking in.)
Honey: Oh, my God, Mthembeni? Is that you?
(She walks to Mthembeni’s table.)
Honey: How are you?
Mthembeni: (hesitant) I’ve been better.
Honey: (chewing gum)Ohh, my word! I can’t believe it’s really you! Long time!
Mthembeni: Yeah, long time!
Honey: How long has it been? Seven years?
Mthembeni: Eight. But who’s counting? (forcing a smile)
Honey: Yeah that’s right because Lubanzi is eight.
Honey: No one. Never mind.
(There is an awkward silence. Mthembeni takes a sip of his drink.)
Honey: I thought you said you’d never drink.
Mthembeni: Well…I was in high school back then. I didn’t know how hard life was going to be.
Honey: Trouble in paradise?
Mthembeni: (sigh) Something like that.
Honey: I heard you got married!
Mthembeni: Yes I did.
Honey: How long has it been?
Mthembeni: Four years.
Honey: Wow! I guess you got lucky first huh?
Mthembeni: I guess.
Honey: So what’s the problem?
Mthembeni: There is no problem.
Honey: Come on, Mthembeni. I can see you’re hurting. You can talk to me.
Mthembeni: (embarrassed) It’s that obvious huh?
Mthembeni: (sigh) Well, we’re just going through a rough time. We uhm…we’ve been trying to have a baby for a long time but we keep on failing. We’ve had three miscarriages.
Honey: Oh dear, that’s terrible! I’m so sorry. How is she coping?
Mthembeni: Not good. We’ve been fighting a lot.
Honey: You poor thing. I’m sorry for asking you this. I know it’s none of my business but…do you love her? I mean like…do you really, really love her?
Mthembeni: Of course I do. That’s why I married her.
Honey: Does she love you? You know…like I did?
(Mthembeni pauses and stares at her.)
Mthembeni: So…where’s your blesser?
Honey: (looking down) We broke up. Turned out he had six wives. Oh wait…Mthembeni please don’t tell me you’re still dwelling on that! I thought you got over it. That means you still have feelings for me?
(Mthembeni keeps quite.)
Honey: Is it true?
Mthembeni: Even if it was true Honey… it’s too late. And I don’t think I can forgive you for what you did to me. Honey, I loved you. But you just dumped me like a dog for a guy who was ten years older than you!
Honey: I’m sorry. Let me make it up to you. Let me take you out and go see a movie. Maybe grab something to eat. What do you say?
Mthembeni: I don’t think that will be a good idea.
Honey: Come on. It’s gonna help you get your mind off things. I promise. Look, if you’re worried that I might try and seduce you I give you my word I won’t. I just want to cheer you up.
Mthembeni: I’m really not in the mood.
Honey: Please Mthembeni, please. It’s gonna be fun. I feel like I owe you one.
Mthembeni: Well…I guess you do owe me.
Honey: Yeeey! We gonna have some fun!
(Anna is sitting on the couch looking at a photo album. She has been doing some serious crying. There is a knock on the door. Cynthia walks in.)
Anna: (jumping to her) Cynthia!
(Anna is hugging her, holding her tight.)
Anna: (sobbing) I kicked him out sis! I chased him away!
Cynthia: It’s okay, Anna. He will come back. He knows not to leave you.
Anna: He is gone! I chased him away.
Cynthia: He will come back. He will come back, Anna. Stop crying. He’ll be home tonight.
Anna: Cynthia you don’t understand. The funeral is tomorrow. What if he doesn’t make it? What if he doesn’t come?
Cynthia: He will make it. He won’t miss his son’s funeral. He will come. Just don’t cry.
Anna: I’m scared, sis!
Cynthia: Don’t be, honey. Everything will be fine. Your sister is here now. We gonna get through this together. I promise.
Tell us: Mthembeni and Honey are going out on a date, what are your thoughts?