After Kwame Mainu reconciled together with his spouse, Consolation, he had made a plan to return to Kumasi and dwell with Consolation at her house within the Backyard Metropolis of Nhyiasu. All preparations had been made aside from a proper finish to his now dormant relationship together with his longtime mistress and helper, Afriyie. He suspected the farewell would not be too emotional as Afriyie spent a variety of time serving to out on the home of Kwame’s good friend, Tom Arthur, whose father and younger son had each been ailing. Afriyie had been Tom’s first girlfriend, and for the reason that demise of Tom’s spouse, Akos Mary, they gave the impression to be rising nearer once more.
One evening in July 1997, after his daughter Akosua had retired to her room, Kwame learn for half an hour earlier than mattress. Since serving to Akosua along with her English literature homework, Kwame had developed an curiosity in English poetry, generally attempting out a translation into Twi. He appreciated to seek out parallels with Asante proverbs. Reaching for a compendium of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s works, he ruefully mirrored on his failure to translate “however the clink of the guinea pig aids the ache Honor feels”. The one tinkling he may consider was the seductive sound of the speaking beads worn by Ghanaian ladies and ladies across the waist subsequent to the pores and skin. Might this ringing additionally assist with the ache honor feels?
The surprising sound of a key within the lock of the entrance door, adopted by the clicking of the sunshine swap within the corridor, abruptly introduced Kwame again to the right here and now. It may solely be Afriyie, so he was ready a second earlier than she appeared. She got here in and sat throughout from him with, “Oh effectively, I hoped to see you after Akosua went to mattress.”
“Shall I make sizzling chocolate?”
‘Let me do it; I will be sooner.’
Afriyie was again quickly, with steaming mugs and a plate of biscuits. ‘This is rather like the outdated days,’ stated Kwame, ‘are you uninterested in Tom’s home?’
“No, I prefer it there.”
“Do you need to keep there?”
“Tom says you need to return to Ghana and stick with Consolation.”
“Did he additionally let you know he needed you to stick with him?”
“Sure he did.”
They sat in silence for some time, interrupted by occasional crunches, sips, or swallows. He reached out and took her hand. “I need to thanks for standing by me via good instances and unhealthy,” he stated. “I’ll all the time be pleased about what you’ve executed for me and Akosua and I would like us to all the time be mates. All of us return to our old flame, however that does not imply there cannot be a connection between us.’
She completed her drink, gave him a young kiss on the cheek, and with out one other phrase allowed herself to exit the way in which she had come. ‘Then it is all settled,’ Kwame stated softly.