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VUS.ISM: THE MOTHERS OF KANA IV
12H15 THURSDAY, 23 OCTOBER 2014
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Chapter I
Chapter II
Chapter III

We pledge allegiance to gods and suffer religiosity. But it is our demons that we hold dear. They tolerate our flawed state of being human. Thus as our nature pulls us away from our god-selves, it is our inadequacies that grant us contentment with our inherent ungodliness.

Ubu held on tightly to the baby as Killy was embracing both of them. She kept her eyes shut, squeezing her eyelids as tight as possible. She didn’t want to see, the blood on oozing, curdling on the ground. But it was an image that has burnt itself onto her memory long before this day. She couldn’t un-see, that day, long ago, in her mother’s bathroom. She couldn’t bring back the life that had been lost.

“After all that your father has done for you. Our heavenly Father has a special place in Hell for creatures like you, my dear child. Ooh, you and the bastard inside you will burn!”

Ubu’s mother’s voice was low, stern yet trembling with anger. Little drops of spit shot out of her mouth as she wished heavenly vengeance upon her own child. Her face contorted devilishly with each word she spoke. It has always been a bizarre knack Ubu’s mother had; to be able to reach inside a person’s being and crush their very soul, without ever using any swear words. She used normal, everyday words. It was in her unhinged intent that she could defile otherwise harmless syntax.

Had it been under different circumstances, however, Ubu’s mother would have been shrieking her lungs out. But that would be conduct unbecoming of a holy woman that was Ubu’s mother. The highly regarded wife of the Pastor Ndunge of the Church of the Holy Morning Star. The most fervent of the new age churches in Kwa-Langa. It was held in the pastor’s garage, with a meek congregation that dutifully attended every service that tapered with a promise of their inevitable inheritance of the earth. “The meek will inherit whatever the strong discard”, Ubu would sometimes hear her mother mutter after another service.

Many a days had seen the sweat dripping garage roof vibrating from religious pandemonium that saw cripples jumping out of wheelchairs, even if it was for just a few days. All knew of the overwhelming sermons served by Pastor Ndunge, Mrs. Ndunge and daughter Ubuhle were never being too far out of sight. In fact so strong was Mrs. Ndunge’s presence in all services that it would feel quiet dry without her. In fact so strong was her presence that dancing and singing would be quiet feeble were it not for her commanding glare. In fact so strong was her menacing poise that all knew that the weakling that was her husband had neither the brains nor the lust for power needed to run such a congregation. You see, were it not for Jesus, Mrs. Ndunge would have happily occupied the position of self-proclaimed saviour of the morally corrupt. Whether or not she had the supernatural capacities of the Messiah was immaterial to a woman with a personality ominous enough to compel people believe that she did indeed have divine relations.

What of being the 17 yr old daughter of a woman who fancied herself holier than the Son of God himself? Well, what can you do, with all the world’s righteousness occupying the same being, you are left to scavenge for her unattainable approval or, quiet frankly, be damned. After years failed to attain the former, Ubu’s sentence was the latter.

To her mother, the reasons of how the monstrous deed came to be paled in comparison to the disgrace that Ubu had brought on to the family. It didn’t matter that Ubu’s chubby body did not show that she was with child until she was 4 months on the way. It didn’t matter that, somehow, her periods came as regularly as they always had. It didn’t matter how Ubu had gotten to pregnant. It didn’t matter that she had no say in the matter. It didn’t matter that she was forced. It didn’t matter that she was held down, she couldn’t fight him off. It didn’t matter that she was too terrified to say that it was the choir leader. It didn’t matter that it hurt. None of these things mattered because if your mother fancy's herself as a member of the holy trinity, either way you are damned.

What if you’re the 17yr old pregnant daughter of a woman holier than God? Well, when your father is not home, your mother will come into your bedroom. She will give you two large pills that are difficult to swallow, you will swallow them. She will command you to stay in bed, you will comply. After some time, you will feel as if your inside have been twisted into a tight knot and doused with acid. The pain will surge up your spine and numb your legs. It will feel as if you’re dying, from inside. Then, once your wincing is about to escalate into screams, she will come fetch you from the bedroom and march you to the bathroom. You sit on the edge of the toilet seat, lift up your dress and open your legs. Bite on the wooden spoon she gave you. Remember, it's all your fault so there's no use pleading with her. Oh, by the way, don’t bother praying, our Heavenly Father heeds not sobs immoral infidels like you. Try to numb yourself. Feel grateful and privileged to have a mother who would endure such sacrifice when she kneels down in front of you as bloody goop and brownish matter flop out from between your legs. You are allowed to cry, but while your insides are ripped apart just try not to make a noise. Soon it will be over and you will be exorcised of the demon spawn within you. Don't forget to clean up the mess.

A few days after that, your wincing and limping around the house, caused by the wounds that won’t heal, will annoy your mother and raise suspicions from your ignorant father. For this reason your mother will finally take you on an extended visit to your aunts in the rural areas because, “it will do you good to get the city mischief out of you?” she will say. What of your father? He won’t object. The coward only wants the best for you.

You know very well that this will all happen unless, of course, on the eve of your departure you pack what you can, sneak through the house and head into the night and hope that one day, the sun will rise. Because if your mother is the Second Coming, either way, you are damned.

Chapter V

Chapter VI 
Chapter VII
Chapter VIII

Chapter IX
Chapter X
Chapter XI

Chapter XII

Words & Illustration: Vus (@JustVus)

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    I gobbled it, now I'm meditating on it! Wondering, what would become of the pastors daughter? Will she turn out to be another "creature"of the night; surviving the unforgiving street-lights of the Mother-City? I guess I will have to wait until all is illuminated. Yizanazo, keep them coming chap!

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    the lengths some mothers will go to ensure their "good" name in the community...

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