Uwi and Kay
UWI AND KAY (Part 1 of 6). I stormed out of Kayumba’s room. After twelve years, I couldn’t believe this is how things were going to end between us.
“Uwi, let me explain — “ he tried as he ran after me.
“Explain what? That everything we’ve shared since we first left home when we were eight was a lie? That you’re not just going to marry a pretty little woman your family picks like an obedient Rwandan? Or that your family didn’t just call and ask if they should begin negotiating the bride’s price? Are you that stupid that you thought I’ll never find out?” I screamed. I didn’t care that people in the university corridors were staring at us.
“Ask me which family mine is about to speak to,” Kay said calmly.
At that point, I thought I was going to attack him. Was he really asking me to ask him about the girl he was about to marry?
“Fine, I’ll just tell you. They’re a small family back home in Rwanda with the most beautiful daughter in the world — “ Kay began.
“So you KNOW her already?” I screamed. He was really asking for it.
“Uwimana, will you just listen to me please? I don’t really know the family, but I do know the daughter. In fact, I met her in a science class when we were made lab partners. And she’s had an unbreakable hold on my heart ever since.”
I paused, confused.
“Even though we were in a different country, with her around, I never missed home. Over the next twelve years, she became my first thought as I woke up each morning and my last thought as I went to bed each night,” Kay continued.
“Wait. So unless you’ve had another woman in your life this whole time, the person you want to marry is — “ I began.
“You, Uwi,” Kay finished, “but I wanted to do it right, which is why I was speaking to my family about speaking to yours. I think it’s time they met, don’t you?”
I blushed. Uwi reached into his pocket and pulled out what looked like a ring made from a copper wire.
“It’s always been you, Uwi. I knew it right from that time we made those circuits together in lab, which is when I stole this wire. I’ve kept it with me all these years, waiting for the moment I could put it on your finger,” he said.
“And then replace it with a real diamond, I hope,” I said playfully.
“And then replace it with whatever you want, starting with all the happiness in the world. If only you’ll let me,” he said sweetly.
“You really are stupid,” I said as I put on the copper wire, which I really couldn’t believe he’d saved #LumLoves