Sekamatte has been hearing rumours about Janeti and the guy she’s been seeing on the side for some time. As they are rumours and he sees himself as an upright young man, he has struggled with the burden, not knowing what to do about this potato.
Last year he proposed. After stalling for a lifetime in which he was written off by everyone as a non-man, he threw caution to the wind and asked Janeti to be his wife. He thought it through thoroughly before he said anything so he does not regret it.
He has been saving up for the dream wedding. He has taken up three additional jobs to cover the bill. He also wants to give his sweetheart the best life he can offer. He loves her like that.
But now his countenance is constantly clouded. Its like he is always trying to solve some secret mental puzzle. He is back to the drab khaki pants and the unpolished shoes we thought were now history since he met the woman of his life and was transformed. He talks to himself as he walks and he even goes past his house sometimes because he is far too gone in his thoughts.
Since he does not hang out with his peers, doesn’t imbibe the poison and doesn’t think Ange and Silk are all that, those who know him are at a loss for what to do about him. They know there is something wrong but they don’t know how to help him out.
Someone knows what’s going on though. And he cannot help him since he is the one who brought it on. Some guy called James. He became friends with Sekamatte about the time he hooked up with Janeti but that’s neither here nor there. No one really cares about this, least of all, Sekamatte.
The issue is that James has planted the seed. He’s told the poor soul that Janeti has not been true to him. The extra hours he’s putting in and the fact that he is always tired at the end of the day have not really impressed Janeti in the way he thought they would. She feels he’s abandoned her and that the wedding is now more important to him.
According to James, Janeti has been going out with a certain Juma, a moneyed, potbellied, dark monster with monster wheels to boot. Said monster has been picking her up at her hostel at a safe hour, when Sekamatte has retired to his own house tired and looking forward to his sleep.
Jilted lover is too proud to bring it up with his ladylove. But it’s killing him inside.
Today, James gave him a book. He said he might find a solution in the book. The book is called Othello.