Novel by Mujibha Ziwewera

Tarisai looked in the mirror and smiled, he was very happy not knowing that happiness was about to be shortlived by a knock on the door
.
He went over and answered it and there stood his brother, Masamune. He opened his mouth to speak but was quickly cut off.
“You’re coming with us.” His brother said, ignoring his question.
Tarisai frowned as he asked “Why?”.
Masamune replied not even glancing at him “We need you to come with us, you’ve been acting weird lately and I don’t like it.”
Tarisai was about to object when they heard some noise out in the street.
“Hide.” Masamune whispered.
Tarisai obeyed, hiding in a nearby room while listening.
The sound of a knife being thrown into the air could be heard followed by some footsteps moving towards where they had been standing earlier. They were so close to being found and now was his chance.
“Hey, where are you going? You can see from here.” A female voice called out.
They both watched silently as two men turned around and walked away, not looking back.
Tarisai waited until they were gone before slowly opening the room’s door.
“Let’s go.” Was all his brother said before running down the stairs.
It wasn’t long till they heard more footsteps and then an engine started up.
“They’re heading to the airport.” Masamune explained, he looked at the clock above the stove “We better hurry before they leave, we can get them if we just follow them fast enough.” He suggested.
Tarisai nodded and went straight for his jacket, putting it on and grabbing some shoes.
They ran through the house and out through the back door.
“What the hell? Why did you do that?!” His brother demanded.
“Because those men have taken me from my home…” was all he said.
Tarisai knew how this would end, he would be taken again and he wouldn’t stand a chance, he couldn’t let this happen to him again. He couldn’t live without knowing who took him away and why.
He grabbed his brother’s hand.
“Come on! We gotta get to the airport!” He yelled.
They didn’t stop until they reached the airport.
As soon as they arrived Masamune began searching the terminal for the right flight.
Once he found it he led his brother to a seat and told him to wait there. Once he was done he sat next to his brother and leaned forward on the table, his head in his hands. After taking a few breaths he spoke to his brother again “I know what I’m doing is wrong…but there’s no other way…we can’t take any chances.”
Masamune gave his brother a sad smile and patted his shoulder before walking back towards the desk.
When he approached the person behind the counter he asked. “Excuse me, I believe we have an international connection, one which happens to go straight to Robert Mugabe Airport.”
The lady seemed confused and she checked something on her computer. “That would be correct.” She finally replied.
“How far does it go?”
She glanced at the computer screen for a second before replying “A total of 6 hours. It’ll be leaving soon.”
Masamune was relieved that their journey might end today. He didn’t care where or why it ended, all he wanted was to have his brother back and never have to think about him again.
“Is there another plane available?” Masamune asked hoping that there would be. If there wasn’t, he would just have to find a way to make himself invisible.
“Unfortunately, no. There is only the one we’re going to take. The next available flight leaves in 20 minutes.” The lady told him before turning away and speaking to someone else.
A man came up to Masamune who had just gotten ready to get up. He offered him a handshake.
“CongratulationsTarisai Masimba looked in the mirror and smiled, he was very happy by that happiness was to be shortlived by a knock on the door
.
He went over and answered it and there stood his brother, Masamune. He opened his mouth to speak but was quickly cut off.
“You’re coming with us.” His brother said, ignoring his question.
Tarisai frowned as he asked “Why?”.
Masamune replied not even glancing at him “We need you to come with us, you’ve been acting weird lately and I don’t like it.”
Tarisai was about to object when they heard some noise out in the street.
“Hide.” Masamune whispered.
Tarisai obeyed, hiding in a nearby room while listening.
The sound of a knife being thrown into the air could be heard followed by some footsteps moving towards where they had been standing earlier. They were so close to being found and now was his chance.
“Hey, where are you going? You can see from here.” A female voice called out.
They both watched silently as two men turned around and walked away, not looking back.
Tarisai waited until they were gone before slowly opening the room’s door.
“Let’s go.” Was all his brother said before running down the stairs.
It wasn’t long till they heard more footsteps and then an engine started up.
“They’re heading to the airport.” Masamune explained, he looked at the clock above the stove “We better hurry before they leave, we can get them if we just follow them fast enough.” He suggested.
Tarisai nodded and went straight for his jacket, putting it on and grabbing some shoes.
They ran through the house and out through the back door.
“What the hell? Why did you do that?!” His brother demanded.
“Because those men have taken me from my home…” was all he said.
Tarisai knew how this would end, he would be taken again and he wouldn’t stand a chance, he couldn’t let this happen to him again. He couldn’t live without knowing who took him away and why.
He grabbed his brother’s hand.
“Come on! We gotta get to the airport!” He yelled.
They didn’t stop until they reached the airport.
As soon as they arrived Masamune began searching the terminal for the right flight.
Once he found it he led his brother to a seat and told him to wait there. Once he was done he sat next to his brother and leaned forward on the table, his head in his hands. After taking a few breaths he spoke to his brother again “I know what I’m doing is wrong…but there’s no other way…we can’t take any chances.”
Masamune gave his brother a sad smile and patted his shoulder before walking back towards the desk.
When he approached the person behind the counter he asked. “Excuse me, I believe we have an international connection, one which happens to go straight to Robert Mugabe Airport.”
The lady seemed confused and she checked something on her computer. “That would be correct.” She finally replied.
“How far does it go?”
She glanced at the computer screen for a second before replying “A total of 6 hours. It’ll be leaving soon.”
Masamune was relieved that their journey might end today. He didn’t care where or why it ended, all he wanted was to have his brother back and never have to think about him again.
“Is there another plane available?” Masamune asked hoping that there would be. If there wasn’t, he would just have to find a way to make himself invisible.
“Unfortunately, no. There is only the one we’re going to take. The next available flight leaves in 20 minutes.” The lady told him before turning away and speaking to someone else.
A man came up to Masamune who had just gotten ready to get up. He offered him a handshake.
“Congratulations

To be Continued tomorrow….