My Caribbean Queen

Back to School

Jude mother Mira , was now, back living with him and his younger brother at their grandmothers house after her third, failed, live-in-house-relationship ; with both their Dads plus her last boy-friend Kwan. Kwan was exceedingly physically abusive due to always being ”pressure ” a term used for being exceeding drunk in St.Lucian slang terms. Mother would try to put him out of his own room in his own house . Kwan often used his two feet and his two fists to protest often saying ” This is my house ! No woman eh coming in my house , No woman eh ruling me in my own house! ” Jude and his younger brother always wished that they would have been around the weekends when their stepfather pulled the stunt of being drunk and out of order. Every time they would return from weekends at their grand-mothers place , Jude would normally go immediately to the room his mother shared with Kwan ,where that beast of alcohol would be,usually curled up in the corner their King size bed , laying there hibernating from his past wrongful acts against a good womans dignity.Jude would stand over him staring him down seeing his slim frame and face dented from the over use of alcohol and cigarettes, rapidly contemplating a million ways to kill this five foot-six inched peasant of a man in spite of having to spend a life time incarcerated after his act of murder. Miraculously , Judes mother always caught him in his premeditated act and ushered him away from the room and persuaded and pleaded with him not to do anything rash. Jude always believed that these long two days of sleep ritual of Kwan was Kwans mechanism to escape any mischievous retaliation from him and his brother Hayden. Yes because it was normally Denis the Menace times two whenever they were back . ” Any revenge is revenge ” Kwan and Hayden would say holding their hips and waist like cap – wearing superheroes to the rescue whenever they did sneaky dirty little things to pay back Kwan for his wickedness like pouring some kerosene oil in his alcohol, taking off the spray heads off of his expensive perfumes, his perfumes, replacing his good car battery with an old one , the list of Gods punishment through the wrath of Jude and Hayden was too numerous to mention .Obviously they chose sanctions that would not implicate their mother Mira or themselves. Jude and Hayden would look at each other and often burst in mimicking fits of laughter, with no sound but shaping out their mouths in expression of the actual sound thereof every time they heard Kwan curse out of rage and anger and complaints of his damaged ,missing or broken goods. They had even stolen Kwans last hundred dollars to send their mother flowers and wine paid for at the flower shop to send to their mother , to cheer her up, once when he had beaten her very bad still buying a KFC special for themselves with the change. The lady Mrs.Jules at the flower shop expresses how sweet they were for doing this for their mother and even gave them two small packs of Ferrero Rocher chocolates as compliment for their kind gesture to their mother. Well Kwan unlike most people knew that boys usually carried a very close attachments to their mothers. Jude and his brother held hands and prayed fervently against this act of wastefulness and uselessness in their mothers life every morning and every night, for the past two months, for the break up to happen between their mother and Kwan, like they did for all the past toxic relationships , Yissa Yah Kongo the Messiah had to show up and do something soon. Boy , did mother know how to magnetize those that were prince charming in the beginning and good for nothing at the end of the day. Well , their mother was in her younger days she was usually extremely rude to their grand mother . Mira wanting to do thing her own way but sadly her own ways never worked out well for her, always thinking that her mothers good words of instruction and advice when her mother spoke to her was because her mother did not want her to live her life in peace. Their grand mother Mariel usually re-welcomed their mother Mira with open arms every time her relationships hit rock bottom. Mariel would argue saying ” Mira why you don take time to know people uh? You see men there you think they playing ? yawl father left me when I was pregnant with your sister plus still had your brother in prison and you were just seven, you don see I remained single after your father left me? Mira men of this world are very wicked and very deceitful , they don love God so they cannot show a woman love, and they only after one mission! ” ; to which Mira would usually summonsed Jude and Hayden to carry the rest of their things and paid the taxi man that delivered their things with her head lowered. Mariel would usually continue her argument saying ” Mira the next time, my babies, my two precious angels are staying with me when you leave off on your rendezvous , you Indiana Cruise you! ” Mira would just walk off into her room like a famous celebrity trying to escape the paparazzi mystically,closing the bedroom door behind her as she did not have patience to listen to the words her mother were saying. Nevertheless Mariel would still continue on a voice level that she knew that Mira could hear clearly saying ” You were going to church well , every time when you hit problem is back to church again, then another sweet words of love or marriage or they flash you big money or a nice ride, you done shacking up with a man like your mother doesn have a house , I self always say is an evil they do you ee Mira and if so I am a praying woman I have to see the curse broken upon you and live to see God judge the person,whoever it is .Give back your life to God Mira, pray and wait on God ,focus on you,your two children and your job. I know its my fault in a way ,I spoiled you too much as a girl child, I let you have your way too much when you were younger. ” Their grand mothers words of reasoning would always come to halt by the words and hugs of her younger grandson Hayden who usually said words like ” Mhum,Mhum you being too hard on mother just please give her a little break uh? ” Miras brother and sister would then prescribe her not to give herself headache over Miras usual irrational choices. Deep down inside Jude harboured a sort of inner hatred for his mother, he often wondered if his mother was not aware of her beauty and ambition as a woman , now no longer working for anyone and running her own shop and all. Why is it that by this age she in repeated toxic relationships? This separation from Kwan was what Jude and Hayden had prayed for and they had gotten it ; to be back in the safe comfort of their grand mothers peaceful home,the safe comfort of her prayers and finally to be aware from that drunken pot Kwan. Tomorrow was the first day back to school after summer holidays and this was the perfect balanced setting for him to be in especially for a fresh start to the reopening of school. Their uncle David rubbed his knuckles on their heads and playfully pushed them as they passed by asking them if they were good to which they both replied ”Yes ”. They return would always be complimented with their favourite dish of green fig salad, barbecued wings and tossed salad as if to say I am sorry for your mothers foolishness. The next day the remainder of this Sunday dish was still breakfast ,yay! After getting ready for school Jude assured his mother that he could drop his brother to school especially as much attention would be drawn to a b lack eye on such a pretty face on a Monday. How could a man ever hit the same woman he kisses and hugs Jude wondered, this must be truly the work of an evil spirit as his grandmother always said. These acts of abuse oppressed Judes mind repeatedly at times was this kind of behaviour natural , scientific or spiritual? ”Don worry mother one day one day I will get him , promise me this is it for you and Kwan mother, have you deleted his number and blocked him on all socials? ” Jude inquired sternly. ”Jude go to school and make sure you pick up your brother one time from school ” was his mothers reply. Jude and his brother received heartfelt kisses ,prayers and blessings from their mother and grandmother and they left happily off for school. As usual the first subject of the day of the first day of the reopening school , the first subject teacher surely was not going to show up and this was being announced over to them by the school secretary over the class PA system. Leaving that brat Perfect Beka in charge. Beka was now enforcing Mandatory Study Time which Jude and his friends completely forgot were on the school rules implemented by the Principal Mr. Blackman at the ending of the last school term. They ignored every attempt of Becka for them to comply with the mandatory study time rule, whereby , the students of a class study along with the class prefect whenever their subject teachers were away,absent or delayed. Jude was the one who pulled out the bottle they used to play their game of Spin the bottle mixed with truth or dare They even named the bottle Sylvie as it was painted and decorated in silver and silver glitter which they properly designed in an arts and crafts class sometime ago. Sylvie had been around for one whole year. Jude and the gang were loud with laughter, jokes and giggles. Jude had just finished his turn at spinning the bottles then daring when Principal Blackman and his three henchmen; The Science teacher Mr.Brown, the Maths teacher Mr.Jaroop and the Vice Principal Mrs. Beausoleil marched in , only twenty five minutes into their exhilarating game. Now Jude was definitely yes finally in for it . This was not like clever times when he could use clever words or excuses to get of it due to there clearly being no evidence at all. He finally realized what Cherry the student from Vieux Fort said as they were playing their game. ”Pah worry Teachahah kai fun bodayoh ” Students from the south were very fluent in speaking creole whilst others mostly just understood it but barely spoke it. Jude couldn really make out the other words but he knew the word Bodah meant buttocks or gluteus maximus Therefore Jude and hi brother often used this learned term to address that part of the body from since the time they learned this term ever since they learned this term from watching an episode of their all time favourite cartoon Sponge Bob Square Pants. Jude was very or too handsome for his age, he had nice hazel-brown , bright eyes with a dash of grey. He was light skinned or what they call shabin ” St.Lucian creole terms as his skinned had a golden ray appearance.By now ,Jude in his form four grade towered above all the male teachers of the Entrepot Secondary. His tall frame was accompanied by his slender but muscular built as from form two , he had taken up lifting weights and body building too seriously for his age. He even had his own bench ,weights, and small gym station which his uncle who worked on the cruise ship gifted him two Christmases ago. Jude wore his school uniform comprising a long grey polyester material pants and baby blue shirt jack bearing the school motto Character is Power . He wore his uniform extremely decent ,clean and well groomed himself. Now, on the contrary, the Principal Mr.Blackman was pointing out that they lacked that very character and instead of following the rules of mandatory study time, whenever teachers were delayed,absent or away they were indulging in the abominable game of spin the bottle (mixed with truth or dare to make it more exciting. Principal Blackman grabbed Sylvie from their presence because and they could hear Sylvie passing away into the bin she was tossed into with crinkling breaking sounds most likely due to Sylvie colliding with other bottles in the garbage bin at the exit door of the class of the class room. This action of Principal Blackman had specifically caused Clara and Julie to go into brief mourning briefly and secretly as they were the ones who designed Sylvie but they were already in too much trouble right now to protest against it. After all they had been caught blatantly breaking the school rules and they couldn make matters worst for themselves. Principal Blackman was specifically shocked to find Jude ,to be as if the ring leader of this distasteful event. Well, distasteful to these education police but tasteful to them. The look of disgust on Principal Blackman et al faces , as is the caught gang had become the disgrace of all humanity was priceless… A true kodak moment. One super power teenagers possess is being able to hold a laugh very deep within the soul . Especially when parents or adults gave austere looks when they discovered the wrong doings of their children specifically when they caught their teens or children committing the very acts that they had warned them
ot to indulge in. At this time Jeffy Jeffers aka Just Jeff was making this super power very difficult to manifest. Just Jeff was mimicking the stance ,the stern face and head notions of Mr.Blackman et al whilst they were scolding them. Jude look to his crushs face and could see at any given moment like the rest of their gang , might have burst into fits of laughter but

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