The inviting aroma of fried eggs and sausages filled the house bringing the family matriarch, Hanna, to the kitchen. Mercy, the nanny, was standing over the cooker clutching a spatula and watching the sausages carefully so they cook perfectly. She was so engrossed in the activity that she didn’t notice Hanna standing by the door. It was only when Hanna cleared her throat that she turned to see the tall, slim lady.
“Morning, Mercy.” She said coming into the kitchen.
“Morning, madam.” Mercy replied turning the sausages.
“Breakfast smells good.”
Mercy smiled. She loved attending to the family from the first day they brought her into their home. Hanna was kind to her and the kids loved her immediately they met her. She had stayed with them for 5 years without as much as a disagreement.
The kids ran downstairs as soon as they smelled the sausages and eggs. It was a sweet reminder that they didn’t have to go to school since it was the weekend. They ran into the kitchen hugged their mother and nanny and then ran to the living room to watch Saturday cartoons. Hanna removed the plates from the shelves and set them on the dining table. Mercy followed behind carrying two dishes stacked on top of each other.
They all gathered around the dining table, sat down then served themselves.
“What do you want to do today?” Hanna asked her kids.
“Go swimming.” Michael, her youngest, replied. The firstborn, Diana, was quiet. Normally, she went along with whatever her baby brother wanted.
“Okay. Swimming it is.” Hanna answered excitedly and Michael shrieked in excitement.
After breakfast, the kids went back to watching cartoons as Mercy cleared the table and Hanna went to her bedroom to make a call. The call lasted a few minutes but when she came back downstairs to join the rest of the family, her mood had completely changed.
“What’s wrong, mummy?” Michael asked.
“Nothing baby,” she answered trying to fake a smile.
Mercy watched her as she unlocked her phone frantically almost after every minute. She could hardly sit still and her attempts to interact with the kids were futile. Mercy had never seen her boss like that. She was used to the calm, composed, and confident lady who had an answer for everything. Now, she looked like she didn’t know left from right.
“Okay, kids, go and pack for swimming.” She said.
When they left, she turned to the nanny.
“Mercy, if you hear any knock on the door, don’t open it and call me immediately.” She said in a commanding voice. Again, this was completely new for Mercy but she stayed calm.
“Of course, madam.”
Mercy was the best nanny Hanna ever had because she never questioned her or talked back. Hanna trusted her with her life and knew she would protect her family at all costs. So, she felt comfortable leaving her in the house despite the expected trouble.
Hanna called for her kids and they all left for swimming.
Mercy was now in the house alone not aware of what or who she was not supposed to open for. She went about her housework and then went to her bedroom once she was done. Most of the day went by uneventfully and she was relieved since Hanna was just about to return. However, she put her guard down too soon.
At around 4.30 pm, she heard the doorbell ring. She knew Hanna never rang the bell since she had her own key. However, she also thought that maybe Hanna had forgotten her key due to the commotion earlier that day so, without thinking through it, she unlocked the door.
“Hanna?” she called out once she heard the door opening but no one answered back. Then, she realized she might have opened it for the wrong person.
Mercy dashed to the living room only to see a tattered, dirty woman sitting on the leather couch.
“Who are you?” she asked. The woman didn’t answer.
“Leave this house before I call the police.”
“Call them,” she answered with a smirk. “We’ll see who they’ll arrest when they get here.”
Mercy didn’t expect that the intruder would be that calm.
“Who are you?” she asked again.
“Who are you and where is Hanna?”
“I’m the nanny. Hanna isn’t around.”
“Whose nanny? My kids’ nanny? You mean this woman can’t have children and she can’t even raise the ones she steals?”
Mercy was confused. She assumed the woman was out of her mind and she was more scared of what Hanna would say when she saw her sitting on her expensive leather couch. She tried to get her to leave but the woman wouldn’t budge.
After an hour, the woman of the house came back but her kids were nowhere in sight. When she walked in, she was first met by Mercy standing against the wall with a look of worry on her face. She then turned and saw the last woman she ever wanted to see.
“Hanna!” the woman shouted then laughed. “I have waited for five good years to see you.”
“Who are you?” she asked though she already knew.
“I’m the woman who birthed your precious son.”
She looked at Mercy knowing that her family secret had finally come out.
“Please, give us some space, Mercy.” She requested. Mercy was more than happy to leave.
Once the room was clear, Hanna move closer to the tattered lady. She inspected her from head to toe almost in disbelief.
“How could my handsome, sweet son belong to a woman like you.”
“Don’t you dare insult me. First of all, how dare you leave my son to be raised by a nanny?”
“Mercy isn’t just a nanny. She’s like the sister you never were.” Hanna barked.
The woman laughed. “You never loved me and always thought you were better than me but guess what, you’re not. You can’t even have children of your own. Pretend all you want that those children are yours but in the end, they’re someone else’s.”
“You look like you need more money. I told you I will send you money in the evening.”
“Well, it’s the evening. Where’s my money?”
“Why did you come here?”
“I want to see my son.”
“I’ll bring him. First, fix yourself then you’ll see him.”
“Fine. Give me my money. I need to go.”
Hanna reached into her bag and removed her phone. She opened her M-Pesa app and typed in the woman’s number. She then sent fifty thousand shillings. The woman checked her phone and then smiled.
“Thank, sis.” She said sarcastically. “Remember, I’m still waiting to see him and until you allow me to, I’ll keep coming back.”
“Just leave. I know you just want money.”
The woman left then Hanna went to Mercy’s room. She found her lying on the bed with her phone.
“That woman is crazy. She’s obviously not my son’s mother. I’m my son’s mother.” Hanna said.
“I know, ma’am. I’m sorry I opened for her.”
“It’s okay. Just don’t do it again and let this incident remain between the two of us.”
Mercy stood up and hugged Hanna. She could see that the encounter had shaken her and she needed some comfort. Hanna broke down in tears while the two embraced.
“I’m so happy you’re my children’s nanny. I don’t know what I would do without you.” She said.
“Don’t worry. You’re my family and I understand your situation.”
Hanna called her friend to bring her kids back home. She waited by the gate to ensure her sister was not there anymore. Her kids came out of the car and ran to their mother. They all walked into the house, lay on one couch, and cuddled as they watched movies.
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