A- Meru-can

“We can’t do this anymore.”

Ella’s face froze. “What do you mean Mike?”

“You heard what I said! It’s not working.”

Ella just stood there staring at him in disbelief. A woman in a grey trench coat and fish net stockings about 6 ft tall and a large frame walked up to Mike and kissed him on the cheek. Ella’s jaw dropped.

“What the HELL MIKE?” Ella lost her cool. “You couldn’t do this in a more dignified manner?”

Their wedding was a month away, everything was set in motion. Just a few weeks ago they seemed more in love than ever before.

“Baby let’s go.” The gargantuan lass said in a deep voice.

“It’s not like we would have actually gone through with it right?” Mike sounded so oblivious to what he was saying or doing to Ella.

“When did this happen? Who is this thing you are with now? Was I the only one who was aware we were in love and getting married MIKE?” Her tone turned from flabbergasted to sarcastic.

“Love ain’t no thang?”

“Love ain’t no thang?” Ella responded sarcastically.

Mike hadn’t even left Nairobi, now he was speaking with a JKIA acquired ebonics accent. This had to be a dream. Was she blind, had someone hit her with a blunt object in the head? Maybe it was trauma. Maybe she was lying in a hospital bed in a coma and this was all a bad dream. Ella pinched herself. She looked at the she-man who was now stuffing Mike’s face in her voluptuous bosom.

“You’ll do great Ella! I gotsta do me!”

“Jesus hold me” Ella mumbled under her breath. She had missed something. There had to have been a sign in their relationship that she was blind to.

“MIKE! This is B.S! Where the hell is all this coming from? We were planning OUR WED-DING! You piece of crap!” Ella was seething.

“Baby doll…” Mike started as he tried to caress Ella’s face.

Ella smacked away his hand and then he got one in the face. “Baby doll my foot!” Ella retorted. Mike nudged her and directed her to walk away to the corner of the street. He signaled the she-man to stay.

“This better be good.” Ella started.

“Ella, here’s the truth.”

Ella crossed her arms over her chest and uhu-ed in muffled anger.

“Go on!” she demanded.

“ I…I don’t know how else to say this. But I….” Mike was interrupted by a loud thud and screeching sound.

He turned and there she was on the ground bleeding to death, the first part of this unusual puzzle that Mike was about to reveal to Ella.

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