Her uncle. he loved her. he used her. and never said sorry

Her uncle Kennedy was awesome. Like that time on New year’s day when he took her out to the beach and bought her beer; enough beer to knock her out cold even if she was only 15. Uncle Kennedy was super cool; he even used to tell her stories about his girlfriends, especially those that were good in bed. He even encouraged her to talk about her sex life, encouraged her to own up to the fact that she was not a virgin any more. Even if she was only 15. And she was still a virgin. Uncle made her feel bad every time she said she was a virgin. He said she was lying. No way could she still be a virgin. He had after all once been her age and knew what kind of mischief girls and boys that age got up to. She loved her uncle Kennedy. He was her best friend. They did not have secrets from each other.

She was never an obedient child Karen. Her mother knew this about her. So when Karen told her mother that school was breaking off a week later than was scheduled, her mother had gone ahead and called the dean to confirm. She was lying again to the dismay of her mother. What was getting into this child? No matter how much she had tried to discipline her, Karen had remained an unapologetic insolent. She was ordered to go back home on the day school broke off or she would have to answer to her mother. But you see, Karen had already made plans with her friends to go dancing the whole week long and she was not about to cancel. What would she tell her friends? That mummy had refused her to go? Never. Her friends were to never find out that she was anything but the hardcore girl who snuck cigarettes and waragi over the school fence and mixed it with her quencher.

The first day after school, Karen and her friends had shacked up in some seedy room her friend’s boyfriend had found them. That night, they’d gone to the disco really early where she had met and danced with a guy till morning. One week later, said guy broke her virginity. She was 16. A week after that at the bus stop, after swearing undying love to her, he waved her off to a fate unknown to her. She had had a good two weeks of fun, but now she could not go back home. With tears streaming down her eyes, some for the new boyfriend she would not see again in a long while and the other tears for the sense of foreboding that was fast engulfing her. She was not ready to face her mother.

Like an epiphany, it hit her half way through the odious bus ride. Uncle Kennedy. Surely he would take her in? He did. Into his one room apartment with the one bed they would inevitably have to share. They talked all night that first night and every night after that for a week. She did not question him when before they drifted off, he took her in his arms in an embrace. Uncle was just trying to keep her warm, is what she kept telling herself, even if deep down she knew better. Then he started to roam his hands over her body, and fondle her breasts and urging her to turn around and kiss him. Humiliated disgusted and disgraced, she had stormed out of the bed. “That is disgusting.” she had answered to her uncle’s query. Insulted and hurt, Uncle Kennedy has demanded to know why that was. After everything he had done for her, taking her in when she had no place to go, why was she treating him that way?

She did not understand why uncle was being this way. He was her uncle for golly’s sake. And not only that, everybody knew that he was HIV positive. He looked it too. He was awful skinny and his fast thinning hair had turned an ugly brown. Did he want to give it to her too? And now why was he angry with her? Could she not understand that what he was doing to her was wrong? She slept on the couch that night. Uncle Kennedy did not talk to her for about a week, but she was still too scared to go home. When he did eventually speak to her, it was to scold her and make her feel worthless. But anything was better than going back, so she endured it for as long as it lasted…

Karen eventually went back home

Her mother was so relieved to see her and all she wanted to do was hug her

Years later, Uncle Kennedy got born again, but he has never asked Karen for forgiveness. She is still close to her uncle regardless of everything, even though she still has questions about that night. will she ever get answers?

25 loungers burdening me:

nevender said...

Can I take the socks Auntie..I am running away but I shall be back to read.

Anonymous said...

What happened to Karen? Did she also find the Lord?

Cheri said...
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Cheri said...

Walayi, I'm too lazy to read this all now.

However I shall print it and read on my train ride home.

Forgive me, I have flu, my nose is blocked, my eyes are teary and after I inhale vicks/olbas mucus flows freely down my nostrils onto my lips. Yes, it's so cold I don't feel it flowing down.

Feeling sorry for me yet?

petesmama said...

No, she will never get answers, but hopefully, she has now got a clue.

The 27th Comrade said...

I hope it's fiction. :o(

Be silent said...

Really I hope she didn't give in..

Robyn said...

just got me thinking what the exact age my dad knew i was not a virgin(me=ashamed and all along i thought i was the sharp one),,this is it for me antipop,,,,this is it.

The Emrys said...

its fiction, right?

cheri banange, damn!!

apr9 said...

Scary very scary.......banage i love men but i fear them so much. I sure hope he will be able to apologise tho he must think nothin really happened....

Children listen to ur parents.

Rented said...

Sorry Cheri. 27th, salute. This is fictitious. Otherwise normally that asshole dies

Princess said...

@ Erique: your way sure is the easier route out on this one.
@ Antipop: it rings true, this story. Is it?

lulu said...

i can totally believe it , fact is stranger than fiction, your stories are so affecting, so haunting, the aids thing is still on my mind!the earlier post... jeez!

Joel said...

I hope this is fiction. Sad posts make me sad.

Minty said...

This sounds like a true story. And There are many like this, afraid to confront the abuser, wondering if it really happened or if it will wreck their world to talk about it.

Sybella said...

that's sad... just like your previous post...

are you alright?

mphoebe said...

(((((:)))))
For the depth thrown in these posts
((((((:))))))) for the girls, whose everyday, adds to that one question; "Why?"
(((((((:))))))
for cheri; i feel you- "my" town is flooded....i guess i should take the sorry cookie

~ScotchBiscuits~ said...

I think Virgins need a support group, somewhere where people dont give them weird "you liar" looks, somewhere we being still 'untouched' is perfectly normal, noble even.
Because otherwise the words of someone I almost dated are bound to continue to ring true "virgins are a dying breed"

Ugandan girl said...

please dont tell me this is true...

Ugandan girl said...

please dont tell me this is true...

Ugandan girl said...

please dont tell me this is true...

Ugandan girl said...
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wanyama said...

Forgive him Aunty-pop

val said...

I'm confused..

This post made me feel so very sad..hope it was fictional

ujo said...

very sad story...

did it really happen?

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