Two of One
Write a story ending with these words: How wonderful to have another half
Sarah stared at her own face in the mirror; made a face, and let out an audible
sigh. "Another pimple again!"
Her mother, Rose laughed at her daughter's petulant tone. "That's the joy of
"Mum, why are you always so philosophical? I look so unsightly!"
Their banter was broken by a greeting at the
front door. Rose walked up, wondering who it could be, not expecting any visitor
at this time of the night. She was not too surprised when she saw a familiar
face. It was Minah, her mother's trusted companion, someone she had not seen or
heard from for sixteen years. The last time she spoke to Minah was after the
birth of Sarah.
She ushered the fifty year old lady into her sparsely furnished sitting room.
They sat in silence as Mina looked at Rose.
"You look well, Rose. You've aged graciously, quite unlike your younger sister
who looked years older than you. Where's David?"
"With the angels," was the quiet rejoinder.
Minah was about to express her condolences when she thought better of it. She
herself had never approved of David, Rose's husband, he being poor and to her,
quite unworthy of being the husband of her favorite charge but then, strange is
the world of love.
At that moment, Sarah walked into the room, bringing with her a cup of tea and a
plate of some local cakes. She greeted Minah politely and sweetly and Minah
could not help it but stare at her for she was the spitting image of her mother.
Rose smiled and decided it was time she revealed the secret to Sarah that she
was one of two. In fact, before David passed away, they wanted to tell Sarah but
as she was sitting for her grade S Music examinations, they decided against it.
They were afraid that Sarah could not handle three shocks at one time - her
father's demise and the revelation plus sitting for the examinations. She
invited Sarah to sit with them. "Take a seat, Sarah. This is your grandmother's
best friend, Mrs. Minah."
Sarah looked up, her eyes wide open. Mum never ever mentioned grandmother. Like
her mother, she was a free spirit too, ever-ready for adventure and surprises
and frankly, nothing her mother did ever really surprised her. She always
expected the unexpected, she would be shocked if her mother did the
Rose quietly began her story. She remembered the moment she broke the news to
her mother she was going to marry David and the conditions her mother laid down.
Her first-born was to be surrendered to her mother when he or she was two years
old and returned to her at eighteen. She was to have no contact with the child
for sixteen years. She refused absolutely but David knew the mettle of his
future mother-in-law and if he allowed his beloved to lock her life in the staid
old mansion, she would die slowly, suffering the deprivation of a stifled free
spirit. He agreed. They left the town which was practically his mother's-in-law
town and settled in a serene village, away from her domineering influence.
Fate was kind to Rose and David. They had twins, a boy and a girl.
On hearing this, Sarah could not contain her excitement. "I have a twin!
Minah was nonplussed. Sarah was not angry at
her mother for separating the siblings.
Rose turned to Sarah, "Remember. Sarah, the boy you collided with in Putrajaya
two years ago? You took a photograph with him and his school friends. They were
the ones who insisted on taking the photograph. That's your twin brother."
Sarah reminisced. "The younger version of Dad minus the wrinkles and grey hair."
Turning to Minah, Rose said, "There was no condition that my children could have
no contact with each other. It was only David and I. There was no condition that
my sister, Jane was not to tell Samuel about his real parents. She did and he
knew all about us. Jane's marriage was an arranged one and she found happiness
in sharing my son."
Minah smiled, "Let bygones be bygones. Your son is in the car. In fact, he's
waiting to meet his mother and his twin sister."
Before Minah could say anything, Sarah was out of the door in a flash as she
hurtled down the stairs to the car. Her brother saw her and as she drew near,
they both looked
at each other and smiled. They were unlike two peas in a pod. They had kept in
touch with each other since that "lucky" accident two years ago.
Lucky, it seemed but actually it was pre-arranged, on Jane's insistence. Even
David had met his son and had exchanged more than a dozen words with him.
Samuel ran up to his mother and gave her a warm hug. He did the same with his
Finally, the family was complete. Sarah was beaming from ear to ear. Samuel was
ecstatic as he echoed his sister's words,
"How wonderful to have another half!"