Cape Colony, October 10, 1899
Over the last week or so, Amanda had gone with Tika heading to the market often. Tika had also taught amanda basic greeting and asking for money in Swahili. She had seem to see Jack every now and then seeing help dock ships at the harbour. Meanwhile, Frederic was frantic. He had been in his office the last week writing in his office, his hands twitching. War was coming, Amanda knew. Her father tried to act like nothing was wrong, so Amanda played along knowing that her father would panic if he found out she was scared. Jack had told her all about it, the british with Chamberlain had set an ultimatum for equality in Transvaal, Kruger was destined to declare war at anytime. She decided to leave her father alone in the most part. Today she was walking back up the hill to her estate. She had been hanging out with Jack, looking at the ships going into the dock. Jack worked at the docking yard, Amanda had been there for a couple of hours so she told Jack that she needed to check on her father. As she entered the estate she closed the door quietly so her dad would not notice. Unfortunately her father spoke, voice quivering,
“Amanda, would you come here dear?”
Amanda opened the double doors to her father’s office. Frederic shakingly took of his spectacles.
“Amanda, we have a problem. There is going to be-”
“War.” Amanda said softly, “I know.”
His father folded his hands and spoke in a calm voice, “How?”
“A friend told me about it. I was going to tell you but I realized how stressed you were.”
Silence coated the room. Amanda turned to leave but her father spoke again, “Amanda, I know this might be hard, but the reason I called you in was too say that I think it’s best if you get out of here.”
Amanda tilted her head at her father, “Ok?”
Her father stood up, walked to her, and put both hands on her shoulders looking her in the eyes.
“I mean leave Simon’s Town. With the war to happen any day now I can’t ensure your safety in my departure. I have sent a message of London to bring the Esmeralda to pick you up.”
Amanda bit her lip so hard it turned numb, nearly exploding in anger she responded calmly,voice shaking, “Father, I just got here two weeks ago. I just am starting to settle in, I like it here. I can’t go back to London, It will only remind me more of mother.”
Frederic sighed, “I know dear, that is exactly why I intend to send you to British Guiana. There I know you will be safe from harm’s way.”
Amanda took a deep breath nearly choking on her anger, “Father, I can’t go there! I don’t know a living soul over there yet alone I will get eaten alive by the bugs. It’s worse than here! We are nowhere near Transvaal and the Orange Free State! ”
“Your Uncle Lewis will be there. I can’t risk you getting hurt no matter how far away you are from battle.
Frederic walked away from Amanda and started to write composed, sitting down on his cushioned chair. Uncle Lewis really wasn’t Amanda’s uncle nor Frederic’s brother. He was a war cadet that Frederick had Befriended in the (first) Boer war. Amanda had only met him once, and never thought much about him. Frederic looked up and peeped.
“Oh I almost forgot, you will be leaving November 17.”
Amanda couldn’t hold it in anymore, her anger consumed her, “I hate it how you think I’m just a little pawn to you! I can take care of myself you know! Just because your brother Dunsby died to the Zulu doesn’t mean you should take it out on me. It’s his fault he got killed!”
It wasn’t until Amanda lashed out that she realized the words that had spurred out of her mouth. Frederic looked at her and took the glass of water the lay in front of him. Another feeling of silence coated to room.
“Father, I didn’t mean -” Frederic smashed the water on the floor and yelled,
“Your Uncle Dunsby was my brother, MY BROTHER! You don’t give a D*** about your uncle! He died for you and I, you know! I was the one that had to hear the news, not you! You don’t know the h*** I have been through losing him and friends in the war. You're leaving, no excuses. Now get out!”
Amanda didn’t even bother to interrupt her father. She left tears streaming down her face.