Hillary was talking with Nina and the two girls. She had a lot to learn about a new life. The Kram originally lived in Afghanistan, from where they brought their burka. Here in the valley of the Otta river, they founded a new town, hence the name Ottakram. Over the years the community grew. She was surprised that the girls wanted to cover themselves with the blue veil. Even Nina's younger daughter.
"Wearing the blue veil indicates to everyone that she is no longer a child, now a woman. Preparing for marriage. Emma gets married when she's twenty," Nina laughed.
"What? Mama! You can't do this to me!" The girl jumped up angrily. Hillary agreed with the protesting Emma. She'll still be too young, and yet you want to marry her. She wanted to have a serious conversation with Nina, but to her surprise, Emma continued:
"If I don't get married on my eighteenth birthday, all my friends will laugh at me! I'd starve to death out of shame!"
"Calm down, Emma! As usual, you're getting married on your eighteenth birthday. I only said it because you mocked your sister," Nina said.
"Thank you, Mama and I apologize!" The girl hugged her mother. Hillary was shocked. Nina explained to her that the girls had grown up in this culture. Everyone, the school, has taught them this, who do not adapt to the blue and the customs, are shunned and in the worst case thrown out. The women here are very strict with each other and not concede to anyone. They will always be vigilant against those who break the rules and will punish them for this sin in their way. The long conversation was abruptly ended by the arrival of the men.
"The whites are here. It's time to follow your husband to your new home. You'll be living in our neighborhood. Let's go over there and help you. " said Nina. Hillary put her old things in a bag. Then they left the house.
"I'm glad your wife's already dressed. The blue dress looks good on her," Leslie said. James looked at the women in their blue burkas. His wife was one of these. Their new house resembled the directors. The lower part of the two-story house was the man's apartment and the attic was intended for women. In front of the house, three blue burka women waited for them, four girls dressed in green like Emma and one boy.
"Hi first! Is this the new chief engineer with his wife?" asked one of them.
"Yes, they are. Come with us, Hillary," Nina said. Hillary didn't understand the situation. Nina told her these were her sister-wives. They had names, but they were only called first, second, third and fourth. They spoke some English but preferred the Kram language.
"I am the fourth, which means the fourth wife. My name is Hassina. Here every man can have four wives, and whoever the leader is must do so. The numbers also mean the rank. Fourth, I owe obedience to the other three women next to my husband.
"Yes, and I am Amira, the third. The previous chief engineer didn't want four women, so he left, and the one before him has already retired. He also has four wives. He bought a house nearby and already has grandchildren."
"We're all Muslims here. That's why my husband has four wives and seven children. This has become our new home and we want to stay here as long as we live," Nina said.
"Did you know that?" Hillary turned to her husband.
"I swear I won't! Lee just told it to me, too. But only in a month, we have to decide! Until then, we can leave at any time," James replied to her.
" Don't worry. Only a few people know you're here. Be careful not to go to an 18-year-old's birthday if you're invited. This will always be a wedding invitation! We had done this out of ignorance before. When we were caught, we had to become Muslims and Rana became my second sister-wife to my husband. That didn't matter much to me at the time, because my husband's sexual activities were increasing. I think there must be something in the water that makes men so horny," said Nina laughing. Hillary tried to hang her dress, but Nina said:
" You won't be using it anymore! Tomorrow we'll buy you everything that you need. But now we want to eat. I have brought something with me. The whites have already eaten."
It was curious for Hillary to eat in the veil, and it wasn't that easy. She pushed her right hand through the side opening, took some food in her hand and pulled it behind the veil. With her left hand, she lifted the veil from her face and put the food into her mouth. It was very cumbersome to eat, but it was common here. She thought to herself. After the meal, they made the order, prepared the bedrooms for bedtime. Then she thanked her new acquaintances. Hillary escorted them out.
She thought she could take off the veil now, but she was embraced by two strong hands from behind.
"You're beautiful in that veil!" James said.
"But James! How can you say that I am beautiful if you don't see me, just this blue veil," Hillary said and looked at her husband. The man was looking at his wife. The small hexagonal net covered her eyes, but he found her so beautiful and erotic! He took his wife in his arms and carried her into the bedroom.
"James! What are you doing?" said Hillary, like she didn't know her husband wanted from her. And she didn't have anything against it, for she longed for good sex with her husband. An hour later her husband slept next to his burqa-wrapped wife. The sex in the veil came out incredibly well! It seemed to her like a second wedding night. She wanted to pull down the veil, but in his sleep, he still pressed his wife's gloved hand, thus she slept in it. When she woke up, her husband had left the house. He left a message to his wife telling her he had gone to work and was coming home for lunch. Hillary stood up and noticed that she was still in the burka. There was a knock on the door and she went to open it. Three blues were standing in the door.
"Hello, Hillary! It's Nina! Next to me is the second and third. We've come to help you with your shopping!"
"And where are the fourth and the girls?" asked Hillary.
"The girls are in school and the fourth is preparing lunch. Someone has to work when we're having fun!" Rana and Amira laughed. Their first station led to a clothing store. All blue and green dresses indicated that this was the shop with girls' and women's clothes. Hillary just shook her head as the women appeared with the salesgirl with new outfits.
"No, that's not good! Small, big, too cheap, artificial! Bring only the best clothes for the new chief engineer's first wife. At the end a whole series of blue dresses, gloves, underpants, and stockings were packed.
"I have no local money! How much do you pay for so many clothes?" Hillary whispered.
"Do not worry! This will all be deducted from your husband's first wage! Anything we buy will be brought to your house. When you get home, you'll find the packages," Nina said. It was a surprise to Hillary that the parcel was delivered to her without further ado. But Nina assured her that the fact that she was the wife of the chief engineer was credit enough here. The next thing they knew, they were going to a shoe store. Her new girlfriends only gave up until she had chosen at least four pairs of blue shoes.
Gradually Hillary became starving. After all, she hadn't had breakfast yet. They frequented a restaurant that only women were allowed into. The food was delicious and it was served in such a way that the women did not stain their veils. In the meantime, she whispered to her new girlfriends about how comfortable this life was. The three blues laughed and rejoiced at her.
"You see! You feel safe with us! " said Rana laughing.
"And now we're gonna look at the burqas," Nina said. The blue burqas hung everywhere on the walls of the store, but Nina ignored them.
" Bring us to the back room!" And when they entered the room, Hillary figured out why. The high-quality burqas were hanging here. A much better material is beautiful workmanship and decoration. She had to admit these burqas were pretty. She took off her blue veil and strangely enough she felt unwell. It made her nervous to be watched by her friends.
"You are a beautiful woman! Here I have a beautiful veil for a pretty woman," said third and presented her with a burqa of her choice.
"We rejoice to see you without the veil, but if you change a veil, pull the new one over the old one and pull the old one from underneath! You won't be uncovered for a moment! For it is not proper to show oneself!" It took over an hour to choose the right burqas. They struggled with it, but in the end, they chose five burqas and had them packed and went home.
"My husband will kill me if he sees how much I bought and he gets the bills," Hillary said and laughed.
"You'll be very happy when he loves you in your veils! " said Amira. When they arrived home, not only the parcels were there, but also Leslie and James. James held three bills in his hands and said:
"Honey, this is only our first day in Ottakram! If you keep on like this, we will be forced to live from dry bread and water," her husband said with an amused smile.
"Forgive me, but we only bought the things I desperately need here. After all, I needed to buy quality goods, the chief engineer's wife can't walk around in rags," his veiled wife said and laughed.
"That's it! But it's time for lunch! The fourth has already cooked it," said the director.
When they went to his house, Nina accompanied the two men to the dining room on the ground floor. When Hillary tried to follow them, her friends stopped her.
" First the men are eating! That's their privilege," the women told her.
"And we women may eat in the attic. And Hillary ate with the women. You were talking. The women told Fourth what they had bought. "But it's a shame I couldn't be there!" she said.
"If you want, come to me and I'll show you around," Hillary said. And she didn't have to tell her twice. After lunch, the second and third had to do the dishes and clean up and Nina and Hassina accompanied Hillary home.
"You did a great shopping! If I had been there, it would, of course, have been even bigger," said the laughing fourth.
"And a beautiful woman is the chief engineer's first woman," Hasina said when Hillary (with the method learned by Amira) tried on a burka in front of her and her face was seen for a second by a clumsy gesture. Shamefaced, Hillary blushed under the burka. The new girlfriends are so nice to her! Gradually, Hillary adapted to her new surroundings. She became friends with other women. She soon became part of this society. She was one of the blues. She liked engineer Gadajan and his four wives and their children. Faruk Gadajan was James Teller's best and most experienced engineer. A real friendship evolved between them. Faruk was older than James and knew his way around. If he was more industrious, he might as well be chief engineer.