Desperate Times – Chapter 4

AUTHOR: Sello Mahapeletsa

PUBLISHER: FunDza Literacy Trust


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“Why Papa? Why did Mma die in that accident? I’m now living like a slave in my own parents’ house. Why?”

“Shhh! Don’t cry. I know I shouldn’t have allowed your Auntie to come and stay here with us. I regret that. But you know how sick I was. I needed someone to take care of us and I thought she was the best person because she was your mother’s sister. I didn’t think that she could do this to her own sister’s child. Please forgive me son,” he said.

“Tell her to leave, Papa. Tell her to leave!”

“I wish I could, son. But she has all my bank cards. Anyway, if she leaves, who will take care of me when you’re at school? Just look at me. I’m stuck in this wheelchair. I’m always locked in the house like a tamed animal. Just listen to her and stop playing soccer, my child. Focus on your studies so that you can pass your Matric and go to university.”

“But it’s not soccer that makes me fail, Papa. It’s the life that I’m living in this house that disturbs me. All the hard work that I’m doing,” Ace sighed.

“Oh my poor child. I’m really sorry. If only I could walk.”

Ace felt his heart sink deep inside him when he saw his father’s distress. He stood up and pushed Ramello to his bedroom. In the kitchen, Ace could hear his aunt and cousin chatting, laughing as if nothing had happened. He helped his father into bed and went back to his room. Tearfully, he plunged his body onto the bed, wincing from his sore back.

He started thinking over his problems, once again. He knew he had to leave this house if he wanted to live his life better. But where could he go? He had no other relative left; only Aunt Mampe. Perhaps God was trying to tell him that he should take Bra Themba’s offer, he thought, but then remembered his father. How could he leave his father alone with a witch like Mampe?

Well, his father would have to forgive him. He resolved that he wasn’t staying in this house any more. With that thought, Ace shoved his clothes in a bag, sneaked out of the house and headed to Thabo’s place.


Tell us: Is Ace right to leave his father at the mercy of Mampe?

17 Responses

  1. he is right course now look how is life it has been in pain,now even his father want him to leave his dream to setified his Aunty.

    Rachie Ray
    31 Jan 2017 at 16:41
  2. it’s not right at all that Ace leave his sick father with that evil woman(mampe).He’s not living a good life but to leave his father with that woman….
    not right..not right at all!!!

    Mpumelelo Katlie Mashiya
    28 Dec 2016 at 17:01
  3. Some situation in life does not need to apply intuitive decision but in this case Ace cannot do otherwise rather than leave the house. Life is not about being a slave to someone unthankful, unappreciative lady like Mampe.Ace must move on and look forward to his talent…not everyone is rich is a graduate …perfect your talent and earn a living with it.

    OB Chidziwitsano
    26 Dec 2016 at 08:30
  4. i think he did a thing, he can come back for his father after he has made money out of his talent.

    22 Dec 2016 at 22:49
  5. This situation need serious intervention and attention, how does one become a prisoners in their home, the only place they are supposed to feel safe and protected but instead they are slaves. Ace must seek help he is the only person that can stop this bullying, the is nothing his father can do about it sham maan the poor man. He cannot leave his father no not in this situation. This is one of the saddest stories ever, I wish something could be done and as soon as possible before things turn very ugly .

    21 Dec 2016 at 08:13
  6. Is not right that Ace leave his father sick, and also it’s not fair to live like a dog in your own home

    20 Dec 2016 at 18:23
  7. He is light to leave the house

    Steve chikopa
    20 Dec 2016 at 11:45

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