Levi’s Love – Chapter 14: Levi

AUTHOR: Francesco Nassimbeni

PUBLISHER: FunDza Literacy Trust


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I’m standing at the train station. I have the number the counsellor gave me in my pocket if I need it, of the lady who will always open her door to me. The train back to my area is coming in twelve minutes, the schedule says.

I’ve got my backpack. I charged my phone before I left. It was off for three whole days cos I didn’t bring a charger.

I was too shy to ask for one but then the supervisor at the shelter showed me where I could plug it in at a terminal in the library. So I’ve got battery. As I turn it on about twenty messages come into my inbox. My phone buzzes every time one arrives.


dude r u alive? we r so worried. love you please be safe


levi please call me apparently you’ve run away im so worried I don’t know what to tell your aunt im so worried please call me


Babe, I’m so sorry this happened. Please know that I will support you no matter who, what, where, when you are. You’re amazing. I love you. You’re indestructible. Phone me when you need me, k? xxx


My darling please phone me ASAP.

I dial Aunt Blessing. She picks up immediately.

“Where have you been?” she demands.

“I’m sorry. I got lost in town and … I’ll tell you when I get there. I’m coming home today.”

“Thank God, thank God you’re safe. Oh, my child …”

She is crying.

“Please don’t cry Auntie,” I say, because it makes me wanna cry too.

“You’re safe? You’re OK? Nothing’s happened to you?”

“Auntie, I am in perfect health,” I laugh, fibbing a bit. She is silent for a second and I can hear her sniff.

“Bless you my boy. I know what it’s like for you in our neighbourhood. People are so cruel.”

“They can be.”

“They are! The way they treat you! It’s … it’s not right! But I will stand up for you.”

“Not everyone is a hater, Auntie, so I’m discovering.”

“Really? Did you meet …,” and she whispers here, “a boyfriendYou are not alone.

It happened to me, and I am here, I am alive and I won’t hide away from haters.

Neither should you, OK? You’re special. You deserve to be alive as much as anyone in this world. And that’s the truth.

Just hold on.

There’s nothing wrong with you. Never forget that.



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15 Responses

  1. What a wonderful read, so necessary. For as long as humanity has existed there have been people who are attracted to the same sex, it was really only about 100 years ago that the words gay/lesbian, etc. came into existence. And long after all of us there will still be those attracted to people of the same sex because it is one of the many natural ways of being and thank God for those who see one’s humanity first for before we are anything else, we’re all just people trying to be happy, equally deserving of love and respect.

    12 Feb 2017 at 16:36
  2. I agree with everything that Surprise had said, It’s Nothing but the Truth & people really need to be taught about it in order to have peace in our country & world wide

    22 Jan 2017 at 00:12
  3. Magnificent

    Lwazi Zikalala
    18 Jan 2017 at 00:22
  4. Realy enjoyed the story😍👌👐

    Nothando Nzima
    15 Jan 2017 at 15:31
  5. Woooooow what an interesting story, and very informative. SA is still not a very safe place for gay guy and that due to the fact that the government decided to legalise same sex marriages as an answer or solution to the brutality that gay men and women had to endure on daily basis,and that was the biggest mistake done by the government. I believe that South Africans had to be firstly taught about LGBTI, like how the government did with HIV/AIDS. Educate the people first, help them to understand gay people and all. And then legalise same sex marriages. I believe that forcing them to accept a lifestyle they are not knowledgeable about is what angered South Africans even more. But the damage can still be fixed, let there be campaigns and workshops whereby people will be educated about LGBTI. They lack understanding and knowledge

    8 Jan 2017 at 11:31

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