Levis’ Love – Chapter 9: David

AUTHOR: Francesco Nassimbeni

PUBLISHER: FunDza Literacy Trust


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My face becomes hot, then cold. I’m angry, but then confused. Do they … does it mean …?

I feel like I have a fever. I’m scared right now, to be honest. I’m scared for Levi. If they’ve killed him … No, it’s not true. It can’t be. These guys are all bark. No bite.

Or are they?

I don’t know what to think. I read the note over and over, feeling nauseous. I hold my hand up.

“Yes, David?”

“May I be excused?”

“Why?” asks Mrs Tshinga.

“I feel sick.”

“So do I,” she retorts. “I have a headache.”

“I think I need to throw up,” I say, and it’s half true.

She nods, looking bemused. I half sprint to the door.

Once I am in the corridor I go to the guy’s bathroom. It’s empty.

I look in the mirror.

Who are you? I think. I am David. I am a man.

What do men do? I ask. They … they defend those in need.

Levi … I can’t believe it.

I start to cry. The pressure of this … it’s so intense. They always say men don’t cry, but they do. You know they do. If you’re a man, and you’re reading this, you’ve cried. All humans cry. We need to. From sadness, from pain, for joy, for loss.

We cry.

I cry now. Not for long. About a minute. Then I splash cold water on my face. I leave the bathroom.

I need to find Ncumisa. She knows Levi well. I find her filling up her water bottle at the water cooler at the end of the corridor.

“Is it true?”

“What?” she asks, after taking a sip.

“Levi,” I say. “Is he …”

She looks at me closely.

“Is he dead?” I ask.

She blinks. “David, no, he’s alive.”

I can breathe. I close my eyes. A tear runs down my cheek. She hugs me and I let her.

“He ran away this morning.”

“Where to?”

“Into the city, I think. He said something about a triangle. Triangle House, I think he called it.”

I ponder this. “Have you spoken to him since?” I ask.

“His phone’s off. I’m worried about him, David.”

“Me too.”

“You like him, don’t you?” she asks.

I pause. “I care about his safety.”

“Do you have a crush on him?” she asks, giving me a side eye.

“Does it matter if I do?”

Her smile fades. “I’m sorry … you’re right.”

I nod. I feel very grave. I feel … so many things right now. Tenderness. Strength. Weakness. Care. Worry.

“Find him, David. Find him.”

“I will,” I say.

Ncumisa leans in and gives me a kiss on the cheek.

“You’re one of the good guys,” she says with a shy smile. “You should be a superhero.”

I smile even though I feel worried. Ncumisa is pretty.


Tell us: Should all boys/men cry? Do all boys/men cry, even if they deny it?

7 Responses

  1. yes they do cry,, but but silently and they usually hide themselves when they are crying..

    13 Jan 2017 at 10:34
  2. Yeah everybody cries. The is no hormone that blocks tears in a man.

    11 Jan 2017 at 09:50
  3. Everybody cries, even guys too it’s only normal. However stereotypical comments like “men don’t cry” has sort of like put some men in emotional jeopardy because there’re some moments whereby crying and letting out pent-up emotions those the trick! Men should cry because they need to when they have to.

    3 Jan 2017 at 16:40
  4. awww, david… guys who cry are sooo sweet.
    i hope he finds levi.

    1 Jan 2017 at 12:12
  5. Everybody Cries. Even Animals! So Yes, Men/Boys Should Cry And They Do – Although They’ll Never Admit It

    31 Dec 2016 at 01:23
  6. Everyone cries no matter how much they deny it.

    30 Dec 2016 at 14:04
  7. each and every Mankind cry even Thugs cry Literally 😢😢😢😢😢😢 #Crying is natural thing #When u cry u healing ur inner pain 🐩🐭🐬🐮


    30 Dec 2016 at 12:07

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