The Chef and His Missing Wife – Chapter 3

AUTHOR: Sifiso Mzobe

PUBLISHER: FunDza Literacy Trust


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At the police station Zandile’s colleagues marvel at the engagement ring. Some of the females look at the diamond and are spellbound. Some seem confused – because they simultaneously marvel at and criticize the size of the stone!

In the detectives’ room her partner, Detective Gloria Zulu, finds Zandile staring out of the window. She looks troubled. Gloria stands for a minute, watching her friend. Zandile is so deep in thought, in her own world, she is not aware. Her face does not have the smile of a woman recently engaged.

“What’s wrong, Zee?” says Gloria.

Zandile doesn’t answer; Gloria has to ask her twice. “Zee, my friend. What is wrong?”

“Nothing,” Zandile exhales. “Why do you ask?”

“You seem distracted, like your thoughts are far away.”

“Nothing’s wrong. I’m just thinking.”

“Come on, Zan. We’ve been friends for more than a decade. You can’t fool me. I know when something is troubling you.” Gloria makes eye contact with Zandile. “You know you can talk to me, whatever it is.”

Zandile exhales. “It is Bongani. Now that we are engaged he wants me to stop working.”

“Surely with his wealth he’ll be able to take good care of you. You’ll be a rich housewife, Zan.”

“Like everyone, I dream of being rich. But being a housewife is definitely not my dream. Being a good detective and progressing in my profession is my dream. He says our job is dangerous.”

“You have to agree in part that our work is dangerous, and depressing sometimes. The things we see can stay in your head,” says Gloria.

“That’s true, but I can’t discard everything I’ve worked so hard for – just like that.” Zandile shakes her head. “I’ll only leave the force when I believe I have given my all and done my share.”

“Look, Zan, I’m sure if you guys sit down you can reach middle ground.”

“I just hope he understands my point of view. He has to respect my feelings because if he doesn’t … then this whole marriage deal is off the table.”

Station Commander Ncube walks in. His usually serious face has a rare smile today.

“I have an announcement to make,” says Commander Ncube.

Zandile and Gloria turn to him and pay full attention.


Tell us what you think: Is Zandile being foolish by threatening to call off the engagement over her career?

20 Responses

  1. Yes. She should have a serious talk with Bongani. They should both compromise.. for their relationship to work out

    8 Mar 2017 at 23:57
  2. I think she should talk to Bongani about this and make it clear to him, Bongani suppose to be protective over Zandile’s career no matter what!

    8 Mar 2017 at 22:59
  3. I think she should think properly n analyze everything she should consider the pros n con’s

    6 Mar 2017 at 14:28
  4. She is still overwhelmed by the engagement, I think when it sinks in, she will decide properly. Besides, why marry if your heart is not merry.

    3 Mar 2017 at 17:23
  5. not foolish.u cant leave your career because of money

    sibongile mhlanga
    3 Mar 2017 at 15:37
  6. Yes it doesn’t mean she should be a housewife maybe she could open her own company or find a better job

    2 Mar 2017 at 19:18
  7. I think doing that would be really foolish! Again, I would say that it depends! On priorities! If settling down is her number one priority, then calling off the engagement just because of your job would be stupid.
    But there would be some sense in it if it’s the other way around!

    1 Mar 2017 at 17:04
  8. That’s if Bongani really want her to became a housewife.there are few women out there who would give up their career jobs to sit home and do nothing.

    We can still use that opportunity to turn her life as to- build up a company and secure her children’s future!!!!!

    1 Mar 2017 at 17:03
  9. Nope she can’t just give up so easily

    28 Feb 2017 at 15:02
  10. No she can’t give up her job

    28 Feb 2017 at 14:09

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