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Tooth and Claw – Chapter 10

AUTHOR: Francesco Nassimbeni

PUBLISHER: FunDza Literacy Trust

LANGUAGE: English

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In a second I am somehow on top of him. I didn’t think I had the strength. He tries to struggle free but every time he does, I swat at his face.

I don’t understand what I see. I see claws, and scratches. I must be mad with rage. My eyes must be blurry the way you get when you’re in tears, and everything looks stretched and distorted.

He’s screaming so loudly it’s hurting my ears.

I smack him to quieten him and my hand looks strange. I hear animals fighting outside, a cat and dog. But they’re so loud it feels like they’re inside.

He’s swearing at me, screaming, going nuts.

I just need him to shut up. I deliver a big klap to his face and I see blood. I do it again and again, leaving a criss-cross of scratches that seep blood.

His eyes are wide. He grips my neck and tries to strangle me.

I scream, and I don’t understand why, but whatever animal is close by screams too. It’s a weird, chilling screech.

I’m so surprised by the sound, I loosen my grip. He manages to escape.

He crouches against the wall. “Stay away from me, you witch,” he hisses, and I can see the whites of his eyes, even though it is dark. They are huge with fear.

“What’s wrong with you?” I demand, but my voice is weird, it’s not mine. It’s like the high whine of a hyena.

I’m so confused. What’s going on?

Tell me!” I yell, and my voice makes no sense to me; it’s just a wild scream. I run out of the living room.

He doesn’t follow.

Why not?

I’m also so close to the ground. Am I on all fours? I run to the front door. I must be panicking because it takes me about two seconds. I don’t know why, but I don’t even reach for the handle to open it. I just throw my weight against it and it blasts open. I surge forward, breaking the door off its hinges as I lunge into the night air.

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Tell us: Do you like this twist in the story? What is happening?

9 Responses

  1. This is what happens when someone bottles up sumn, the day they all come out….its danger! I still feel for this girl thou sumn isn’t ryt here

    Dineo
    14 Feb 2017 at 22:32
  2. I honestly did not see that coming. It’s a breath of fresh air really.

    Sinalo
    13 Feb 2017 at 23:20
  3. I.did.not.see.that.coming. What the what?!

    Sinalo
    13 Feb 2017 at 23:19
  4. Haaaa the tables are turning, I see fire in Khwezi s eyes she is furious its about time. He will never mess with her again.

    Bongiwe
    7 Feb 2017 at 09:36
  5. yah.. the twist is fantastic.. even though I think Khwezi is starting to be a wild wolf

    nkosi
    6 Feb 2017 at 21:22
  6. She’s a werewolf!!! Yeah! I love it!
    But, I’m a little scared!

    Jackson
    6 Feb 2017 at 00:54
  7. The twist is amazing…

    Mammy
    5 Feb 2017 at 15:15
  8. She’s a stranger to her own body

    Lwandile
    3 Feb 2017 at 22:34
  9. All the anger and rage that has been brewing up in her has turned her into a beast. You know what happens when you corner a wild thing!

    Sipho Sikhosana
    3 Feb 2017 at 11:23

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