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Tooth and Claw – Chapter 12

AUTHOR: Francesco Nassimbeni

PUBLISHER: FunDza Literacy Trust

LANGUAGE: English

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I spin round. It’s Lizo, Piko’s good-for-nothing friend.

“Don’t be scared, I just want to talk,” he says.

Men who want to hurt you always say this. I just stare at him. It’s dark, but the moon is so bright it illuminates everything with a silver outline.

“Why are you here? Piko says you must come home,” he says, with a smile that makes me sick.

“I’m not going back there,” I say.

He clicks his teeth. “Khwezi, it was all a big misunderstanding. He’s very sorry. He promises he will be nice with you.”

Lies. I can smell them a mile away. This guy lies even when he tries to tell the truth. It’s like a disease.

“Go away,” I warn him.

He gives a little high-pitched laugh. “Or what?”

“Or … I’ll hurt you.”

He sniggers. “Please, sweetie, what could a weak girl like you do? Even though you’re more like a boy, you’re still weak.”

But I know. I know I’m not. I know what I can become. He doesn’t. I’m at an advantage.

“I’m telling you again,” I say, my voice low and dangerous. “Leave me alone, or I will kill you.”

This makes him angry. He lunges at me, reaching for my arm. I jump out of the way, thinking I will turn into the leopard, but I don’t.

Where is it? Where is the cat? Now I scream.

“Nobody will hear you out here, my lovely,” he says. His breath stinks. He is on top of me. He has his hand at my throat, gripping it. With his other hand, he starts to unbuckle his belt.

“Now,” he says with pride. “Let me show you what happens to little girls who disobey men.”

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Tell us: Is there is enough information and education at your school around the issue of rape?

7 Responses

  1. no. not at all. ppl still joke bwt it n thnk it happns far from home so no, ppl r still uneducated. thy knw bt nt really understand

    khani
    19 Feb 2017 at 22:46
  2. Yes…

    Siyabonga Radebe
    8 Feb 2017 at 22:29
  3. Yes I think children are taught about this issues today, In our days we were soo unfortunate.

    Bongiwe
    7 Feb 2017 at 09:45
  4. yes.. we are allowed to be educated about this kind of things

    nkosi
    6 Feb 2017 at 21:31
  5. Yes

    Mammy
    5 Feb 2017 at 15:35
  6. I knew it would come to this.

    boipelo
    4 Feb 2017 at 00:48
  7. I left school a long time ago when these issues were not part of the curriculum. But I hope there’s therefore enough education nowadays.

    Sipho Sikhosana
    3 Feb 2017 at 11:36

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