Tooth and Claw – Chapter 6

AUTHOR: Francesco Nassimbeni

PUBLISHER: FunDza Literacy Trust


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The note says this:

4 flatscreen tv

6 dvd player


Iphone x 10

LG washing machine 4


It’s obvious what’s happening. Piko is selling stolen stuff. This is a list. As for Samantha, that’s probably the contact, or the go-between.

I turn the paper over and there’s a number: 073 478 22 19. I memorise it; it may be useful one day.

I put all the furniture back, making sure to place the note under the couch where I found it.

Then I go to the kitchen. I used to enjoy cooking. I used to cook with my mother, helping her make stew, samp, bobotie and soup. She was always nice to me when we cooked, never getting impatient if I messed anything up.

My joy of cooking has gone. I cook for Piko only, and it’s always not good enough. Too hot. Too cold. Not enough salt. Tastes like garbage. These are the ways he describes my cooking.

I imagine my mother next to me as I cook, her warm, caring presence. ‘That’s right, my darling,’ I imagine her saying as I season the sauce. ‘You’re doing it just right.’

My mother was always very loving toward me. A tear rolls down my cheek.


Tell us: Is cooking a way of bringing people together in your life? Do you like to cook? If so, what?

17 Responses

  1. i lv cookng

    lihle da cutiest babe
    27 Mar 2017 at 14:09
  2. Not really, I think reunions bring people together or events. I like cooking, but I usually cook “when am in a good mood” and I bake beef lasagna. My mom often does the cooking

    22 Feb 2017 at 19:59
  3. Yes….i love cooking🍳 especially with ma mother

    Bongani mbatha
    13 Feb 2017 at 10:18
  4. It does I like cooking specially when my cousin bought new ingredients try on. I like learning new ways of cooking and new meals

    12 Feb 2017 at 22:41
  5. yes…I love cooking especially with my dad

    Layla Forbes
    9 Feb 2017 at 09:12
  6. I love cooking too, especially with my siblings

    Lartoya Maseko
    8 Feb 2017 at 22:06
  7. Uhm…I’m the oldest in my family 3boys and my dad…so sometimes when he’s at work I have to cook…but honestly I don’t enjoy cooking

    Siyabonga Radebe
    8 Feb 2017 at 20:48

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