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Tooth and Claw – Chapter 9

AUTHOR: Francesco Nassimbeni

PUBLISHER: FunDza Literacy Trust

LANGUAGE: English

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“I’m sick of your nonsense.”

I say nothing.

“Don’t you have anything to say?”

“To you? No,” I say. My voice is like steel.

It cuts him. If there’s anything Piko hates, it’s disrespect. I will never respect him. Not even if he was the last person on earth.

“Why is this kitchen not clean?”

I look at him for a long time. He doesn’t turn away. He’s looking for a fight.

“You clean it,” I say.

He loses it. He lunges at me. I am too fast though. I’m like that guy in the Matrix, all bendy. His hand misses me, but manages to get hold of my vest. I manage to break free, and sprint into the lounge.

“Come back here!” he roars.

He is losing control. My heart is thumping like it’s going to explode. I will never let him touch me. Not again. I’d rather die.

He stalks into the living area like a predator.

The TV is still on, but on silent. The room is semi-dark, lit only by the lamp and TV. On the couch is a half-eaten bowl of chips. Beer bottles and an ashtray mounded with stompies sit on the cracked glass coffee table.

His eyes are cold, calculating. I know if he gets his hands on me, there is going to be serious damage. I wouldn’t put it past him to kill me, he is so angry.

We’re on opposite sides of the room. He’s watching to see where I will run next.

“I’m leaving,” I say.

“No, you’re not.”

“I am,” I repeat. “I can’t live with you. I hate you!”

“You ungrateful little–” and he runs at me again.

I try and slip past him but he trips me, cleverly. I fall to the ground, landing on my back. Before I can spring back up, he’s on top of me. He clutches my jaw in his hand.

“You can’t leave. You have nowhere else to go. Nobody would want you,” he says, looking directly into my eyes.

I snap.

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Tell us: What do you expect will happen next?

9 Responses

  1. I think he’ll rape her or lock her up for days

    Keighley
    22 Feb 2017 at 20:10
  2. for some odd reason all that comes to mind is rape!!! poor girl

    Dineo
    14 Feb 2017 at 22:28
  3. I hv no idea

    Bongani mbatha
    13 Feb 2017 at 10:28
  4. Piko is turning Khwezi into a violent person, I dont blame her, the situation allows her to be and if he does not let her go away from him, something very bad is gonna happen.The situation we face in our homes can make or break us.

    Bongiwe
    7 Feb 2017 at 09:31
  5. Khwezi probably has powers and she might use them to defend herself!

    Jackson
    6 Feb 2017 at 00:49
  6. I have no idea…

    Mammy
    5 Feb 2017 at 15:10
  7. Khwezi will defend herself she appears to be smart

    Lwandile
    3 Feb 2017 at 22:30
  8. She desperately need heavenly intervention.

    Sipho Sikhosana
    3 Feb 2017 at 11:17
  9. The words ‘ nobody will want you’ simply means he’s going to hurt her badly or probably rape her too! The swine!

    Sipho Sikhosana
    3 Feb 2017 at 11:15

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