Chapter 1

Hluliwe : Kwalunga! Kwalunga! Are you awake? 


Kwalunga : Yes mama I'm getting ready for school. Is there anything you want me to do for you? 


Hluliwe : Jojo is dead. 


(Jojo is or was my dog. I love him so much how did he die? He was fine last night) 


(I ran outside to my mother) 


Kwalunga : what happened mama? where is Jojo? 


Hluliwe : I'm sorry my boy. 


Mzwandile : I buried your dog down the river. Now pull yourself together and go to school. 


Kwalunga : But Baba I wanted to bury him myself. 


Mzwandile : Come on Kwalunga it was just a dog and it died now move on. Come on man!!!... (He is screaming) 


Hluliwe : Mzwandile please he is a kid. 


Mzwandile : No Hluli he is 16 years old. He is a man he can't be whining over dead dogs. 


(I shouldn't cry right? I am a man so I went back to my room grabbed my school bag) 


Hluliwe : Kwalunga when you come back from school and you don't find me here I'll be at Ngudwini harvesting woods. 


Kwalunga : my physics exam is this morning mama. I'll be home before 12h00.I'll go with you. 


(My mother smiled and went back to the house) 


(My mother has been through a lot my father has 2 more brothers and they don't get along the big brother hates my mother and his children are worse. They call my mother all sorts of names. My father fails to defend my mother from his family so to keep the peace he moved out from his home and he built us a 3 room house and a small rondavel. It's not our dream home but it's where our peace is.) 


(My mother is their servantshe cleans wash and cook for them. My father's brothers are both married but still my mother does all the duties and their wives get to relax) 


(I finally come back home after a long and exhausting exam

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wash and cook for them. My father's brothers are both married but still my mother does all the duties and their wives get to relax) 


(I finally come back home after a long and exhausting exam my mother is home and my father is at work. My father works as a delivery guy at some media company and he drives a bike) 


Hluliwe : How was your exam mfan'wam? 


(She asked with a smile on her face. My mother is a sweet woman. She deserves more than this) 


Kwalunga : My exam was great mama you know that I'm very smart (I laugh) 


Hluliwe : I know my boy I know. 


Kwalunga : Next year I'm definitely going to matric 


(My mother smiles) 


Hluliwe : I'm so proud of you ndodana. Now go and change so that we can go. 


(I nod and walk in) 


Hluliwe : Do you want food? (She asked outside) 


Kwalunga : No mama I'm fine. 


Hluliwe : Ok please be quick Lunga. 


(I changed took the axe and we began walking) 


Kwalunga : mama who named me Kwalunga? 


Hluliwe : Your father 


Kwalunga : Why? 


(Hluliwe sighed) 


Hluliwe : Yazi mfan'wam I had four miscarriages as you know but you survived and your father said finally kwaze kwalunga so he named you Kwalunga. 


(We spotted men walking around carrying guns with dogs l quickly looked for Jojo then I remembered that he is dead) 


Man:Mama take your son and go back home you can't be here. 


(We are both confused) 


Man: The big snake is back and it's killing cows and dogs. 


(We have a very dangerous snake here. Inhlwathiit killed cows and dogs. It's been a while so we thought it was gone but clearly not)


Hluliwe : Hau we thought it was gone. 


Man: No somebody saw it yesterday it killed 2 cows and 3 dogs. 


(could Jojo be one of those dogs?) 


Hluliwe : We will go back home siyabonga. Niqaphele. 


Kwalunga : Jojo was killed by a snake mama. 


Hluliwe : I think so too my boy your father found him not far from home and he had a wound. 


(My dog didn't deserve to die like that) 





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