The gentleman (1/5)

By Drum Digital
23 March 2015

Angie was facing a big decision.

Angie Malemi looked around the sea of faces in front of her and smiled sadly. There was no doubt about it – she was going to miss the children dreadfully. But she’d made up her mind. She had to leave the village as soon as possible because if she didn’t, her very sanity was at risk.

“We have struggled hard for this day.” Joseph’s voice reverberated throughout the classroom. Nelson! The name conjured up so many thoughts in Angie’s mind. But she wasn’t thinking of Madiba. She was thinking of the man who’d sat in the headmaster’s chair of their primary school in Southend. She’d known Nelson for a long time. In fact, it was she who had introduced him to his wife,Molly. And in all the time Molly was alive, she’d kept her feelings for him buried. Buried so deep, it had taken her some time to realise she could never love anybody else but him.

And now a rumour was doing the rounds that Nelson was seeing Candice Msibi. Candice was young and pretty, and due to graduate from university. Angie had no doubt about what would happen then. Candice would take up a position at the school. Molly had been dead nearly three years. Nelson would marry Candice and together they’d run the school.

There would be no room for her. Angie sighed and looked about the classroom again. Joseph continued reading: “. . . for the day when all South Africans – coloured, African, Indian and white . . .” He was interrupted by a loud knock on the classroom door.

“Come in, please,” Angie called out. Jimmy, one of the junior boys walked in.

“Good morning, Ma’am,” he said politely.

“Good morning, Jimmy.” Angie smiled at him.

To be continued...

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