MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Comments: 12
Article views: 320
Latest Badges:

View all Tyronehster's badges.

A Turn of the Screw

08 November 2012, 09:01

Are you all sitty comfybold twosquare on your botties?

Then I’ll begin…

It would not be too much of a stretch to call me a wine lover. I’m certainly no connoisseur, but I can tell the difference between a Chenin Blanc and a Reisling, a Sauvignon Blanc and a Pinot Gris. Merlot is right up there with Cabernet Sauvignon in my opinion, but my favourite, without a doubt, is the humble Claret. Dry, but full-bodied, with just a hint of smoky sweetness. And these are only the South African wines!

Living in that Fairest Cape in all the circumference of the earth, doesn’t harm either, and I could easily, and happily, see myself as a vintner. In fact, it would be hard to think of a better life. Going out into the vineyards every day: the sun would be shining, of course; going down into the cellars, that place of mystery where the magic of wine happens. It really would be an idyllic existence. Because I really do love wine.

Which was why I was licking at the wine running down my face.

What had been a wonderful hubbub of carefree conversation, turned into embarrassed silence, as I watched Anne storm off, carelessly slamming her now-empty wineglass onto a waiter’s tray. I wiped my face then ran after her.

‘Anne!’ I shouted, ‘Anne, wait!’

She turned on me, eyes blazing, and I realised again, with a shock, how very beautiful she was. ‘Fuck! Off!’ Like bullets.

Again she turned and stalked off, and I grabbed her arm. ‘Anne, wait!’

‘Let go of my arm,’ she said, utterly without expression.

‘Anne, what’s the matter?’

‘What’s the matter? What’s the matter?! The only way you could have got your eyes deeper into that hussy’s cleavage was to take them out and put them in there!’

Now I was even more puzzled. ‘What hussy?’

‘Don’t take me for a fool, Simon. I saw how cosy you and that red-headed tramp were. You were doing a hell of a lot more than just flirting with her. You looked like you were trying to proposition her!’ The last words she virtually spat at me. Again, bullets.

I was so frustrated. I had spent months putting together this gathering of very special people, all the right people, to announce my new system, and Anne had to lose her cool and embarrass me in front of all these people I was so desperate to impress. This party had cost me a small fortune, and this behaviour of hers had the potential to cost me millions.

‘Anne, please calm down and we can talk about this later,’ I pleaded.

She looked down momentarily, chewing on her lower lip as she was wont to do when she was considering a course of action. ‘You want me to come back inside so we can talk about this later.’ She nodded slowly then, without really seeming to move, slapped me. She was small, but she packed a hell of a wallop.

‘No,’ she said, and stalked back outside, the garage remote already in her hand. The garage doors opened as she approached and she opened the Ferrari door and got in, starting the engine simultaneously. The engine roared into life and she reversed out, hardly waiting for the engine to take, and nearly hitting another car in the process.

She put the car into first gear and the car howled as she accelerated down the driveway, gravel spewing out from under her tyres, the brake lights glowing brightly as she slewed to a stop at the gate. She waited a moment and then raced away from the house, engine howling like a wounded beast.

I turned and trudged back into the house, to be met by silence, with the occasional embarrassed, if sympathetic, look. The assembled people finished their drinks and made their excuses, not waiting for dinner. Of course.

The caterers cleaned up as quietly as they could and I just sat there, watching them without really seeing them. I wasn’t angry, or even miserable. The only sensation I experienced, if sensation it was, was emptiness. As much as I loved her, her temper was getting worse, and tonight it could conceivably have brought my empire crashing down around my ears.

After everyone had left, and I mean everyone, I switched to whisky. I may have been a wine lover, but whisky was what I wanted now. Not that it did any good. I sat there with the glass in my hand, sipping occasionally, until the last of the workers had left, then got up and fetched my phone. Dr. Hardy was on Speed Dial. He answered on the second ring.


‘It’s Anne, doc.’

‘What now?’

I sighed, a touch theatrically I fear, but it was an indication of how I felt. ‘You know this thing I’ve been working on?’

‘The IT thing?’

I nodded, even though he couldn’t see me. ‘Yes.’

‘What about it?’

‘I threw a party tonight for about sixty industry people, and it was really important. Really, really important!’

‘So what happened?’

‘She accused me of flirting with another woman. In fact she accused me of trying to get into this woman’s pants!’

‘And were you?’

‘No!’ I was shocked.

‘You’re sure?’

‘Yes,’ I said. ‘I’m sure. Anne is the only woman for me. There is no-one I can think of who can even hold a candle to her. No, I wasn’t flirting. It was business, pure and simple.’

He sighed. ‘I’ll see you in about half an hour.’ He broke the connection and I put the phone in my pocket, then took off my tie and undid my collar. I slumped back in my chair and waited for Doctor Hardy and mulled over the unfairness of it all.

I had finally perfected an AI project with real-world applications, something that would revolutionise the entire IT industry, and this was my reward. Not that it couldn’t be rescued, it was too good for that. Anne’s behaviour was just a huge spanner in the works. I had spent a huge amount of money on this party which, if successful, would have fast-tracked the entire project, making money immediately instead of slowly.

I heard the crunch of gravel and saw the lights of the approaching car against the windows and got up heavily from my chair. I walked over to the front door and opened it, then leaned against the jamb, waiting for Doctor Hardy to come in. He parked his car neatly, as was his wont, then walked slowly up the stairs.

I stood back to let him in, then closed the door behind him. ‘Drink?’

He nodded. ‘Whisky.’

I poured it for him, straight up, and he nodded his thanks, then sipped at it wordlessly. He had this ability to sit for hours without saying anything, and I was quite comfortable with that. I didn’t really want to talk right now.

After a while he stirred and sat forward. ‘Okay. I want to hear every detail; leave nothing out.’

I nodded and told him everything, and he stopped and quizzed when he needed further detail, but when I’d finished, he nodded as if everything was clear to him. He sank back in his chair, chin on his chest and, to the casual observer, it would seem he was asleep. But he wasn’t. He was cogitating. Finding a solution to the problem. And I had no doubt he would.

It was about an hour later that I heard the full-throated roar of the Ferrari, and then the sound of the tyres slipping on the gravel, before she regained control and gunned the motor, coming to rest right behind Doctor Hardy’s car. Deliberate provocation.

Doctor Hardy looked up and motioned for me to remain seated. ‘I’ll handle it,’ he said.

I sank back in my chair and she stormed in, slamming the door behind her. ‘Called for cavalry?’ she asked with a sneer. Not even the sneer could mar her perfect beauty.

‘Hello, Anne,’ said Doctor Hardy mildly.

‘I’m not interested in talking to you or anyone else,’ she spat out, then headed up the stairs.

‘Leave her, I’ll talk to her,’ said Doctor Hardy. He got up and followed her slowly up the stairs. He followed her into the bedroom and I heard voices, hers raised and his calming. Their voices died down to a murmur, and I got up out of my chair and headed upstairs.

Anne’s beauty was breath-taking. Doctor Hardy was leaning over her, her dress down around her waist, revealing a plate in her back, into which he’d plugged a flash drive. He put his hand into her back, then pulled out the flash drive. She pulled the dress back up over her shoulder, then saw me, and her face lit up.

‘Oh, Simon! I’m so sorry! Can you ever forgive me?’

How could I not. ‘Is she fixed, doc?’

‘She is, Simon, but it seems you’ve been a naughty boy?’

‘What do you mean?’

‘I mean that tonight is not the first time this has happened.’

‘No Doctor, it’s not his fault!’ protested Anne.

He held up his hand. ‘Simon, I programmed Anne to perfectly replicate human emotions, and you can completely mess up her systems if you continue to behave in this manner.’

‘But I did nothing wrong!’ I protested.

‘No, Doctor, he didn’t,’ Anne chimed in.

‘Sit down, Simon.’


‘You heard me, Simon, sit down.’


‘Sit down, or I’ll disconnect you and do the work.’ I slowly took off my jacket, then my shirt. Anne smiled encouragingly at me.

‘Good boy, Simon. Good boy.’

Apologies to The Small Faces for using the opening line from ‘Happiness Stan’.

Apology accepted.


Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Why even the Constitutional Court...

On Monday the Con Court knocked back the application by the Africa Unite Party to challenge the IEC on the right to stand for public office, section 19. Read more...

1 comments 74 views
Submitted by
Celeste Maxime Lackay
Managers, Leaders and Politicians...

I have resigned from a job I really loved and held down with pride for 4 years.  Read more...

0 comments 24 views
Submitted by
The democratic right to vote

It seems that there are so many disgruntled members in the ANC, and some of them have resorted to negative stances, floor crossing and verbal insinuations are the order of the day.  Read more...

6 comments 284 views
Submitted by
Death Walks Behind me

Nothing makes me so mad as seeing a broad being mistreated, and this one was being mistreated in the most brutal way.  Read more...

7 comments 175 views
Submitted by
Desere Bosman Ray
The memory of Architecture

A few months ago our earth leakage blew. A bother of a thing to happen at any stage, but what made matters worse was the fact that it chose to blow on a Saturday morning.  Read more...

4 comments 166 views
Submitted by
LeboDang Macman
Oscar & Zuma: 'Let's play the bla...

What is it about us human beings that we are unable to accept responsibility for our actions? Read more...

6 comments 631 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Junior Developer

Western Cape
Progressive IT Resourcing (Pty) Ltd
R15000 - R20000

Digital Web Master

Western Cape
O'Brien Recruitment
R25000 - R30000

Sage Evolution Consultant

Western Cape
Star Personnel
R18000 - R20000

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now! - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25



E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

Digital Media & Marketing Association
© 2014 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.