Stealing Diamonds 4/5

By Drum Digital
07 February 2014

Lindiwe discovers some troubling yet enlightening news.

The library was neatly arranged with many different books. The place looked more like a bookshop rather than a private home.

“Have you read all these books?” Lindiwe asked.

“Not all of them, no,” Ben confessed. “But I’ve always been a bookworm. Now and then the kids in the neighbourhood come through and borrow some of the books. It was my idea really.”

“That’s generous of you,” Lindiwe said.

The more time she spent with Ben the more she became attracted to him. She was not sure she could go on with her uncle’s plan. Why should she fight his battles for him?

“Have you read this book?” He showed her a thick novel, War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy. “It took me months to read but it was worth it. This Russian writer was a genius.”

“Actually, I only read romance novels,” Lindiwe confessed.

“Romance novels?” Ben laughed, but not unkindly.

“Is it true that they cause women to have unrealistic expectations of men? Most men are nothing like those romantic heroes, you know! Reality is very different from the romance writer’s fertile imagination.” Lindiwe laughed, then added quickly, “I don’t read anything trashy!” They sat down on a deep leather sofa. “As I was saying, for the past few months I’ve been trying to see youbut your uncle wouldn’t let me.”

“I can’t believe it,” Lindiwe said. “My uncle never said that you’d been in touch. Why didn’t you call me?”

“Given the less than amicable relationship between our families I thought it best to approach your uncle first. That way I reckoned he wouldn’t try to come between us.”

“What did he tell you?”

“He said you’d told him you didn’t want anything to do with the Mafikile men, especially me. I was very surprised when you responded to my invitation this time.”

“This is news to me,” Lindiwe said. “My uncle lied. I never said anything to that effect. In fact, I couldn’t gather the courage to tell you that I’ve liked you ever since we were young.”

“That is news to me too,” Ben said. “Your uncle has always been a funny character.”

Lindiwe reflected on this new information. It was obvious her uncle was a selfish man bent on using anyone for his means.

How dare he try to control who came into Lindiwe’s life.

Lindiwe now doubted Uncle Sizwe’s story about the stolen diamonds.

“Can I ask you something personal?

Is it true that your father swindled my uncle out of diamonds in a shady deal?”

“Why would my father do any business with your uncle?” Ben asked. “They don’t trust one another.

Uncle Sizwe used to work for my father – until he was caught trying to smuggle diamonds out of the premises. My father was disappointed when everything came to light because Sizwe had been one of the most trusted men in the company.

Your uncle was fired. He still holds a grudge against my father for firing him.”

“So Uncle Sizwe lied to me too,” Lindiwe said. “He wanted me to steal the diamonds that he claimed your father had stolen from him.”

“I know, your uncle tried to bribe one of my employees but the employee told me everything.”

“So you knew about the whole plan?” Lindiwe felt ashamed.

“Yes,” Ben said. “But I knew you wouldn’t go through with it. Beautiful and intelligent girls like you don’t go around stealing diamonds.”

-by WN Tembo

To be continued...

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