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80 Days Around the World in Durban

Author: 
Ari Sitas
Body: 

Meanwhile under the Bridge- in the inlet of the bridge we find a shocked and surprised Ezekiel Ntuli.

 

-What are you doing on my bed? (No response) You are not a Zulu

- Here (shows ID Document)

- Meadow Precious Ntshangase…Now I don’t want trouble

- Fine

-You are Meadow?

- I am Meadow.

- You are not a skellem?

- No. I will clean the place. I want food…I want

- Sshh! I don’t want trouble.

- Ngibona.

- You speak Zulu?

- No.

- You have a time-keeper?

- I have this- indicated a watch.

- I need food when the sun goes down.

- Yes, mnumzane.

- You speak Zulu?

- No!

- What do you want from me?

-…ngifun’umsebenzi.

- You speak Zulu!

- I don’t speak Zulu.

- Ha…you are a Home Affairs Zulu. Meadow…Precious. You are a white girl

- Yebo baba. Mina mhlope, mnumzane

- Ha…no more nonsense…white girl

- I’ll air the mattress and the sheets. What’s behind the curtain?

- It’s none of your business.

- Ah, clothes. Good you have a change of clothes.

 

(Switches on the car-battery operated TV- it is milky)

 

- Shit…you have been playing with my TV.

- I am hungry.

- Aren’t we all?

 

(Switches on Primus burner, gets a couple of tin plates and cups)

 

- You are shivering- you are a mess. (Hand on her forehead). You are hot. Durban-hot.

- I am tired.

- I don’t want trouble.

- Fine.

- Hey white girl, your teeth are chattering.

- I’m not a white girl. I am blacker than you.

- Meadow? Like, one Man went to mow, went to mow a Meadow?..What were you doing on my bed? What must I tell people? I give my trolley one big push and go down the slope riding it and it is such a nice feeling. I am flying, man, face against the wind. It stops when I leave the road and hit dirt. And I jump off and I am home. My feet are sore, my knees are weak, my back is tired, my neck is stiff and my bed is calling, calling.And there is someone on my bed! Here (spoons tea in her face…Lights a cigarette…She looks…Hands over cigarette…She smokes. He looks at her…She looks into the nothing.) You are a runaway.

- You are so mean!! (She sobs. He puts an uncertain arm over her shoulder)

- Thula baby, thula. Where from, Ms Daisy?

- Meadow!

- Where from Ms Meadow? (Silence.) They will arrest me.

- Who?

- They!

- Who are they?

- Now I don’t want trouble…

- Fine- I will clean the place. I want food…I want…

- Sshh! I don’t want trouble.

 

(Grabs bread)

 

- Margerine?

- Can’t have margarine…It is for the wheels (points to the shopping trolley)

- Nice trolley

- The best…I creak my bones into place, rub marge on the wheels and off I go.

- Where to?

- To London Plumbers.

- Is it safe under the bridge?

- The safest bridge in town.

 

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