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CHAPTER 11

Njabulo saw something in me. What is it? I'm standing naked in front of the bathroom mirror. I look at myself. What is it about me that makes him think I am ... different?

I touch my body. Feel the soft beard stubble. The hair on my chest. The ridges of my six-pack. Then further down.  

I wish I knew how I could make right what he saw in me.

Where is the otherness?

Gay.

That's what he thinks. He thinks I am isitabani [gay].

Does he see it in my eyes?

I look and look and look.

But all I see is myself. At the back of my head I know there is more to me than what can be seen from the outside.

"Is something wrong?" my mother asks at breakfast.

"No, nothing. I'm okay," I reply.

"Were you sick last night?" my father also asks now. "You came home earlier than you said you would."

"I felt nauseous. Nothing serious.'

My father puts down his knife and fork in his plate. "Did you chaps drink?"

"Only cooldrinks, Dad. It was an under-18s party."

"Should I take you to the doctor?" asks my mother. Her hand is cool on my forehead.

A doctor won't be any help, Mom, I want to say. Maybe a psychologist. But I wonder if he'd want to scratch through the jumble in my head.

"No, Mom. I'm fine," I say.

I lie.

WHAT DO YOU THINK: Nathi doesn't need a psychologist; he needs to accept himself for who he is. Or what do you think?

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  1. 17 Nov. 2010
    38. Q.T(F)Q.TTER(H)Q.TEST(c)(x) says

    He needs to accept himself the way he is. Hs lyf z hs nd nobdy elsez

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  2. 15 Nov. 2010
    37. .{4C}MR+NICE+CUTE.{MJ}.{4C} says

    Eish he dnt have a choice he must accept bt it hard

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  3. 13 Nov. 2010
    36. Enhle says

    Nath mst accpt dt hes gay nd live his lyf free,ayoba yoza usnganga

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  4. 13 Nov. 2010
    35. Pk says

    He shuld nt acept what hes nt.nd he shuld nt do it becoz there r ader ppl doing it owt der doing it

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  5. 13 Nov. 2010
    34. Sexy+boy says

    He mst except wht he is coz is nt embarasing thrz mre of thm out thr

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  6. 10 Nov. 2010
    33. #FF2888*_th€8-)þrètæñdë says

    Yea h mct accept da fact dat hs biosexual..h cunt change if hs a gay..h mct accept hu h iz

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