Romeo wrecks Lindiwe’s life!

Romeo tosses trou­ble mag­net Lindiwe from the fry­ing pan into the fire.

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Romeo (Hun­gani Ndlovu) loves liv­ing on the edge, whether he’s get­ting in Neo’s (Jerry Mo­fo­keng) face or prank­ing the staff at the New­tow­n­ian ho­tel. And now he has des­per­ate schoolgirl Lindiwe Ngema (Nomvelo Makhanya) hid­ing un­der his bed (well, kind of) af­ter she ran away from home on Mon­day 21 Novem­ber to es­cape the exam cheat­ing cri­sis that Romeo landed her in. “Where else is she go­ing to go?” asks Hun­gani. But play­ing se­cret host to clingy Lindiwe rapidly loses its charm af­ter Romeo smug­gles her into the ho­tel on Mon­day 28 Novem­ber. “Ev­ery time Romeo men­tions that she needs to go back to her par­ents, she doesn’t want to do any­thing but stay in Romeo’s ho­tel room and come up with ideas about run­ning away with him to Cape Town. She keeps get­ting clingier and more is­sues are aris­ing. It’s a bur­den. Romeo starts to plot a way to get rid of her...”

DITCH­ING LINDIWE

And do you know what brings fam­i­lies back to­gether? Fear! “In his mind, the best way to for­give and for­get would be for the kid to be put in a life-threa- ten­ing sit­u­a­tion and be mirac­u­lously saved. So the par­ents will be re­lieved the kid is back; no need to talk about what­ever hap­pened be­fore,” ex­plains Hun­gani. On Thurs­day 1 De­cem­ber, Romeo hatches a plan for mak­ing the Nge­mas’ re­lief at get­ting Lindiwe back so over­whelm­ing that they’ll even pay for her re­turn. Af­ter all, bad things can hap­pen to a young girl in the big city… “The amount that he chooses – R10 000 – needs to be some­thing that looks like he can pay it with ‘pocket money’ from his mom but might be a lit­tle bit of a stretch for her folks,” adds Hun­gani.

THE GAM­BLER

Ev­ery­thing seems to be run­ning ac­cord­ing to plan on Fri­day 2 De­cem­ber, but it falls apart af­ter the week­end. “The world works in mys­te­ri­ous ways and we don’t know who’s watch­ing, and when some­one’s watch­ing, cer­tain things hap­pen,” hints Hun­gani. That’s when the crit­i­cal dif­fer­ence be­tween Romeo and Lindiwe comes out – he’s not paral­ysed by fear and thrives on it. “Even though it’s very chal­leng­ing for him, it’s kind of fun be­cause of the risk that’s in­volved,” ex­plains Hun­gani. “It’s a gam­ble.” So if drama mag­net Lindiwe comes out of this in one piece, she may want to step away from Romeo’s ta­ble. She’s play­ing out of her league…

Ter­ri­fied Lindiwe tells Romeo that their plan has changed…

Romeo pan­ics when he gets Lindiwe’s call.

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