The Hitherto Untold Story Of Ravensklip
Ravensklip The Untold Story
A Novel set in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2008
A novel by Just_Rodney
This is an outline of my proposed novel, I have quite a few chapters down already, the plot and how it should finish.
Now the problem is to get these characters to behave and align themselves with the task in hand.
Central figure, Thomas Terrance a fifty something white South African male in modern, post Apartheid era, not gainfully employed, in part due to physical problems and then, a all South Africans are saying, due to the current Black Empowerment and Equity climate.Recently married for the 2nd time, now living with wife and mother-in law, in an exclusive area, some 25 houses,south of Johannesburg. There performs a role very similar to caretaker for the area, as well as doing the odd fetching and carrying for the other residents, as he is general helpful by nature.
The general crime within their semi secluded area has been, by most standards surprisingly low, very much limited to petty thefts from garden and occasional washing from the lines.
As the saga opens, this starts to change and a soon a series of incidents in and around the area start to affect the majority of the inhabitants.
Tragedy strikes, and a family move out of the area, new people occupy the recently vacated premises. New residents take up occupancy and settle into the area. At a party for the suburb, they are all taken hostage. The phones and other communications are sabotaged the suburb is completely isolated.
There is a way out and three youths manage to get out and alert the outside world what has happened. The police move and negotiate for the release of the occupants.
Other outside sources are also anxious for the release of some of the occupants of the area.
Negotiations are successful the hijackers depart, and the suburb finds that in the interim, they have been stripped of all their valuables. The insurance companies are contacted and agree to pay undisclosed sums for the return of the goods - no questions.
All ends well, or supposedly so, the ringleader of the hijackers was killed in a car accident shortly after his negotiated release. The members of the hi jack team, those that were left in the end, all met with serious accidents. Some of the residents were investigated for various evasions. Thomas carries on with his generally being helpful and assisting his neighbors.