I got home,took my bath and switched off my phone. I went through my stuffs to ensure that I had packed everything I needed. I slept off.
The next morning,I woke up around 9am.
Dad has left for work while mum was preparing the meal I’ll leave to school with. I did the morning chores that was left and around 11:30am,mum drove me to school. Not much words were said before she left. My friends that were back helped me to carry my things to the ss3 hostel. I unpacked,cleaned my corner and went to Chidimma’s corner. Did I say she had become my best friend? Upon seeing me,she jumped on me and her next question left guilts all over me;
Chidimma: Ehe. Welcome o. So why didn’t you tell me that you and Raymond are dating?
I kept quiet and stared at her.
Chidimma: Ehe. Guilty conscience. You told me everything but you didn’t add that one.
Me: Its not it o. Didn’t feel it was necessary to mention it. But who told you?
She laughed and clapped her hands
Chidimma: I don’t know if you will remember Ogoo. She’s tall and fine(those were her exact words).
I started thinking. The only girls I ever talked to in that class was Vivian and Lois. In fact,almost all their girls were tall and beautiful.
Chidimma: She was the one that told me about you and Raymond.
Me: You no get handwork o. So you went to investigate me this holiday eh?
Chidimma: I get handwork joor. She came to see me and when I mentioned you,ah,she opened your chapter o. How boys were running after you and how you didn’t even give the girls face.
I started laughing.
Me: Abeg, how was your holiday?
Chidimma: Don’t even try it o. You want to change the topic abi? Tell me biko,how is Raymond? Did you see him this holiday? Is he still fair and fine?
Now,where was I going to start from?
Me: Actually, Raymond travelled to his villa for christmas. We didn’t get to spend much time together. He hasn’t even returned sef.
Chidimma; Ha! Raymond no try o. He should learn to be Romantic. He should. . . . . . . . . .
Me: Did you bring the mp3 we agreed that you’ll bring?
Chidimma: Yes nah. Why won’t I bring it? The term is going to be long and I don’t need a dull moment in it.
Me; Better o. Keep mine safely. Will collect it later. Let me go and see Victoria.
Chidimma: Wait for me so we can go together.
Two weeks into the term,our maths teacher sent for me during afternoon prep. I went to the staff room and he was alone;
Teacher: Bolt the door.
I did but I stood there.
Me: Good afternoon sir.
Teacher: Come here and sit down. We can’t communicate while you’re at Jerusalem.
I smiled and went to his table. I sat down opposite him. Maths master was a cute man,he was tall,chocolate in colour,he had an accent that sounded like he grew up abroad. He also had a pointed nose. Gosh! I love guys with pointed nose. His lips were small and was fit for his oval face.
Me: Thank you sir.
Teacher; You’re welcome sweetheart
“What? sweetheart? My brain quickly interpreted the message and my heart started beating very fast.