I could feel my legs wobbling and unable to
carry my whole body as I walked to my
I managed to get home under a trembling
feet,I was opening the door when a neighbour
Nneka greeted
Nneka: Peepe hafa na
I turned to answer but in my sorrow tears
dropped out of my eyes instead
Nneka: * surprised * ah why are you crying?
Me: are my crying? * my hand going to my
eyes as I have successful unlocked the door
Nneka: eyah,eeeheyee,so person fit cry
without im notice,sorry no vex,you no dey
cry,I forget say na another new pattern of
laughter be that * started walking away * I
didn’t reply her,I just watched her go out of
the gate murmuring to herself then I entered
inside,that was when the main tears started
I never realized I have gotten to love Richard
these deep to the extent of feeling jealous
seeing him with another woman,I never
thought I could cry for love,why Ella of all
people,she is the only girl in my department
competing beauty with me,she is just
naturally beautiful maybe that’s why am more
jealous,maybe if it had been other
department girl I wouldn’t mind.
I was so busy playing hard to get forgetting
they are other girls who are even willing to
woo him for them self but I was ready to
apologise to him,I was ready to tell him how
sorry I was.
I kept thinking to myself till I slept off.
The next day I didn’t go for lectures, i just
stayed in my room all through,I just needed
time to get myself together again but the
thought of Richard wouldn’t just leave my
The next day I got ready for classes and
left,but throughout the duration of the
lectures my eyes where on Ella,I just couldn’t
concentrate,before we had the last lecture for
the day in the school complex hall James
walked up to me
James: hi Precious
Me: * coldly * hi
James: you look dull today why?
Me: do i? no am not dull
James: ok o but these is not the lively
precious I know
Me: dear,am just not feeling too well
James: ok was that why you didn’t come for
classes yesterday?
Me: yea
James: bae you missed o that yesterday
Me: gist me,what happened?
James: it was Ella’s birthday na,come and
see the way drinks were flying
Me: hmmm,really?
James: remember that guy that was
disturbing you that year
Me: who,Richard?
James: yes Richard,he was just all over
her,come and see,he even told us he would
be hosting us all these Saturday for Ella’s
birthday party at Eden Garden
Me: * my heart was melting * that’s good,it
would be a big one at lest you guys would
enjoy it
James: you are coming along right?
Me: nop,I have better things doing
James: like?
Me: reading
James: c’mon don’t tell me you are
jealous,shey these guy asked u out first but
you refused,you should be happy he found
someone else and that person is our Ella
Me: * stood up and pick my books * see you
later,I need to go to the ICT to sort
James: hmmm precious, are you really sick?
I didn’t answer him,I just walked out of the
class,I sighted Richard at his normal spot,I
wonder the kind of student he his,not
attending classes maybe because his father
is the President.
I pretended not to see him as I walked
Richard: hello Precious
Me: * using my hand * hello * I walked
passed him * to the Library **not ICT**
I stayed in there till I felt like going home,on
coming out I saw Ella and Richard,they were
seated together charting and laughing,I just
walked pass them and started walking home.
For that week I wasn’t really focused, it pains
me the more knowing he doesn’t care
anymore about my existence,imagine Richard
signaling me “hello” I just have to forget him
and move on after all nothing happened
between us in the first instance do I have to
forge ahead because if I keep remembering
Richard I might even end up having
I tried moving on but mere seeing him on
campus makes my heart skip.

On Saturday afternoon Jerry and James
came to my lodge
Jerry: Precious, hafa
Me: fine
James: these week you just dey look
Me: meaning?
James: you are too dull
Me: na you sabi
Jerry: so are you ready?
Me: ready for what?
James: don’t tell me you mean you ain’t
going to attend Ella’s party?
Me: am going nowhere jhoor,I want to sleep
Jerry: sleep?
James: which kind sleep
Me: afternoon sleep
James: bae stop these nah and let’s go
Me: sorry
Jerry: leave her if she says she is not going
let’s go
James: no wahala but these thing wey you
do I no like am,you big pass am
Me: go make una come back come gist me
James: me! come back here after these thing
wey you just do?
Me: abeg na
Jerry: we go come,oyah James let’s go *
they walked out of the room but james
surfaced again *
James: so you mean am say you no dey go?
Me: am not going na
Jerry: James come na let’s go * that was
when he finally left *
In the night as at 10:30 pm that was when
their knocks on the door woke me,I stood up
and walked to the door opening it
Me: don’t tell me its noe you guys are
returning * locking my door *
Jerry: you won’t understand, the party was
James: please let’s sleep here,our hostel gate
is locked
Me: gist me how it went
Jerry: you won’t believe it,that guy is not a
student of these school
Me: which guy
James: your Richard
Me: James stop it please
James: sorry o
Jerry: he is truly the president’s son,every of
our department mates present there now
knows and he schooled in Paris
Me: hmmm
James: abeg you ain’t telling her the main
news,do you know that Ella is Richard’s first
cousin and not his girlfriend
Me: * it resounded in my ear * she’s what?


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