My nightmarish Monday came but thank God it was a mess, though not totally. Halfway through the first lecture, the cloud turned dark. The storm started gathering and before one could say, Jack, the rain started pouring down in its heaviness. It rained so hard that we could barely hear the lecturer. He gave up after trying to raise his voice above the sound of the rain on the roof but still couldn’t. At the back of the class, I have already dismissed myself from the lecture as I was enjoying the rain from my sleep mode t the back.
Time check 3:30 pm and it was still raining though not heavy anymore. I needed to leave school ‘asap’ to fully enjoy the cold weather in the comfort of my room. But to go home, I need an umbrella if not I will be messed up before I get home. My department is not far from the female hostel, just a stone throw. I dialed Cindy to know if she could help me with an umbrella but got the same old response. I dialledOge, but she was in her department and without an umbrella too. I was totally out of option, so I had to wait for the rain to stop.
Some 30minutes later, the rain subsided and I was like ‘thank God’. Outside, it was still drizzling a little but I was done staying in that classroom, its home straight for me. Few minutes outside my department, I was getting wet already and the drizzling has graduated to the light shower. I increased my pace and at that moment, I started blaming myself for leaving my class.
As I walked on like a soldier, half walking and half running, a Toyota matrix passed and stopped ahead of me. The car turned to reverse coming towards me. I wasn’t in the mood for anybody to ask me any silly question or direction so I just walked past the vehicle as I got to it. I did not even try to look at who was behind the staring. The driver honked at me as the car slowed down once again beside me. I wiped my wet face with my already wet handkerchief and turned towards the car. Lo and behold, behind the staring was Shania. Huh! I was stunned and relieved at the same time. The glass went down and she asked
“You need a ride or are you enjoying the rain?”
“Yea I needed a ride like 5minutes ago but now am messed up already so you can go on ahead let me not wet your seat” I replied her.
“Your pride stinks and it is suffocating me already. Just get in here let me drop you, Mr man” she said.
I opened the door and entered and as she eased the car into motion, the downpour started all over again.
“I guess you would have enjoyed this one,” she said mockingly.
“Well thanks for saving my ass,” I said looking away.
The downpour was heavy again as before so there was no chance for any chitty chat as she concentrated on her driving. She stopped at the junction from where I will trek to my house because the road from that junction to my lodge was being worked on, so it wasn’t motorable. I was feeling cold but since the rain didn’t want to subside, we chilled inside the car waiting unto the rain to stop.
“Is your house far from here?” she asked.
“Nah, just a little walk from here.”
“Well you owe me one for saving your prideful ass from this rain” she said smiling.
Laughs “Yea definitely, I owe you not just one but a lot” I said before asking, “You own the car?”
“Yea” she replied absentmindedly.
“You always come to school with it”
“Nah hardly. Just that I was caught up in the rain. I had 12 o,clock and I couldn’t use the umbrella from my lodge to my department so I decided to use it” she replied.
A peep at my time showed it 6:30pm already.
“I think I have to start going. Thanks for the ride” I appreciated.
“Ha!! But it is still raining, why not wait a little” she said.
“Its ok, am wet already so I will just have to jug from here”
“If you insist, but instead of jogging, you can use that” she said pointing to the umbrella in the back seat.
“Since there is an umbrella, why not come with me let me offer you something.”
“No don’t worry, maybe next time. Let me not stress you upon this” she said gesturing at my wet self.
“Well in that case, I don’t think I will be using the umbrella”
“Why? So because I don’t want to go with you to your house, you won’t use the umbrella? She asked looking surprised.
“Yes, if I take the umbrella it will be 2 to nil. So since I owe you a lot already, I think I should start paying back instead of incurring more debt” I answered her.
“Hmmm!! Ok, you win, let’s go” she said smiling.
“Now you are a good girl,” I said as we both laughed.
We both alighted from the car. The umbrella wasn’t that wide, but I made sure to cover her well while I was left half exposed to the rain. Believe me, beautiful girls can give guys rep. We walked to my lodge amidst admiration from shop owners and people taking shed in their shop.
Inside my room, I offered her a seat and rushed to the bathroom to change. Five minutes later, I came out and asked her what I would her.
“What do you have?” she asked.
“I have yogurt, Mc Dowels, water and Lipton, so which do you want,” I asked.
“Abeg give me yogurt.”
“Why not Mc Dowels, its cold you know,” I said smiling.
“Yea I know, but since I will be driving, I don’t think I need that now.”
“For real, do you drink,” I asked surprised.
She gave me the ‘do I look like a kid to you’ look before she answered. “Yea I do, but it’s when am in the mood. So don’t act like you can drink more than I do.”
“Kids don’t talk about drinks, so just chill and drink your yogurt. I offered her a pack of yogurt with cup and settled for the Mc Dowels.
“You have challenged me twice over two days now, but don’t worry, on a very good day we shall see”. She said sipping her drink.
“I can’t wait” I replied laughing.
We kept talking about kinds of stuff till some minutes to eight o’clock when she left. I walked her down and waited till her tail light disappeared before going back to my apartment.
I called Cindy when I got back to my apartment but her line was still switched off. I became worried. Worst is that I don’t know her room number if not I would have gone to check on her. I dropped her a message asking if she was ok and those sort of thing.
I called precious to know if she was back but her line wasn’t reachable. Few minutes after, Oge called to know how I managed to get home. We talked for a while before the call ended. I dialed Shania and she picked on the first ring.
“Hey what sup?” I said into the phone.
“Cool, not long I got home”
“Ok, thanks for the ride and everything I appreciate.”
“Can you stop it with the thanks already and moreover thanks for the drink,” she said laughing.
“Showing appreciation is not bad you know.”
“Yea but overdoing it makes you look boring” she replied.
“Ok what’s for dinner,” I asked trying to get the convo going.
She said she wasn’t going to have anything for dinner. We talked for long before saying the goodnights. Don’t judge people till you get to know them, Shania taught me that. On the outside, someone will conclude that Shania is the rude and a snub kinda girl but that is far from the truth. Though I didn’t know much about her then, but the little I knew showed that she is just a simple and easy going girl.
Around 10 pm my phone rang and it was Precious calling. She was at the junction and needed me to come escort her to my house. Immediately after her call, I wore my sweatshirt and walked down to go pick her. I know I was in for a very long thing that night.
I live in a very rough area filled with guys. My area is so rugged that it is called the ghetto villa. As from 9 pm, if you no be ‘strong man’ forget am, just go and sleep if not, anything you see you go collect. Funny enough I no be ‘strong man’ but if I no tell you, you no go know. It is not like I parole with them, but I have few friends who are the ones that control the hood. And again, I observe men well anytime I see them gather. It is either I drop some dough for them, or I buy them spirit drinks. So those men for my area love and respect me a lot.
As we were going back to my house after I picked Precious, we met some guys. They surrounded us and started with their intimidation.
“Who goes you?” the huge one amongst them shouted at us.
Precious clung to me like her life depended on me that moment. As an area, I know all those slangs but I wanted to play it cool as not to arouse Precious’ suspicion.
“Bro na me o, wetin they happen” I replied trying to be friendly, well not like there is anything I would have done to six guys on a dark road.
“Taar who be you? Identify yourself or jazz down now now” he barked again.
I tried to look at their faces but the place was dark I couldn’t recognize any of them. Intimidation is one thing I hate in my life and at that moment I was angry already. The other guys were just waiting for the huge guy to give them order for them to ransack us.
“Guy who be you self? You come new for this area?” I asked him sounding annoyed. That got him surprised as he flashed his nokia touch light on my face.
“Ahh! Baba Pure na you?,abeg no vex. I think say na all this small small boys wey no dey stay one place” he apologized.
“No probs, how parole na?” I asked as he made way for me.
“Omo nothing dey o, na your babe be this?” he asked.
“Yes, she just enter town now now” I answered.
“Aunty welcome o, no vex abeg, I no know say na my ogadeywaka so” he said to Precious.
She nodded without saying anything. She was already dead with fear.
“Ok ma man make I dey go up na, we go see tomorrow,” I said to them as I led precious on.
“Ok na, no vex you hear,” he said as we left.
Precious didn’t say a word till we got to my lodge and was in my room.
“Tell me the truth Purity, are you a cultist?” she asked looking at me sternly.
“No, am not, why?”
“How come you know all those guys and ……..”
“No be my area be this?” I interrupted her midway if I am a cultist you would have known. And by the way, are you just coming back?”
“Yes, our car broke down twice on the road and like seriously am very hungry and tired”
“Well thank God for journey mercy, will you bath with warm or cold water,” I asked her heading to the kitchen.
“Warm” she replied as she laid down on the bed looking so stressed out.
I fixed her bath and while she showered, I made noodles for her. She came out from the bathroom in her birthday suit and went to her bag. My junior got the signal immediately but had to maintain because all things being equal, na me go tire. She pulled out a purple nightwear and a hair net from her bag and wore them. I served her the noodles and placed a glass of yogurt beside it. From the way she devoured the food, I knew she was really very hungry. I watched her eat as she narrated their ordeal on the road. After the meal, she cleared the plates and washed them before coming back to the bed.
It was a long night for the both of us. We straffed like no man’s business till we both couldn’t take another round before we slept off to wake up and continue again. She stayed with me until Wednesday, no need to say it out loud, it was two days of no school. Just eat, straff, go out, come back, straff, shower, straff and sleep.
The rest of the week came as usual and it was Friday. Meanwhile, I kept calling Cindy but still got the switched off response. I decided to stop calling her. I and Shania kept exchanging calls and Text with Precious raising eyebrows each time.
To Be Continued…