Episode 19

Going home for the outlawz that day was fun. First they celebrated me because they believed Sharon had finally said yes, I wasn’t so dumb to spoil the fun so, just like Cynthia Morgan’s song I just “Led them on” by being quiet and letting them believe their thoughts. Because I already believe she was going to say “yes” anytime soon. They even went as far as lifting me up on the road for being so bold to hug a girl in the school premises. Kelvin started a new style, he bought half bag of sachet water and they used to drench my uniform, even though I tried to run. Some of the SS2 students that were also trekking home tried calling us to order but, we owed them no allegiance outside the school so, we ignored them. After we were past that, we headed for the “Game house” to play PS2. I was a top notch game freak then and only one person was better than I was then; Kingsley. Others were no match for me, I always beat them mercilessly.But it was vice versa today, they were beating me, even the poorest player then Chisom defeated me in football. I guess I was too excited, I only performed better against Kingsley, I held him to a draw. Nobody was bothered about going home after all we had three hours to spare. We all went to Kelvin’s compound with him, we watched a movie. He changed to his house wears and we escorted Bully and Kingsley out till they boarded a bike. The others left to their various homes and me and Kelvin started walking to my house. He started bragging about his swift patterns, praising himself as a smart boy and all that. All this while, I said nothing just smiling. When he was done praising himself, he asked me the current status. For the first time today he was willing to know the details.
“It’s complicated”. Was my response.
” but you gave her the card and said what I told you to”. He asked me.
“I did non of that, actually I tore the card into shreds”. I said and he frowned.
“Why?”. He asked.
” it’s complicated “. I said again, he was quite confused currently.
“So what really happened?”.
” Sharon happened “. I said to him, he asked me to be clear. I explained everything to him even showed him the complimentary card she gave me.
He told me to make sure I asked her out first thing after the holidays. He didn’t really need to tell me, I’d already decided I was going to do that even though I still doubted my boldness.
You know that smile when you just had your first kiss that hardly leaves your face? That was the kind of smile on my face that day just that mine wasn’t a kiss but a ” Hug”. I went home with such excitement even though I tried hiding it but my sister will always find out. I was just doing things she asked of me with much gladness.
“Why are you so excited?”. She asked me.
” Am I?” . I tried faking a frown.
” you’ve been smiling all to yourself, ever since you came back”. She said.
“Uhm I don’t know, maybe I’m just happy about the holidays”. I lied.
” or maybe there is something you’re not planning to tell me”. I shrugged when she said that, then went into the sitting room to watch movies.
She called me almost immediately to come pack my uniform like always. I went into the room only to see her opening my bag, I rushed immediately and snatched it from her. The card that Sharon gave me was inside the bag, she stared at me suspiciously.
“What’re you hiding young man”. She asked.
” nothing ” . I said smiling.
” you know I’d always find out”. She said and I smiled. You’re welcome to to try I said in my mind.
“But you won’t find anything”. I said to her then went back to the sitting room with my bag. I knew she would still search my bag no matter what so, I brought out the card and hid it under my dad’s old stereo, then continued watching my movie. The movie was so boring due to the fact that I have watched the movie countless times, so I decided to join my mum at her Shop. This excitement was bringing out the best in me. I would never go to my mum’s shop willingly except am being forced. Mum saw the excitement on my face but didn’t say anything for while. Just watched in amazement as I attended to her customers cheerfully. She ran a provisions store so she was always busy, and I came willingly to give her a break today. I even helped some carry their goods to their respective cars.
“NwaGod, why are you so excited”. She asked immediately we were alone and I laughed.
” Sister Eunice said the same thing, I think I woke up this way”. I whined and she let it go. It was quite obvious she didn’t buy my story but she’d push too hard to know your little secrets when you don’t want to tell her, and that’s why she’s different from my sisters. She received a call and told me I was been called at home. I ran home immediately only to see Sis. Eunice reading the card I actually hid from her. I was shocked and when she saw me she smiled.
“So this is it?”. She asked waving the card. I didn’t say anything.
” To my Dear seat mate “. She read, then faced me.
” so, who is this your dear? I don’t I’ve seen her before, have I? She asked me. She’s seen most of my classmates, whenever we had P.T.A meetings she was always the one to come. And she would always be asking me the names of anybody she seem to like. I told her she hasn’t seen her before and she asked for her name.
“Oh sister, its not necessary”. I said.
” come on, I need to know the name of my brother’s girlfriend, after all am still going to meet her some day. She said smiling. She seeker to be happy and I was relieved.
” she’s not my girlfriend “. I defended.
” yes I know she’s not, but she’s going to be soon right? “. I smiled when she said that but, I didn’t say anything.
” that’s it with all the excitements”. She said.
” you seem okay with this, what’s up?” I asked her.
“Am I not supposed to?”. She asked in return and I shrugged.
Episode 20

“So am not young anymore?”. I asked her out of curiosity.
” well you’re still too young for a relationship but, not too young to love”. I didn’t understand what she meant and the look on my face made it clear .
“Am trusting your friendship to be a safe and a young one as its supposed to be and after all you’d always keep me in touch, won’t you?”. I didn’t give her any answer but I knew I wouldn’t hide Sharon from her forever, she was always going to find out. She smiled when I didn’t say anything because she knew my silence was a yes.
” So, what is our little in law’s name and when am I going to meet her? “. She was smiling wildly.
” In-law indeed, well her name is Sharon and I don’t think you’d ever meet her “. I walked out as she laughed, I knew I was just bluffing because she would definitely see her anytime she wanted to.
” of course you know I will Chuks “. I heard her shout as I left for my mum’s shop.
My midterm holidays was fun, I always hung out with Kelvin. We would go and play Ball at our local field which we called “San siro”, then visit PlayStation. Bully and Kinsman came around almost everyday and we would have fun till it was about getting dark before they’d board a bike and leave. Some days in the evening we’d visit his girlfriend at her mum’s restaurant. That was always my best part because she would serve us with her mum’s pepper soup and soft drinks, and such a mum she has, she never bothered. All this fun and yet I still missed Sharon, only i do not understand why I’d become so addicted to seeing her face that I couldn’t wait for one week. I haven’t planned any strategy I was going to use in asking her out but, I was convinced it was going to be easy. I had finally let the cat off the bag for my sister and now she always teased me everyday about Sharon being my future. She couldn’t stop imagining how such a little teenage girl mustered up such boldness to give a romantic card to give her young crush. It wasn’t so in their time,She now believes the world changes everyday. Thank God I didn’t tell her about the hug, Lord knows she wouldn’t be okay with that.
Monday slowly came after all the waiting and I was excited that morning as I prepared. I didn’t want to show how nervous I was so, I prepared sluggishly as usual and also went to wait for my cousin.
We got to school by 8:30 am, we both sneaked in without the gateman sighting us then ran straight to our class. When we got in our class was noisy, well its the resumption day so everybody would be talking about their real or unreal Adventures during the holidays. I can’t wait to hear Sharon’s own, I said to myself. And talking about Sharon I didn’t see her in our class, her seat was empty but her bag was hung at the back of the desk. Which means she was in school; that was a relief. I searched for her with my eyes and she wasn’t in class, Kelvin and I were still standing at the door. He patted my shoulder and said: “Today is yours dude”. Then left for his Seat and I went to mine too. There was a rousing noise by our class boys on the sight of Kelvin. The leader of the outlawz has resumed school. They also came to greet me but I was barely concentrating in what they were saying. I was still anxious to see Sharon and her pretty smile which I’ve missed so much.
There she came, with her sparkling beauty. Her lip gloss was glittering in the day light, her new hair was all amazing on her but, something was missing. Her smile wasn’t there, she kept a blank face like she wasn’t happy to be back yet. She only smiled when she saw me but, it died down almost immediately as she sat down.
“Hi”. Was all we said to each other and she faced her novel. I didn’t really understand what was up with her. As classes went on that day she never said anything to anyone, she only spoke to me if she wanted ask me a question concerning what we were been taught and after that she’d become serious. For the first time, Sharon was behaving like a new Student all of a sudden. when it was break period she ran out of class, I searched for her around the whole place I guessed she could be; the Merry go round, the field,Tuck-shop, computer lab and even her kid sister’s class but i didn’t see her. I was so worried and I tried hard not to show it. I couldn’t be with her and I also couldn’t be with the outlawz because they’d start talking too much and piss me off so, I went back to our class. After break over she came in became mute again. Well I’m still Godson so, I never showed how much it bothered me. She was dull through out the day and when it was school over, I waited to walk her to the park as usual. She kept wasting time, packing sluggishly like she was trying to avoid something. When she was finally done, she walked up to my face, put up a smile and caressed my jaw.
“Goodbye”. She said and left without looking back. I stood there and watched as she left.
” Do you think something is wrong with her? “.Chidimma asked immediately Sharon walked out. She was the only one remaining in class with me when Sharon left.
“I don’t know, maybe someone pissed her off or she’s mad at me”. I said.
” No, she’s even lenient with you, she snubbed others totally”.
“Really? Well how many novels did you get to read during the break?”. I tried changing the topic.
” Novels indeed, I didn’t read non, as a matter of fact I left them all in school “. She said and we both laughed.
” But I really had fun and you?”. She asked.
” Great”.
“This is supposed to be you and Sharon”. She brought her up again.
” oh chy, what’s with you and Sharon though?”. I tried pretending I don’t care.
“Don’t even pretend you’re not bothered”. I was speechless when she said this, she’s caught me completely.
” Don’t worry, she’ll come around”. She held my shoulder and I smiled. I was smiling often lately, I guess it was another influence from Sharon and today she came in a picture of the former me.
Melody walked in on us in that position, he didn’t seem alarmed.
“oh boy,we don dey march oh”. He informed me and left. I turned to chidimma.
“Let’s see how it goes,meanwhile don’t change from who you are cause that’s actually the you I like”. I patted her cheek and left.

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