Every term’s examinations lasts for two
weeks,after that,we would spend another one
week waiting for teachers to finish with the
results. But this term,I didn’t wait. I knew I
wasn’t going to do well so what’s the point
of waiting? Coupled with the fact that I had
to put up with seeing Nenye everyday.
It is true that I never saw or heard of the two
of them together but I already hated them for
ruining my life in school. I became a shadow
of the Rose everyone loved. The only person I
talked to was Regina and my seatmate.
I became so lean.
I faked sickness and being that the principal
likes me a lot,he signed my exit card and
asked me to go home. My uncle promised to
get my result and send it home. Everyone
was in school. The ss3s were long gone so I
packed my properties and took them to the
dormitory reserved for the female
functionaries. I locked up everything that
belonged to me,picked my box and school
bag and left the hostel. I left my belongings
at the security post and entered the school
building. I went to Regina and gave her my
mum’s number. We hugged each other and
everyone looked on. I think they guessed why
i was leaving earlier than others but nobody
had the mind to talk to me,not after i had
distanced myself from everybody. I waved at
my seatmate and left the school with tears in
my eyes. I was not coming back to that
school ever again. My properties that I
packed into the functionary’s dormitory was
to keep them safe. I wasn’t coming back and
I promise never to forgive Lawrence for
making me leave my alma mater.
I came back home and forgot about
everything. My sister was home,she kept me
busy with stories about Jos and the dozens
of romance novels she came back with. One
week after I came back,Vivian visited. I was
in the sitting room with one of the novels
when she came in.
We hugged each other and fed ourselves
with stories about school. My sister came
and joined us. I think I mentioned earlier that
her name was(is) Emmanuela. If I did
not,please forgive me.
Ella: Mum,dad and this kids will be travelling
on Wednesday. Have they told you?
Rose: No. Anything the matter?
Ella: Mba. They want to spend the holiday
with people at the village.
Rose: Won’t we go with them? Hunger will
kill us o
Ella: I will be going to mum’s shop. You
could use the opportunity to go with Vivian
for the summer lessons. She told me about it
Vivian: yeah! (she pumped her fist in the air).
Aunty Ella thank you o.
Ella: Its okay. I don’t want her to stay at
home or go to the market. She will b entering
the exam class so we need her brains to be
Rose: Ah! Are mum and dad aware?
Ella: Of course.
Rose: Sister,you will help me to also convince
them. I want to write waec somewhere close
Ella: I have actually thought about that o.
Anyways,I’ll talk to them before they travel.
Maybe you would register where I wrote
But don’t get your hopes high o.
Rose: Thank you.
Ella: Let me leave the two of you now.
Vivian: Thank you.
She walked up the stairs and I faced Vivian.
Me: So when is the lesson starting?
Me: Okay. You’ve found one candidate
Vivian; Nooo. You’re the fourth person.
Me: Wow. Will the principal give you a
We both laughed.
Vivian; No. Just want my friends around me
nah. You can also register for your waec
there if you like the school.
Me; Let me attend the lessons first. Let my
parents be the judge of where I’ll take my
We spent the rest of the day playing
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