Tochi didn’t know how to express her
request to the fogey old man, so she began
to scratch her head and smiling at the
same time. Being a wise old man, the man
understood her strange attitude.
“I know you want something from me
that’s why you are acting foible” the man
began. “Listen my daughter, you have to be
folksy to me all the time. Now tell me,
what’s your demand?”
“Papa is because of this your big big
grammar that made me to come here oh.
You are no different from our teacher Mr
The old man laughed. “So you want me to
teach you grammar or what?” he asked.
“No, i want to borrow your dictionary so
that i will be checking all this grammar you
and my teacher speak”
“That’s so good of you” the man dusted his
legs and went inside. He came out with an
oxford dictionary and handed it to Tochi.
“You can keep it” he said.
“Ehn?! Papa, you mean i should take it
without returning it?”
“Yes, is now yours”
“Hey! Papa thank you oh. God will bless
you! But wait oh” she paused. “Which one
will you use?” she asked.
“I have another one”
“Hey! Thank you so much. I must learn
grammar by force. Grammar, here i come!”
she rejoiced home while the old man
smiled at her funny character.
Due to the presence of Melody’s mother
she wasn’t able to see Wisdom as she
planned the previous day. So here was
another opportunity for her to go and see
him. She dressed up wearing a jean
trouser and a white T-shirt with a flat
footwears. She opened the front door and
couldn’t believe who she saw.
“Wisdom?” she called and stared into his
eyes. She could see some textbooks in his
hands and a pen.
“I was just going to your house” she added.
“Well, i have come before you” they smiled.
“Come inside” Melody opened the door
“No, i’m rushing to somewhere. I’m already
“Oh, i see” she looked at the books again.
“Are you having a private lesson with
“Yes” Wisdom knew she would ask who the
person was so he jumped over to the main
reason why he came. “I saw your note and
gift, so I’ve came to say thank you”
“You are welcome” Melody smiled.
“I hope you paid the school fees”
“Yes, i did”
“Alright, see you on Monday”
Wisdom left while Melody entered inside
and admired him through the window.
It was 4:45pm and Wisdom was not yet at
Tochi’s residents as they planned which
got Tochi worried. However, she had told
her mother about Wisdom whom Mr
Anuma have instructed to help her study
and she agreed. One could see a table she
set outside-at the backyard with books and
dictionary on top of it but. She was actually
with her mother in the kitchen separating
vegetables and looking restless. She looked
back occasionally at any little voice she
heard to know if it was Wisdom. The
mother noticed her mood to be unlike her
and also glanced at the table full of books.
“You behave strange or is it because of the
Wisdom you told me about?”
“No, Mama” she looked back again into the
passage hoping to see Wisdom coming
through it. “How can it be because of him?”
“But you never behaved like this when you
expect a visitor”
“Habah Mama!” they smiled. “How am i
“As if you are expecting a suitor”
“Hey! Mama you have started oh!” they
laughed. Suddenly, a voice came from
behind and Tochi turned sharply. She saw
Wisdom looking more handsome without
his uniform. He wore a jean trouser and
red polo with a fitted red and black palms
on his feet. Her heart began to beat again
and the vegetable fell from her hand.
“Good evening, ma’am” Wisdom greeted
“Evening my son. Are you the Wisdom my
daughter has been anticipating restlessly?”
“Yes, ma’am” Wisdom stepped down from
the stairs smiling and Tochi looked at her
mother in a way that shows: Mama stop!
“Now i know why she has been restless
because you are more than handsome”
“Mama!!” Tochi exclaimed very loud and
“Onginidi?! Biko hapum aka!” the mother
spoke in igbo language which means.
“What is it?! Please, leave me alone!”
“Thank you ma’am” Wisdom said.
“Please, call me Mama and leave that
Ma’am for now”
“Okay, I’m sorry mama”
“Now you come!”
Tochi became shy and hardly look at
Wisdom which he also noticed. He looked
at the table and said, “Tochi, i can see you
are ready to study”
“Yes” she replied without looking at him,
even her mother noticed the meaning of her
behavior but trusted her daughter.
“Then lets go and start immediately”
“Okay” she replied walking briskly to the
table and began to dust the seat making
her buttocks look attractive involuntarily
but Wisdom wasn’t carried away by it.
“Just seat down” Tochi told him.
“What about your seat?”
“I will go and bring it” she rushed out
feeling so shy to look at him. She suddenly
“Mama, sir Edward is here to see you” she
told her mother.
“Okay, i have been expecting him” she went
out and Tochi brought the seat and sat
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