Wealth, Class, Beauty, Fame… Name it, Brenda had it all.
She was from a wealthy and highly respected family. Her father happened to be one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country, with multiple business interests around the world.
Brenda never lacked anything, except friends. All the people around her were either opportunists or the few she could actually rely on were not comfortable in her company. This made her unhappy. She needed friends she could confide in. But her money couldn’t buy that. The only way she thought she could get what she wanted was to go back to school under a disguise.
She had already finished with her first degree in the UK yet she was willing to embark on this mission. Brenda applied and eventually gained admission into a local University. She was completely on her own though. She had to pay the fees and other bills from her personal savings, as the venture was a secret she was keeping from her father, who wasn’t even aware she was back in the country.
She had to go to school using public transport, leaving behind luxurious cars that she owned. She rented a room close to school and bought some dresses to look like a regular student.
Finally resumption day came… It was time for her very first lecture and all fresh students gathered at the lecture hall waiting for class to begin. The atmosphere was filled with tension, as they were all new to the tertiary system. They hardly knew themselves. Brenda had not arrived yet; she was running late on her first day on campus… She did that on purpose, because she wanted to be noticed as she entered the class.
Soon the lecturer arrived and the class began.
Brenda made her grand entry while lectures were ongoing. Indeed, all the students noticed her, as she looked very charming even in her simple and regular dress. She quickly spotted an empty chair and sat on it.
She was not the only late one though… Another new student Dave arrived in a rush right after Brenda got seated. He was sweaty all over, however he went straight ahead and sat beside her. Dave didn’t realize the beauty he was sitting beside until she gave him a handkerchief to wipe off the sweat.
The lecturer noticed what Brenda did and said: “Shame, how can a handsome guy like you go around with no handkerchief?”
Dave was embarrassed by the lecturer’s comment as it gave the whole class something to laugh about. Brenda felt bad for him and told the lecturer “Sir, the handkerchief belongs him, he actually lent it to me on our way here”
Do you two know each other already?” asked the lecturer
Brenda was quiet; she didn’t know what answer to give.
“Lady, I asked you a question” said the lecturer
It was obvious that Dave had to come up with something “Yes sir, she was a good friend of mine…way back in High school” he responded.
One lie lead to the other… The lecturer ignored them and continued with the class.
It was amazing how Brenda and Dave clicked from that very first time. The chemistry between them was heavy. You could tell from the look on both their faces that they wanted the class to end so they could talk to each other.
Brenda couldn’t hold herself, she took a sheet of paper and wrote “Thank you”. She then passed it to Dave who quickly replied.
For close to 20 minutes, Brenda and Dave were just exchanging notes and messages, oblivious to their surroundings.
They were getting along pretty well. The smiles on their faces was a sign that they were enjoying every bit of the conversation.
On that first day, they hardly paid attention to anything the lecturer said, their attention was on each other.
Unfortunately the class had to end and the lecturer dismissed them.
Before Dave could ask for Brenda’s name in his final note, the Lecturer asked her to see him.
She walked out of the class to see the lecturer who was already in his vehicle.
He made her sit in the car and drove her out of sight.
Brenda curiously asked the lecturer “Sir, where are we going? I have to go home”
“Don’t worry, I’m just driving you away from these students, they talk too much and by the way, you can call me Mr. Edward, I’m not comfortable with you calling me sir” The lecturer answered.
“Ok Sir, sorry Mr. Edward, may I know what I have done wrong? Brenda asked
“Why do you think you have done something wrong? I called you here to make your acquaintance. As a lecturer, one of my roles is to look out for my students. I won’t waste your time, take my card and call me tonight”
Brenda took the card and alighted from his car. She actually wanted to see Dave before going home so she rushed back to the lecture hall but he was gone.
Dave had waited a long while and finally left when he was convinced Brenda had gone home.