THE UNEXPECTED LOVE
(Tochi in school)
Melody watched silently as Calista spoke to Jennifer with all sincerity. But she quickly turned to someone who tapped her on the shoulder gently. It was Edwin.
“Hi, Melody” he said.
“Hey, Edwin” Melody replied and concentrated on Jennifer and Calista again. Edwin noticed she didn’t want to give him attention so he walked outside. Just at the door he turned and caught her staring at him but she pretended never to look at him.
“Jennifer” Calista Continued. “You should be the one apologizing to me so why behaving as if i am the one who offended you?”
“Just go away, okay? I deserve to be alone” Jennifer responded without looking at her.
“No dear, we are still your friends” Melody insisted walking towards the other side of the locker. “Listen, we all make mistakes, so lets call yours as one of the mistakes people make. You are not alone, okay?” she added but Jennifer remained quiet.
“Jennifer, you need to apologize to Wisdom” Calista suggested but she disdained her. “I have discovered that you can’t get what does not belong to you”
“And what do you mean by that?”
“I’m talking about Wisdom”
“Please, just go away” Jennifer concluded.
Calista and Melody looked at each other and went out. They could see Chester and Esther sitting on a fallen dried wood in a way Esther was on his thighs.
“Hmm, Mr and Mrs Chester, I’m hailing you oh!” Calista shouted and they laughed. Melody sighted Wisdom and Edwin under a fruit tree giggling then she tapped Calista.
“Oh girl, are you seeing what I’m seeing?”
“Is that not Wisdom and..”
“Yes, does Wisdom know him?”
“I have no idea” they departed to their own way.
There was no sunlight under the tree. Wisdom and Edwin looked as if they had known each other for years even Chester wondered how they became so close like that.
“I am also a senior prefect in my school” Edwin said.
“Really?!” Wisdom exclaimed surprisingly.
“Yes, and it’s not easy at all to take over the responsibility”
“Yeah, it isn’t easy”
They remained quiet for a while. Wisdom could see him staring at Melody and Calista.
“Do you know them?” he asked.
“They are Calista and Melody” Edwin replied.
“Wow, where did you get to know them?”
“Here in the school. I don’t know why she doesn’t want to give me her attention”
“Who are you talking about?”
“The black one, Melody”
“It seems like you are admiring her. Listen, before you fall inlove with any of my students you have to pay ‘Love fee’” Wisdom jokingly said and they laughed.
“That won’t be a problem, i will pay both love fee and relationship fee. Or do you also need the marriage fee?”
“No, that one goes to her parents” Wisdom replied and they laughed again. Wisdom was really happy to have another friend who was just like him in all things.
“Who was that girl that walked inside the hall last?” Edwin asked.
“You mean Jennifer?”
“Is that her name?”
“Yeah, she’s.. she’s also my friend”
“But everybody looks at her as if she’s an outcast”
“Not really, she was expelled from school for committing.. for doing something bad”
“I don’t think you need to know, bro”
Edwin stared at him with smiles on his face trying to get the answer from there but couldn’t. Wisdom noticed that he looked more inquisitive but didn’t mind.
“Can i talk to her?” Edwin requested.
“Yes, sure, but be careful”
“You sound as if she’s dangerous”
Wisdom smiled and kept quiet watching him move inside the hall. Even Melody saw him entering but didn’t show much interest.
Jennifer was still on her seat going through the questions once more when Edwin entered and stood before her then she glanced at him with no enthusiasm.
“Can we talk?” Edwin asked, yet she didn’t say a word. He grabbed a chair, sat opposite her and placed his hands on the locker.
“My name is Edwin Goodness. I can see you are troubled. From what i gathered, you were expelled for a reason i don’t know and i don’t care to know. My teacher once told me that, apology can solve 95% of problems, so no matter what you have done or how angry your friends are at you, only your apology can make things better, okay?”
Jennifer stared at him as he spoke with intellectual abilities but didn’t say a words
Melody and Calista were with Wisdom while Esther couldn’t leave Chester’s thighs glowing with smiles.
“I hope you found the exam simple” Chester broke the silence.
“Of course, it was as simple as ABC”
“That’s the magic of being studious”
“Yes” they smiled.
Just then they sighted Mr Anuma coming and Esther stood up from his thighs immediately not knowing that he had seen her already.
“Godwin!” Mr Anuma called from a distance.
“Yes, sir!” Esther replied.
“You are not imperceptible so don’t think I’m not seeing you”
“I’m sorry sir!”
“Good! Now everybody should go into the hall for the second paper!”
Students began to troop inside the hall and when Melody saw Edwin sitting with Jennifer, she began slightly jealous..
Edwin smiled at Jennifer. He stood up from her seat when students were ready for the second paper. He glanced at Melody and smiled at her even though she pretended not to see him. Everybody was ready except Jennifer who was lost in thought of what Edwin told her but she came back to her senses when a question paper was dropped on her locker, then she began to fill her personal data.
The exam lasted for another two hours and students began to troop outside. Before then, Mr Anuma stood in front of them all and said, “Those of you who have turned this school to a love or romantic garden should be careful..”
Hearing that, Esther giggled looking at Chester because she knew he was indirectly talking to her.
Mr Anuma continued, “You are here to put down what you have been taught throughout the years not taking pleasure on someone’s thighs. Understood?!”
“Yes, sir” the students responded.
Jennifer was the last person to leave the hall. Nobody talked to her or walked with her. She moved outside and saw Edwin standing with Wisdom under the same tree then she shamefully walked to them.
“Good day” she greeted with her face down. Wisdom was surprise, he actually thought the greeting was meant for Edwin but realised it was for him when Jennifer greeted again saying, “Good day, Wisdom”
“Good day, how are you?” he responded.
“I guess I’m fine”
Edwin kept smiling as he watched both of them. He could see Jennifer glancing at him occasionally feeling shy to say something or apologize for something.
“I..i..i..” Jennifer began slightly looking at Wisdom and glanced at Edwin again. “I’m sorry for what i have done to you and Tochi. Please, forgive me” she said.
Wisdom couldn’t believe his ears. “Is okay, dear. You were only carried away” he replied.
“Does that mean you have forgiven me?”
They smiled at each other. Jennifer looked at Edwin and found out that he was staring at Melody and Calista at a distance.
“Please, excuse me” Edwin said and went out to meet them. Just at that moment, Chester and Esther arrived.
“Hi bro” he shook hands with Wisdom without looking at Jennifer.
“Hi, Jennifer” Esther said standing very close to Chester with her hands across his arms.
“Hi” Jennifer replied. “Do i need to apologize to you too?” she asked.
“Apologize for what?” Chester asked.
“For my past actions. Listen, I’m sorry for whatever i have done to you and for disgracing myself in the public”
“Is okay” Chester said.
“Oh my dear, come here, i really missed you!” Esther gave her a hug.
“Thanks” she replied from her shoulder smiling.
“But promise me you won’t be troublesome again”
“I promise” they giggled and hugged again while Chester and Wisdom couldn’t stop smiling.
Just at a distance from the entrance of the hall beside a palm tree, Edwin meet Calista and Melody discussing.
“Hi” he interrupted them.
“Hi” Calista replied and glanced at Melody who also greeted.
“Please, can i have a word with you? I mean Melody”
Calista smiled. “I think you both need some privacy, but stay away from Mr Anuma’s sight” she said and went out, then Melody stared at Edwin feeling her heartbeat…
Calista was surprised when she saw Jennifer and others under the tree laughing and chatting then she quickly moved closer.
“What is going on here?” she asked letting out a smile.
“And what does it seem like is going on here?” Jennifer replied smiling too.
“We are turning the school into a romantic garden” Esther replied and they laughed.
Jennifer hugged Calista and said. “I’m sorry for..”
“Is okay, i understand”Calista interrupted. “I’m so happy to have you back” she added.
“I’m happy too” they smiled and joined the conversation.
Melody had never found herself in the position where she stood with Edwin beside the palm tree. She could sense unspoken words from him, probably one of those preaching boys do just to win a girl’s heart.
“I have been trying to catch your attention” Edwin began with a smile. “How did you see the exam?”
“It was fine” Melody replied and gave out a smile too. “I saw you talking to Wisdom. Do you know him” she asked.
“Not really, i just made him a friend when i discovered that he has my personality”
“What do you mean?”
“I mean he is a senior prefect like me and reason like me too”
“Wow, senior prefect of which school?”
“Intellectual Academy Senior Secondary Schools”
“I think that makes us friends too”
“But i don’t have your personality”
“Does it really matter?”
“Sometimes it does”
“Not in this case” they smiled and became quiet. “Can i have your number?” Edwin requested.
“Sorry, i don’t have a phone”
“Then have mine” Edwin gave her his number and they smiled out to Jennifer and others.
“What is going on here?” Calista asked.
“We should be asking you what you are doing with a handsome guy” Esther replied and they smiled.
Jennifer apologized to her and Wisdom introduced Edwin to Esther and Chester, then they went away discussing like big friends..
To Be Continued……………………