Episode 2 (Season 1)
Oleng was the first to look away shyly She couldn’t describe her feelings for Eric these days. She was always breathless around him. She couldn’t look into his eyes again like she used to. She just couldn’t understand what was happening to her concerning him. He was no longer just her best friend She fantasized sometimes about being his wife Her feelings for him now ran that deep.
She prayed he would never find out because she would die of embarrassment since it looked as if her feelings weren’t reciprocated because girls were always around him especially Senior Oge She desperately wanted her feelings to be reciprocated She was however ready to take her secret to the grave She took a deep breath and pushed her feelings aside.
Eric shrugged. “I don’t know.”
“I think he’s doing runs.” Edward supplied smiling.
“That’s all you know Eddy.” Ezinne complained.
Edward shrugged nonchalantly. “But it’s the truth. Where’s he now? He knows we normally come here to wait for you girls at break time before we go to the canteen but he left the class before us without informing us of his whereabouts. By the way, where’s Marvy? Is she missing too?” He grinned. “Maybe they went to do runs together. We better go and search the toilets and hidden spots in this school…I really can’t imagine Dave and Marvy getting down though.” He burst into laughter.
Ezinne and Oleng got up to hit him playfully while Eric laughed.
“Marvy went to deliver a message to her aunt in the staff room She’ll meet us in the canteen.” Oleng informed them.
“Alright! Alright! Let’s go to the canteen then.” Eddy said after fending off their hands and stood up.
Eric and got up also They walked quietly to the large red and white canteen.
The canteen was jam packed and noisy as usual with students. While the girls went to the table reserved for the Senior Prefect, close to the entrance of the place, the boys ordered for snacks and drinks at the counter. The students on the queue gave way for Eric because he was the Senior Prefect. Eric thanked them in turn. They took the goodies to the table and sat down to eat. It was while they where eating that Marvelous Ogaranya came to meet them with her own snacks. She was Oleng’s second closest friend. Chubby in a cute way and dark in complexion, she was an introvert though not with her friends.
They greeted her in return except for the naughty Edward who asked, “Where’s Dave?”
Marvelous shrugged. She removed the wrap from her meat pie. “I don’t know. Was he looking for me?”
“Don’t mind this silly boy. Just ignore him.” Ezinne told her. She bent her head to look under the table in order to locate the position of Eddy’s legs before stamping one of them hard with hers. He yelped and she laughed.
They continued eating and talking about this and that. It was a very lively affair Looking from the outside, one would notice how close they all were especially Eric and Oleng who couldn’t keep their eyes off each other. Towards the end of their meal, Ezinne suddenly said, “O no! Here comes the b-itc-h.”
Oge Dialu walked majestically to where they were seated, Her big busts jiggled as she moved toward them with arms akimbo. Her fair complexion shone and she took delight in the fact that all eyes fell on her artistically beautiful face even though she was vertically challenged.
“Hi Eric.” She batted her eyes at him seductively, ignoring everyone else at the table. “May I have a word with you?”
Eric groaned inwardly. He was sick and tired of her overtures but could do nothing about it. “Sure.” he said and got up, “Please excuse me.” he told the others but glanced at Oleng who lifted a shoulder nonchalantly.
Oge held his hand and they both went outside the canteen to where she made sure they could see them She stood close to Eric, touching his shirt buttons. She brushed aside imaginary flecks from his curly hair. She didn’t really have anything to say to him but she wanted to stamp her ownership in front of the whole school If she could pee all over him, she would have done it. Who wouldn’t love to have Eric for a boyfriend? It was a thing of conquest for any girl to call him her boyfriend. She would do everything within her power to get that title She moved closer to him and tried to rub her big frontal twins on his chest but he moved back a step.Disappointed, she sighed, She took consolation in the fact that her lacy black bra could be seen by all and sundry through her white shirt. She tried to get his attention to her chest by twirling a finger on her tie but his gaze was fixed above her head
.She sighed again looking frustrated
Oleng was mad but she controlled herself Oge was her senior in class even if it was just a year and the school took seniority seriously Oleng really couldn’t do anything because she had already been a victim of Oge’s wickedness Oge punished her unnecessarily just because of Eric. She had told her face to face that she would deal with her because Eric refused to show her attention She didn’t tell Eric because she knew it would only make matters worse.
That Oge is a harlot. Just look at the way she’s talking to Eric.” Ezinne asserted angrily.
Oleng was appalled. “Zinny, please be careful. You know we’re in a public place.”
“Whoever wants to report me to her should go ahead, I don’t care!” Ezinne retorted sharply. “After all, it’s not today she started punishing us for nothing. At least now her punishment would be justified.”
“Does she punish you girls?” Edward
questioned in surprise.
“Yes, especially Oleng.” Ezinne replied tautly.
Surprise was all over Eddy’s face. “Why? You girls are just one year her junior. I don’t punish SS2 students. Only SS1 and below.”
“It’s because of Eric. She’s jealous of Eric and Oleng.” Marvelous spelt out bluntly.
Edward smiled. “I see. Does Eric know about it?”
No. Oleng refused to tell him She’s scared that Oge’s punishments becoming worse.” Marvelous responded drily.
“Why Oleng?” Edward queried the silent Oleng.
“You know Ricky na. He’d blow the whole thing over proportion and that will only make Oge more furious. I don’t want any trouble. She’ll soon graduate with him. I’m prepared to continue suffering in silence till then.” Oleng remarked clamly.
Edward smiled and rubbed his hand on his chin. “Don’t worry. I’ll handle her.”
“No Eddy. I don’t want any trouble.” Oleng pleaded.
“It’s no trouble at all. There are many ways to kill a rat. It’s just to tell her that if she doesn’t back off, I’ll tell everyone what happened between us at the back of the hall on Valentine’s day.” He smiled mischievously, leaving the others dumb founded.
Just then the bell to announce break over was rung Oge gave Eric a peck and left, shaking her buttocks. He walked up to the others as they got up from their seats. He noticed that Oleng refused to meet his eyes He stood before her but she still wouldn’t look at him. She walked away amidst the students trooping out of the canteen.
“I’ll meet you in class, Eddy.” he told Eddy who smiled and left.
Eric hurried up to meet Oleng, Marvy and Ezinne. He held Oleng’s hand and she stopped walking. She still wouldn’t look at him.
“Marvy and Zinny, please excuse us.” He requested of her friends who shrugged and walked away.
“What’s wrong, sunshine?” he asked softly after studying her steadily.
“Why were you ignoring me?” he prompted.
“I wasn’t ignoring you. It’s break over.” she replied, still with her eyes on her sandals.
“Sunshine, look at me.” Eric coaxed gently.
She raised her head slowly to look at him
“Is that the green eye monster I see there?” He threw her own words back at her.
Oleng couldn’t help smiling Eric noticed again her charming smile and savoured it.
She hit his chest playfully. “And you accuse me of having many admirers?”
“Oge is just a friend.” he asserted cooly.
“Uche is just a friend.” she replied, smiling.
He laughed,She laughed too. He held her hand and they walked towards their classrooms, ignoring the students who were looking at them and smiling There were a few jealous ones frowning though.
“So long as they don’t come in between us.” he stressed with emphasis.
“Never.” she firmly declared.
“Ditto.” he concurred. “See you later.” Eric told her when they got to her classroom.
“Bye” she responded and went into the classroom just as two of her classmates who entered with her giggled and said, “Love nwa tin tin!”
The embarrassed Oleng went quietly to her seat.
At closing, Oleng went to where they normally sat to wait for the boys at break time; the wooden benches at the recreational area.
After a short while, she saw Eric advancing towards her She noticed both junior students and senior students alike hailed him as they passed Her best friend was indeed drop dead gorgeous.
A head taller than most of his mates, his skin was so light he was called a half-caste by almost everyone he came in contact with. Most people thought he was of mixed birth but only a few knew that his dad was the half-caste. Eric’s paternal grandmother was an American while his paternal grandfather was a Nigerian; that made his dad half American Eric took after him in coloring while Damian, his elder brother took after their chocolate skinned mum. Eric had white features and spoke with a slight accent. His mother had given birth to him when they were based in America They’d relocated to Nigeria when he was five They still went there on holidays
Oleng thought all these, coupled with his brilliance, made him a favorite amongst girls and boys alike, teachers and the school authorities. She was indeed fortunate to have him as her best friend. Despite these wonderful qualities, Eric was very humble. His beauty, brilliance and wealth never got into his head. Everyone was equal to him It was little wonder that Senior Oge and the girls in his class wanted him for keeps It was very unfortunate for them that he refused to date anyone. They all blamed her and were jealous of her. She shrugged It wasn’t as if Eric had asked her out or anything so she wondered what they wanted to kill her for Losers! She hissed.
To be continued