THE IRRESISTIBLE URGE
(School in crisis)
Peace had to leave the half-wall back to her classroom without even using the rest room again. Her curiosity to see Kennedy dwindled but fear gripped into her because she didn’t know why he had to come to school with his father. So she managed to hold herself and concentrated on the chemistry note which Mr Jumbo had completed standing at the door and looking at all the students one by one.
“Where is Anthony?” he asked but nobody answered. All seemed more interested on the note. So Mr Jumbo walked to the front of the classroom and ordered them to stop writing. “Anuma, where is Anthony?” he asked again.
“I don’t know sir” Nath replied.
“Alright, listen up. We are having our next practically in two days time so study the note and get prepared, understood?”
“Yes, sir!” the student chorused.
After Mr Jumbo left, Kennedy walked inside with his bag hanging on one of his shoulders. Some students like Olivia, Nath, Ellen and especially Peace were concerned while some didn’t care as he stopped at Nath’s locker.
“Guy, what happened?” Nath asked looking at him from his seat.
Kennedy exhaled deeply, placed one of his hands on his locker and said, “It was an immagency bro. I had to rush to the bank to withdrew money for my mum coz she didn’t have the time”
“Is okay, you only missed a period which the note is still on the board” Nath shook his hand then Kennedy glanced at the board. In the process, his eyes caught with Ellen’s and they waved at each other.
Meanwhile, Peace had been glancing at Kennedy. She couldn’t look at him steadily or know how to approach him for the unexpected help he rendered to her then also to apologise for her previous actions.
Kennedy began to walk to his seat, his eyes caught with Peace’s but both averted them instantly. Olivia didn’t care, rather brought out her novel to read. As if she was touched, she closed the novel swiftly and said, “Peace, why don’t you want to thank Kennedy?”
“I don’t know how to approach him” Peace replied bitterly.
“You can just go now”
Peace glanced at Kennedy who was seriously writing a note. He looked more handsome than before to her eyes. She faced Olivia again saying, “I’ll do that during break period”
“It’s your business” Olivia concluded and resumed her initial position.
Students were going out which Juliet was among minding her business. She hardly laugh or associate with anybody especially boys. Just at the door, she bumped on Cent.
“Hey, watch where you are going!” she shouted.
“I should be telling you that, witch!” Cent backfired.
“Just get lost!” Juliet ignored him.
“Just be found coz you’re already lost” Cent also ignored her and moved on.
Nath and Kennedy were found on the assembly ground as usual. They had the same height and sitting position: legs in a triangular form with arms placed on their thighs like smart boys. The edge of their black belt could be seen by the side of their waist. Suddenly, Peace came from behind and said, “Hi”
The two boys glanced back and Kennedy put his face down while Nath’s remained up smiling at her.
“Hi, Peace” he said then stood up. “I guess i have to leave now” he added.
“But why?” Peace and Kennedy asked at the same time then glanced at each other.
“Let me meet Ellen” Nath replied. He shook Kennedy’s hand and left.
Silence took over between Peace and Kennedy. She gently sat beside him with her legs properly closed unlike Kennedy’s.
“Hey” she broke the silence.
“Hi, Peace” Kennedy replied.
“Nath told me..”
“About the assignment?” Kennedy interrupted.
“Yes, thank you very much”
“Is okay” he glanced at her.
“Sorry also for what i did to you”
“Don’t worry” Kennedy smile at her. “Are you hungry?” he changed the topic immediately.
“What?” Peace let out a smile too.
“Just stay here” Kennedy ran out. He bought two snacks and came back immediately then Peace became surprise. He sat down after handing it to her.
“Why buying a snack for me?”
“Nothing, I’m just happy”
“Why?” Peace smiled staring at him as she opened the snack.
“Coz of your presence”
“You carry happiness with you everywhere you go” Kennedy replied jokingly and laughed.
“You’re not serious!” Peace concluded giggling then both became quiet. “I saw your father today” she broke the silence.
“You did?” Kennedy looked at her in surprise.
“Yes, do you want to change school?”
“No, he came to apeal to the principal to pardon me for coming late”
“But why did you come late?”
“My i was sent to an erran” Kennedy replied then Peace exhaled happily.
Inside the quiet hostel, Juliet was seen in her room all alone half naked wearing only her skirt without a bra. As she moved to and fro in the room as if she was losing her mind, Olivia entered and locked the door.
“You wasted time” she said walking closer to Olivia. “What took u so long?” she added.
“I went to..”
“Just forget it” Juliet interrupted and held her shirt to unbutton it..
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