THE IRRESISTIBLE URGE
(School in crisis)
Teachers also approached to the assembly ground, even Mr Jumbo who sighted Ellen among the senior students then called, “Raymond!”
“Yes, sir” Ellen replied finding her way out from the crowd.
“Where is the senior prefect?” Mr Jumbo asked.
“I have not seen him, sir” Ellen replied.
“And what are you still waiting for since u are the head-girl? Go and conduct the assembly immediately!”
“Yes, sir” Ellen rushed in then climbed the three stairs looking at all the students both seniors and juniors. She could see almost everybody as she stood there. Within some minutes, everywhere calmed down then the assembly kicked off. As all sang with sweet voices and teachers standing aside monitoring students, Simeon the senior prefect also known as the head-boy came. His body complexion marched with Ellen’s and also wears eyeglasses. He’s an intelligent Art student which of course qualified him to be the head-boy of ASSS.
“Johnson” Mr Jumbo called him by his surname. “You’re late today, why?”
“Apologies sir” Simeon smiled exposing his handsomeness. Already Ellen had seen him but never looked at him twice.
“That doesn’t answer my question!” Mr Jumbo’s voice changed. “I said why are you late?”
“Traffic delayed me sir”
“Alright, resume you duties immediately”
“Thank you sir” Simeon walked inside the assembly ground then Ellen looked at him for the second time, so he smiles at her in a way that shows: GOOD JOB. But Ellen didn’t return the smile rather also looked at him in a way that shows: WELL DONE FOR COMING LATE.
Just then, Nath and Kennedy arrived. Ellen was the first to see them. Her eyes caught with Nath’s but she averted it immediately with a frowned face thereby sending a bad signal to Nath.
“Today gonna be a bad day” Nath thought as he joined them in the assembly ground with Kennedy.
After praying and singing the national anthem everywhere became quiet. Simeon knew it was time to take over, so he hurried up to Ellen who was also coming down through the three stairs. Unfortunately to her, she missed her steps and wanted to fall but Simeon caught her romantically.
“Hmmm…. Heeey!” the students shouted giggling. Seeing their position, Nath became jealous without having the knowledge that, yes, he was actually jealous.
“Hey, both of you be careful over there!” Mr Jumbo said aloud to the hearing of the two students then smiled too. Even other teachers especially the female teachers smiled and used what happened as a new topic to gossip about their past love lives.
Simeon straightened Ellen up and looked into her eyes. “Please, be careful” he said gently.
Without replying, Ellen hurried into her line. She wanted to see Nath’s face at that moment, so she slightly turned just to see him staring at her but she averted her eyes instantly.
“You have a hero now girl” Juliet, her roommate who stood behind her whispered into her ears smiling. “But it seems like prince charming is jealous oh” she added.
“Please, stop” Ellen didn’t find it funny but of course she understood what she was talking about.
All the students were found inside their classrooms after the assembly except Nath who was summoned by Mr Jumbo and Cent who was bullying a junior student at the staircase.
“Come on lie flat on the stairs!” Cent commanded the student who adjusted backward in fear. “Do you know my name?” he added.
“Yes, senior” the boy replied.
“What’s my name?”
“Offence number two. You don’t know my name”
“But senior what’s the number one offence?”
“Your big head. Come on lie flat!” Cent hit him hard with his hand then the boy laid on the stairs in tears. “I said flat! You aren’t flat”
“But senior is because the stairs are not flat too” the boy cried.
“That’s your business” Cent wanted to hit him again but Nath’s voice who was going upstairs to his classroom prevented him.
“Stop hitting the boy” he said.
“Who are u to stop me?” Cent took two steps down as if he wanted to fight Nath.
“I’m a prefect but you’re not” Nath replied.
“So because you’re a prefect, not even the head-boy and you think you can command me”
“I have told you” Nath looked at the junior student and said, “Go to ur classroom”
The boy left happily.
Nath wanted to pass but Cent blocked him.
“You think you’ve won, right? I’ll deal with you” he said touching his chest.
“Probably in your dream” Nath concluded then finally passed by following another routh then Cent smiled bitterly.
The classroom was noisy when Nath walked in. Instead of going to his seat, he stood in front of the class and said, “Give me your attentions.” All the students became calm even Ellen who noticed that Nath wasn’t happy. Peace, Olivia, Juliet and Kennedy all paid attention too as he continued. “Mr Jumbo said we should study about reaction of elements in the periodic table for our next practical” Nath concluded. As he wanted to walked inside, Cent came in and pushed him..
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