THE IRRESISTIBLE URGE
(School in crisis)
The presence of students in the school premises became scanty. Only few were seen in their classrooms either copying a missed note or having a conversation with their teenage lovers. Ellen’s body became weaker after the brief greeting she had with Nath that didn’t get to her satisfaction at the staircase. So she entered her lonely classroom, carried her bag and walked out. Just at the door, Simeon approached.
“You don’t look happy, head-girl” he said with hands inside his pockets.
“Good day..” Ellen couldn’t complete his name then wanted to pass but Simeon’s hand left his pocket and pulled her back gently in away he leaned on a half wall. Students are prohibited to seat on it but can feed their eyes with the beauty of the school from there.
“Simeon, let me go!” Ellen frowned hardly trying to disengage her hand but Simeon held her tightly.
“You can talk to me”
“I have nothing to talk to you”
“But u look bothered” Simeon kept looking at her but she suddenly remaind mute. “Who offended you? Are you hungry” he brought out one thousand naira note with another hand. “You can take this, i will get you provisions while coming tomorrow” he concluded with a sweet voice.
Ellen looked at the money, looked at his face and the money again without smiling then finally disengaged her hand. “Thank you, but i don’t need it” she said and walked down the stairs briskly.
Kennedy’s parents can be teamed rich and very educated too. Their wealth was acquired through education, that’s why they raised Kennedy to be hard working in school. The father, Mr Anthony is a lecturer while the mother is a medical doctor.
Kennedy arrived from school and met his father in the sittingroom watching football match.
“Good afternoon dad” he flung his bag happily on the cushion and sat down to watch the match too.
“Kennedy” the father called.
“If your mother and i had flung our school bags in the sittingroom instead of hanging it appropriately in the bedroom, you wouldn’t have even seen a cushion to sit down talk more of watching a football match on a plasma television”
Mr Anthony’s statement didn’t require extra brain to be understood by Kennedy who immediately stood up, carried his school bag, glanced at his father with a smile and walked into his room. He didn’t feel bad because he knew his father to be a disciplinarian. Few minutes later, he came out wearing a boxers and singlet then sat on the same cushion again. Though, he was on his late 17 but had started sprouting out unseen beards.
“The match is very interesting” his father began friendly. “This is even the second half” he added.
“Oh my God!” Kennedy exclaimed. “That means i have really missed dad” he added.
“Shit!” Kennedy hit his hand hardly on the cushion with much enthusiasm. The father smiled.
In the hostel, Ellen entered her room and found Juliet again sitting in a plastic chair and eating lunch. She didn’t say a word as she began to take off her clothes.
“Hmm.. nawao..” Juliet stopped eating. “Yesterday, Nath was the cause of your anger or should i call it sadness? But today everybody knows both of you didn’t even exchange words. So why the long face again baby girl?” she asked.
Ellen ignored her. She sat on the bed with a hand on her chin.
“Babe, what is it nah?” Juliet asked again seriously.
“Is it not Nath?!” Ellen replied angrily.
“What has he done this time around?”
“He didn’t even stop not to talk of looking at my face after replying my greeting”
Juliet smiled. “I guess someone is missing someone’s attention” she said and burst out laughing.
“What’s funny now?” Ellen forced out a smile.
“I thought you don’t like Nath troubling you all the time” Juliet became serious.
“But sincerely, i miss those troubles”
“In just a day oh”
“The truth is that he makes me smile and feel happy with it”
“Girl, you’re inlove oh” Juliet smiled. “That’s exactly how it feels when you love someone” she added.
“Please, stop” Ellen also smiled. “He’s just a close friend i like which I’m not even sure if he likes me too” she added.
“You’re using the word ‘like’ again. I believe Nath loves you not even like” Juliet continued eating while Ellen stared at her. She suddenly stood without saying anything then walked out.
At the resident of Nath, the house is a bungalow well fashion and painted in a modern way. In from of the house is an ornamental crop which serves as a shelter. Nath sat on a long bench under it wearing a white three-quarter jean and white singlet. Before him on the bench was his assignment book. He suddenly stopped writing nd gaze at 1 place thinking about Ellen. Obviously he missed her attention too but when Simeon’s image came into his mind, he realised himself and began to write again.
His father who had been observing him from a distant walked closer and said, “Not all things worth mind taking”
Nath became confuse..
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