THE IRRESISTIBLE URGE
(School in crisis)
There was an expression of amazement on Ellen’s face after hearing Juliet last statement. So she quit untying her shoe lace and stared at her. “That reminds me, i hardly see you with boys. Somedays you disappear during break period” she said to the hearing of Juliet who paid a deaf ear. “Are you angry at me?” she added yet Juliet didn’t say a word. So she stood up, walked to her, sat beside her and placed her hand on her shoulder saying, “Sorry nah, i was only joking. Guess what? Nath is actually the cause of my smile”
At that point, Juliet began to smile “You should know i just came into this school this term so i don’t know the boys like that. Not seeing me them doesn’t mean i don’t like boys, i just prefer.. i prefer staying alone” she said.
“Wow, Okay oh!” Ellen stood up then began to take off her clothes which Juliet put much enthusiasm. “So tell me about your former school” she asked
“Nothing much, it’s also a girl’s boarding school” Juliet replied then tranquility took over. “You and Nath are back again abi” she changed the topic.
“Yes, that’s why I’m happy” Ellen replied.
“That shows love”
“You’ve started again with your love matter”
“It’s obvious u love him. Stop denying it”
Ellen walked back to the seat with a fruit. “Yes, I’ve admitted it, i love Nath. I feel happy whenever I’m with him” she said.
“Wow!” Juliet exclaimed. “Now the truth is coming out. So tell him” she suggested.
“What?! No way!”
“Do u realise I’m a girl?”
“It’s no big deal”
“Don’t even go there coz i can never approach a guy first” Ellen concluded.
THE NEXT DAY AT ASSS
The bright morning sun gradually began to come out as students also arrived at school. The senior prefect monitored them from an open space. As he stood there with hands inside his pockets, Ellen passed.
“Ellen!” he called then she stopped and turned back. “Are we quarreling?” he asked.
“No, good morning” Ellen replied.
“You look good today”
“Thank you” Ellen wanted to walk out but he interrupted her again.
“Can we see during break period?”
“You’ll get to know. Please don’t say no”
“Alright” Ellen finally walked out.
After that, a voice came from behind. Simeon recognised it to be Cent’s, so he turned.
“Head-boy, the name is not complete” Cent stood beside him rudely.
“What’s the full name?” Simeon asked.
“It’s Star the ASSS Boy” Cent replied then Simeon smiled.
“Be careful boy” he said.
“Head-boy” Cent began seriously. “It seems like you have interest in Ellen but be careful because is like you are late”
“What do you mean?”
“It seems like Nath is already in the picture. But don’t worry, if you cooperate with me, i will make her leave Nath and follow you”
Simeon smiled. “What are you talking about?”
Cent stood before him, touched his chest hardly like a bad boy and said, “If you don’t concor with what i said then leave it” he placed his hands in his pocket and bounced out.
The assembly was due. Students gathered on the assembly ground, yet, Peace hadn’t seen Kennedy. She kept stretching her head looking at every angle for him. When she saw Nath on the boys’ line, she hurried to him and said, “Good morning, Nath. Please, have you seen Kennedy?”
“He’s still on his way i think” Nath replied.
“No” Peace shook her head negatively and went back to her line.
The assembly ended peacefully except that Peace didn’t get to see Kennedy. Even when students entered into their classrooms, he was nowhere to be found. Distance vehicles and voices of the JSS1 students downstairs reciting a poem could be heard from science classroom. The classroom was quiet due to the presence of Mr Jumbo who was writing a chemistry note on the board. As Nath wondered why Kennedy was not yet in school, so as Peace wondered restless too. She kept glancing at the door occasionally hoping to see him.
“Look at what you have caused now” Olivia who sat beside her whispered. “Maybe is because of what you did to Kennedy that made him not to come to school today” she added.
Peace stared at her. The statement made her feel more guilty and increased her anticipations of seeing Kennedy. So she averted her eyes from her and stared at the door again. When she couldn’t bear it anymore, she stood up and walked towards the door.
“Livinus, where are u heading to?” Mr Jumbo asked.
“To the rest room, sir” Peace replied.
The rest room was upstairs so she didn’t need to go downstairs. Her purpose of going out was not to use the room but to check if she could see Kennedy coming. As she looked at the school environment through the half-wall, she saw an expensive car that drove in. Surprisingly, she saw Kennedy and a man that resembles him coming out from it. “That could be his father” she thought. Just as she was contemplating, Kennedy and his father walked towards the principal’s office. “What’s going on?” she murmured in fear.
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