Friend or Foe…..
I was infuriated and angry within myself as i turned around to face him. “What possible reason would make him want to talk to me?, i thought”.
“What do you want!!!”, i fired at him, with rage from the disgrace i just faced not minding the prying eyes of on-looking students.
“Hello” he greeted me, expertly dodging my question. With a big smile across his face like he had made it his plan to utterly disgrace me that day. “I just want to commend you for what you pulled out there, you were really amazing” he said.
I just couldn’t believe my ears, what did he take me for?? That i couldn’t beat him in the presentation?, rather than making a move, i just stood there, frozen like a statue.
“I was wondering if we could meet,and talk over a bottle of drinks, no strings attached” he continued.
Something in me felt like giving him an hot slap right there, but i held back. I gave him a scornful look which could break any boys heart, hissed and went away.
Later at my Hostel.
“I just cant understand WHY you chose to disgrace that handsome young dude who meant no harm by asking you out for a drink with him”, Tobi barked.
Tobi was my room mate who was in the same department as i. She had always been against my rudeness towards boys, with a mentality that “it may come back and bite me in the blow”..
Although she was my good friend, i just couldn’t continue with her incessant chants and yelling, on how i treat boys.
“Look Tobi, its non of your business how i treat boys”, i replied back at her in an effort to keep her mute.
“But cant you see, you can’t continue treating boys this way because of your past experience, that you have decided to keep to yourself, its just not fair”, she added.
“Please Tobi, i have had enough embarrassment for one day, let me be”, i beg of you, with hopes on getting her put an end to the topic.
“Please Bewaji, for your own sake”, Tobi cried out,” i don’t know what your past experience might have been, but you just have to let it go and open yourself to reality, to the world, they are still humans” she advised pleadingly as she concluded and left the room without another word.
“Finally, i’m having some time alone to myself”, i thought as i fell on the bed..my mind quickly raced back to what Tobi had said few minutes ago. Maybe it was time i face reality, or probably face the world. I shouldn’t avenge the sin of a useless person on the head of another innocent person.. Like she said ‘they are still humans”. Maybe i should loosen up to the real deal, maybe i should cut them some slack….
But on a second thought, i just couldn’t, the burden my heart carried couldn’t be forgiven easily till i take a revenge. Someone just have to pay the price, i don’t care who gets hurt. I thought.
Visible tears had already started dropping down my cheeks as i continued in thoughts.
I had barely settled in my thoughts when my phone rang bringing me back to reality. I lazily picked the phone and answered it without even bothering to check who was calling.
“Hello, who is this?” i asked, “Arrqha, you mean you don’t have my number?” came the voice. I tried recollecting whose voice that was, when the caller spoke out again,
“Its me Esther, your best friend nah!, so you don’t have my number? “Oh oh, am so sorry, why wont i have your number?” I responded defensively, answering question with question. “Am on bed and i never bothered checking the phone to know who was calling” i replied.
“Chai, you’re enjoying oh, see how lazy you are, this hot afternoon, you’re on bed??. Anyway sha, you promised me you’ll be present at my cousins birthday party, but now you’re telling me you are still on bed, this isn’t fair o”, Esther asked.
“Jeez, i can’t believe i totally forgot about the party” i said, ” I don’t think i can still make it, because am not feeling quite alright”.
“Hmmm, abi belle don enter?” Esther asked mischievously, “what kind of nonsense question is that” I fired back to Esther who was already laughing.
Esther was my best friend, although one thing i hated in her was the way she teased and played pranks with people, mocking them intentionally.
“Am just kidding” came her reply as she continued, ” common na babe, you had promised you would be present at the party and don’t promise and fail now o”, She begged.
“Okay okay, whatever!!, i’ll try to come,but i would be late o” i tried assuring Esther, who had always loved taking me out to parties anyday and anytime.
” That’s my girl, and don’t forget to bring your boyfriend o” Esther said again teasingly.
Seriously, that girl had gone nuts, she wasn’t ignorant of how i felt about boys but she always had a joke to play, mocking me every bit she’s got.
“What kind of joke is that?” i asked, feigning some form of anger, “You better stop it o, i don’t like it, infact am not coming to that party again”, i responded trying to draw out pity, but it even increased my situation as she teased me the more.
“Eyah, i was even thinking of arranging one handsome dude for you here” she said, which really made me mad.
Honestly,that girls tongue really needs spanking at that particular moment.
“It seems you have credit to burn this afternoon bah?” i asked, as Esther continued in her infectious laughter. I hissed as i cut the call.
I really didn’t have to go to the party, but something compelled me to-. I took a quick shower in my bathroom as i got ready to go to the party, caught totally unawares of what i would face there.
To be continued….