Vivian kept quiet and stared at nothing.
Me: I’ll love to unpack my things now. mum and dad will be home any time from now.
Vivian: Its okay. But nne,I’m sorry. You know that we’ve come a long way since childhood. I’ve realised my mistakes and I won’t let it happen again.
I looked at her and believed her immediately because there was remorse on her face.
Me: I’ve heard you. Oya help me and unpack.
She stood up and hugged me,then we went into business; unpacking my bags.
We finished putting everything in place and I went to get water from the fridge at the dinning. I bumped into aunt Justina and used the opportunity to ask her if my sister followed mum to the shop(she had written waec that year). She said no,that my travelled to jos,that she’s being there since she finished neco.
I was happy. Not because I didn’t miss her but because I’ll be having the room all to myself. I went back to the room and handed Vivian a can of water which she gulped down immediately.
Vivian: Ehee! Dalu( well done)
I nodded with a smile
Me: you’re welcome.
Vivian; will you be attending any holiday program?
Me: nothing. I want to spend quality time with mum at the shop
Vivian: will your siblings attend?
Me: They don’t miss holiday lessons
Vivian: okay. since you won’t be attending,I won’t attend as well. But next year,we’ll go together to that of my school
Me; oh! you’re now looking for candidates abi?
Vivian: something like that.
Me: okay. Till next year.
We talked some more before she left for her house,promising to return the next day.
My parents came home that night and were very happy to see me. We went through the rituals of welcoming me and asking about school. Mum said she missed me a lot and asked me to promise her that I’ll never stay away from home for too long and I did…….