I went to my room and reflected on all that happened at the sit out. A pain on my upper lips reminded me of that slap. I swore to retaliate immediately.
Vivian cannot just come to my house and do anything she wants to do. I won’t forgive her easily. But what will I do? What? I have to reach Frank but how will I do that after I had broken my sim card and returned mum’s phone?
The next day, I asked my brother if he knew Frank and he said yes,I also asked him if he knew his house but he replied in the negative but he said he knew a shop where he smokes with his friends.. Ah! So Frank smokes? How can I date someone who smokes? But,i must revenge that slap so for now,let me just overlook that habit.
I told my bro that he will help me give Frank a letter after I must have gone back to school. He agreed with the condition that I must give him #100 for the job. I agreed. I quickly dismissed him and went into work. I wrote the letter carefully without mincing words. Told him how my people found out I had a phone and how they broke my sim card. Also told him how I had grown to love him deeply(wash) and can’t get him off my mind.
How can I forget to include how Vivian had beaten me to pulp and threatened to kill me if I don’t leave him. Yes,I knew they were all lies,but at that point,I will do anything to make Vivian pay for that slap. Before I was driven to school by dad on Saturday,I gave the letter to my bro. I added his pay to it and he was happy. We were already approaching school when the thought of Lawrence resurfaced.
I started feeling guilty but I made up my mind that I won’t date him. Ebuka said he would come back for me so I’ll wait for him. I practically avoided anything that will bring Lawrence to notice me. I even stopped hanging out with my friends in his class.
One day during night prep,two months after our entrance into ss1,the principal sent for me.
I went to his office and there were five other people from ss1 including Lawrence. I greeted the principal and stood before him like others.
Principal: Are you all scared?
Nobody said a word and the principal smiled.
Principal: No need to be scared okay? I just wanted the six of you here because the management wants to talk to you and I’ll be representing the management tonight. The six of you are all doing well in your courses and I’m proud that the six of you are all science students. The management has chosen the six of you to be the student editors of our magazine which we expect to be out by third term.
Our faces lit up immediately. It was an honour.
I felt on top of the world. Uloma and I were the only girls involved do she leaned in and hugged me.
Principal: You will be called out in the assembly tomorrow morning so use tonight and prepare your speeches. Try your best to impress the students who are no longer in same level with you so that they will see reasons why you were picked instead of them.
Again,you have to know that this new position will expose you to our sister schools and even other schools. Congratulations ladies and gentlemen . . . . . . . . .
He talked some more before dismissing us. We all shook hands with him and left the office.
I walked out with Uloma,we bonded immediately. Her class was downstairs while mine was upstairs. We talked for a while in front of her class before I excused myself for fear that a functionary may come out and punish us. I walked up the stairs to the ss1 block. I was already in front of my class when I ran into Law. His back was turned. I think he heard my footsteps and wanted to turn when he ran into me………