Jake walked on the road like a zombie absent-mindedly.He seems to have lost his awareness about the environment he was but he was still sane to remember the way to his friends house. He soon got there and knocked the door.The guys in didn’t hear as they were busy watching Chelsea-Fc Barca match.It was no match to be missed for them.He banged the violently.
”Who’s that lunatic!!!?”Roqeeb screamed.Jake pushed the door open and fell on the floor.The four guys,Roqeeb,Thomas,Adam and Nicholas stood up abruptly to revive their friend.Adam tore a satchet of water and poured it on Jake’s face.He opened his eyes and struggled to sit upright.
“Jake,are you okay?”Roqeeb asked.Jake nodded.
“Are you hungry?or sick?”Nicholas asked with concern.
“No,I just want to die!”Jake shouted suddenly and bursts into tears.
“Dieee!!?”The guys shouted in horror.
“Jemimah has left me.My Joy’s gone.I’m empty.”Jake said with tearful voice.
“Mtcheeeew!!!..”Thomas hissed and moved towards the T.V to continue watching the football match.
“Why that?”Jake asked.
“Because you’re very stupid for crying over a girl”Adam said and pulled his beard.
“You can’t understand guys”Jake said.
“We are not fools,okay but i think you surely don’t need to cry over that girl.I knew she’s a betrayer”Roqeeb said and folded his arms.
“So how do we help?”Adam inquired.
“Can you follow me to plead?At least she would be shy of you guys…please”Jake asked.
“I’m not stepping out of this house until this finish(points at the T.V)”Thomas added.
“Okay..We will but come and have something in your belly it’s 2pm already”Nicholas said.
“Thank you guys”Jake replied smiling.
Jemimah giggled as David whispered sweet words into her ears.Her head was on David’s lap and he fondled with her ear.Eniola and christianah came in from shopping.
“Awwn…Uncle dave..good afternoon”Eniola greeted smiling radiantly.
“Thanks for everything o and Thanks for taking care of my friend”Christianah added.They all laughed.
“Well..it’s nothing uhn..I’m still gonna do more for ye all”David said with his deep voice.Jemimah giggled and played with his bushy beard.
“David wants to get me a new apartment”Jemimah added.
“Waohhh!!…Everything don plum niyen”Eniola exclaimed.
“Hmm…i’m not angry o for wanting to take our Friend away”christy chipped in. A knock sounded on the door.
“Yes o..come in”Enny said.The door opened and Roqeeb,Nicholas and Jake entered.
“Good afternoon”Roqeeb greeted.
“Afternoon,how may we help you?”Christy asked.
“Jemimah can we see you?”Nicholas called out.
“Ehh…You’re crazy o.Can’t you see i’m with someone and you should know him”Jemimah said haughtily.
“I’ll take that as a compliment”Nicholas said and looked
”Ahh.,my president.I’m happy you’re here,you’re going to solve this issue for us.”He added.
“Who are these guys,darling?”David asked.
“Ohh,those laundry guys i told you about.They must be here to beg for their balance”Jemimah said.
“Ahh..Jemimah,you don’t know me?…Your boyfriend”Jake chipped in as tears formed in his eyes.
“Help me o,Eniola”Jemimah shouted.
“You’re here for your balance,we will give you come back larrer”Eniola said and dilated her eyes.
David stood up and went towards the guys.He dipped his hand in his pocket and counted sum of money,gave it each to Roqeeb and Nicholas.He pointed another to Jake but the guy rejected it.David smiled and said to them
”Let this be the last time..i’ll see You with Jemmy..Else you’ll regret it”.He walked away.
“Yes sir,we won’t even come again”Roqeeb said and Nicholas agreed by nodding his head,he was busy counting the money he was given. They walked out of the room and christianah took a broom and swept the spot they stayed.They laughed.
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“So you guys collected money and refused to help”Jake said.
“You’re funny..Na money be fine bobo..You are handsome but empty”Roqeeb said and walked away.
“You funny o..You no get money but you dey date fine girl like that..Abeg go find something to do…let me have my way”Nicholas added and walked away too leaving Jake alone on the road.
After few minutes, Jake started walking sluggishly home.He was in deep thoughts.He didn’t hear a car’s honk behind him until the driver shouted at him.He shook and immediately apologised.
The driver came out of the car and to his surprise it was a beautiful young lady of about 27 years of age.
“Young man,What were you thinking of”She said in a cooing voice that could soften a soldier’s heart.
“Nothing ma.I’m sorry”Jake pleaded.
“Anyway,i’m Angela,post graduate student of the department of Psychology.”Angela introduced herself.
“Em..em..i’m Jake Miles,300 level of the Department of Physics”jake replied.He was intimidated by the lady’s presence.
“Ohh,Physics combination?”She asked.
“No,Double Major”He replied.
“Ohh…I would have love us to talk more but i’m off to work now.I work at the University college hospital..Student psychologist”she said.
“Here’s my card.Call me”Angela said.Jake collected it and checked it.
“Alright..bye”Jake said waving at her.
“Bye”She entered her car and zoomed off. Jake stood afixed for some seconds.He screamed” Jemimah!!!!!”and the birds on the tree took to their flight. . . .
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To be continued..