By the time we got down, the party was already down and almost all the students had gone. All the faces I was seeing was that of my classmates. The music was playing at a low volume and Oscar wasn’t at his position again.
Everyone was sitting down.
” we’ve been waiting for the two of you since ” Philip said as we got closer to them.
” why ” I asked with a confused countenance.
” so that we can start our ritual ” he said smiling mischievously.
” ritual biti bawo ” I didn’t know when that escaped my lip in my local dialect.
” don’t be scared ” Philip said as everyone bursted into laughter as if they all understand what I uttered in Yoruba.
” it’s just a game of truth and dare that we always do anytime we organise a party for our class in any one of us house and because of our consistency at it, it had become our ritual ” he said clearing me out of the wrong.
” oh ” I said as I heaved a sigh of relief.
Everyone was there, even Gina that I thought wasn’t at the party because I didn’t see her since I got to the party.
” now both of you give me your phone ” Philip said stretching his hand towards me.
” why ” I asked but Azeezah had already handed him her phone which means she wasn’t new to it.
” things might get intense here and we’re not taking risk of allowing anyone to record anything that happen here because this ain’t a child play ” he replied me.
” okay ” I said as I took my phone out of my pocket and handed it to him.
He left the scene with the phones in his hand.
I locked eye with Happy and she smiled at me.
I knew she must be pretending as her minding would be filled with curiosity if I had sex with Azeezah or not.
Philip appeared some seconds later with plastic stool arranged into each other in his hand. He dropped it and asked one of the guys to arrange it in the usual manner as he disappeared again and appeared with an mp3 player in his hand and a basket which contained some drinks , a red cup and an empty bottle inside it.
The stool was arranged in a circular form leaving space in the middle
Philip dropped the basket inside the circle formed by the stools, and unloaded it. He switched the mp3 on and start playing music on it after reducing its sound.
” now let’s take our seat ” Philip beckoned to us and we all moved to sit on the arranged stools. Azeezah and I sat beside ourselves tho there was still space between us.
” because of Ben who’s new to us, I want all of us to introduce ourselves by standing up and mentioning our name or nickname and I’ll start ”
” I’m Philip, the smartest emir alive ” he said raising his hand up.
” I’m Gina, tha saucy queen ” Gina said standing up with a perky smile.
” I’m Oscar, tha spicy fingers ” Oscar introduced himself.
” I’m Azeezah, tha cute Alhaja ” Azeezah introduced herself and I scoffed. Someone who I had not seen her use veil before is claiming Alhaja but she’s cute sha, that one she got right.
” or could she have been to Mecca before ” I asked in my mind as I stole a glance at her.
” I’m Oluchi, buh call me Oluchi ” Philip sitting partner said smiling mischievously. And I always see her with Happy, maybe they’re best pal.
” I’m Happy, your hearty queen ” Happy said smiling.
” I’m Samuel, tha naughty pastor, god bless you all ” Happy’s sitting partner introduced himself as he stretched his hands at us.
” I’m James, but I don’t play basketball ” the next guy introduced himself with a little sense of sarcasm and I smiled.
” I’m Reuben but I wouldn’t mind if you call me Atah ” the next guy introduced himself.
” I’m Toluwalope Ilesanmi, the only diva of ss2c ” the next girl introduced herself.
” I’m Geraldine but I’ve not been to Ireland yet nor do I know any Henry Howard ” the last girl introduced herself.
” that’s good, so let’s start our game but this time, their won’t be bailing out by payment of money, almost everyone was paying the fifty thousand naira we used as penalty the last time, so this time it will only be on my special drink only but don’t be scared, I’ve reduced its alcohol percentage by half but I won’t advise you to still gulp down a cup at a go ” Philip said smiling.
” and as the emir, I’ll be turning the bottle first. ” Philip said as he placed his hand on the bottle and swirled it .
The bottle turned with vigorous power and bit by bit, the power reduced and it finally stopped facing Oscar.
Philip cracked his knuckles as he grinned wickedly.
” truth or dare ” he asked Oscar.
” Truth ” Oscar said without thinking about it.
” alright, going the soft way ” Philip muttered smiling.
” mention the name of the last girl you gave a head and the last girl that gave you b—–b ” Philip asked.
” hmmm ” Oscar asked as all eye turned on him, some were smiling awkwardly at him.
” it’s Sophia in ss3a that got my head and gave me b—–b ” Oscar said smiling.
” wow ” Philip mumbled smiling as he returned to sit on the empty stool and Oscar stood up and moved closer to the bottle .
He swirled the bottle and it stopped on Reuben.
” Truth or Dare ” Oscar asked grinning wildly.
” Dare ” Reuben picked.
” uuummmmmphhh ” Oscar inhaled with a wicked smile gracing his lip.
” I dare you to take off your clothes excluding your boxer and start singing Nigeria national anthems and also recite the pledge ” Reuben stood up and did as he was dared and after he was through, he wore his clothes back.
Reuben also swirled the bottle and it stopped on Philip.
“Truth or Dare ” he asked Philip.
” Dare ” Philip was swift to reply.
” I dare you to give Happy a head till she o—-m ” Reuben dared Philip and I felt my heart stopped beating as I tried to process what Reuben uttered.
Philip stood up smiling and walked to meet Happy
” shall we ” he said stretching his hands towards her. Happy grabbed his hand and stood up.
” what’s happening ” I whispered almost loudly as I watched Happy stood up calmly.
what’s happening ” I whispered almost loudly as I watched Happy stood up calmly.
” sorry my emir but I will be taking this ” Happy said withdrawing her hand from Philip’s hand and head to get the red cup, shut her eye and gulped it down at once.
” thunder ” Philip screamed humorously as he returned to the bottle .
I heaved a sigh of relief as I placed my hand on my chest to feel if my heart was still beating.
Azeezah noticed my reaction but I smiled at her and feigned as if I was only rubbing my hand on my chest.
Philip filled the cup again before he spinned the bottle and it stopped on Toluwalope.
” truth or dare ” he asked her.
” dare ” she replied.
” I dare you to smooch and romance Ben intensely for five minutes ” he ordered her.
Azeezah’s expression changed at once as she started staring at me. My heart began beating faster than usual.
Tolu stood up and looked utterly confused. She stared at me for some seconds before she started heading for the cup. She took the cup and almost placed it on her lip but suddenly changed her mind as she started coming towards my direction.
I started thinking about what I could do, my mind was processing hundreds of thoughts in a second, when she was about to get to me, I swiftly stood up and head for the cup, picked it and gulped down all the content, even replaced it by myself.
I prayed in my mind that no one will dare me or dare someone to do something silly with me again because I was sure I won’t be able to take any drink again if I want to go home by myself, especially with the bike Happy already warned me about that I must return it.
Tolu returned to spin the bottle and it stopped on Happy.
” truth or dare ” Tolu asked her.
” truth ” Happy selected comfortably.
” who are you crushing on here ” Tolu asked her .
She stood up and head for the cup again and emptied the content into her stomach.
” who could be her crush that made her want to hide him badly by going for the drink ” I battled about the thought in my mind.
” maybe Samuel her seating partner ” I concluded in my mind. By this time, I knew I was high again and sitting down wasn’t helping it because it will continue to weigh me down the more I sit down.
She replaced the drink before she spinned the bottle and it stopped on Gina. I noticed everyone’s expression towards this and I saw that everyone was anxious.
” truth or dare ” she asked Gina.
” dare ” Gina replied.
” I dare you to give Philip a lap dance for five minutes ” she dared Gina
Gina stood up and head to the Mp3 first, increased its volume before she joined Philip and gave him lap dance for five minutes and to be honest, she was a great dancer.
By the time she was done, Philip had developed a boner and we all laughed about it.
Gina went for the bottle and spinned it and as karma would strike, it stopped on Happy.
” wawu ” Philip said smiling.
” payback is a b—h ” Gina muttered as she walked towards Happy.
” truth or dare ” she asked in sophisticated manner.
” dare ” Happy replied boldly.
” I dare you to get in a hot romantic session with Ben for ten minutes ” she dared Happy and I felt my soul ran out of my body.
It paused and whispered into my ear ” you’re on your own” before it finally fled out of sight.
Azeezah turned to look at me but I was soulless to even do anything as I stared at her blankly.
But why is she even looking at me when I’m not the one at fault.
Happy stood up and I could see blurringly that she was kinda staggering as she head to pick the cup.
She almost fell down before she got closer to the cup.
She took the cup and placed it on her lip and like Tolu did, she also changed her mind and dropped the cup and she started coming towards my direction.
My soulless body couldn’t do anything as I watched her moved closer to me, my brain was telling me to head for the cup but I rebuked it as I knew it was my village people that’s behind the thought . I must walk back home with my own legs not by some peeps holding my hands to support me because I passed out.
She held my hand and pulled me up.
I couldn’t think clearly due to the effect of the drink but it won’t be the first time we were kissing, excluding the romantic aspect.
I felt her head moving closer mine and I shut my eye as I brought mine down to hers since she’s slow to do it.
We locked lips as we started kissing intensely. I held her by her waist and pulled her body closer to mine and there was no space left between us.
I placed my hands on her butt as I squeezed it. I didn’t know how it happened but my right hand left her butt and got into her top and up it goes towards her boobs, it stopped moving when it touched her boobs and started squeezing it through her bra.
She wrapped her arm around my neck as we kissed deeply while my hand, without my control worked mysteriously on her boobs.
I felt great urge to take her clothes off her body and have sex with her at that moment but with the little insanity left in me, I placed the urge at bay and continued with what I was doing.
” time up ” I heard Philip voice but I was too long gone to heed to it.
” time up ” I heard it now from multiple voices. I startling disassociated from Happy.
” now it’s safe to return ” I heard my soul said to me before it returned into my body.
I suddenly got ashamed of myself realising what I did, I was already a little sober.
” Azeezah ” I called out as I saw that her seat was empty.
” Where’s Azeezah ” I asked and that was when everyone noticed that she wasn’t there again. They were all engrossed with the live xxx that was happening in front of them to notice her leaving .
Philip suddenly scampered out of sight and returned with everyone’s phone.
” her phone isn’t here ” Philip said after sharing our phones to us and that confirmed that she was gone.
” what do we have to talk about it ” I asked her as the event that occurred at the ritual replayed in my head again.
” everything ” she said staring deep into my eye.