Segun ran after Nike as she increeased her pace. “Nike… Nike..,” he called as he ran. She ignored him and entered the exam hall but took the other exit and got out again to the back of the hall. Segun entered the hall and couldn’t find her. He asked the candidates in the hall but they all claimed they saw no one.
He got out and began searching for her. He saw her afar, seated in a deserted part of the school. He ran towards her.
“Nike, what’s wrong with you?” he asked angrily.
“Did i tell you anything is wrong with me?” she replied. He walked up to her and held her hand as she made to leave.
“Are you crying?” he asked got no answer. Getting fed up of the whole situation. “Okay, why did you leave Ikolaba without telling me?” he asked.
“Ask your cousin.” she replied.
“Omolayo! What did she do to you?” he asked as he made her to sit down.
“You need to see how she blasted me. Saying i am a s–t who gets involved with cultist and then decided to put an innocent guy like you into trouble by forcing myself on you.” she explained.
“Am very sorry about that.” he apologised.
“It’s okay.” she said.
“Let’s get back to the hall, so we can settle down before the paper commences.” he advised.
“Okay.” she said as she stood up and followed him.
“Can you do this paper on your own?” he asked.
“Yes. I’ll try.” she replied.
“Are you sure?” he asked.
“Yes.” she replied.
“And am very sorry for all i put you through today.” she apologised.
“Oh! It’s nothing.” he assured her. They both entered the examination hall five minutes after the commencement of the paper.
“Where are you two coming from?” the invigillator asked.
“Sir, we didn’t know the paper had already started.” Segun replied.
“You are silly. Don’t you know the break is over?” The man asked.
“Sir, its not yet 2.30pm. Which means the paper is not yet supposed to start.” He defended.
“Look at this boy. Bastard son of a thousand fathers.” the man said.
“Point of corrections sir. I am not a bastard and you have no right to call me one.” he replied rudely. In a blink of an eye the invigillator had slapped him. He wanted to retaliate but Nike held him back.
“Segun don’t try it.” she warned.
“I am old enough to be your father. So don’t dare try rubbish with me.” the man warned.
“You can never be my father.” segun said angrily.
“please sir, we are very sorry for coming back late. We thought the paper will start by 2.30. Nike explained kneeling down.
“God bless you my daughter. I’ll allow you to write the paper for your sake.” he said as he gave them the objective question paper and the OMR sheet.
“Thank you sir.” Nike said.
Segun walked to his seat angrily and left Nike with the old man. Nike begged on segun’s for sometime before the invigillator told her to go.
–to be continued–