Segun left home for his centre, for the day’s paper, Government scheduled for 11AM. He got into a commercial bus and off he went to Loyola College. A dark girl was seated beside him in the bus. The girl was drinking a canned orange juice. The bus galloped which made the drink to spill on segun.
“Oh my God! Please am very sorry.” She apologised as she quickly removed a handkerchief from her purse. He collected it from her and cleaned himself but the stain refused to go. Segun was dressed in a white T- shirt and a blue jean.
“It’s nothing.” Segun said faking a smile even though he was angry.
“Please don’t be annoyed.” She said.
“No problems.” segun assured.
“Okay.” she replied.
The journey continued in silence except for the noise generated by other passengers and the bus conductor.
“You are Segun right?” she asked.
“Yeah. How did you know my name?” segun replied with a question.
“Aren’t you the one who had issues with the invigillator on saturday?” she asked.
“Yes i am.” he replied.
“I overheard your name from Nike.” she informed.
“How do you know Nike.” he asked.
“She was my friend.” she informed.
“Was?” he asked.
“Yeah.” she replied.
“What went wrong?” he asked.
“She turned against me when she started seeing Emmanuel.” she explained.
“And why was that?” Segun asked.
“I was against the relationship because the guy is a pretender. He has a gentle face but a dangerous heart.” she said.
“Oh! I see.” He replied.
“I learnt he attacked you when you went to Ikolaba?” she asked.
“Yes.” he replied.
“Please try and avoid him. He can kill.” she warned.
“Okay.” Segun replied.
They both got down from the bus when they got to the bus- stop. They crossed the road and started walking towards their centre.
“What’s your own name?” he asked
“My name is Tolani.” she replied.
“Nice name.” He complimented.
“thanks. You also have a nice name.” she said.
“What do you think now that the students had resumed from holiday?” she asked expertly changing the topic.
“Everything will be clumsy. Even their noise tends to disturb the exam.” he replied.
“Thank God the exam is almost over.” she replied. They continued walking in silence until they got in Loyola college.
“Let’s get our biometrics done.” Tola said.
“Alright.” he replied.
They both walked towards the exam hall. Nike was seated on the stairs reading a textbook. There was a glint of jealousy in her eyes. Segun walked past her without greeting or uttering a word.
“You didn’t greet her?” Tola asked.
“Yes.” Segun replied nonchalantly.
to be continued–