I came back home late in the evening as usual, I tip-toed to the kitchen to begin my daily routine of indomie and bread theft. I walked gently into the sitting room after accomplishing my mission, I found my father sitting there.
Suprised, I gaped at him, when did he come back?
“Baami,”I shrieked before jumping into his arms.
“Hey, my little Princess, omo mi atata.”He patted my head.
“welcome Baami, I missed you ooo, when did you come back?”
“This morning”He smiled, my father is too handsome.
“why are you just coming back from school by this time?”he queried.
I racked my brain hard
“Errm, Baami, you know the distance from school, its too far, I have to trek, and besides we are having extra lessons in school”I explained.
“aah! Maami, you know I won’t lie now.”I quickly said, whats wrong with this winchy sef.
“other children in this area came back home since 2pm..”she began
“I was singled out now, you know, errm, we…errm, we’ll be going for a compet!tion very soon.”I scratched my head.
“Its alright, just make sure you come home early, okay?”My father patted my head.
“You’ve become so lean Teju, what happened?”he looked me all over.
I looked at Maria, she looked visibly scared, I might give her away.
“No..Baami, I’m missing you that’s why.”I laughed.
“Come and sit on my laps, omo mi atata.”he pulled me towards him.
I sat down on his laps with a wide grin.”Tejumola omo baba re”
I glanced at maria, she looked jealous.
“Maami, why are you looking at me like that?”
“Don’t mind your mother, she’s jealous.”My father said before leading me to my room.
Things went on well, both in school and at home, no more qualms.
David was writing his S.S.C.E examination, we’re still the best of friends.
One day after his afternoon paper, we were sitted in an empty class room, discussing nothing important when he suddenly said
“Teju, very soon, I’d be leaving school, I would further my education abroad…”he hesitated.
“That means, I won’t get to see you everyday anymore.”he added with a pained expression.
“hmmm? Is that all you’d say? You won’t miss me I guess.”he said placing an arm round my shoulder.
I laughed. He sounded funny, miss who?
“have I ever told you, how beautiful you look when you laugh?”He brought his face closer to mine.
I blushed furiously, though I’m dark in complexion so it wasn’t visible.
“I love you Teju.”he whispered.
One thing led to another and we started kissing.
To be continued