Chekwube sat on the pavement with tears in her eyes, Mickey sat beside her and made drawings on the ground with her fingers. Gbenga had long gone home with his driver; he said he had some things to do at home.
“What do you think they’re talking about?” Mickey asked.
“I don’t know…but Aunt Lizzie looked pretty upset when she came into the school. I have never seen her so angry before.”
“Don’t worry, I’m sure everything is going to be fine.” Mickey said.
Chekwube looked at Mickey.
“Don’t you want to go home? You shouldn’t stay here with me…”
“It’s no problem…I want to stay…at least, to know what happens.”
Aunt Lizzie walked out of the principal’s office and beckoned to Chekwube who hurried to meet her with Mickey on her heels.
“Aunty…” Chekwube started.
“Don’t aunty me!” Aunt Lizzie fired. “Don’t I give you enough food at home? Don’t I take care of you? Why did you make it seem like I’m irresponsible and that I don’t care about you?”
“No…that’s not it at all, aunt…” Chekwube started with tears in her eyes.
“Your mother is in Lagos and she’s going home tomorrow. You should get your things ready.”
“Get my things ready?” Chekwube echoed.
“Get your things ready because you are leaving my house for good.” Aunt Lizzie said.
“No!” Chekwube cried stamping her foot on the ground.
“No? What do you mean by no? It’s obvious that the change in environment did more harm to you and your sister. Now, she’s pregnant for a hoodlum while you are starving yourself for no good reason.”
Chekwube fell on her knees in plea.
“Please aunty, don’t send me back…if you do, my fate will be the same as my sisters. I will be married before I’m eighteen and I have my whole life ahead of me. Please aunty…” She sobbed.
Aunty Lizzie was too upset, she didn’t speak.
“Please give her another chance.” Mickey pleaded.
“And who are you?” Aunt Lizzie asked.
“I…am her friend. I have visited your house once to study with Chekwube but I don’t think you noticed me. I don’t think Chekwube is like Ola at all, Ola is very irrational but Chekwube is calm.”
“Do you know Ola?” Aunt Lizzie asked Mickey in surprise.
“Yes ma. Baba Tee is my brother.”
“What? Baba Tee is your what? Is it not enough that your stupid brother made a mess of my relative’s life? Why do you want to do the same to Chekwube’s?”
“She’s not making a mess of my life, aunt….” Chekwube started.
“I don’t want to hear any more excuses, I need you to go to the house with me, pack your things and go back to the village.”
Chekwube began to cry, she didn’t know what to do.
Gbenga was quite worried about Chekwube and had intended to stay with her till her aunt arrived the school but had received a text message from Jermia so he had to leave. He wanted the fun that Jermia promised so, he’d made a flimsy excuse and had rushed home.
“I was about to get us a pass on Facebook.” Jermia said triumphantly as she sat beside him on the sitting room sofa.
“Do we even know the guys that are having this party? We can’t just crash and…”
“Hey…it’s an open party besides, it’s a cool group of university guys…” She said with a smile.
“How did you get to find out about the party?”
Jermia waved her phone at him.
“All thanks to social media…” She sang.
“What time is the party?” He asked.
“It starts from about eight and it continues till dawn but we can leave at eleven or thereabout since you have school tomorrow.”
Gbenga didn’t look too comfortable with the arrangement.
“My dad won’t allow me…” He started.
“Shh…who said anything about your dad?” She asked with a smile.
“I have to tell him about it. I can’t leave without telling him about my…”
“You’re such a baby. You’re sixteen and not six. You’re supposed to be out there having fun besides, your mom is the coolest and we can ask her for permission. I’m sure she’ll let us go.” She said, then looking at him curiously, she asked. “Have you ever, like had a girlfriend?”
“Well…yea but she dumped me after two weeks.”
Jermia threw back her head and laughed.
“What’s funny?” He asked.
“Why did she dump you?” She asked.
“I changed schools that’s why.” He said sourly.
“So, does it mean you’ve never….I mean…does it mean you’re still an innocent?”
Gbenga looked at her and looked away.
“Ohhhh….my goodness! That’s super cute…” She laughed.
“Stop making fun of me, besides, I am too young.”
“Too young? You? Should I tell you the first time I…”
Gbenga stood up hastily from his chair and walked away.
“Don’t forget that we’re leaving at eight.” She called out to him and giggled.
Chekwube shoved her clothes into her bag while tears streamed down her face, she felt so sad. It felt as though her life was about to end and all her dreams were crumbling around her.
“Why does this have to happen to me, God? Why?” She sobbed.
The door to her room opened and EM stood there like the dreaded angel of death.
“Karma is so sweet…” He said with a smile.
Chekwube wiped the tears from her eyes with the back of her palms and continued packing her clothes.
“To think that your friend insulted me and now, here you are, packing your things to leave.I just heard that you’re going back to the village…tsk…tsk…tsk. What a pity.” He said.
Chekuwbe didn’t speak to him, she zipped her bag closed. He walked up to her till she could feel his body heat.
“I can help you…” He whispered. “I am your only hope.”
Chewkube didn’t move, she knew he was up to no good.
“All you need to do is, accept to be my girlfriend and the nightmare will be over. I’ll give you everything you want and I’ll speak to my aunt to change her mind.” He said reaching out to caress a side of her cheek. “Do you know how lovely you are? You are so beautiful and I want you to be mine.”
Chekwube wanted so desperately to remain in Aunt Lizzie’s place. She loathed EM with all her heart but if he could help change aunt Lizzie’s mind, then, she won’t have to go back home.
What was she to do?
To be continued…..
Faith Series Comes up on Thursday….