The weeks gradually flew into months and soon, the year was
over. Clara and her father had spent the Christmas holidays alone except for
occasional visits from Rose Lily’s aunt. Clara wondered when Mommy would come
home with her siblings because the house was quite lonely without them. Her
routine was the same as always; wake up, do some chores, have breakfast, pay
Rose Lily a quick visit and head out with her dad to tutorial classes. She hadn’t
told him anything of her joining the art class and she hated to think of his
reaction when he found out. She had even dreamt that he flew into a rage when he
found out that she had enrolled herself in arts class. Clara enjoyed
her arts class immensely, it was so much fun and to top it all, the performance
club was better, as it helped her work on her talent and show it off more
often. Oliver had proved to be a good friend too and within the past few weeks
they had slowly become friends, he took her to his brother’s studio and he was
so impressed with her voice.
books. It was going to be a long day, she thought. It was a Monday and Mondays
at daddy’s clinic was always filled to the brim, Clara was preparing herself
for the long wait as daddy didn’t let her go home without him anymore. The new
year held sweet promises and she promised to make this year better for her than
voice said from behind.
get back from your trip?” Clara asked with a huge smile.
Thankfully, I have less than a week to go.” Oliver said.
Spring, at one of the universities in Scotland.
yesterday that we had our Christmas break.” Clara whined.
on BBM from my village but the network was crappy.”
pocket money.” Clara smiled.
figured that great musicians can play at least one instrument so…”
re-sitting the WAEC exams, so, I decided to start on a fresh page and even Rose
thought it’s a good idea…”
am and where I belong.” Clara said emotionally.
of recent that things have started looking up in the arts that parents consider
it. Most parents would rather their kids do science or social sciences and get their degrees after which they do
whatever with their lives afterwards.”
out…he might not trust you again.”
parents are invited.” Oliver said.
working on her song for the performance as she was the lead singer.
party and fun fiesta for the season but since the Christmas celebrations seemed
to overwhelm a lot of people, they moved theirs till the new year.
huge headache and her holiday had been boring. What had seemed to have been a
minor fight between her parents had somehow found them living at her aunt’s
mercy. The once jovial household had become a kind of war zone as her aunt
Dumebi’s husband kept nagging over their prolonged stay and Zika was already beginning
to quarrel and fight with her aunt’s twin sons.
The house was too cramped for everyone
as one of the maids resigned before Christmas due to the workload and the other
one looked like she was at her wits end. Kendra didn’t understand why her
mother wasn’t in a hurry to end the feud, she had spoken to her dad a number of
times on the phone and he had never asked about her mother.
The only thing that
kept Kendra sane in these times was the love she had for her boyfriend James.
She loved him with all her heart and they had both bonded before the New
Year as they had had sex for the first time. She was so happy that her first time was with a boy who
understood her through and through.
and swerved the car towards the opposite side of the road, heading to her
school, she said.
only friend she had was James and he was still at Kaduna with his dad, spending
the holidays but she didn’t say it.
also tired of living with her sister.
for your siblings as well.”
to each other face to face after last year…” Her mother trailed off.
and go home.
house….I thought you said, you’d only return if she’s gone.”
she hadn’t reached out to Clara since they left was because she didn’t want it
to look like she was taking sides with the enemy. She exhaled and looked out the
window, she had wanted to call her sister over the holidays to know how she and daddy were
spending their time and she made up her mind to do so once she was through from school.
two hours to Abuja from Kaduna with their parents in order to board the flight
back to Lagos. The boys had both had fun with their dad as they had enjoyed the
holiday at Kaduna.
that Raymond sneaked a peek. He quickly caught a glimpse of what his brother was
sending and froze.
into his phone. What he was doing was so cruel and Ray couldn’t believe it. He
wished he could quickly tell daddy before they left but daddy was so engrossed
with his conversation with mommy that he couldn’t butt in. Raymond stood up and
walked over to stand before his brother.
you to play it with me.” James snickered.
how you pay her back? You’re cruel!”
and the class teacher was handing over report cards and exam
sheets to everyone. Kendra patiently waited for hers and when she received it, she blinked
in surprise. Her highest score was fifty-seven. She couldn’t believe her eyes
and she almost screamed in frustration. Her class teacher stood before her and said.
teacher said and walked away.
the tears. She scanned through her result, she had failed Maths, English,
Biology, Chemistry and barely passed the rest, she almost died.
of giggle and looked up to see some of the boys in her class pass across a
phone and gasp. Soon, Emeka turned to her in disgust and said,
made loud demeaning noises with their mouths.