NADIA: Maybe I didn't know the extent of the damage I’d caused; but seriously, how did Brenda find out that Serena had been teaching me?
"Brenda, are you OK? What's wrong with you? And who is Serena?"
I feigned the best character to suit my pretense.
She gave me a strange look, took some steps backwards, and smiled as though she had achieved something extraordinary. Of course she didn't buy my scene.
"Don't say I didn't warn you...!" she warned.
I watched till she was out of sight before I let out a sigh of relief.
I had to quicken my steps to my room. It was break time, and I was free to stroll around, but I had to resolve to my shell.
DANIEL: Brenda was foaming; I could clearly tell, yet she didn't fall for my inquisitive charm to get the info out of her.
"It's nothing," that was what she kept telling me over and over again.
I could clearly tell that all eyes were on us in the relaxation spot. I just had one problem: I didn't know how to get Brenda’s back on my bed, mostly because of Akin, my roommate; his eyes would be on us every second like a torchlight. And also being a supervisor, there’s no way Brenda could venture into the guys hostel.
"I just wonder if there is a place in the academy for us to be alone,” I suggested.
She forced a smile.
"There is actually a place," she replied.
My ears stood at attention. But then, just as she opened her mouth to speak, a text message obstructed her, and killed my initial hopes. Who sent her a message at that moment, eh? I had to spy to catch a glimpse of the text.
I couldn't get the full text but I was able to read, "If Nadia knows, bring her to me."
She quickly cautioned herself and turned to see if I was spying. Trust me nah, as a sharp guy, my eyes were on my own phone already.
My head began to race with thoughts; what was going on? God, what had Nadia gotten herself into?
I was just by the door when I remembered Joyce. I froze and attempted to tiptoe away but the girl had to open up.
"Get in!" she ordered.
Somehow, I just obeyed and bowed like a scared kid who had committed a grievous offense.
"Joyce, if I had..."
She didn't even let me land before interrupting;
"You know I picked you out of everyone. There are over a million people who would jump at this offer, but I chose you. Cos I wanted mum to brush you up, and save you from any disgrace."
I attempted to butt in again but she hushed me;
"Do you have any idea of what you’ve done? I gave you a simple instruction, but you chose your ego over my mum's identity."
She was taking this too far. I didn't damage anything nah, I only prepared the dish. How does that connect to Serena?
"Joyce, I only prepared the dish, what's bad about that? She would have embarrassed me if I didn’t.”
Trust me; I left out the part where Brenda had confronted me. With the present situation, that would have spring forth fire.
"Because she wanted you to! How would you understand when you are much concerned about your pride? I warned you not to, but you wouldn't listen. You want to blow up everything right?! You are so dumb!"
I paused and tried to justify myself again.
"Joyce, calm down..."
I advised, although I knew I was in need of my own advice; my adrenaline was heating up already.
"I’m sure she has spilled this to him now," she soliloquized aloud.
"All because of your daft attitude…!" She barked at me again.
I sincerely accepted that I’ve done something wrong, but the insults were becoming unbearable.
"What is it!? If you had explained the text message in details, I wouldn't have prepare it! You’d probably do same if you were in my shoes; don’t play righteous here! And please, don’t you ever call me dumb again. None of these gives you the right to insult me!" I barked back. What is it self? Did I commit murder?
She became quiet, strangely quiet, staring at me. I stared back.
"Nadia, your private lesson ends today, right from this minute. You are on your own now!"
She dropped the bombshell and it exploded right into my brain.
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