Campus Dilemma (Episode 7)

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Campus dilemma

Campus Dilemma (Episode 7)

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I called Cindy when I got back to my apartment but her
line was still switched off. I became worried. Worst is
that I don’t know her room number if not I would have
gone to check on her. I dropped her a message asking
if she was ok and those sort of thing.

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I called precious to know if she was back but her line
wasn’t reachable. Few minutes after, Oge called to
know how I managed to get home. We talked for a
while before the call ended. I dialled Shania and she
picked on first ring.

“Hey what sup?” I said into the phone.
“Cool, not long I got home”

“Ok, thanks for the ride and everything I appreciate.”
“Can you stop it with the thanks already and moreover
thanks for the drink.” she said laughing.
“Showing appreciation is not bad you know.”
“Yea but over doing it makes you look boring” she
replied.

“Ok what’s for dinner” I asked trying to get the convo
going.

She said she wasn’t going to have anything for dinner.
We talked for long before saying the goodnights. Don’t
judge people till you get to know them, Shania taught
me that. On the outside someone will conclude that
Shania is the rude and a snub kinda girl but that is far
from the truth. Though I didn’t know much about her
then, but the little I knew showed that she is just a
simple and easy going girl.

Around 10pm my phone rang and it was Precious
calling. She was at the junction and needed me to
come escort her to my house. Immediately after her
call, I wore my sweatshirt and walked down to go pick
her. I knew I was in for a very long thing that night.

I live in a very rough area filled with guys. My area is
so rugged that it is called the ghetto villa. As from 9pm,
if you no be ‘strong man’ forget am, just go and sleep if
not, anything you see you go collect. Funny enough I
no be ‘strong man’ but if I no tell you, you no go know.

It is not like I parole with them, but I have few friends
who are the ones that control the hood. And again, I
observe men well anytime I see them gather. It is either
I drop some dough for them, or I buy them spirit drinks.
So those men for my area love and respect me a lot.

As we were going back to my house after I picked
Precious, we met some guys. They surrounded us and
started with their intimidation.

“Who goes you?” the huge one amongst them shouted
at us.

Precious clung to me like her life depended on me that
moment. As an area, I know all those slangs but I
wanted to play it cool as not to arouse Precious’
suspicion.

“Bro na me o, wetin they happen” I replied trying to be
friendly, well not like there is anything I would have
done to six guys in a dark road.

“Taar who be you? Identify yourself or jazz down now
now” he barked again.

I tried to look at their faces but the place was dark I
couldn’t recognize any of them. Intimidation is one
thing I hate in my life and at that moment I was angry
already. The other guys were just waiting for the huge
guy to give them order for them to ransack us.

“Guy who be you self? You come new for this area?” I
asked him sounding annoyed. That got him surprised
as he flashed his nokia touch light on my face.

“Ahh! Baba Pure na you?,abeg no vex. I think say na
all this small smallboyswey no dey stay one place” he
apologized.

“No probs, how parolna?” I asked as he made way for
me.
“Omo nothing dey o, na your babe be this?” he asked.

“Yes, she just enter town now now” I answered.

“Aunty welcome o, no vex abeg, I no know say na my
oga dey waka so” he said to Precious.

She nodded without saying anything. She was already
dead with fear.

“Ok ma man make I dey go up na, we go see
tomorrow” I said to them as I led precious on.

“Ok na, no vex you hear” he said as we left.

Precious didn’t say a word till we got to my lodge and
was in my room.

“Tell me the truth Purity, are you a cultist?” she asked
looking at me sternly.

“No, am not , why?”

“How come you know all those guys and ……..”

“No be my area be this?” I interrupted her midway, if I
am a cultist you would have known. And by the way,
are you just coming back?”

“Yes, our car broke down twice on the road and like
seriously am very hungry and tired”

“Well thank God for journey mercy, will you bath with
warm or cold water” I asked her heading to the kitchen.
“Warm” she replied as she laid down on the bed
looking so stressed out.

I fixed her bath and while she showered, I made
noodles for her. She came out from the bathroom in her
birthday suit and went to her bag. My junior got the
signal immediately but had to maintain because all
things being equal, na me go tire. She pulled out a
purple nightwear and a hair net from her bag and wore
them.

I served her the noodles and placed a glass of
yoghurt beside it. From the way she devoured the food,
I knew she was really very hungry. I watched her eat as
she narrated their ordeal on the road. After the meal,
she cleared the plates and washed them before coming
back to the bed.

It was a long night for the both of us. We straffed like
no man’s business till we both couldn’t take another
round before we slept off to wake up and continue
again. She stayed with me till Wednesday, no need to
say it out loud, it was two days of no school. Just eat,
straff, go out, come back, straff, shower, straff and
sleep.

The rest of the week came as usual and it was Friday.
Meanwhile, I kept calling Cindy but still got the
switched off response. I decided to stop calling her. I
and Shania kept exchanging calls and Text with
Precious raising eyebrows each time.

Campus Dilemma (Episode 6)

To Be Continued…

©chekwube emmanuel

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