The following weeks at school felt so awkward for the guys, Isaac and Clarieta could barely look each other in the eyes after what happened the other day. Ben who’s also feeling guilty for cheating on Ejiro kept his distance from her and also tried acting normal whenever he is around Anne in order not to arouse suspicions.
Ben has practically devoted all of his time to Anne, they seem to be lovers but none of them asked each other out so they just take everything as it comes. Ejiro caught them winking and making advances at each other a couple of times during lectures but she decided to stay mute, she still had some positive thought that Ben will come back to her and their love story will continue but when she realised their relationship has gone down the drain, she decided to confront him.
Ben and Isaac were walking down from the cafeteria when she walked up to them.
“Hi guys, Isaac can you excuse us for a minute” she said with a very unfriendly look and tone
“It’s no problem ” Isaac said and walked down to sit under a tree while waiting for his friend. He hasn’t spoken a word to Clarieta for weeks, even though it’s hard to accept but deep inside him, he was missing her.
“Ben if you can remember vividly at the beginning, I warned you about not breaking my heart. You specifically gave me your word that you will never break my heart, what is all these rumours am hearing about you and Anne” Ejiro
‘What rumours might that be ‘Ben cuts in
‘Okay let me cut to the chase, are you or are you not dating Miss Anne’ she asked
Ben was still thinking about what to say when his phone rang… he excused himself to pick the call but Ejiro walked away in annoyance.
“Hello Anne” he spoke expecting her to respond but all he was hearing were sobs on the other end of the line
“What’s wrong with you Anne”…..
“They just called me from home, my father is dead”….. Anne spoke after crying for a while
“Where are you”… Ben
“Am at home”…. Anne
“Okay hold on, am on my way “…… Ben said, hung up and walked to meet Isaac under the tree.
“Guy that was Anne, she just lost her dad “he said
“Oopz that’s sad, you wanna go see her right now yeah ” Isaac asked
“Yeah “he replied and hastened away.
It’s been days since Adisa has been buried but the mourning and sadness still lingers on. Tunji hasn’t gone to the farm ever since then, his mother Omolabake hasn’t said a word ever since Adisa’s death either. Most of the times she has been in her hut behind the house.
After a couple of days, she summoned Tunji and Ashake to her hut. It really took them by surprise because never before has she ever done that kind of thing.
“Babatunji, it’s been a while that your father Adisa has died now. You have to step into his shoes now, you have to take care of yourself and your sister Ashake. I noticed you have not been going to the farm for a while but today you have to do so” Said Labake.
Old age has really done harm to her beauty but deep inside, you can still see the beauty of her glory days, even behind the wrinkled face, she is still beautiful.
‘And you Ashake ‘she continues. ‘You have to go and fetch firewood today because I see we are running out of firewood’.
The two of them both concurred without arguing or showing their surprises about how all of a sudden, she is interfering in the wellbeing of the house.
They both left the house almost immediately laughing and talking about how Mama has suddenly changed. They were both happy for the new development.
As soon as they left, Labake went back into her hut after talking to herself for a while.
Later in the day, Ashake came home with the firewood she was able to fetch. She was really exhausted and so she rested a little in the house before going to the back to check on Labake. After she was much rested, she proceeded to her room but she was amazed by what she saw.
Tunji really didn’t have much strength to cultivate the farm so he left for home after a little while at the farm. He was very tired and hungry so he walked as fast as he could, just as he was about to get home he began to hear a voice screaming. A voice he will recognise anytime, anyday.
“That’s Ashake screaming “he said to himself and immediately took to his heels to find out what was happening at home.
On getting home, he realised that the screams was coming from his mother’s hut, he thought about the worst, was his mother dead, he has to find out, he kept on running and tried to wave the evil thought of his mother dying.
He barged into the room and found his mother Omolabake lying down on the ground lifelessly.
**(Present day (Somewhere in Ondo state))**
“Ben I can’t thank you enough for all the things you have done for me, you have been with me from the first day I got the news about my father’s death and right now you are even here in the village with me for his burial, you are such a Blessing to me” said Anne.
“It’s no problem my baby, you know I will do anything for you, what I just don’t understand is how your family are trying to pull such a great party just a week after your Father’s death “Ben
“It was his last wish that we should bury him just a week after his death and it should be a mighty ceremony and moreover my people love parties like crazy “she replied smiling
They kept walking down the path that leads to her family house, holding hands together. Their relationship has really been catalysed by the recent events, their love has been waxing stronger day after day.
“Oh Ben lest I forget, I got a call from school autority today, I learnt they dropped a bus for whoever wants to come to my father’s burial and that they are already on their way. I have to go and Make provision for where they will pass the night ” Anne
“Really, that’s really a nice gesture by the school but you don’t really have friends, do you?” Ben asked
“No I don’t, that’s why am surprised about the people they were talking about but well we will find out in just few hours from now” she replied
They got home after a long walk that has now gotten Ben exhausted, as soon as they got home, Anne went on about looking for where her visitors will put up. Ben fell asleep in Anne’s car where he decided to stay and listen to some music. The village was so busy due to the event that is coming up in a few days time, you won’t need to be told that Anne’s father was a prominent person in the village.
He had slept for a while until he was disturbed by some sounds, he woke up and saw a white toyota coaster bus parked infront of him. He already knew it was the school bus even before reading the inscriptions ‘University of Abuja’ on it.
He gradually opened his sleepy eyes to see if their will be anyone he will be able to recognise, he was really bored and needed some company. He wasn’t impressed when he first saw two of their lecturers alighting from the bus, some 400l students who happened to be Anne’s coursemate, he felt excited when he saw his Class-rep and Zainab Lawal but then he got the shock of his life when he saw the next set of people that alighted from the bus. First was Clarieta and then Ejiro and then his bossom friend Isaac
to be continued..