THE UNEXPECTED LOVE
(Tochi in school)
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Everything was clearly seen and understood by Esther and Chester as they watched Wisdom and Tochi waking to them in such a suspicious manner. They were walking fast but to the eyes of Esther it seemed they were in slow motion.
“Isn’t Tochi his heartbeat?” Esther asked Chester.
“Do you think so?” he threw back the question.
“Isn’t it obvious? I can remember the type of eyes Wisdom looked at her this morning”
“We shouldn’t just conclude like that. Though i will find out from him”
Just at the very eyes of Esther, Tochi and Wisdom arrived.
“Good day seniors” Tochi greeted but Esther didn’t respond. Only Chester responded.
“I’m sorry for keeping you waiting bro” Wisdom shook hands with him. He noticed that Esther wasn’t happy but he pretended not to see her.
“Can i talk to you, bro?” Chester requested and they adjusted to a distance leaving only Esther and Tochi who looked at each other.
“Esther, you are not happy” Tochi broke the silence. “What is the problem?” she added.
“Nothing is the problem. Why have you not gone?” she folded her hands.
“Wisdom said i should wait for him”
“Really? And when did you start calling him by his name?”
“I’m sorry, i mean senior Wisdom”
“Why did he tell you to wait for him?”
Tochi knew that she couldn’t disclose the main reason, otherwise it will cause a big problem. Then she replied and said, “He only decided to go with me”
“Are you sure there is nothing going on between you and him?”
“No oh”, Tochi exclaimed, then Esther moved closer to her and placed her hand on her shoulder.
“Tochi my friend” she began. “You know that it will break my heart to see Wisdom with you. Please, never allow him to do that. Even though he propose, reject it, okay?”
“Now i need that your former suggestion”
“I want you to make Wisdom realise that i love him. Can you do that for me?”
Tochi nodded her head. “Yes, i can” she replied..
On the other hand, Chester brought down his voice and said, “Guy, to be frank with you, Esther loves you very much. Just give her a chance”
“What are you talking about, bro?”
“I’m just telling you the truth”
Wisdom, being wise and intelligent understood that Esther must have been the one who sent him to convince him.
“By the way” Chester broke the silence. “I want to ask you again. You and Tochi are becoming suspicious. What is going on?”
“Nothing is going on bro. We are doing nothing, i haven’t even told her anything about my feelings”
“There i got you!” Chester exclaimed. “Now, do you have feelings for her or not? I mean do you love her?”
Wisdom remained quiet for sometimes staring at him.
“Guy, is a crime?” he asked and continued, “I’m beginning to have strong feelings for her. Is it my fault that i don’t feel anything for Esther or any other girl?”
Chester became dumb hearing Wisdom confessing his feelings to him. Then he exhaled deeply.
“This is unexpected love” he said.
“Yes bro, and i can’t hide my feelings forever. I have to let her know how i feel”
“But it gonna be disastrous. Remember what Jennifer did and said today. You and i know that Tochi will be in a very big trouble for this journey you are about to embark”
Wisdom remained quiet.
“Well, i wish you good luck” Chester concluded and shook hands with him again. He waved at Esther and Tochi with smiles on his face and went home.
Wisdom returned to the two girls and both followed him until he locked all the classrooms. Then they began to go home…
Jennifer angrily kept her bag and folded her arms. The mother came out, she tied a wrapper and bathroom slippers were on her feet. On her head was a grey hair and a black hair. And in her hands were a bunch of leaf with a knife.
“Jennifer, what is it? Who offended you?” she asked but Jennifer didn’t respond.
“Is it your teacher?”
“No” she groaned.
“Then who put you in this moon?”
“Nobody, my friend only betrayed me”
“How? And who’s your friend?” she waited for an answer but didn’t get one. “When you are ready to talk, you let me know” she concluded and went to the backyard.
Just at the place the rain met Tochi and Wisdom the previous day, Esther held Wisdom’s hand and flung it to and fro. Tochi remained quiet pretending not to be jealous.
“When are you going to visit me?” Esther asked Wisdom.
“You really want me to visit u?”
“Yes, at least you know the house of your future in-law” she smiled looking at him.
“Yes, that’s good” Wisdom glanced through Esther to see Tochi and their eyes caught. Tochi wasn’t smiling, rather she stared at the tree they stayed under the previous day and she smiled.
“Why are you smiling looking at the tree?” Esther asked her.
“Nothing, it only reminded me of someone”
Hearing that, Wisdom listed carefully.
“Who’s that person?” Esther wanted to know.
“A guy in my former school”
“Hmm.. Okay oh. Take it easy, it seems you are falling inlove with that person, aren’t you?”
The question made Tochi and Wisdom looked at each other..