THE UNEXPECTED LOVE
(Tochi in school)
Jennifer pretended as if he hadn’t seen the guy but she was forced to turn when he finally stood beside her as if he also knew who Mr Anuma was but he didn’t say anything when both glanced at each other and concentrated to Mr Anuma.
Vivian and Kingsley never departed from Linda’s side.
“I’m seeing a lot of refurbishment on your faces” Mr Anuma continued. “This can wondrously make some boys unflappable and philanthropically take you to the alter”
“Sir, when will you change from being a grammarian?” Jennifer asked.
“Until death do us apart” he replied then they laughed again.
Mr Anuma entered his car and drove away. To him, it was actually fun to be with his best students. That was a feeling he would never forget.
“Stay away from nefarious activities” he had said before he left.
The guy turned to Jennifer. He was on suit as if he was the person wedding on that day.
“He’s so hilarious” he said looking at Jennifer with his hands in his pocket.
“Yes, he is” Jennifer replied.
Meanwhile, others were standing on twos at different angles discussing and reminding themselves about their old school lives. Calista occasionally glanced at Jennifer and the guy then smiled without anybody noticing the cause.
Kingsley, Vivian and Linda, after they had some quality time went home together.
“Who is he?” the guy was still inquisitive.
“Oh, he’s our former grammarian” Jennifer smiled. She couldn’t look at his face because he was too handsome to look at, having attractive beards round his cheek with dimples. “He’s our former teacher” she clarified.
“Okay, now i understand” the guy stretched his hand forward. “I’m Dickson”
Jennifer glanced at his face and took his hand gently. “I’m Jennifer”
“I guess your wedding isn’t coming up soon. If it is, i will have to bribe the groom, postpone the wedding and kidnap you to the alter” they laughed at the joke.
“You are so funny!”
“Don’t mind me. Anyways, do you mind giving me your card?”
“I will rather have yours” Jennifer said as an afterthought then smiled.
Dickson handed his card to her and departed before Jennifer moved closer to Calista. She said nothing until Dickson drove off. Just then, Melody came and hugged them as old friends while James shook hands with Edwin.
“Girls!” Melody began. “Meet my fiance, Edwin Goodness!”
“Wow, I’m so happy for you!” Calista exclaimed.
“So, after writing waec in our school, you also decided to take one of our students. Is not fair oh! Their-ris God oh!” Jennifer sounded funny and they laughed.
It had been a great day. So great that none, even Linda remembered their past and present situation-if they had any. Jennifer had told Calista about Dickson.
“I think he’s nice” she had said.
“I saw how humble and funny he was, even though i didn’t hear your conversations. Girl, you are good to go!” Calista had concluded with laughter.
Now, it was more than 24hours Dickson had not been himself waiting patiently to hear Jennifer calling on the phone. Suddenly, his phone rang then he quickly picked it up.
“Hello, is Jennifer”
“God, i have been expecting your call”
“That’s a reason i can’t explain”
“Well, now that i have called..”
“I will always be at your service” Dickson interrupted then they laughed. They had a lovely conversation and promised to know each other better.
Kingsley secretly met Mr Thompson to have a manly discussion with him. It wasn’t easy but the spirit of love moved him. He sat in the sittingroom with him and told him how much he loves Linda, even how it all started before he traveled.
“I understand Linda has done something bad. “Kingsley began. “Please, temper justice with mercy and take her back as your own child again. I will father the child that she carries. I love her so much. Please, forgive her..”
Mr Thompson had a deep breath. He adjusted his wrapper with his head forward. “You have spoken well but is not my decision to make. It is hers, whether she will agree for you to father the child or not”
“That isn’t a problem” Kingsley replied smiling.
“I will bring her back” Mr Thompson concluded.
A few days later after Linda went back to her parents, Wisdom called Tochi to have a stroll with her at WISS. It was holiday. They walked around the school compound holding hands until Wisdom took her to the tree where they stayed during the heavy rainfall.
“What are we doing here?” Tochi questioned looking up the tree.
“I brought you here to remind myself what happened”
“What happened here, apart from i slept in your arms?
“Something more than that happened”
“What?” Tochi stared at his eyes.
“What happened was that i fell inlove with you. This is where my heart started beating for you” he knelt with a leg. “Please, Tochukwu Desmond, marry me and make me a father”
Tochi was already carried away emotionally, so a tear ran down her eyes. “Yes, i will marry you,” she replied.
Wisdom fixed the ring and kissed her passionately..
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