THE UNEXPECTED LOVE
(Tochi in school)
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Tochi was not only capturing the attention of students, but also the love of teachers especially Mr Anuma. Her illiterate behavior began to disappear gradually as she discovered the little feelings she couldn’t explain who exactly it was for. As usual, she stood beside Linda without minding the students optimism.
After the singing of hymns and prayers, just remaining the national anthem, Wisdom, Chester and Mr Anuma approached. They stood before the two hundred students excluding the ones on their way coming and the national anthem kicked off. Wisdom stood erect like a soldier, his eyes caught with that of Tochi and they smiled.
Tochi was totally lust at his gaze and handsome outfit remembering all that happened the previous day and her emotional feelings stirred up. Linda could see her smiling while others were singing. She trace her eyes to Wisdom who was also smiling. She couldn’t believe it! Then she cuddled her shoulder in a way that shows: What is wrong with you? Before Tochi realised herself.
After the anthem Mr Anuma stepped up.
“Good morning students!”
“Good morning sir”
“Briefly, i have the names of the quiz participants. If you hear your name stand up”
He called the names but when Wisdom’s name was called all the SS2 students shouted, “No! no! no!” because they knew just Wisdom alone can win the competition. Meanwhile, he was already smiling moving to and fro with his hands behind him. He felt like all the power of knowledge was bestowed on him.
“Caleb!” Mr Anuma called. “You have heard what they said. What can you say about it?”
All the students remained quiet to know what Wisdom would say. Esther couldn’t stop smiling and admiring him. Jennifer’s heart sank into her stomach and Melody couldn’t stop enjoying his smiles.
“My fellow students” Wisdom began still with his hands behind him. “I will agree on your opinions to deprive me of my right academically. Yes, is my right to participate on the quiz because i am also an SS3 student. But no problem, even without my presence there, i assure you that we are going to win SS2 students. Thanks you”
Tochi began a clap followed by everybody even the SS2 students who opposed the motion clapped for him because he was absolutely eloquent.
“Alright” Mr Anuma began. “You have heard him, so if you want to challenge his statement study your books, okay?” he gradually stepped down and Wisdom signaled Esther to dismissed the assembly.
In the classroom, students began to study their books quietly-but a little murmuring echoed the whole room. Linda occasionally glanced at Tochi. She could sense that she was a bit different than the previous day.
“Is there anything you are not telling me?” she asked her.
“I don’t understand”
“You are different today and i saw you smiling with Wisdom”
“What are you saying? I’m still the Tochi you know” she smiled and tap her shoulder.
“Are you hiding something from me?”
“What really happened yesterday after school?”
Tochi became quiet. “Nothing happened” she replied without looking at her and began to open the pages of her book unwillingly.
Linda sensed that she wasn’t telling the truth, but she allowed her be.
“You can always talk to me, I’m your friend” she concluded.
“Of course i know” Tochi replied.
Before Esther knew it, Chester had gone out of the classroom. She wanted to find out if he was able to convinced Wisdom. Since she didn’t see him she met Tochi and Linda outside under a palm tree.
Chester called Wisdom in the mist of Jennifer and Calista without noticing the presence of Calista unlike what she expected.
“Hi, bro” Wisdom greeted.
“I’m fine, we need to discuss”
Chester made sure they moved away from the hearing of Jennifer and Calista.
“I’m beginning to hate Chester” Calista told Jennifer.
“He isn’t noticing my presence anymore”
“Why can’t you make a move because I’m planning to tell Wisdom today how much i love him”
“Are you serious?!”
“Watch and see”
“What if he doesn’t love you or he rejects you?”
“He can’t! If i don’t have him no one will!”
“Hmm, you talk like you have a skeleton in your cupboard” they watched Wisdom and Chester discussing too.
“I want to know what’s going on between you and Tochi” Chester began. “I can see how you looked at her this morning and how she melted in your presence. You and i know that Tochi has never been humble to you”
Wisdom smiled. “Chester” he began, “Tochi and i are just beginning to be friends. That’s all!”
“Are you sure?”
“Yes, why are you even interrogating me? You have been the one telling me how beautiful she is, indirectly telling me to make a move”
“Well, that’s true. But why don’t you like Esther?”
“Who said i don’t like Esther? Guy, is there anything you aren’t telling me?”
“No oh. Well, if you say so”
“I’m only following the direction of my heartbeat”
Chester smiled and sighted Tochi and Esther. “Let’s go and meet them” he suggested…