(He’s in love with two girls)
Semi ~ Final
“Her number is not available too and She is not in the hospital, the doctor said her mother [email protected]£ to take away” I told Freddie as I tiredly sat on a couch.
“Didn’t Doctor John tell you which hospital she must have been admitted to? ” Freddie asked.
“He didn’t, maybe he has no idea” I replied and then yawn.
“I haven’t been having good sleep since yesterday – since Paulina’s sudden attack” I said.
“And I have a feeling that she won’t make it up to school today” I included.
“Have you checked for her at home? I mean, her house….where she stays” Freddie asked me.
“No, I haven’t”
“That’s the last place she will be at. So go to her house first before giving yourself false and bad conclusions” He advised.
“Oh you are right. I’ll go there now” I stood up.
“Should I come along? So it’s won’t look like I’m not concerned about the health of your new crush” Freddie said and I put on a thankful smile.
“Yeah, let’s go” I said and he followed me.
Thoughout the short Journey, my mind was on what will happen when I get to meet her.
That beautiful face, her smile, her voice. Everything.
We got to Paulina’s place quite soon, we alighted and told the driver to go nowhere but to wait till we return.
I pray Paulina is in there, I just can’t wait to see her. I took a brief sigh in front of the door before knocking on it.
After waiting for a while, a woman who I recongised to be Paulina’s aunt [email protected]£ to open the door for us.
“Good afternoon Mrs Bella. We [email protected]£ to see Paulina, where is she now? I’m kinda expecting her in school tomorrow” I said but she startled me by bur-sting into tears.
“Both of you, come on in” She beckoned to us.
Good, I’ll get to see my tailless marmaid.
We walked into the sitting room.
“Mrs Brown? ” Freddie called a woman who was looking sober. Paulina’s Mom I think. Wait, how did he know her?.. and why does she look sober too?
“Freddie? ” She called his name too.
Ok, they must have met somewhere before.
“I’ve never thought I will ever find you here Wintery, did you come here with Paulina? I’ve been unable to reach her” He said.
OK, plea-se what’s going on here?
I turned to Freddie, confused and dumbfounded but I managed to say: ” What? ”
“I know Mrs Brown when I was in Wintery. She is Paulina’s mother. I mean the Paulina I told you about…”He told me then began to stammer.
“Huh….Wait a minute, Paulina….Paulina? Mrs Brown is Paulina’s mom and you are Paulina’s mom too right? Huh.. I.. I don’t un-derstand” He stammered, confused, as confused I am.
“Where is Paulina? ” I asked referring to two Paulinas.
“..And what’s happening here Mrs Browm? ” Freddie asked.
“Paulina, she – – she gave up the ghost” Bella said.
“Which of the Paulina? ” Freddie and I asked simultaneously.
But no one answered, later Mrs Brown did – crying profusely.
“I wish it didn’t happen. Paulina’s died of unsuccessful surgery” She said.
“I still don’t un-derstand, what surgery? ”
“Who died? ” Yet Freddie asked.
* -*-* -*-*
The whole sad explanation was told by Mrs Bella.
How Paulina couldn’t bear the insults’ and saliva from everyone at Heintal and Dream High. How she almost [email protected]£ a sadist drown with depression, how she agreed to have a plastic surgery without hesitation, how she fell into the wrong hands and how the surgery turned out to be unsuccessful and the surgeon never told them it was.
How she [email protected]£ to Wintery to start a new life unknown to her and everyone that it was a dangerous one.
And how desperate she has always been to have a lover.
Every words were like a dream to them.
“It can’t be true” was the only s£ntence Freddie could say as tears rolled uncontrollably down his cheeks.
Frank was the shockest human being on earth that moment, it appeared like a dream and a big injury in his mind, heart and head. That Paulina is dead? Just when he was alre-ady getting used to her and having real feelings.
At the mention of Plastic surgery, it drawn to him that he only fell in love with her beauty more and first.
Everything seems and sounds like a story. It sounds so unreal? How on earth could it be real?
If only there’s a time machine, Frank would go back in time and will forever be with Angela irrespective of how svxy or beautiful the ladies that would come his way may be. Freddie would have re-ad the story to Paulina and she wouldn’t have had the Plastic surgery no matter the number of people that may convince her to.
Everything would have been fine but now, no..Reverse is the case.
Freddie stumbled on the floor and cried his heart out, Frank was crying too.. Everyone was.
When visitors, from the hospital and others [email protected]£ to sympathise with them. They (Freddie and Frank) just had to leave.
Good, they had a driver because if anyone of them was going to drive the car, something really worst would happen.
They [email protected]£ here in a slight good mood but now they are leaving with the most sorrowful look and w€t eyes.
Paulina is dead? What? How? Why? Why? Why?
“I met Paulina three years ago at Uncle Timothy’s place, when we both went there to [email protected] Christmas” Freddie started to say.
The death of one can make another remember even the least memory.
“I told you to come along with me on an ice – skatting but you insisted on lying on the be-d and to continue to chat with your new lover, Angela” He paused then sniffed severally..His eyes were so red.
“Then I went alone to have all fun to myself [email protected] from skatting on the ice. Then I met Paulina, she was sitting on the floor, watching all of us as we skatt, I could see it in her countenance that she wished to join, I… I st©pped and walked over to her, I wanted to have a word or two with her but she covered her face, stood up and ran away from me.
That was the first time I felt something in me, it made me stay, it made me go to Uncle Timothy’s place every now and then, it made me decide to school there when I found out that she attended Dream High, where is she now?” He screamed and continued to cry terribly.
“I’m…I am sorry” is the only thing I could say.
I can not even describe this pres£nt feeling. It’s the mixture of all bad feelings.
Rest in Peace Paulina Brown.
~ FINALLY~ EPILOGUE ~
Frank Collins, a 300level medical student walked into the lecture room and took his seat.
A lecturer [email protected]£ in, taught and after two hours, he left and another lecturer [email protected]£ in, taught and after an hour, he left. Then every students began to stand up nosily, took their phones, books, bag etc off the table and they began to leave the lecture hall.
Same as him, he wasted no time to take his things; phone and books etc, then he jostled his way out of the [email protected]
That’s his simple boring life,
He gets to [email protected] punctually, doesn’t miss lectures, projects, @ssignments. Being the complete nerd he is. And after everything, he rushes to get his lunch and dinner then retires to his room -lonely then he starts preparing for the next day – continuation of the usual boring routine.
Since girls don’t run after him anymore not even because of his money. He is on his own, waiting and hoping that one day, he would find his own girl, find true love.. not because of anything she may possess but because of the four – lettered word.
If only that day would come before his bears and mustache grows long and turns white like Dopey, one of the seven dwarfs (in snow white disney series).
Freddie, he claims that he’s not in love yet he spends the whole of the night on a video call with a girl whom he refers to as just a friend.
He claims she is just a friend, yet he bought her flowers.
Angela, like a magic, she grew more beautiful after our break up. She was studying Pediatric, she had always loved babies.
I have never seen her without that guy, Oh I have…there was a day I saw her alone at a restaurant but just when I wanted to say hello to her, he showed up and I had to step backward.
I don’t need to be told that there’s something between she and one James. Something similar, no! Something greater than what we shared in High School. I never thought she would ever be with James. James? that quiet weirdo…well, he doesn’t look like he’s a weirdo anymore…I’m the new weirdo.
Frank’s POV (Contd)
Immediately the lecturer rounded up lectures for that day and everyone began to leave the [email protected]; I sighed tiredly, stood up and began to pick up my books then walked out of the [email protected]
“Hey.. Hey, Hi” I heard a feminine voice shouting behind me…just immediately I walked out of lecture hall.
A female voice? What does she want from me? Directions or what? b’cos it is as if they’ve all swore never to say a word to me.
“Hello” I turned and said to her – looking down.
Oh! She was on a wheelchair.
“Hi” She smiled.
“May I help you with something? ” I asked her.
“Yeah, my roommate left me” She said.
“Your roommate? How do that makes me help you?”
“Well, she is always the one who pushes my wheelchair after [email protected]” She said.
“Oh” I mouthed. I got her message, so I went behind her and began to gently push the wheel chair.
“No one was willing to help me. Thank you very much” She said.
“My plea-sure, where do you stay? ” I asked.
“B-girls 22” She replied.
“Okay! ” I said then didn’t say anymore words.
I just continue to push her wheelchair to the Hostel B-Girls.
“Frank Collins right? ” She broke the short silence.
“Yeah, how do you know my name? ” I was surprised.
“Oh that…We are coursemates” She answered.
“Oh I didn’t know! ” I said.
“It’s because you never noticed! ” She said and I smiled to myself, she’s right. I’m oblivious to everyone in [email protected] except the lecturer. I don’t even know who who sits next to me.
“Hey Frankie” I looked up and saw Tyler.
“Hi Tyler” I st©pped pushing the wheelchair and said to him.
“Hi” The girl on the wheelchair also said to him.
I don’t even know her name yet.
Tyler snubbe-d her and spoke to me instead. . : “I’ve been to your room. Your twin brother told me you are yet to return”
“As you can see. I ought to, I just want to take her to her hostel first” I replied and Tyler gave a mocking look.
“Why do you want to see me? ” I asked.
“Here, take” He handed over to me a red envelope while two white ones were with him.
“What’s this? ” I asked.
“An invitation card”
“Whose invitation? ”
“Angela is getting married and she told me to give it to you” He said and I wasted no time to re-ad what was written in it.
James Morris and Angela Holmes.
I folded it back neatly and returned it into the red envelope. I have no choice but to wish them Happy married life.
“What about the white envelopes with you?” I asked him.
“One for me and one for George” He said.
“I mean, why is mine a red envelope? ”
“I don’t know. She told me to give to you the red one” He said…And I suddenly remembered that I once said ‘The white invitation cards are for just anyb©dy while the red ones are for special people’
I sighed sadly and said to him : ” I wish her happiness is her marriage life”
“So.. See you when next I see you” Tyler said and He looked down at the crippled girl then he laughed hysterically and left.
“A close friend of yours is getting married” The girl on the wheelchair said and I nodded then continued to push the wheel.
“My greatest wish is to get wedded” She told me but I pushed her in silence.
“You are such a very quiet guy. I’ve known you for 2-3 years now. All you do is to come to [email protected] and leave like you are bethroned to loneliness” She said.
“You can’t even start a conversation with me or even ask for my name” She added and I sighed again.
“I’m sorry, what’s your name? “I finally spoke -asked.
“Paulina” She said.
“Huhh?? ” I suddenly st©pped pushing the wheelchair and [email protected]£ to the front, bent to see her face well but she doesn’t look like Paulina even abit.
“What are you doing? ” She asked me, confusely.
“I… Did you say your name is Paulina? ” Asked.
“Yeah. It’s a beautiful name, isn’t it? ” She asked and I stammered “Yeah”
Suddenly memories [email protected]£ rushing to me and I remember Paulina had said something like “In my next life, I would love to be a twin”
“Do, do you have a twin sister? ” I asked.
“Huh, no” She blurted.
Right, there is absolutely nothing like Next Life.
“But… ” She wanted to say something.
I stared into her eyes.. “Wh…what? ” I asked eager to hear what she wants to say.
“But my roommate and I are like twin. We do everything together” She said and I only nodded.
“Paulina Brown? ” I asked.
“No, I’m Paulina Chloe” She said.
I managed to get an hold of myself, there’s no such thing like next life or resurrection. Paulina Brown is long dead. This girl here only bears the same name.
“Your name reminds me of someone” I told her then i returned to her back and continued to push the wheelchair.
“Oh… Okay” She said.
“How did you end up into a wheelchair? ” Now, I started a conversation with her.
“An accident and the doctor said it might take almost forever before I’ll begin to walk again” She said.
“I’m sorry about that”
“Come on, I’m alre-ady used to it..receiving so many sorrys from people, being mocked, less paid attention to, but it’s fine. As long as I wasn’t born this way” She said and I didn’t say anything.
We were alre-ady at the Girls hostel.
“You know Frank,…. No, you don’t know” She said.
“What is it? ” I asked.
“With the little time I’ve spent with you, You are the first guy I’ll talk to so lengthy. The highest duration I’ve spoken to a guy is 10seconds and that’s only When they called me a crippled and I yelled back at them that I wasn’t born this way. You are different from them and I like you” She said and I paused, I st©pped walking.
Did I just hear her right?
“I mean, I’m not expecting you to like me back…Of course, who would want to [email protected]£ a girl on the wheelchair? And it’s not like I’m trying to ask you out or something.. I just want to let you know few things about me. I’ve been rejected several times so I won’t be surprised if you reject me too. I just want you to know that I like you, I know it’s too early and it’s nons-en-se to say that to you and you do not even notice me but it’s fine” She rushed all her words.
“Frank? B-Girls 22…It’s over there, we are almost there” She changed t©pic when I didn’t say anything nor push her wheelchair.
“Why aren’t you pushing it? Oh My God, I’m so sorry for all what I’ve said. But plea-se, if you don’t push the wheel chair, no one will…..” Before she could finish her statement, I gently began to push the chair towards her destination then st©pped and stood in front of her.
“Aw.. Thank you! ” She said smiling and I nodded and smiled too.
“We are still strangers right? Let’s start from somewhere. Friends? ” Paulina stretched her hand for an handshake.
“Sure, Friends” I said as we shook hands.
“So…see you in [email protected] tomorrow” She said and rolled the tyres herself into the room.
Ok, finally… For the first time after I’ve graduated from High school, A girl [email protected]£ to me, spoke to me and said she likes me.
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