[Sad Odeya] .
Ten minutes later, Odeya had finished her breakfast. Amanda carried her and they headed out to the car.
Desmond was preparing for work upstairs so he didn’t get to say ‘bye’ to Odeya.
Once Amanda and Odeya were in the car, Peter drove off.
“We don go late today o.” Peter said.
“Yes, it’s all my fault. I woke up late.” Amanda said.
Odeya glanced at her.
Amanda wondered why.
The drive to the school was in silence. Soon peter pulled into the school and looking at Odeya, she seem scared.
Amanda took her hand. “Don’t worry Deya. I’m here with you.” she said.
“You should be. You made me come to school today.” Odeya said.
Amanda smiled. “It’s great that came. Let’s go.”
Amanda carried her and they came down from the car and headed to the school.
“Bring me down.” Deya said. Amanda brought her down.
“I don’t like being carried.” she said.
“As if you knew. I dont like carrying people.” Amanda teased.
Soon, they were standing in front of the entrance to Odeya’s class.
“Are you ready?” Amanda asked.
Odeya breathed in then out. “Yes I guess.”
Amanda took her hand and they walked in.
The class was in silence and Amanda noticed that every child had a weary face including their form teacher.
Odeya noticed this too but
That’s unlike him. Jeremy always comes very early to school. Everyday before her. She always meet him in school.
She felt the urge to ask about him but she couldn’t.
“Go on to your seat Deya.” Amanda said after handing Odeya her lunch box.
Odeya hesitantly walked to her desk and sat down. With her eyes on Jeremy’s empty seat.
Amanda walked to the Mrs Tonia.
“Is everything okay? Here seems to be too tensed and quiet.” Amanda asked.
Mrs Tonia glanced at Odeya who had her eyes still at Jeremy’s seat. She turned back to Amanda and exhaled then bringing low her voice, she answered.
“He had an accident with his driver this morning while coming to school.”
Amanda’s jaw dropped in shock and at that moment, Odeya sprang up from her seat as well, in tears.
Her seatmate had just broke the news to her at the same time Mrs Tonia broke it to Amanda.
“How is he? and his driver?” Amanda asked.
“They are both at Lovecare Hospital. It’s close by. ” Mrs Tonia said.
Amanda rushed to Odeya. Odeya’s tears were pouring out uncontrollably. Amanda hugged her. “It’s okay. Don’t cry. He’s fine OK.” she said.
“I want to see him. Please take me to him.” Odeya cried as all her classmates stared at her and Amanda.
For the first time, Odeya said ‘please’ to Amanda. Why did it have to be in such a situation?
“I want to see him please.” she said.
Amanda inhaled. “It’s okay. Let’s go.”
Peter was confused.
“What is it nah? Did they tell her to go home?” Peter asked.
“Drive us to LoveCare Hospital please. She said it’s close to the school.” Amanda said.
“Ehen, I know the hospital but why we dey go there? What is the problem?” Peter asked.
“Just take us there and quit asking questions!!” Odeya yelled.
Peter shrugged and started the car and soon, they were heading to Lovecare hospital.
Amanda cuddled Odeya.
“It’s okay. Don’t cry. I’m sure he’s alright OK.”
‘He? What is happening?’ Peter wondered.
Soon, peter drove into the big hospital and pulled to the parking lot.
“We’ve arrived. Come on.” Amanda said and opened the door, she helped Odeya out of the car and they hurried into the hospital.
“I’m here to see the little boy and his driver that got involved in an accident and were brought here this morning.” Amanda told the attendant nurses.
“Their names?” One of the nurse asked.
Their names… Amanda looked at Odeya.
“Jeremy Adebayo but I don’t know his driver’s name.” Odeya said.
“Oh give me a minute please.” The nurse said and checked through a book.
“Ward 72 for both patients.” she said.
Amanda grabbed Odeya’s hand. “Thank you.” then she turned to Peter who stood, staring at them. “Please wait here for us. We will be back.” With that, they hurried towards the ward.
In a minute, they were standing at the door of ward 72.
Amanda grabbed the doorknob and slowly, she opened it and her eyes fell on a familiar face immediately they walked in.
Odeya removed her hand and rushed to where Jeremy lay on the bed in bandages and his eyes closed and taking a blood drip.
“Jeremy… Jeremy…wake up.” she called but a man was quick enough to hold her.
“It’s okay child. Be quiet. He’ll be fine.” The man who looked like both Jeremy and the familiar face said to Odeya.
The familiar face. Isn’t he the bicycle guy they met yesterday?
Yes he is.
Amanda remembered him now.
‘So Jeremy was actually the brother he mentioned.’
At the other side was a more bandaged man taking the same drip as Jeremy.
He must be the driver.
A woman too was in the ward, sitting beside Jeremy and staring at him with tearful eyes. She must be his mother.
[At Desmond’s office]
“…The contract should be sighed immediately Mr Fumi is back from Abuja…. A meeting would be held..” Desmond was saying but suddenly touched the side of his head.
‘..Gold. Gold…can you stop coming to my mind for a moment. I want to concentrate on my work’ Desmond said within.
“Are you alright director?” Henry asked.
Desmond removed his hand from the side of his head. “Yes I am.”
Back at Lovecare hospital, two hours later, Amanda, Odeya and Jimi sat at the hospital lounge.
“…Thank God that it wasn’t worse than that. He will be fine as soon as possible.” Amanda said.
Jimi nodded. “I pray he will. And for Mr Lekan, he case seem worse. He will have to be in a wheel chair for many months or even a year. He was always careful when driving. This would be so hard for his family.”
Odeya was in between them. She patted his hand.
Jimi took her hand and turned to her. “What you did today shows that you really like my brother. You couldn’t stay in school and you rushed down here to see him. You want to know something? My brother like you too. He liked you from the first day you became his classmate. He came home talking about a pretty new girl in class named Odeya.”
Odeya brought down her face twisted in sadness. “I was always being sassy to him. He told me severally that he hate me.” she said.
Jimi smiled. “No, he didn’t. It didn’t stop his likeness for you. He was always hoping you stop being sassy to him. He was also angry that you two became competitors but it didnt stop him from liking you. I’m sure if he wakes up and heard you came, he would be very happy.”
“Then can I stay until he wakes up?”
Amanda took her hand. “Of course not Deya. We have to leave soon.”
“Why?” Odeya asked..
“You can’t stay until he wakes up. He might wake up in the evening or in the night or even tomorrow. You have to go home.” Jimi said.
“I’m not going to do anything at home. I’d rather stay here until sunset. I want him to see me when he wake up.” Odeya said.
“Your nanny is here too and she would wanna go home.” Jimi said.
“She’s my nanny and have to take care of me anywhere. She can’t leave. She would have to stay if I stay.” Odeya said.
“What about Peter?” Amanda asked her.
“He should leave and come back when we need him.” Odeya said.
Jimi and Amanda looked at themselves.
Amanda has no other choice than to stay.
“I would go tell him then. I would be back.” she said and headed out.
“Odeya… You surprise me alot. I’ve never seen a little girl like you.” Amanda chuckled.
She got to the car. Peter was sitting on the driver’s seat, listening to news.
She opened the passenger’s seat and went in.
“Ah ahn.. Where Odeya. I have been waiting for how many hours?” Peter said.
“She doesn’t want to leave yet. Her boyfriend got into an accident and she want to stay until he wakes up. We might call you in the evening.” Amanda said.
Peter laughed. “You say boyfriend? Odeya get boyfriend? Ha! Wonders shall never end. This small small children of this centuary.”
Amanda chuckled. “I will call you.” she said.
“Okay o.” Peter said.
Amanda got down from the car and Peter left immediately, besides he was so hungry. He will have to stop by at a restaurant and fill his stomach.
“About yesterday. It was nice that we met.” Jimi said to Odeya.
“Really? You almost hit me with your bicycle.” Odeya said.
“I did apologize over and over again.” Jimi said.
Odeya sniffed. ” Maybe it would have been better if it had hit me than Jeremy getting into a car accident. Maybe I should have let you hit me. I feel that if i had been hit by your bicycle, he wouldn’t have gotten into an accident.”
Jimi put his arm around her thus making her lay her head on his chest.
“Don’t say that again Deya. I don’t believe that. Jeremy got into an accident not because you didn’t get hit by my bicycle. Come on don’t think that.” he said.
Tears had gathered in her eyes and it didn’t take a minute for them to roll down her eyes.
“I want him to get up soon and come to school.” Deya said.
“He will.” Jimi said.
Amanda walked in and smiled when he saw the position Jimi and Deya were in.
She exhaled. “She is really sad.”
She walked to them and sat down beside Odeya.
Odeya sat up and turned to Amanda.
“I don’t wanna sit here, let’s go to Jeremy.” She said.
Amanda took her hand. “I would be sincere. I don’t want to be in there. I don’t like seeing sick people and I hate the smell of hospital.”
Odeya pulled her hand off. “Then I would be in there alone.” She said and got up. “His mom is still in there. So I won’t be alone.” she added.
‘He’s never seen a girl like Odeya who cares so much about someone that she likes.’
Amanda stood up. “Let’s go.” she said.
Jimi stood up and together, they headed to the ward.
Mr Adebayo had left an hour ago. Mrs Adebayo was still sitting beside her son, holding his hand tenderly.
The trio walked in and Odeya walked to her.
“I would sit beside you ma’am.” Odeya said.
Mrs Adebayo looked at her. “Why?”
“Because I want to stay with Jeremy. I want him to see me when he wake up.” Odeya said.
Mrs Adebayo couldn’t hold back the smile that appeared on her face.
Hours Later, Amanda was carrying Sleeping Odeya as they sat at the ward.
Jimi left minutes ago to the restroom and Mrs Adebayo was making a call outside.
Amanda suddenly saw Jeremy’s eyelids shake then his finger moved.
“Is he waking up?” she wondered.
She remembered what Odeya had told her.
«Nanny, i feel sleepy and might sleep off.. If you notice Jeremy waking up, wake me up.»
Jeremy’s index finger moved again.
Then his eyelid began opening.
Amanda touched Odeya’s cheek. “Odeya, you have to wake up now. Odeya.. odeya.”
Odeya opened her eyes.
When they turned to Jeremy, his eyes were open.
He looked completely confused.
“Mom..Dad..” Waere the first people he mentioned. Then his eyes landed on Odeya.
Deya felt happy, that he got to see her when he woke up.
“Hi Jeremy, how are you feeling?” Odeya asked.
“I will be back. ” Amanda said and hurried out.
“Odeya..” Jeremy called.
“Hi Jeremy. It’s a relief that you are awake now.” Odeya said with a smile.