My mind as a teenager
I stopped crying but refused to open the
door. I prayed silently that she should leave
before I use some cold words on her.
She stopped knocking. I didn’t hear her voice
again. About five-six minutes later,I heard a
knock on the door to my room. I couldn’t
come out because I didn’t know if it was
Vivian’s plot to get me out of the bathroom.
Vivian: Rose,am leaving o. Your brother said
that you’re needed downstairs. I’ll come back
I had to sound good so she won’t suspect I
was avoiding her.
Me: Nne,am purging.
Vivian: Eiyaa. You would have told me earlier
than keeping quiet. Mind what you eat inugo
Me: Thank you. Greet your mum for me.
I heard the door close. I said a quick prayer
and turned on the shower and let the water
calm my nerves. I came out of the
bathroom,dressed up and went downstairs.
The rest of the week went by immediately
and before I knew it,I was on my wat back to
school,with dad on the wheel and me,just
He loved taking me to school at the beginning
of a new class.
The journey was a smooth one.You will agree
with me that travelling in a public transport is
nothing compared to travelling in private
Daddy didn’t waste time in my school. He
dropped me,went through the normal ritual of
giving me words
importantly,my pocket money before driving
off. Before he took off,I had told him that I
won’t be coming home till after ss2. He didn’t
agree with me at first,but after I reminded
him of how my uncle takes care of me,he
reluctantly agreed but also promised that
they won’t fail to come and see me during
the visiting days.
Ss2 was a tough class. I made up my mind
not to let anyone come between my books
Lawrence tried on so many occasions to get
me to talk to him. I was reluctant at first but
after I realised that he only wanted us to be
friends, I gave up fighting his friendship. He
became my first official male friend. I told
him my love story and he said that Ebuka
was lucky to have me. I felt the jealousy in
those words but I didn’t let them last long on
Rumour started going round that Lawrence
and I were now a couple. Lawrence was of
course,very happy but me,I resorted to being
angry with myself for letting Lawrence into
To him,things were going the way he wanted
with or without my consent. Rose against
ss2 students,where was I going to start doing
the convincing? I just had to let everything
Second term came and it was time to hand
commencing waec soon. Lawrence was
made the labour prefect while I was made the
prayer prefect. I wasn’t happy. The post was
a small and stress free one but still,I didn’t
My classmates were all congratulating me.
To them,I would be the closest to the school
in their good books.
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