My mind as a teenager
We got to school around some minutes past
10. I was dressed to look my best,you
know,first impression matters a lot. The first
person my eyes saw was an elderly lady in
her mid forties.
I quickly did a flashback to see if she was
there in my primary school days and yes,she
With a smile on my face,I went to her.
Me: Aunty Chi-chi,good morning ma.
She looked at me and her face quickly lit up.
Aunty: Rose? Ah! What are you doing here?
she asked giving me a hug? I think that was
when she noticed Vivian.
Me: I came for the holiday lesson with my
I pointed at Vivian who came closer.
Vivian: Good morning ma.
Aunty: Good morning. Rose,how are your
parents? You didn’t change facially. Look
how big you’ve grown.
Me: Aunty,its God o. Mum and dad are fine.
Aunty: You people just left us. What class will
you be entering the next academic year?
Me: Ss3 ma.
Aunty: Wow. Your mates should be entering
Ss1. You’ve being doing a lot of class
jumping. Can I ever forget that you’re the
best in your class then?
We all laughed and she continued;
“follow her to the class then. We’ll talk more
before the vacation is over.”
Me: Thank you ma. Have a nice day.
Aunty: You too my darling.
Vivian and I walked to the secondary block
and she directed me to
the third floor which housed the ss classes.
We got to the corridor and Vivian stopped.
Vivian: Let’s talk.
I tilted my head and looked at head.
Vivian: Yes. Its important.
Me: Okay. Go ahead.
Vivian: Its about my class boys.
Me: What about them?
Vivian: Most of them know and and friends
Me: So what is my business there?
Vivian: Easy. I just want you to be careful.
I’m sure you already know the kind of person
Frank is. He might get to hear that you come
here and he will send spies on you.
I was surprised. Yes,the Frank I know would
do anything to have me to himself but to
think I have never thought about him since I
And here I was in the school he graduated
from. What has stopped me from doing a
quick calculation all this while?
Me: Thank you. I’ve heard what you said.
Thanks for looking out for me.
Vivian: Its okay. Are you ready to go in now?
I breathed out. Lord knows I was anxious at
first but after hearing what Vivian said,I
became nervous or should I say scared.
I heard laughter and some noise and I knew I
was going to meet with crazy people.
Vivian: Don’t worry. Nothing bad will happen.
I nodded and we walked into a class
filled with people in my age bracket. They all
wore happy faces. Some girls were sitting on
some guys’ laps,some guys were throwing
paper,the class was just a mixture of crazy
people. I was standing there,taking in every
face when Vivian held my hand and led me to
a chair in front of the class.
at the back. I wasn’t going to mingle with this
kind of people. No,i won’t. I’ll just have to
come there every morning,pick a comfortable
position and remain there till 2:00pm when
school will be over for the day.
Twenty minutes after I sat down,a teacher
walked in. He was young and cute,introduced
himself as our chemistry master.
The art students left the class and lessons
began. It was during the lesson that I felt
someone tap my shoulder,I looked around
and it was a girl. She was beautiful,she asked
if I had an extra pen that hers stopped
writing. I opened my bag and gave her one. It
took the opportunity to look at the back,and
there was Vivian,sitting beside a guy who she
later introduced as Patrick. I felt bad. How
could she leave me to go sit beside a guy? A
question was thrown to someone behind me
and it brought me back to reality.
To be in this school,I should learn to be on
my own. My life belonged to me and not to
Vivian or anybody so I should learn to do
things on my own.
The rest of the day went by slowly. The girl
at the chemistry class introduced herself as
I was in an empty class during Commerce
when she came to me.
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