December 3, 2020

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My mind as a teenager – episode 30

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My mind as a teenager

 

episode 30

That night,Raymond called me.

We talked at length (that was the era of

midnight calls). He told me about his

family,his dad was late,his mum was still

young and took care of the house,he was the

only son and he had two sisters. I also

repeated my own family story to him. I got to

know that he lived beside my church. The

house they were living in belonged to his

uncle so he gave to them to reduce some

burdens from their mum.

He also told me that he was crushing on me

back then in primary school but hebfelt I was

still too young to be approached then.

We laughed over it and talked about other

things that were not even important.

The summer lessons became more fun.

I stopped waiting for Vivian before leaving for

the school,I won’t even bother if she came

around or not. Lois was always there,from

the class to the canteen,back to class and

we’ll head home together and part at the

junction.

Patrick called sometimes,the same with

Skipoo.

 

One afternoon on my way home,I met Frank.

Goodness gracious,I had forgotten he was in

existence and I regret ever taking that route.

Frank: My run away girlfriend

I smiled

Me: I’m not your run away girlfriend o.

Frank; Ah! Then what are you?

Me: I don’t know.

Frank: Heard you now go to my school. Is it

true?

Me: Yes. But just for the summer lessons.

Frank: Hope nobody is disturbing you there?

Me: Not at all.

Frank: Let me walk you home.

Me: No,thanks. I’m doing fine on my own.

He looked squarely at me and shook his

head.

Frank: What have I done wrong?

There was this calmness in his voice that I

had to think twice before answering.

Me: You did nothing.

Frank: What did I say wrongly?

Me: Nothing Frank.

Frank: Then what is it? Why are you treating

me like this? You claim to love me yet you’re

avoiding me.

Sweet Jesus! How was I ever going to erase

that from his mind? The love I claimed was

just for him to beat Vivian and he did just

that.

Can’t he just see I don’t even think about him

let alone loving him?

Me: Frank,you need to stop living with the

impression that I love you.

What was that I saw? Shock or

disappointment?

Not my business so I continued.

Me: You’re not my type of guy and I came to

realise that very late. You smoke,you’re a

cultist,you hit women,even the ones I don’t

know yet. Frank,I can’t date you and the

earlier you understand that,the better for you.

We can only be friends and that’s all.

He looked at me and smiled.

Frank; You’re joking.

Me: I’m not.

Frank: You dare not talk back at me.

Me: And who are you?

I was filled with rage now. I need to show

him that I’m a strong woman.

Lawrence and Nenye broke me because I

failed to stand up and fight my enemies.

Now,I’ll do that which I failed to do in school.

Frank: You now talk back at me?

Me: You’re nobody. Frank please,I won’t love

to regret my actions or words later. Excuse

me.

 

I turned to leave but he stopped me with a

tear rendering slap. He held my shoulders

fiercely and was screaming on top of his

lungs.

Frank: You’re mine. If I can’t have you,no one

will. And if I can’t have you,you better stop

parading yourself in this street.

He forcefully pushed me and walked away.

How dare he? He slapped me and still had

the guts to shout on me. I stood there and

lots of things came toy mind. I’ll talk to Lois

about this guy. I need someone who will tell

me things about him.

 

I don’t know how I took myself home that

day. I called Skipoo and after greetings,I

asked him if he knew Frank. I called his

surname and Nickname too.

Skipoo: Who doesn’t know him in this

school?

Me: He is a cultist right?

Skipoo: Nooo. But he knows people that

knows people.

I struggled to digest the number of knowing

and the number of people.

Skipoo: Is anything the matter?

Me: Nope. Just that I need to know stuffs

about him.

Skipoo: I’ll tell you what I know about him on

one condition.

Me: Which is?

Skipoo: We’ll go out on a date on Sunday.

I thought about it and felt it was cool.

Me: Okay.

Tell me.

Skipoo: He is a notorious gangster. He was

not even a student of this school.

I was shocked.

Me: What do you mean?

Skipoo: He never schooled here. I doubt if he

ever went to a senior secondary school.

He was just known here because of his

girlfriend. She was a student here. I don’t

know her real name but her nick name is

School fees. She wrote waec last year.

Chai! And Vivian fought for him?

Me: Are they still together now?

Skipoo; Yes. But why are you asking?

Me: Nothing. I heard people talking about him

on my way home.

Skipoo: Okay. We will see tomorrow in class

so we’ll talk about our date on Sunday.

Me: Okay. Take care.

Skipoo; You too.

 

Tbc

 

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