Tochi jerked awake in a hurry and glanced at the wall clock.

“Oh my God!” she exclaimed. “7:30am?!”


She rushed to the backyard with a wrapper tied across her chest.

“Mama, why didn’t you wake me up?!”


“I wanted you to eat before goin to school. As you can see I’m still cookin”


“I can’t believe this!” she rushed into the bathroom thinkin of the type of punishment senior Wisdom will give her. She tried to figure out why she woke up late, then she remembered the romantic dream she had.


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Meanwhile, assembly was already on and Wisdom became worried for not seeing Tochi. He went to Esther where she was leading the hymn and whispered into her ears, “Have you seen Tochi?”


Esther shruggled her shoulder. “She’s not yet in school” she added and continued her duty. Since then, she couldn’t concentrat anymore. All her thought was why Wisdom of all people asked after Tochi. She wanted to conclude that maybe they have feelings but she gave a weak smile. “Wisdom can’t fall for that girl” she concluded.


As wisdom walked towards the road where Tochi suppose to come from, he met Chester on the way.


“Guy, you look restless, what’s the problem?” Chester asked.


“Nothing” he replied.


“But you have been walking up and down like a sheep without shepherd”


“Have you seen Tochi this morning?”


“Now i know why you are restless!” Chester exclaimed.


“What do you mean?”


“Is obvious”


Wisdom smiled and neglected his suspicions. At that moment, he saw Tochi coming in a hurry. She wore a tight green skirt with a white long sleeve shirt which she tocked-in properly. The sharp of her pant could be seen through the skirt. And on her feet were black shoes with white short stockings, then she stood before a prefect who wanted to flog her.


“Hey!” Wisdom exclaimed from a distance. “Don’t flogg her, let her in” he added to the hearing of Esther, Jennifer. All became surprise even Chester who was standing right beside him.

Tochi went to Wisdom and greeted.


“Thank you for not allowing them flogg me” she added.


“What took you so long?” Wisdom asked.


“I woke up late”


“Make sure Mr Anuma don’t hear that from you. He hates undiscipline students”


“I know”


“Then decipline yourself”


“I will, I’m sorry once again”


“I hope you enjoyed your night?” Wisdom changed the topic and Chester stared at him speechless. Even the question reminded Tochi of the dream she had, then she smiled and replied, “Yes, i enjoyed it”


“Why are you smiling?”


“Am i smiling?”




“Maybe that’s because my night was good”


“What made your night good? Did you have a lovely dream?”

Tochi bent her face down and kept smiling without responding.


“Come on guy, don’t ask her such question” Chester interfered and told Tochi to go in.


All these while the conversion was going on, Esther and Jennifer couldn’t get their eyes off them.


Tochi entered into the assembly ground looking like a senior prefect and everybody stared at her. She was becoming amazingly beautiful day by day…


Tochi was not only capturing the attention of students, but also the love of teachers especially Mr Anuma. Her illiterate behavior began to disappear gradually as she discovered the little feelings she couldn’t explain who exactly it was for. As usual, she stood beside Linda without minding the students optimism.


After the singing of hymns and prayers, just remaining the national anthem, Wisdom, Chester and Mr Anuma approached. They stood before the two hundred students excluding the ones on their way coming and the national anthem kicked off. Wisdom stood erect like a soldier, his eyes caught with that of Tochi and they smiled.


Tochi was totally lust at his gaze and handsome outfit remembering all that happened the previous day and her emotional feelings stirred up. Linda could see her smiling while others were singing. She trace her eyes to Wisdom who was also smiling. She couldn’t believe it! Then she cuddled her shoulder in a way that shows: What is wrong with you? Before Tochi realised herself.


After the anthem Mr Anuma stepped up.

“Good morning students!”


“Good morning sir”


“Briefly, i have the names of the quiz participants. If you hear your name stand up”


He called the names but when Wisdom’s name was called all the SS2 students shouted, “No! no! no!” because they knew just Wisdom alone can win the competition. Meanwhile, he was already smiling moving to and fro with his hands behind him. He felt like all the power of knowledge was bestowed on him.


“Caleb!” Mr Anuma called. “You have heard what they said. What can you say about it?”


All the students remained quiet to know what Wisdom would say. Esther couldn’t stop smiling and admiring him. Jennifer’s heart sank into her stomach and Melody couldn’t stop enjoying his smiles.


“My fellow students” Wisdom began still with his hands behind him. “I will agree on your opinions to deprive me of my right academically. Yes, is my right to participate on the quiz because i am also an SS3 student. But no problem, even without my presence there, i assure you that we are going to win SS2 students. Thanks you”


Tochi began a clap followed by everybody even the SS2 students who opposed the motion clapped for him because he was absolutely eloquent.


“Alright” Mr Anuma began. “You have heard him, so if you want to challenge his statement study your books, okay?” he gradually stepped down and Wisdom signaled Esther to dismissed the assembly.



In the classroom, students began to study their books quietly-but a little murmuring echoed the whole room. Linda occasionally glanced at Tochi. She could sense that she was a bit different than the previous day.


“Is there anything you are not telling me?” she asked her.


“I don’t understand”


“You are different today and i saw you smiling with Wisdom”


“What are you saying? I’m still the Tochi you know” she smiled and tap her shoulder.


“Are you hiding something from me?”


“No oh!”


“What really happened yesterday after school?”


Tochi became quiet. “Nothing happened” she replied without looking at her and began to open the pages of her book unwillingly.


Linda sensed that she wasn’t telling the truth, but she allowed her be.


“You can always talk to me, I’m your friend” she concluded.


“Of course i know” Tochi replied.





Before Esther knew it, Chester had gone out of the classroom. She wanted to find out if he was able to convinced Wisdom. Since she didn’t see him she met Tochi and Linda outside under a palm tree.



Chester called Wisdom in the mist of Jennifer and Calista without noticing the presence of Calista unlike what she expected.


“Hi, bro” Wisdom greeted.


“I’m fine, we need to discuss”






“About what?”


Chester made sure they moved away from the hearing of Jennifer and Calista.


“I’m beginning to hate Chester” Calista told Jennifer.




“He isn’t noticing my presence anymore”


“Why can’t you make a move because I’m planning to tell Wisdom today how much i love him”


“Are you serious?!”


“Watch and see”


“What if he doesn’t love you or he rejects you?”


“He can’t! If i don’t have him no one will!”


“Hmm, you talk like you have a skeleton in your cupboard” they watched Wisdom and Chester discussing too.


“I want to know what’s going on between you and Tochi” Chester began. “I can see how you looked at her this morning and how she melted in your presence. You and i know that Tochi has never been humble to you”


Wisdom smiled. “Chester” he began, “Tochi and i are just beginning to be friends. That’s all!”


“Are you sure?”


“Yes, why are you even interrogating me? You have been the one telling me how beautiful she is, indirectly telling me to make a move”


“Well, that’s true. But why don’t you like Esther?”


“Who said i don’t like Esther? Guy, is there anything you aren’t telling me?”


“No oh. Well, if you say so”


“I’m only following the direction of my heartbeat”


Chester smiled and sighted Tochi and Esther. “Let’s go and meet them” he suggested…


Students moved up and down the school premises, especially the junior ones who walked with snacks in their hands enjoying their break period. Some greeted Wisdom and Chester as they walked neatly with their hands in their pockets. Chester couldn’t stop thinking about the very last words of Wisdom: I’m only following my heartbeat.


“Who could be his heartbeat?” he thought. Before he came out from his deep thought, he found himself in the presence of Esther, Tochi and Linda.


“Good day seniors” Linda greeted and wanted to walk away but Wisdom prevented her.


“Good day seniors” Tochi also greeted without raising up her head. She could feel her heart beating faster than normal.


“Good day” Chester replied her.


Wisdom didn’t say anything but concentrated on Esther who was glowing with smiles all over her face. He held her palm and squeezed it softly.


“It seems like you have fallen inlove with my hand” Esther joked.


“Yes, and i will also ask for your HAND in marriage” Wisdom replied and they laughed except Tochi who was becoming jealous. Linda could see it.


“And my father will happily give you my HAND in marriage” Esther said again.





Wisdom didn’t say anything but concentrated on Esther who was glowing with smiles all over her face. He held her palm and squeezed it softly.


“It seems like you have fallen inlove with my hand” Esther joked.


“Yes, and i will also ask for your HAND in marriage” Wisdom replied and they laughed except Tochi who was becoming jealous. Linda could see it.


“And my father will happily give you my HAND in marriage” Esther said again.


“Then after that, i will just take the other hand in marriage. I will not ask for it, i will just take it by force” Chester added and they laughed again.


When Wisdom noticed that Tochi wasn’t laughing or saying anything, his eyes went to her and Esther also followed the direction of his eyes to Tochi who’s face was fixed on the book on her thighs.


“Tochi” Wisdom called before she raised up her head and gave a weak smile. “Are you okay?”


“Yes I’m fine, thank you” she bent down her head again and Wisdom stared feeling his heart beating for her. Esther was confused on the way he stared at her lustfully and gradually disengaged his hands from her palm. Linda and Chester sensed what was going on, even Esther had the idea but didn’t want to believe it.


“Wisdom!” she called.


“Ehn? Did you call me?”


“What’s going on?”




“Why are you staring at her like that?”




Esther remained quiet and waved it off. She didn’t want to ruin the happy moment, then she placed his hands back to her palms.


“I hope we shall be going home together today” she changed the topic.


“Of course” Wisdom replied unwillingly.


“Have you eaten?”


“Is he a baby?” Chester interfered. “Only babies are asked if they have eaten” he added and they smiled.


“He’s my own baby, please” Esther defended staring into his lovely eyes.


“I should be asking you that” Wisdom said. “Let me go and get you snacks”




Suddenly, a junior student came, he greeted them and they stared at him, even Tochi raised up her head in anticipation on what he had to say.


“Senior Jennifer said i should call you” the small boy told Wisdom.


“Jennifer?” Wisdom repeated.




Esther frowned her face, Tochi glanced at Wisdom and concentrated on her book again.


All waited for Wisdom to say something but he didn’t.


“Go and tell her that his coming” Chester broke the silence.


“Okay” the boy left.


After few minutes of more jokes Wisdom and Chester left. Then Esther looked at Tochi who’s head was still bending downward.


“Linda, can you excuse us please” she demanded and Tochi became surprise with her head up.


“Okay, senior” Linda left.


“Why did you send her out?” Tochi asked.


“Because i want us to talk privately”


“I hope no problem?”


“I think there is a little problem” Esther wasn’t smiling. “Is there anything going on between you and Wisdom?” she asked.


“Something like what?”


“You know what I’m talking about”


Tochi remained quiet still feeling her heartbeat and emotionally taken over by just discussing about Wisdom. But she didn’t show it, rather she smiled just to cover up.




“Esther” Esther interrupted.


“Sorry, Esther, you and i know that i can’t do such a thing to you my friend. Moreover, who can believe that Wisdom of all people could have his eyes on me. I’m not his type, you know. And i have not forgotten that you love him, so why are you asking me this type of question?”


Her words convinced Esther even more than she expected.


“I’m sorry my dear for thinking like that” she apologized. “Just that i can’t stand to see him giving attention to another girl just like Jennifer”


“Don’t worry, he will realise your love for him one day” Tochi gave a weak smiled knowing that she was pretending just to keep the friendship and stay away from troubles.



As Linda sat alone in the classroom spacing out through the window so as Wisdom and Jennifer sat at the back of their classroom alone.


On the other hand, Calista and Chester were inside the classroom craking jokes.


Melody, being a girl who doesn’t react much about the little feelings she had for Wisdom was walking from the canteen with a snack for him as an appreciation for the good deed he rendered on her the previous day and also a way of getting close to him. Unfortunately, as she was passing, she saw Wisdom and Jennifer discussing..


Wisdom had everything needed by girls except money. But his future was more than bright which automatically made people believe that he will be rich. None of the girls knew how good he was in bed but from his charming appearance, they concluded that he will be extra good in bed. But that wasn’t what they were after. All were responding to their feelings.


Melody wasn’t much jealous when she saw Wisdom with Jennifer, then she gently walked into his class and kept the snack in his locker.


There was no student in the place where Jennifer sat with Wisdom and no one had the right to enter there except bad senior students who want to do something bad. MM. Jennifer practically stood up, she sat on Wisdom’s thighs and placed her hand across his shoulder.


“What are you doing?” Wisdom asked.


“I just want to tell you something”


“But remember we are in the school premises”


“Nobody comes here”


“So you are ready to let the cat out of the bag”




Wisdom stared at her mouth. Of course he knew the meaning of her body movement but took it as part of her character.


“By now you should know how much i love you” Jennifer began and rubbed her hand on his cheek romantically.


“Really? thank you” Wisdom get her hand off and stood up. “Listen my dear, i like you as my friend not as a lover”


“Can’t you see that I’m dying for you?”


“Jennifer, I’m sorry” he began to walk away.


“Don’t walk away from me!” Jennifer exclaimed, then Wisdom stopped without looking back.


“I know that girl has brainwashed you” she added.


“Which girl are you talking about?” Wisdom turned.




“Leave Esther out of this! She has done nothing and moreover we aren’t doing anything. So leave her out of this!” he turned to walk out again.


“Wisdom!” Jennifer called and he stopped again. “If i don’t have you no other girl will, i promise you that!” Jennifer concluded and Wisdom left without saying a word. Immediately the bell rang.



All the students entered into their classrooms except Wisdom who resumed the duty of monitoring junior students who still wanted to buy snacks from the canteen. His mood changed after his encounter with Jennifer. Few minutes later he walked into his classroom and his eyes caught with that of Jennifer but didn’t say a word. He sat down and opened his locker just to see a packet of biscuit. He raised his head up and saw Jennifer standing before him.


“I’m sorry” she said with a low voice. “I shouldn’t have said those things to you but you should understand how i feel”


Wisdom didn’t say a word but picked up a paper from the locker and read it: IT’S JUST AN APPRECIATION OF BEING A GOOD BOY. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. *MELODY* he folded the paper and smiled.


“Why are you smiling?” Jennifer asked him.


“Nothing” he replied.


“I can see your girlfriend brought you a gift”


“Which girlfriend? I don’t have one”


“Thank God”




“Because i can’t stand and watch another girl take you away from me or i will kill her”


“Watch your words. You are too mean sometimes”


“I’m serious oh”

Suddenly, a teacher entered.



Tochi could see Linda very quiet without noticing her presence, then she tapped her on the shoulder.


“Are we quarreling?” she asked.


“No, just that I’m beginning to feel uncomfortable around you”




“Is it not obvious? You are secrecy. You are hiding something from me. Tell me, what’s going on between you and Wisdom?”


Hearing the name ‘Wisdom’ Tochi’s heartbeat increased, then she exhaled heavily as Linda stared at her.


“There is nothing going on between us” she responded.


“It better not be!”


“Any problem?”


“Do you know Jennifer?”




“Do you also know that she has her eyes on Wisdom?”




“I know her very well. Her mother is regarded as a strong witch, so be careful”


Tochi became speechless, her heart skipped and returned beating faster than ever.





Students scattered everywhere, a junior student rushed into the field and kick a ball upwards. Tochi went to Mr Anuma and found him locking his office.


“Good day Sir”




“Yes, sir”


“For what do i owe this unexpected visit?”


“Sir, i need your help”


“What sort?”


“I need someone to be teaching me privately”


“Really?” he smiled. “I like your zeals. But I’m too occupied. Why can’t you talk to Wisdom? He will be a great help”


Suddenly, Wisdom appeared with a paper, Tochi turned immediately and their eyes caught. Her heart began to beat faster again.


“The principal said i should give you this” Wisdom said and handed the paper to Mr Anuma, then he looked at Tochi who removed her face instantly.


“Okay” Mr Anuma responded and put the paper inside his briefcase. Wisdom glance at Tochi again and left.


“Caleb!” Mr Anuma called him back. “I want you to help this girl and give her a private lesson”


“You mean Tochi?”


“Yes, i can see she wants to win the quiz”


“Okay” he smiled and looked at Tochi, then Mr Anuma left.


It remained only Tochi and Wisdom at the entrance of Mr Anuma’s office. Both remained quiet for sometimes before Wisdom walked closer to her and stared into her eyes then Tochi melted in his presence.


“Good afternoon, senior” she greeted and moved towards the wall.


“I told you not to call me that”


“I’m sorry”

Wisdom took two steps forward again.


“Please, stop coming closer” Tochi pleaded.


“What is it? Are you afraid of me now?”




Wisdom took another step, he met her very close to the wall and gently took her by the hand. Tochi turned properly and stared into his eyes feeling her heartbeat and emotions stirred up.


“Don’t be afraid” Wisdom began with a soft voice. “I will help you achieve that which you so desire, okay?” he expected to receive an answer but Tochi was fully lust and carried away with her feelings and his charming handsomeness.


“Tochi” Wisdom called before she realised herself.


“Yes, i heard you” she replied and disengaged her hand from his, breathing heavily.


“Are you okay?”


“I’m fine”


“To day is Friday, i guess i will come to your house during the weekend to have the lesson with you”


“My house?!”


“Yes, any problem?”


“How do you know my house?”


“I don’t know it, i expect you to show me”


“That means we will go together again today”


“Yes, that will be great!” they smiled. But immediately Wisdom remembered that Esther said she wanted to go with him that day…


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