Tochi – Batch 2


As usual, there was a long queue at the medicals. Year one students lined up to get their blood examined. We approached and joined the queue with stella right in front of me. We started talking about taking the nee-dle in the process of getting our blood.
“I’m scared, I heard its a bit painful” stella said
“Yea, I heard they will stab you like three, four times with the nee-dle to get enough blood ” I said loudly with a mischievous grin on my face while demonstrating the stabbing with my hands, people laughed, the ladies smiled uneasily. Stella turned at me with a look of disbelief in her eyes and said “Baby could you just comfort me?”
I circled my arms around her moderately shaped w@!st and half whispered into her ear “Baby don’t worry, they won’t use a knife, it’s just a sharp big nee-dle” she pinched me ha-rd , I laughed and withdrew my hands and someone said from the front “they should jejely crucify us naa” Everyone laughed but i noticed only one even though she didn’t laugh, she only smiled but to me, it was louder than every other sound there. I looked at her as she stood there. The Eve girl from my dream, the one that made me run into stella. My heart pounded as i grew cold all of a sudden. All i just wanted was to go there and lift her in my hands.
I don’t know what my expression looked like but stella looked up at me and asked
“Tochi why is your face like this?”
“Nothing” I replied abs£ntmindedly
She nudged me on my stomach and I squee-zed my face and looked at her
“plea-se st©p c@r£ss!ngmy six packs ” I said in a low sas-sy tone and smiled. She smiled back and in my mind I thought ” why must she always intrude anytime i set my eyes on this “fine china” “.
“I’m coming” I whispered to stella as i left the queue and started walking up to where she was. I got closer to her and reached to t©uçh her, my heart pounded so ha-rd I thought everyone noticed the noise it made. I quic-kly brou-ght down my hands and put them in my pocket. I looked around and nob©dy seemed to notice my little drama. I relaxed a little.
“Eve plea-se can I borrow your pen?” I said in a not so audible voice . She didn’t even make a move or look at me. Maybe she didn’t hear me i thought. I coughed and t©uçhed her, she turned to me with this charming but low self esteem inducing frown on her face.
“I was asking for your pen” i managed to reiterate with the highest level of seriousness i could muster. Her face lightened and my heart skipped as the beauty of her ovally shaped face c@m£ much more to the fore. I felt h0t all over.
“Well, first my name is not eve or whatever and secondly, isn’t that a pen am seeing on you” she said nodding towards my b—-t pocket.
” Like seriously your name isn’t eve? But that was what you told me” i said as i bent my head with a little frown on my face
“Told you where? ” she asked with a slight puzzled look on her face. I was going to answer in my dreams but checked myself as I said never mind.
“Besides I wouldn’t be asking for your pen if mine was ok” i said
She observed me from head to toe as i was some good she wanted to buy and brou-ght out her biro, handing it over to me she said
“plea-se return it immediately you are done”
I smiled and walked back to my position in the queue with a pen I wasn’t going to use. At least i nee-ded a reason to meet up with her again.
Stella was giving me this n@ûghty look as i walked back to her.
“I thought you went up there to create space for us” she asked as i settled behind her.
“Yes bae but those people up there were getting re-ady to eat me so i ran back.”
“Hmmm, so what are you doing with her pen”
“Well i borrowed it just in case i nee-ded it” i said
“So all this sweating just because you wanted to borrow pen” she said almost laughing
“leave me joor. Didn’t you see as i ran up there now, thats why i’m sweating ”
Which kind wahala be this, i thought as she started laughing


Two days gone and i haven’t seen my dream Eva neither has she seen her pen. The thoughts going throu-gh my mind all those while was that i could have taken her number. D–n! I don’t even know her real name. I ha-rd ly smiled much. It was funny how much of an effect this Eva girl had on me. Someone i dont even knw her name. I had strolled the lengths and breath of the schools medical hoping she would come back there. I missed her even though i had only seen her twice, thrice actually if i were to count in my dream. I began planning on ma-king a poster with my name and number on it asking Eva to call for her pen.
“Guy unto say we-tin happen? Dont come here and be disgracing your family because of a girl” Martin had said to me as i told him my plans about the poster thing.
“She doesn’t even know my name” i said abs£nt minded looking into space
“Tochi its like you no hear we-tin i talk?” Martin asked. I looked at him with a frown on my face “so how do i locate her?” I asked
“Use Google map” he said getting up from the be-d we were sitting on and picking his bag.
“Guy i get lectures now, give me that girl’s pen make i use am jott since you no wan keep am” he said looking down at me. I looked up with half a smile on my face and said ” Give you p—y, na your joystick you go use write today” he gave me a slight jab on my chin and walked out of the room laughing.
“Mumu, I know say you don k!ssthe pen to stupor because na girl get am” he said amidst laughter as he left. I smiled and fell back on the be-d. I picked my phone and checked the time. It was 10:05 am, i decided to catch some sleep as i had one lecture by 3pm.
I l@yacross the be-d and not long after i drifted off to sleep.
Someone knocked on the door, i tilted and looked in the direction of the door, the knock c@m£ again, i said come in and waited for about 5 seconds. The person knocked again. I grudgingly got up and walked to the alre-ady open door, pu-ll-ed the curtains aside and across the little corridor locked by a burglary proof, Eva stood staring back at me.


She was dressed on a dark blue skinny jeans trou-ser with a white singlet on t©p. Over the singlet she wore a grey hooded long sleeve shi-t. Her hairs were p@rtly covered by the hood as some of it ran down a p@rt of her face covering a bit of her eyes. Her face shone like the mid morning sun only out shined by the glitter of her lovely eyes. In summary, she was to die for.
A thousand thoughts ran throu-gh my mind as i let her in. I just stared at her as she stood there. Michael Jacksons speechless kept ringing in my head. Only then i c@m£ to realize what he meant in that song.
“Hi” she said waving like i wasn’t seeing her.
“Sorry, forgive my manners, plea-se sit down” i said pointing towards the only settee in the room.
She walked to the be-d and sat on it disregarding the chair. I sat on the be-d too keeping a little distance between us. I stared at her and she stared back. She appeared calm which is more than I can say about myself. We stared on for like 20 seconds but to me it seemed like a lifetime. Then she looked away staring around at the room
“Nice room” she said jostling me back to reality.
“Thank you” i said trying to calm my nerves. “How were u able to locate where i lived?” I asked her.
“Hmmm, i asked around and it turned out a lot of people knew you” she said
“And what did you ask about?” I asked really glad we were ma-king a conversation
“Hmmm, actually i asked about a certain tall fair guy that barbs galaxy which he usually forgets to comb with a little hair on his chin ” she said tou-ching her head and chin in a funny way. We both laughed.
” But its true naa” she said in between laughter.
” But some people think the hair is cute” i replied looking into her eyes
” well i never said it wasn’t cute, i was only trying to say i could borrow you my hair comb if yours is not ok too” she said smiling.
“Oh, its true, your pen” i said getting up and walked to our re-ading table and picked up the pen. I tried giving it to her,
“No, you can keep it, i just wanted to know where you lived and don’t get flattered by that plea-se” she smiled at me
I said thanks and smiled back.
“I’m going” she said and got up.
“Thanks for coming” i said tou-ching her hand. As she headed for the door i called her eva, she st©pped and looked back. I walked up to her, looking in her eyes i asked “can we be friends?” I asked nervously.
“I don’t pay my enemies visits” she said half smiling
I held her hands and pu-ll-ed her closer gently… “I meant this…” I said and put myl-ips against hers. She didn’t resist. We k!$$£d as long as 5 seconds and she withdrew herl-ips and headed towards the door as i watched with the greatest joy i had ever known in my heart.
“I’m going, and don’t bother walking me out, you look like something straight out of a ghost dream ” she said as she walked out of the door.
I crashed on the be-d and shut my eyes, myl-ips broke into a big smile.
I thought i heard someone walk into the room, i tried opening my eyes but everywhere was blurred. I closed my eyes again, ru-bbe-d my hands against them and opened them again, i saw stella.
“Why are you smiling in your sleep” she said looking down at me on the be-d
“F–k!!” I said and jumped up. Jesus!, another Eva dream, i thought angrily and looked up at stella.


“How long have you been Standing there?” I asked stella
“I just c@m£ in to see a big smile on your face while you sle-pt, tell me, did you win a lottery in your dream?” She asked as she sat on the be-d close to me adjusting her hair. She looked quite attrac-tive that afternoon. I sighed and scratched my head “Bae it’s nothing, just had an enticing dream”
“Tell me about it” she said c@r£ss!ngmy ba-re back.
“Well i dreamt i was ban-ging you really ha-rd ” I said jumping up from the be-d laughing as she threw a pillow at me. She hissed and la-id back on the be-d, i went over to her and l@ybeside her, brou-ght her closer and planted myl-ips on hers. She was calm as we smooched for as long as 40 seconds and she pu-ll-ed away. I fell flat on my back and stared at the ceiling. Stella was beside me but Eva was on my mind.
“Tochi look at the time” she said after a few seconds of silence. I looked at the wall clock and it was 2:23pm, i remembered our 3pm lecture and jo-lted up from the be-d.
“Its like your dream made you forget you had a clas-s” she said looking at me as i gr@bb£d my towel.
“Babe once its about you, i tend to forget every other thing” I said tying the towel round my w@!st. She kept mute and just stared at me like she nee-ded to learn what i was doing.
“Look away jare lemme change” i said rolling my eyes at her.
“Nothing new joor, I have seen bigger” she said waving her hand and looking the other way.
“Mumu girl” I said and threw my bo-xers at her and ran into the bathroom.

The time was 2:40pm. I held Stella’s hand as we both strolled leisurely to our dep@rtment for the proposed lecture. I heard someone call my name from afar. I turned and saw kossi walking up to where we were. Stella dis£ngaged her hand and moved a little distance from me as kossi got closer. He waved at her and faced me.
“Guy hafar nah?” He asked as we shook hands.
“Bro i dey o. I wan tidy one 3pm lecture like that” i said looking at my watch.
“Ok ok, i get gist for you shaa” he said with a sma-ck on his face while ru-bbing his palms together.
“Guy you too like gist, no waste my time with any irrelevant story abeg as you see say my sweetheart dy wait for me” i said and looked towards stella who smiled and looked away.
“Mumu na about that fair girl wey you carry her pen that day for medicals” he said l!çk!ng hisl-ips. I stared at him for a while and asked him how he knew i took pen from anyone at all.
“Guy i was there that day nah, just that your r0m@nç£with her no gree you see me” he said nodding towards stella.
“Guy forget am shaa, abeg gist me about the girl, how i go take contact her”
“Guy na small matter, the babe na my dep@rtment she dy” he said
“You mean mas-s comm” i asked folding my hands
“Yes nah, na im i been wan tell you but its like you dey busy and i no wan waste your time” he said slowly turning around to walk away. I held his cloth and pu-ll-ed him back.
“Guy no vex abeg, waste my time biko, yarn me the gist” i said
“Oya nah, make we shift small” he said walking away. I turned to stella and win-ked at her.
“Bae just go ahead without me, i will be there soon”
She said ok and left while i ran after kossi.


We got to an eatery besides a clas-sroom block that belonged to the dep@rtment of mas-s communication. I sat down, kossi pu-ll-ed up a seat and sat besides me. I ordered for meat pie and soya milk for the both of us. Kossi looked at me with a wi-de grin on his face.
“i swear you be correct guy” he said as he opened the cover of the soy drink. I frowned as i Picked my meat pie removing it from its package.
“Guy u go vomit all these things if i no see this girl” i said b!tt!g into the pie and sipping the drink with a straw.
“Bro chillax, you go soon confirm” he said
“okay o” i said looking around the environment and admiring the girls around. We soon got throu-gh with our snacks and sat there eagerly looking around. Kossi was busy greeting his course mates who c@m£ around, girls mostly.
I looked at my watch and the time was 4:36 pm. I had forgotten totally about the lecture i was supposed to be attending. I looked impatiently at kossi who was busy fondling with his phone.
“Guy, what’s up nah? Make e no be say i miss my lecture and come miss this girl too o” i said.
“Chill nah guy. She go soon show up” he said still focused on his phone. I gr@bb£d the phone from him, he looked up to protest but rather broke into a big smile looking in the direction of the clas-sroom block. I followed the direction of his eyes and there stood my dream queen. She was gorgeous as ever, she was on a red fitted go-wn and black sneakers, her hair was br@ided. She hid her eyes behind sunshades. My heart was on the verge of running out of my che-st. I was sweating or maybe i thought i was. For what seemed to me like a lifetime, i sat there staring at her as she stood near the clas-sroom. I was jo-lted back to reality when kossi snatched back his phone. I stood up and was about to rush at her but was pu-ll-ed back by kossi.
“Guy chillax” he said motioning me to sit down.
“For what nah? ” I asked spre-ading my hands.
“cool down and watch” he said. I sat down reluctantly still staring at him with a de-ep frown.
He looked at me with a grin.
“Just watch” he said looking back in her direction.
I looked back to her position. A black Toyota camry pu-ll-ed up a little distance from where she stood. She walked to the car and got in and the car drove away.
“See, you for go disgrace your self now” kossi said as he picked his books and stood up. I was really disappointed as many thoughts flew throu-gh my mind. Kossi pu-ll-ed me up and we left the canteen. I was really downcast as we walked back to our lodge. Kossi wasn’t helping matters as he was busy suggesting how i could get a car better than the camry to impress her.
“But kossi come” i said as we got to the junction that led to our logde.
“so you made me miss my lecture, made me buy you free lunch just so you can show Me my crush’s b©yfri£ndand his car?” i asked as i bent down and re-moved my right sneaker. Kossi laughed and broke into a run. I threw the sneaker after him as he ran into our lodge, it landed on Ada who was just coming out of the gate.


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