I went home immediately I left the cafeteria. I didn't wait for the next lecture. I was scared of what Sylvia might say or do to me in class. it would be very embarrassing if she
repeats what she did to me at the park.
That same day, exactly 5:30pm, my phone started ringing. I picked the call when I realized it was from Mustack.
"hello Mustack" I said
"how far guy. what happened? you left the cafeteria without telling me. I realized you were no more in the cafeteria when I looked back. why did you leave?" he asked.
"I'm sorry bro. I was having an upset stomach. I just have to leave without telling you" I said
I knew he didn't buy that lie. I just had to say it since I had no other lie to tell him.
"okay, that was why you didn't attend the last lecture" he said
"yes" I responded
"have you taking anything drug" he asked
"yes" I answered
"okay, take care of yourself. I will call you later" he said
"okay" I responded.
I ended the call and dropped my phone on my bed. Sharon called immediately I dropped my phone on my bed. I picked the call after taking a deep breath.
"hello Sharon" I said
"hello Christian, you didn't attend the last lecture. what happened?" she asked
"I was not feeling too well. I went home earlier." I responded
"is it that same headache?" she asked
"yes" I answered
"I thought you took drugs" she said
"yes I did" I responded
"maybe we should just postpone our tutorial until next week, so that you can take care of yourself" she said
"okay, that would be nice. thank you very much"
"I will call you later to check on you" she said.
I ended the call and lay on my bed.
All through that week, I stayed at home. I didn't attend lectures. I was scared of meeting Sylvia. I was scared of what she might say to me in class.
Mustack, Sharon and Joy, all called to know why I wasn't attending lectures and I lied to them that I wasn't feeling fine.
I made up my mind to call Mustack. I need to know what was Sylvia's reaction when he told her that I like her, because I can't keep missing lectures. I waited until weekend before calling him. he picked after the second beep.
"hello Christian, how are you?" he asked.
"I'm fine" I responded
"I hope you are getting better"
"yes" I responded
"Mustack" I called
"yes Christian" he answered
"when you told Sylvia that I like her, what did she say?" I asked, waiting curiously for his answer.
"I didn't tell her anything. so you believed I told her. how would I have told her when you didn't give your consent. that wouldn't be nice for me to do. I was just pulling your leg. I only went to ask her if her micro economics note was complete" Mustack said
"so you didn't tell her?" I asked
"no I didn't" he answered.
I heaved a sigh of relief and thanked God silently.
"okay I will call you later" I said
I ended the call and sighed. I was happy that he didn't tell her, but at the same time disappointed in myself. I was disappointed that I could be so stupid to have missed lectures for a whole week, without any concrete reason.
Just when I was about to lie on my bed, I heard a knock on my door. I wasn't expecting anyone. I knew it wasn't Sharon, because we had already agreed to postpone the tutorial until next week. I walked to the door and open it. I froze when I saw Kate standing at the door with smiles on her face. I never remember telling her where I stay.
"hi" I managed to respond.
"you are surprised to see me right?" she asked
"well, you will find out later, how I got to know where you stay" she said, walking into my room without allowing me to usher her in.
She went straight to my bed and sat on it. I locked my door and went to sit on the plastic chair. I won't make the same mistake of sitting beside her on my bed, because I knew how nervous I was when I sat beside Sharon on that bed.
She lay on her back and spread her hands.
"I'm so tired" she said
I quickly got a wine from my cupboard and gave to her. she sat up and collected the drink.
"thank you" she said
I went back to sit on the chair i was previously occupying while she sipped from the wine. I took a book on my desk, open a page and fixed my gaze on it, pretending like I was reading. it was better to pretend like I was reading than to stay in the same room with her and couldn't start a conversation. After 5minutes of silence, she spoke.
"you stay here alone?" she asked
"yes" I responded and fixed my gaze back on the book I was holding.
"why is your room so hot?" she asked, fanning herself with a book.
After another 5minutes of silence, she spoke again.
"are you expecting someone?" she asked
"no" I answered
"I will soon be leaving o" she said
"okay" I responded
After a while of deafening silence, she spoke.
"do you always sit all day on that chair?" she asked
"no" I responded
After a while, she buttoned her blouse which she had earlier unbuttoned. She stood up from my bed, carried her handbag and walked to the door.
"are you leaving?" I asked
she didn't reply. I stood up immediately and walked to me her.
"let me see you off" I said
"don't bother" she cut in immediately
I could see the look of disappointment on her face when she said that. she left my room without sparing me one last look. I stood at my door, wondering what I could have done wrong.
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