Angel stood like a log of wood, staring at Jewel's retreating figure. she couldn't believe what just happened. it was not like she was coming to apologize. she only wanted to tell him
that Dr. Femi wants to see him. she stood at the garden for close to 3 minutes without leaving. After a while of standing, she left the garden.
Francis sat alone in an empty class. he seemed to be lost in his thought. A lot seemed to be on his mind. he hasn't been himself for a while now, and that's because of the lady he saw in class. He has been thinking about her from the first day he saw her. He couldn't explain the kind of feelings he was having. There was something special about that lady he can't seemed to explain. Or has he fallen in love with her. He can't possibly fall in love with someone he was just meeting for the first time. He knew nothing about her. how can he just be thinking about a lady he has never spoken to. he really don't understand what is going on. he was lost in thought that he didn't know when someone walked into the class.
'hey you' he heard behind him.
He quickly turned to see Lucy standing behind him. Her face was curved in a smile. He froze immediately he saw her. That was the same lady he was thinking about, and here she was, standing beside him. He couldn't do much to hide the surprise look on his face.
Lucy walked to him and sat beside him.
"why are you sitting here alone? what are you thinking?" she asked.
"erm....... erm....." he stammered.
He seemed not to have recovered from the shock of seeing her beside him.
Lucy placed a hand on his shoulder and stared into his eyes.
"are you okay? what's the problem?" she asked, feeling concerned.
"not.....no.....nothing" Francis stammered.
Lucy presence is making him uncomfortable. he never expected to see her there.
"are you sure?" she asked.
"ye... yes" he answered.
"okay if you say so" Lucy said.
There was a deafening silence for a why before Lucy spoke.
"you must be Jewel's friend. I saw you together today in class." Lucy said.
"yeah, he is my friend. my childhood friend" Francis responded.
"wow! you have been friends with jewel from childhood" she said.
"yeah" Francis responded.
"that means you will know a lot about him" Lucy said.
"yeah" Francis responded.
"actually, my friend misunderstood him and had to say some bad words to him. can you give me his number so that I can call him and apologize on her behalf." Lucy said.
"that won't be a problem" Francis responded.
Lucy gave Francis her phone and he typed Jewel's number. he returned the phone when he was done.
"thank you" Lucy said
"you are welcome" Francis responded.
"when are you leaving this place?" she asked.
"I'm about leaving" Francis responded.
"let's leave together then" Lucy said.
"okay" he responded.
They stood up and left the class together.
Jewel entered his room to see Henry already in the room. Henry was lying on his bed. He sat up immediately he saw.
"you are back. what took you so long. the class ended some hours ago" Henry said
"I went to the faculty garden to get some fresh air" Jewel responded.
"okay" Henry said.
Jewel walked to his bed and sat on the edge.
"I have talked to Angel already" Jewel said.
"really!" Henry said and rushed to sit beside Jewel on his bed.
"what did you tell her?" Henry asked, curiously.
"I told her to stay away from me. I told her that we should pretend like we have never met and avoid each other whenever we see each other" Jewel responded.
Henry stared at Jewel confused. Jewel noticed the looked on Henry's face.
"what's wrong. why are you staring at me that way?" Jewel asked.
"I thought you wanted to end the quarrel with her" Henry said.
"yes, that was what i did" Jewel responded.
"how can you say you ended the quarrel with what you said to her." Henry said.
"what's wrong with what I said? isn't it better that we avoid each other" Jewel said.
"I thought you want to make peace with her" Henry said.
"I think this is the best way to make peace. I really don't want to start having problem with someone you plan to date" Jewel responded.
"okay if you say so" Henry said.
"have you told her that you like her?" Jewel asked.
"no" Henry responded.
"why?" Jewel asked.
"I'm waiting for the right time" Henry responded.
"when is the right time? you better make the move now or you might regret it later. Angel is a very beautiful lady. do you know the number of guys that might be admiring her. if you waste any time, you might lose her to someone else" Jewel advised.
Henry thought for a while.
"thanks Jewel. I will do exactly that. I will approach her and tell her how I feel" Henry said.
"that's what you should do" Jewel responded.
A knock sounded on the door and they turned their attention to the door. the door opened almost immediately and Francis walked in. he went straight to Jewel's bed and sat down.
He wasn't looking too happy.
"what's wrong?" Jewel asked.
"nothing" Francis responded.
"you haven't gone to your hostel?" Jewel asked.
"my roommate wouldn't have returned. I will be alone in the room, that's why I came here instead" Francis responded.
"okay" Jewel said.
There was a deafening silence in the room for a while before Francis spoke.
"how do you know when you are in love?" he asked.
Jewel and Henry turned to face him immediately. they stared at him suspiciously.
"who are you in love with?" Jewel asked.
"not me. someone asked me this same question, but I couldn't give him a reasonable response, that's why I decided to ask you" he responded and look away immediately.
He took a side glance at Jewel and Henry to see if they believed him.
"when you are in love, you will know. you won't need anyone to tell you" Henry responded.
"just like that?" Francis asked.
"yeah, just like that" Henry responded.
Francis didn't ask anymore question. he just accepted Henry's response. He stayed with them for a while, and when it was getting dark, he left for his hostel.
Jewel and Henry left the hostel very early for lecture. The class was almost filled when they got to the lecture hall. they went to the far-left and sat down.
The lecturer was not yet in class. They waited silently for the lecturer. Few minutes later, The course rep walked into the class. he went straight to meet Jewel.
"Dr. Femi wants to see you." the course rep said.
"now?" jewel asked.
"yes, now" he responded.
"can't you see lecture is about to begin" Jewel said.
"I'm just here to deliver Dr. Femi message. he wants you in his office now" the course rep said and left Jewel's presence.
"why is Dr. Femi looking for you?" Henry asked immediately the course rep left.
"I don't know. I will have to go and find out." Jewel responded.
He stood up and left the class immediately.
The lecturer walked into the class immediately Jewel left. He went straight to the board and began the business of the day.
Jewel stood in front of Dr. Femi's door. He tried to think of what might make Dr. Femi wants to see him, but couldn't think of anything reasonable.
After a while of standing at the door, he knocked softly on it.
"come in" Dr. Femi's voice sounded from inside.
He slowly entered to see Dr. Femi sitting behind his desk. he was reading the morning newspaper. Jewel locked the door behind him.
"good morning sir" Jewel greeted.
There was no response from Dr. Femi. he didn't even take his gaze off the newspaper he was reading.
Jewel stood beside the door without saying anything else. he waited silently for Dr. Femi to round up with what he was doing.
30 minutes later, Dr. Femi was still reading the same newspaper. he didn't even take a glance at Jewel's direction. Jewel looked at his watch and realized that he was 30 minutes late for his lecture. He was becoming impatient, just standing there.
"sir you sent for me" he said.
Dr. Femi didn't respond. instead he drop the newspaper he was reading and picked another one, and started reading it.
Jewel's eyes widen in surprise. he stared at the lecturer who just completely ignored him.
The lecturer ended his lecture and left the class. every other students left the class also. Henry didn't leave the class. He was waiting for Jewel. jewel hasn't returned since he went to Dr. Femi's office.
"I wonder what Jewel will still be doing in Dr. Femi's office up till now." he said to himself.
He turned to his left to see Jessica also in the class. her gaze was fixed on the book on her desk. They were the only ones left in the class.
He suddenly remember what Jewel said to him.
'I think this will be the best way for me to get close to Angel. I have to get close to her friend. that will be the easiest way to get close to her.' he thought.
He stood up and walked to meet her. he sat beside her.
"what are you still doing in class" Henry asked.
Jessica looked up from her desk to see Henry sitting beside her.
"I'm revising what we learned" she responded.
"okay" Henry said.
"did you understand what was thought in class?" Jessica asked.
"yes" Henry please.
"please can you explain it to me. I don't seem to understand it" Jessica requested.
"now" he asked.
"yes" she responded.
"I can't explain it to you now. I have to be somewhere. come to the faculty garden this evening. I will explain it to you there." he said
"okay no problem. I will be there" she responded.
Henry heaved a sigh of relief. he couldn't imagine explaining the topic to her right there in the class, because he don't know a thing about that topic. the didn't pay attention when the lecturer was teaching. he has to go and learn it properly.
"are you not leaving yet?" Henry asked.
"I'm leaving. let's leave together." she responded.
she stood up and they left the class together.
Jewel was still standing in Dr. Femi's office. he has been standing there for close to two hours. Dr. Femi hasn't said a word to him. all he had been doing was reading newspaper. that was the fourth newspaper he was reading. Jewel was already very tired standing in his office. He has missed his first lecture for the day. he couldn't understand why Dr. Femi called him to his office and completely ignored him. 'at least he should have offered me a sit' he thought. he watched the lecturer silently.
Dr. Femi dropped the fourth paper he was reading and was about picking the fifth one.
"sir" Jewel called.
"will you shut up" Dr. Femi barked.
Jewel froze immediately. he didn't see that coming. he stared at Dr. Femi in shock.
"now tell me, how does it feel to be ignored. you didn't know why I was calling you and you ignored it. that's how some of you miss out on opportunities." Dr. Femi said angrily.
Jewel stared at the lecturer, confused. He didn't understand what he was talking about.
"tell me how you feel now" Dr Femi said.
"I asked Angel to call you, and you sent her back to tell me that you are not coming"
Jewel's eyes widen in shock. Angel never said anything to him. why would he refuse to answer Dr. Femi. Angel has lied against him.
"you didn't even know why I asked to see you" Dr. Femi continued.
"shut up" Dr. Femi barked.
"get out of my office"
"I say get out"
Jewel rushed out of his office immediately. He never expected such from Dr. Femi. what could Angel have said to him that made him this angry.
"I must confront Angel. I need to know what she said to Dr. Femi." he said and left Dr. Femi's office to look for Angel.
Jewel rushed to the faculty garden to look for Angel. He saw her coming out of the garden when he got there. he approached her immediately and blocked her way. He glared at her.
"why did you lie to Dr. Femi. when did you tell me that Dr. Femi wanted to see me?" he asked.
Angel didn't respond. she just stared silently at Jewel.
"what did you say to Dr. Femi?" he asked.
"I thought you said we should start avoiding each other. why are you approaching me now. please let's stay away from each other." Angel responded and walked out on Jewel.
Jewel stared at the retreating figure of Angel until she was out of sight. He let the garden immediately also.
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