It's been 2 weeks since they began their first semester examination. Jewel was very happy with the exams he had done so far. He was so sure he
would make 'A' in all the exams he had written so far. He has just one paper left to write. He sat on his bed, revising his note. He dropped the book and stared into air. He heaved a sigh of relief.
"so the semester has almost come to an end. That means by weekend, I will be returning back home. My last paper is tomorrow, and it's the most difficult of them all. It involves lot of calculations and drawings. I will be needing my calculator and mathematical set this time around. I can't wait to go home. I need to see my parent. I haven't seen them for a long. I will also miss my friends here. It has been a great time here, and I wish to continue it next semester." He said.
A knock on his door brought him back to reality.
"come in, the door is open" Jewel said.
The door opened to reveal Angel, standing at the door. Jewel sat up properly and stared at her.
"Angel!" Jewel called.
"Jewel" Angel said and walked into the room.
"can I sit?"
"sure" Jewel responded.
"thanks" Angel said and sat down on the bed.
The room suddenly became silent. Jewel slowly turned to face Angel, and saw her already staring at him. He fixed his gaze on her and they stared silently at each other. After staring silently at each other for a while, Jewel took his gaze off her. He took a side glance at her and realized that she was still staring intensely at him. The room suddenly became uncomfortable for him. He didn't like the atmosphere in the room.
"Jewel!" Angel called.
"yes Angel" Jewel responded.
"what's you plan after our last paper?" Angel asked.
"I'm going back home. I miss my parent and can't wait to see them." Jewel responded.
"do you have any plan after the exam?"
"I'm going home also. I miss my parent too" she said, smiling.
"sure you do" Jewel responded.
Her mood suddenly changed.
"I will miss you Jewel" she said, sadly.
Jewel stared silently at her. Those words came to him unaware.
"I will miss you too" He finally responded.
Angel's phone suddenly started ringing. she brought it out from her purse and stared at the screen.
"my mum" she said and picked the call.
"hello mum, good evening...............I'm fine and you........... I'm writing my last paper tomorrow, so I will be returning home this weekend................ you have relocated.............When? why?.............thank God for that.............. okay, send me the new address.......... love you mum.....bye" She said and ended the call.
Angel fixed her gaze on her phone screen. Jewel noticed the expression on her face.
"what's wrong?" Jewel asked.
"my mum just told me that we have relocated to a new area. My dad got a new job in a different area, so we had to relocate to a place closer to his work." Angel explained.
"I see, that's good. that means you will be going to a new environment." Jewel said.
"yes" Angel responded.
"that's good." Jewel said.
"I will be leaving now" Angel said.
"okay, see you in the examination hall" Jewel said.
"see you too. I know you will murder tomorrow's exam" she joked.
"I'm prepared for it already. my calculator and maths set are already intact" Jewel responded.
"I trust you na. okay, let me be going" Angel said.
"okay" Jewel responded.
Angel gave him a quick hug and left his room. Jewel's mood suddenly changed immediately Angel left. He became a bit sad. He stared at his door continuously.
"I'm sorry Angel. what we both want cannot happen. It will make me look like a backstabber. I wish it didn't have to happen this way. I wish it happened earlier." he said.
He lay on his bed and sigh in frustration.
Everyone sat quietly in the examination hall solving the questions before them. The only materials that could be seen on their desk were the question papers, answer script, calculator, maths set and pen. All other materials are unauthorized and not allowed into the examination hall. Students were sitting at reasonable distance away from each other. About seven invigilators could be seen in the hall monitoring any student who dare to turned his or her head. Jewel sat quietly at the far left, solving the questions. Though the questions were technical, but he was so sure he would pass in flying colours. He had already come across some of the questions, so he didn't find them difficult to solve.
The hall door suddenly opened and an invigilator stormed in.
"everyone stop writing. stand up and take two steps away from your seats" The invigilator ordered.
Everyone stood up immediately and moved two steps away from their seats.
"I just received an information that someone smuggled answers into the hall. We will search everyone right now and whoever smuggled answers will be severely dealt with" The invigilator continued.
'who will dare smuggle answers into the exam hall, knowing fully well what the punishment is' Jewel thought.
The invigilators in the hall moved from seat to seat searching everyone. An invigilator got to Jewel's seat.
"let me see what's in your pocket" the invigilator said.
"nothing sir, just my wallet" Jewel responded and gave him his wallet.
The invigilator opened the wallet, but found only a key and some money in it. He gave Jewel back his wallet. He searched Jewel thoroughly but didn't find anything.
"step aside" the invigilator said and went to Jewel's desk.
He took the calculator on Jewel's desk. He opened it but didn't find any thing suspicious. He dropped the calculator and took the maths set. He opened the maths set and a folded paper fell from it. Jewel's eyes widen in shock when he saw the paper. He was sure he didn't put that there. He prayed silently that the paper should not contain anything that would implicate him.
"what's this?" the invigilator asked and picked up the paper.
He unwrapped it and stared at the paper.
"so you are the culprit" the invigilator barked.
Everyone in the hall turned to their direction immediately the invigilator said that.
"no sir, that's not mine" Jewel defended himself.
"will you keep shut" the invigilator barked.
All other invigilators approached them immediately. Before Jewel could say anything, his question paper and answer script were collected from him and a malpractice form was placed in his front for him to fill.
"but sir, I .........."
"will you fill the form now" another invigilator barked.
He knew very well that once he filled that form, he would have to face the school panels and the outcome won't be favourable.
After much pressure, he finally filled the form and was dragged out of the class.
The exam continued smoothly and additional time was added to make up for the one lost.
Angel sat quietly on her sit, staring into air. She couldn't continue the exam. She was still in shock at what just happened in the hall. She knew every well what would happen to Jewel. She stared at her question paper with teary eyes. Her mind had suddenly gone blank and couldn't concentrate again. She stood up, took her answer script which still have some unanswered questions and submitted it. She left the hall immediately.
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