As is customary for after-long-swims in
pools,streams,rivers,etc,my eyes were pure
red as we left that place.
If I should go back like that to our place,some
people might mistake it that I may have taken
something…Something like weed!
I decided to follow Ebenezer to his place so
as to come back with the cloak of nightfall and
pretend that I did actually go for evening
mass as mum wanted. Everything fitted in…
Around 7:05pm on the same Sunday just as I
was on my way back to our house,I got a call.
As is usual of me whenever a line not on my
contact calls,I waited for the caller to speak
“Odii!” The voice gently called out.
“Yea!” I replied in my usual manner, knowing
that the caller knows me well as to call me in
my native name.
“Can we see?” The voice asked.
” You called me with no intro of yourself, and
u r still demanding to see me?”
“You already know me!” The voice replied and
the line went dead immediately!
I was like “you are not serious,when u get
******THREE DAYS LATER******
“hello” the same voice bellowed again.
“Yea!” I replied.
“You know who’s calling?”
The voice asked.
“You called,and still asking me?” I replied.
“You are rude!” The voice replied.
I ended the call immediately, and she called
back and I picked it.
“You know,I just remembered your voice
now? U called me on Sunday evening right?” I
asked as soon as I picked the call.
“Yes”..the voice replied.
“So?” I asked.
” I want to see you!”…the voice demanded.
“Seriously, I don’t know what part of this
earth u r from,but where am from,you don’t
just go out to see people on demand!” I
The caller changed her intonation.
“Okay,its me!” The voice said very sweetly.
I was amazed.I was lost for words. I kept my
mouth open not knowing what to utter again.
“So,u r now dumb Odii? U won’t speak again
abi? I thought you would have changed a bit!”
The voice spoke out,sneering and deriding as
well as making a caricature and catching fun
at my expense.
“I can’t believe this.I just can’t believe this.I
thought u have…..” I didn’t finish before she cut
“Forget it.Promise me you will come and see
me?” The voice inquired.
“Why not.I think am gonna invent my highest
lie ever to come and see you.” I jokingly said.
“I will be waiting!” She replied.
Immediately the line went dead,I was full of
“This one u r smiling like this,she don call
you?” Blessing joked.
“Guess who just called me?” I asked her.
“How will I know!” She nonchalantly replied.
“Jane!” I said.
” Jane just called me”….
And all this while,my mind was going
places,thinking weird things,I almost thought
that it was Pretty still trying to terrify me
even though I just relegated everything about
her to mere over-thinking.
But was it? Was it all real?
Am why has Jane chosen this moment to
reappear in my life again?
I had many thoughts that weighed heavily on
my mind and went to sleep with it….. And I
regret ever doing so !
The thought of Jane occupied my mind for the
rest of that day cuz its been long since I last
saw her;especially, the fact that led to our
I did a lot of digging within me,trying to find a
way I was gonna use to travel to Owerri to
go and see her.Our school has closed for the
semester,so no-school-lies will bail me out.
At some point,my mind just told me to relax
and forget about any thoughts,with the
assurance that something better will surely
I have missed Jane!
“Finally!” I said.
“Why did you do it?” Pretty replied.
“You mean why I stopped you from
unintentionally killing yourself that day?” I
“Yes!” She replied.
“Is that what we are actually supposed to be
discussing?” I asked her.
“You just don’t understand, do you?” She
” Am still trying to make sense of everything
you know? I close my eyes,the next thing is
you. I see you in everything I now do.Its like
am being haunted. And all this started that
day I saved you.
Why not make me understand?” I replied her.
I could see a feeling of empathy as well as
sympathy written all over her face even in
her hallowed insistence of appearing tough-
“I will come to you later.By then, I will explain
certain things to you.Till then,avoid going near
anything water(pools,streams,etc).” She said.
“What?” I shouted,even though it was not my
intention to do so.
“Goodbye!” She said and in my amazement, I
opened my eyes only to realise I have been
Was it really a dream? Or was it made to
appear as a dream to me?
I didn’t really know the answer to the above
questions, but one thing I was certain of is
the fact that I’m being haunted and the
reason for the haunting eludes me!
I thought it through,but I found out that there
was nothing else I could except sit and wait
for Pretty to come back as she promised she
would..And that’s that!
The next day, I put a call through to Jane:
“Odii or Michael,which one do you answer
now?” Jane said as soon as she picked my
“Anyone you choose is okay by me.” I said.
“I don’t think I can come to Owerri and sleep
over,but…” I stopped.
“Why not? Have you now forgotten how to
conjure up truthful lies as usual?” She
said,mocking as well as seriously concerned.
” Well,I could come,but I would still go back
that day;and knowing you fully well,I know u
won’t like it that way.You know,I no longer
have those my childhood privileges then,things
have changed.” I ended.
“You are not saying anything?” I queried
“Do u want me to come to Aba?” She said.
“Yes.I would love you to!” I replied.
” Okay.I will come tomorrow then!” She said.
“Tomorrow?” I said out loud.
“Are u going somewhere else tomorrow?”
“No. no. Its just that its just all of a sudden.
Anyway,what should I keep for you?” I
“Keep yourself for me!” She replied
immediately, and started laughing,ending the
call in the process!
Ebenezer have earlier told me he was going
to travel back to Rivers state on
Thursday,but he deferred it,and travelled
instead on Friday morning.
His place of abode was my only hope(if you
understand what I mean).
Towards 10:00am,Jane called me:
“Am at Brass junction,where are u?” She
“Now now? Just wait somewhere,I will be
there in a jiffy!” I replied.
“Okay!” She retorted and cut the call.
Damn! Things were happening so fast, faster
I knew Jane was coming, but hell,this was too
sudden. Not really sudden,but too early and
as I would love to say,unexpectedly
With many stuffs still going through my mind,I
started hearing those thoughts again,thoughts
of Pretty filled my head as the keke I
chartered from the road adjoining my street
to Brass breezed through Eziukwu road and
joined Aba/owerri road.All throughout my
thinking, the only explicitly clear was the fact
that “I was not gonna go home happy after
meeting Jane!”. I took it that someone must
be getting jealous and unhappy or that
someone really didn’t want to see me happy…
Whichever one,I placed them where they
rightly belonged, in the figment of my
imagination, the part where Pretty has
vehemently relapsed to preying on!
I alighted from the keke as soon as I reached
Brass,and is customary for most people,I
searched around first with my eyes before
She told me she is inside the mtn Customer
care center around that place as soon as I
As I walked on to that place,memories began
to overcome me,memories of Jane and I.It
even made me remember that it has not
really been that long,even though it has been
long,that we last saw;and the most painful
part of this pain filled memories is the
manner in which we were separated.
Well,one thing is clear,we have a lot to
I was still having this thoughts in my
mind,probably lost to them,when I heard my
As I looked up straight, there was Jane
coming out elegantly,and appeared ravishingly
with her normal laugh brimming and shining
all over face,and is customary of her,she
Which means “bad boy” when u translate it
literally,but whose meaning don’t really mean
what it appears to interpret!
I couldn’t help but hug her tightly,even though
I rarely hug females,to her own
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