The next week,I started yearning for her to
come to me.I started wishing for her
company cuz I started feeling alone.I was
having problems with Ujunwa cuz she found
out that I was gonna change school,and she
didn’t want me to change school.
Ujunwa Is the girl I wished I had loved the
way I really actually wanted to love her.
We had come to school that day,and we were
scheduled to have Business Mathematics that
day in ABC2,One of our assigned lecture halls
as we had no permanent hall.I came very
early to the class and relaxed and was trying
to see if I will solve some problems before
the lecturer came.I had actually came to the
hall with Sandra(will come to her later), and
for obvious reasons,she decided not to sit
beside me but at my back…and the person
that sat beside me that day was Ujunwa(I
didn’t know her then cuz we all are just
Apparently, the fact that I was able to always
finish solving the problem before the lecturer
wowed her a lot ( Well,thanks to my great
Mathematician friend,Ebuka,I was always
prepared for anything maths, even though I
hated maths like hell). She ended up collecting
my number that day after lecture to the
chagrin of Sandra.One call led to another,
one talk led to many and we became sort of
Inseparable; coupled with her financial
influence on me too.
So,I was literally alone,and Amara is not
close… We only talk.
So,I kept wishing that Pretty will just turn up
now that I actually need her to.
She finally came,but not in the way I had
imagined she would come to me;And that was
the beginning of our relationship,my
relationship with the devil as people would
have me believe.
I guess you are beginning
to understand my earlier statement then?”
Pretty told me in my livid but enthusiastic
” You are not even here for long enough and
yet you are beginning to mock me already?”
“Am sorry” she said.
“Apology accepted” I echoed out subsequently
in a laughing manner.
We chatted for a while and then she decided
it was time to leave,promising me that it was
time we met in real life.
I was like ” how is that even possible?are we
not in reality per se?”
She started laughing at me,reminding me that
I should just look out in reality.
I woke up.
I have been dreaming again I lamented as I
now realised the meaning of what Pretty has
actually been saying to me all this
while….”Look out for me in reality!”..
Two days later,while coming back from school
after someone hooked me up with a kinda
illegal contract,I went straight to where I
normally board Keke just opposite the school
via Calabar Street junction.
I entered the Keke as the first passenger.The
second person came(a girl).The third person
came,and guess who it was? Pretty.
I didn’t even really notice it was her till I
heard her saying to the keke driver to
move,that she will pay for the empty seat.
At that moment,I looked at her and she
smiled, and in my assumed excitement I said:
“You!” and kept shut,and she just kept
The keke moved and I kept staring at her,not
knowing whether it was really her in the flesh
or I was seeing her in another persons face.
She looked in straight with a permanent smile
registered on her face,a sign of the fact that
she was viewing or rather,observing me
from the corner of her eyes.
As the keke was about to enter Okigwe road
and had to briefly stop in order to be able to
join the other side of the road, she turned to
me and told me gently to my ears:
“You lack social skills!”
I started laughing and she continued her
In my mind I was like:
“Imagine! Where will I even start? How will I
even start? Am still trying to ascertain if am
not going insane myself, imagining things that
no one else could believe or see; and she is
telling me I lack social skills. what was I
supposed to say to her immediately?
Probably start ascertaining whether she is
Pretty in front of those people? One thing is
certain though,she just told me her
inability,making it sound like mine!”
After coming out of my temporary
reasoning,I spoke to her ears only:
“You know am following you to your place
She turned and faced me and said:
“Really?” as if she is unaware its what she
“Yes” I replied firmly.
“No problem!” She politely said.
Immediately the driver entered Akalanna
street and drove for some seconds,we
alighted. I followed her like my whole existence
that moment depended on me following her.
We crossed a street and arrived at her
place within seconds.As she opened her door
and let me in to the room,she uttered:
“Welcome to my humble abode!”.
“Thanks !” I said.
The room was richly decorated, even though
its richness was also made to appear in a
very simple form,with everything that you will
find in a normal rich student’s selfcon
room….Well,except that she wasn’t a student!
After keeping her handbag and sitting in the
bed,she inquired to know what I will eat.I told
her not to bother.
Apparently, I shouldn’t have said that.
She insisted though, and I obliged her.
After drinking the holandia Yoghurt she
offered me,I got myself mentally prepared
for the conversation that lay ahead.
“Hope you don’t mind?” She looked at
me,inquiring that she hopes that I don’t mind
her removing her clothes in front of me.
“Hope I don’t mind?” I asked my own self in
my mind,with my gaze fixed at her as she
simply turned away smiling while she
removed the perfectly body fitted gown she
She brought out a basketball attire and wore,
and then came back to the bed,the only sit-
able place in the room outside a small
wooden chair there.
“So,how far?” She asked me with her
permanently fixed laughter registered on her
I was like,”damn,Pretty is really pretty o!”
“Seriously,this your consistent staring is
becoming awkward” she said.
“Am not sure you will understand my state of
mind right now” I replied.
“So,are you here for us to start peering into
your state of mind in order to understand it
or you are here for something else?” She
“No no no! But,there are other things on my
mind right now.” I said.
“Like?” She asked.
“Like how you came into my life?” I replied
She smiled at me,and said:
“I didn’t ask to be in your life Mike,you invited
me into your life” she replied me.
“That’s the part I still don’t understand.” I said.
” And am not sure you actually will,believe
me.” She replied back.
“That’s because you don’t want to let me
understand!” I answered back at her.
In an effort to show her that I was not afraid
of her or what she is,I shifted closer to her
end of the foam and used one of the pillows
there to adjust and sit comfortably at the
wall,beside her,with my body touching her.
“You really should be afraid of me!” She said
outrightly, understanding what the intention
behind my little act is.
“I don’t believe you would harm me,at least I
have not given you any reason to do so!” I
said out of innocence.
” Really? That’s really bold of you to
say,which am sure you wouldn’t say if you
actually knew who I am!” She replied me,and
her ever present smile disappeared.
” And now you are trying to get me scared?”
I asked her.
“Not really,and am sorry if you were
beginning to feel that way.” She said,and then
faced me and continued her talk:
“I would never harm you!”
“Well,I just want you to not give in to the
notion that am afraid of you like am really
supposed to be afraid of you.” I said firmly.
She smiled at me.
“Well,am happy to know that.Its a good footing
to start on!” She calmly said.
“For my sanity sake,I won’t ask you any
background info” I went on to say.
“But I expect you to ask me that” she replied
“Really,why would you expect that from me?” I
“Its the sane to do!” She replied.
Hell,I know its the most sane to do,but I didn’t
want to directly raise the questions. So,I did it
in the best way I know I can use to insert the
said subject matter into our discuss,hoping
she will buy into it; whilst also fearing the
result and influence of what I was going to
hear will have on me.I just did one on
her,and she didn’t even know it.
“Well,the basic thing to know is that my
existence in this plane is just a brief one”
she said finally.
“You know,I started reading a lot about the
supernatural from a very early stage.So
which of them are you?” I asked her.
She started laughing out loud.
“Why are you laughing na?” I queried.
“Do you believe those things?” She asked me.
“Well,am a Catholic and a Christian, what do
you expect?” I asked.
“You didn’t answer me!” She said.
“I believe in certain things shaa.” I replied.
“Like?” She quizzed on.
“Like reincarnation, other beings outside of
humans,God,Jesus,and despite being a
Catholic, I have stopped believing that a loving
God will burn his children in hell for slight
wrongs they did.That’s why the concept of
purgatory makes sense!” I replied.
“Well,at least you are sincere in your
beliefs.One thing am sure about you is that in
the future,there are a lot of things you are
really going to stop believing about all your
present belief system” she replied.
“And you are now making the discuss about
me?” I asked.
“Not really anyway,and you know exactly why.”
“I don’t know anything o!” I replied.
” Well,at least you know am not really
human,and there is no right way for me to
actually explain nor tell you who i,am really
are.” She replied me.
It was at this point that my phone rang and it
was my mum calling.She informed me that her
niece and my cousin Ifeyinwa came. I told
Pretty that I have to get going,and she told
me to come back to her place the next
day,and I replied:
“I will try and come!”
“Don’t try,just come” she said.
“Okay,I will call you when am coming” I said.
She smiled,and quizzed in:
“How are you going to call me?”
I started laughing too.
I ended up collecting her number before
taking my leave.
As soon as I reached our house, my phone
rang and it was Pretty calling:
“Hope you reached safely?” She inquired.
” Yes.thanks for inquiring” I replied.
“Alright.I will see you tomorrow then!” She
said and the call went dead.
I walked in to our other room, where my
sister and Blessing slept and saw Ifeyinwa
and she was all smiles as we exchanged
greetings and chatted as usual……She is my
favourite cousin in both my direct and
extended legion of cousins!
I later got to know she is going back the next
day to my chagrin.Unlike previously, I believed
I won’t miss her this time around!
The next day, she left for Lagos very early in
the morning cuz she had come from their
village on a supposed errand.
At around 10:30am, I put a call through to
Pretty and informed her that I am on my way
to her place and she said she is waiting.
I was still on my way to her place when my
phone rang,and it was Ujunwa calling me:
“Hello” I said.
“Hmmn Michael, you have just forgotten me
so soon na!” She started with her usual
never-fruit-yielding guilty play.
“I thought you didn’t want to talk to me again
na,so I kept to myself.Even though I try as
much as possible to please any body in my
life or people I know,begging people is not
really my thing,especially when I did no actual
wrong!” I replied her.
“Iya! I can see that other girls in our class
has been confusing you na,especially that girl
that joined our group newly,Onyinyechi!” She
said with seriousness,to which I started
“That’s it na,its funny to you” she retorted.
“I will call you later please,am going
somewhere now!” I just told her.
“I see you are now avoiding me Michael” she
” I will call you later,I promise” I replied her.
” Okay my love. call me o” she insisted.
“I will” I said and cut the call.
For starters,its always a normal thing for
Ujunwa to act as she acted in that call,and
there was nothing much to it. And the girl she
referred to was someone I met through
Loveth and despite our closeness, she had
categorically told me she was married and
so we were not intimate relationship-wise.
Some few minutes later,I arrived at Pretty’s
place and she hugged me as she ushered me
into her place.
“You were cooking for me?” I started,after
smelling the delicious aroma of a sumptuous
stew she just finished cooking.As is
customary of her,she first smiled before
“I hope you will love it?”
“Well,I guess a trial will convince me!” I
said,and we both laughed.
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