On that fateful day,I have just finished exams
and didn’t want to go home with any of my
close buddies as usual.I stayed in school till
around 5pm in the school library,reading the
left behind series as my usual way of
calming my nerves and soul after a
strenuous semester exams.
I came out through the normal school gate
facing one of the major roads in Aba(aba/
owerri road).As usual,the environs was
bubbling with people marketing their wares
and other sellable stuffs,vehicular movements
were ever present, and a brief view or gaze
at the left hand side of the main road
presents you with two banks with numerous
peeps lining up to withdraw their cash from
the available ATM there.
I walked on to the point where I was gonna
stay and cross to the other side of the road
and enter keke to a trekkable point before
entering my street to my house.And that was
when it happened,that was when I saw her!I have seen pretty girls in my life,heck,I have
dated pretty girls in my life and I am friends
with many more others,but none can
compare to what lay before me.
Is not that she is pretty that wows or
amazes me,but the distinctiveness And
uniqueness of the beauty,it was rare.I didn’t
help but notice this the minute I took a glance
at her,which made me take another serious
gaze again to certify my curiosity.
I wasn’t the only one stunned,but mine was
visible enough that I just had to take a little
walk nearer to appreciate the rare beauty
cuz I was sure I was never going to see her
again after that day.As I was a step near
her,it was as if she noticed and she took
some steps forward to cross to the other
side of the road.That was when I heard
people Shouting and screaming at the top of
their voices.Pretty wanted to cross the road
knowing fully well that there was an incoming
vehicle on heavy speed.I couldn’t believe my
eyes and didn’t even know when I rushed up
to her(being the closest to her) and
forcefully held her back from taking that final
step that could have ended her life,drawing
her back with such force,she was literally in
my arms.The accident was averted!
Peolpe laid abuses on her as I was still
holding her very close to myself,even the
vehicle came to a stop and as the agbero
driver came out from the vehicle, he rained
curse upon curse on the girl.They were all
saying the same thing,that if the girl wanted
to die,why make another take the fall?
I held the girl tightly,shielding her from people
As I made her follow me as I took some
steps back and walked on straight back to
the school gate,and made for the other road
leading to the park..People still watched
us,and pointing in our direction,with fractions
of them gathered here and there,discussing!
All this while,I never talked to her,neither did
she talk to me.I never even stopped to think
for a moment about what I was actually
doing,and why I was helping the girl,and yet
there I was holding her hands firmly and she
followed me without a word and no struggling
to free herself.
After walking off far enough from where the
incident occurred, I crossed the road with
her and we both entered Keke after she
confirmed she was going in almost the same
direction as me.When we reached where she
will be alighting, she alighted and after I told
her I will pay for her,she said “Thank
As I went home that day,the constant question
on my mind was “why would pretty wanna kill
herself?”..”Michael!” I heard my name called out by
Loveth as I picked her call,angrily telling me if
I have forgotten our deal that I was gonna
help her write a carryover course that day.
This was the second day after that incident
I immediately apologised to Loveth and
hurriedly rushed my brushing of mouth and
quickly rushed to school without even taking
my bath. Why would I do that? Yeah,your
guess is right!
After that morning exam I took for her,she
took me to the school canteen.She ordered
food for us both and as relaxed to enjoy my
meal,I saw someone that looked like pretty
pass by.I thought I didn’t see right and
correctly so too.
I finished my meal and Loveth told me that
she will be travelling back to Delta state that
Sunday,that I should endeavour to find a
means to come and stay one full day with her
before she travels..This was a Thursday.I
agreed and we both went our separate ways.
I went straight to the admin block to see a
friend who works there and who had earlier
told me he has business for me as usual. In
the admin block,near the stairs to the
upstairs, I saw someone that looked like
pretty again. I almost approached her,but I
cautioned myself first and decided to wait a
little to confirm if it was her.. It was not her!
I went to a seat, sat down and told myself
that its just my mind playing tricks with me.
I banished the thought of pretty from my
mind and continued with my mission. After
that,I headed straight home and took my bath.
There was no light when I returned and so I
kept myself busy with my symbian phone.
I didn’t know when I slept off. In that small
sleep,I woke up with a start and i could have
sworn that I heard pretty whisper to me,”help
The year was 2011.
A story by Philfearon
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