Chapter Thirteen:The Fifth And The Last Child

The next day she woke up and as usual there was nothing to eat, she had her bath and dressed up for school.  She went for her medical test and met some other friends there and also her brother and his friend. Since they gained admission into the main campus, Augustine became Richard’s very good friend because they were in the same department (electrical engineering) while Evelyn and Nina were close but when they gained admission also, they weren’t close because they were in different departments…
Richard: how are you?
Nina: fine and you?
Richard: I’m just there.
Nina: are you settled?
Richard: not exactly. I’m staying with Augustine and his brothers.
Nina: okay, where is he anyways?
Richard: he’s in that hall talking to a friend.
Nina: alright, thanks by the way, For doing some of my registration.
Richard: no problem, have you started your medical test.
Nina: yeah.
Richard: so how is Mary and Joseph?
Nina: they are fine; Mary is even complaining that you don’t come around to see them.
Richard: she should know I’m still registering or is she done with hers?
Nina: don’t think so. Besides when is daddy going to send the money for my hostel I’m not comfortable were I am.
Richard: are they giving you any trouble?
Nina: no, it’s just that I want to be settled and I don’t like inconveniencing people, therefore them being uncomfortable.
Richard: I understand. I don’t know, he said he doesn’t have any money that the minute he gets it, he’ll send it. I’m not also comfortable, you are even lucky the school has girl’s hostel, we boy’s would have to go outside campus to rent a place.
Nina: at least you guys can stand each other or learn to tolerate each other, even when you don’t know each other but with girls is something else.
Richard: what of Evelyn?
Nina: she’s fine, I saw her earlier.
Richard: is she staying in the hostel?
Nina: no.

Richard: why not stay with her.
Nina: I don’t know about that, but I’ll try and talk to her about it.
Richard: okay, so what course did they give to her?
Nina: environmental management.
Richard: not bad. Do you remember that boy from our state in pre-science?
Nina: yeah, what happen?
Richard: he’s in that department, he even wanted to convince me to take that course.
Nina: why?
Richard: he wanted me in the same department with him that when we graduate he can connect me to an oil company.
Nina: so what did you say?
Richard: don’t mind him he doesn’t even know what he’s saying.
Augustine walking towards them…
Augustine: Amanda, how are you?
Nina: fine, I thought you weren’t going to greet me.
Augustine: why not? Of course I’ll greet you. Were you doing your medicals here?
Nina: yep.
Augustine: you are very lucky your brother helped you with a lot and Martins your course representative.
Nina: yes, I know but I didn’t know Martins helped. I’ll thank him too.
Augustine: yeah, do that. He helped with your attendance.
Nina: wow, that’s nice of him.
Richard: so where are you headed?
Nina:  I’ll walk around a bit to see if I can see some of my friends.
Richard: okay, see you later. (Leaving) try to come pick your things from my room.
Nina: okay, what’s the name of the building?
Richard: salvation lodge.
Nina: alright, I’ll see you when I can.
Richard: alright take care. Besides, why did you buy that line? There’s no reception for that line you are using in this school. You have to change to an Mtn line.
Nina: I’ll do that later. Don’t really have time for that one right now.
Richard: alright, bye Nina!
Nina: bye.
Augustine: bye.
Nina: bye, Augustine!
She was walking pass engineering department and saw Dennis. Dennis was smiling from afar and walking towards her, her heart was pumping so fast as he approaches her and he finally got close.
Dennis: hey!
Nina: hi.
Dennis: where are you going?
Nina: walking round.
Dennis: alone?
Nina: Richard just left me.
Dennis: [holds her hand] come.
Nina: where are we going?
Dennis: I want to take you to where I’m staying.
Nina: okay.
Dennis: let’s take a bike.
Nina: okay.
 Face to face with her second crush but has no idea
Nina and Dennis arrived at his lodge.They got there and met his friend she met the night before…
Tony: hi, there.
Nina: hi!
Tony: I didn’t really see you well yesterday. You are really pretty.
Nina: thank you.
Dennis: I’ll be back.
Nina: okay.

Tony: come in and make yourself comfortable
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Chapter Twelve:The Fifth And The Last Child {Cont'd}

The main campus
Nina got to school and went straight to the admin office and met some of her friends. Zino is in the same department with her and the quiet one in her room Onome. Some other girls that she doesn’t really talk to were also in her department. There were people in queue waiting to register at the admin office.
Zino: Amanda!
Nina: hey, zino.
Zino: longtime, why are you just coming now?
Nina: long story! But I’m here now.
Zino: yeah, they put me in natural science.
Nina: really, what department?
Zino: microbiology.
Nina: me too.
Zino: so, we are in the same!
Nina: yeah, really cool.
Zino: onome is also in the same department.
Nina: oh, that’s great.
As she talks with Zino, she sees Dennis and a guy with a girl in the middle passing the building but she didn’t want to call him.
Zino: is that not Dennis?
Nina: That’s him.
Zino: why didn’t you call him?
Nina: I didn’t feel like it. The guy with him looks familiar though. Did he do pre-science with us?
Zino: I don’t think so.
Nina: I feel like I’ve seen him before.
She forgot he was the guy she was crushing over before she got admission into pre-degree. Then he used to keep an afro and she loved the way he dressed. She taught she was going to see him during her pre-science but she never saw him and forgot all about him. After sometime she had to meet with her childhood friend and dropped her bags, then she called Dennis.
Dennis :( phone ringing) hello!
Nina: hi, how are you?
Dennis: I’m okay.
Nina: what did you wear today?let me guess, white shirt and black chinos .
Dennis: how did you know?i’ve been trying your line today you know!
Nina: really.
Dennis: yeah.
Nina: are you sure? Because it didn’t seem like you didn’t.
Dennis; what do you mean?
Nina: I’m in school.
Dennis: I knew it. I thought I saw someone like you but I didn’t want to embarrass myself. Where are you?
Nina: Unique lodge.
Dennis: okay, I’ll be there by 7pm to see you.
Nina was with her childhood friend, Mary and Joseph. They live together and Nina felt she would be inconveniencing them.
Nina: you stay with Joseph?
Mary: yeah.
Nina: oh ok…
Mary: no worries, he can stay with the neighbors for the time being.What of Richard?
Nina: ok, he is fine, staying with a friend.
Mary: so what’s your course?
Nina: microbiology.
Mary: political science.
Nina: nice one. What of your parents.
Mary: they are fine. How is your dad?
Nina: he is fine.
Mary; have you been able to see your mum?
Nina: yeah, I have, she’s great.
Mary: I’m happy for you. You guys deserve to see your mum.
Nina: yeah, thanks.
Mary: what of your eldest sister, Sarah and Nathan?
Nina: She fine, Sarah and Nathan are in school.
Mary: wow! That’s good. Your Dad is really trying, four people in school now.
Nina: yeah, I thank God. Where’s Joseph? I’ve not seen him since.
Mary: he should be around school. That’s how he does, sometimes he dosen’t even come back that day.
Nina: boys! They love walking about.
Mary: yeah, they do.

Meeting Dennis after six months
Mary’s neighbor calls her; she excuses herself and went to meet them. Meanwhile it was 7pm and Dennis came with his friend but he couldn’t reach Nina because of the bad network. It was just one line that is recognized in her school,MTN but other network was really poor so he sent someone to call her. She comes out and sees him with his friend and she hugs him.
Nina: hi
Dennis: hi, you lied to me.
Nina: no, I didn’t.
Dennis: forgive my manners; meet Tony, Tony meet Amanda.
Tony: [shakes her hand] I’ve heard a lot about you.
Nina: really, hope they are good things?
Tony: of course.
Nina: okay, nice to meet you.
Dennis: [holding her hand] why did you lie about coming today?
Nina: I wanted to surprise you.
Dennis: let’s walk.
Tony: guy seriously, do you want to do that?
Nina: why what’s the matter?
Dennis: here is really rough, they’ve stolen our phones here.
Nina: are you serious?
Dennis: yeah. But I want you to come with me now.
Nina: yeah me too but is kind of late
Dennis: okay, at least I’ve seen you and it’s not fair to Tony standing here alone.
Tony: no I’m okay, you guys can carry on.
Dennis: indeed, don’t mind him oh. Baby, I’ll see you tomorrow okay!
Nina: okay. Are you through with your registration?
Dennis: almost, you? Why are my even asking you just got here.
Nina: yes, but Richard took care of it. The only thing I have to do is medicals.
Dennis: you are lucky, you would have suffered.
Nina: when you are here?
Dennis: [smiling] oh yeah, I’ll make you suffer!
Nina: indeed {laughs}
They couldn’t get enough of each other, anytime Nina is with him, she feels chills down her spine and when he touches her, her hands and legs trembles. She was so happy to see him and couldn’t wait to be with him the next day.
Dennis: okay, got to go. I love you.
Nina: love you too, bye! See you tomorrow.
Dennis: bye.
Nina: bye , Tony!
Tony: bye! At least I’ll get to see your face tomorrow, it’s quite dark here.
Nina: yeah sure, bye.
They left and she went back to the room, Mary was in the other room with her room mate, Nina went to have her bath and went to bed. She wasn’t served dinner because Mary hardly cooks and sometimes she eats from neighbor’s pot. Joseph eats sometimes outside and also from his friends’ pot. Nina slept off, before she did, she was thinking of how it’s going to be with Dennis, she couldn’t wait to see him the next day and then she remembered the girl they were walking with when she saw Dennis and she felt maybe  she was Tony’s girlfriend.

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Chapter Twelve:The Fifth And The Last Child

Admission to the main campus
She was at home for almost 6months and finally went to her state in the east, at her uncle’s place to stay until her dad sends money for them to register for admission. She was very bored in her uncles place because she didn’t have friends there. Sometimes her sister Sarah comes to see her from her school and introduced her to the friend she made with her brother Nathan.
Sarah: Nina, let’s go see a friend
Nina: what friend?
Sarah: his Nathan’s friend and also my friend.
Nina: is he cute?
Sarah: yeah, he’s cute.
Nina: really? That’s why you want to see him.
Sarah: no, he is just a friend and besides we are bored so let’s go there.
Nina: hope it’s not far?
Sarah: it’s trekable.
Nina: okay, let’s go.
They start knocking at the gate….
Chinedu: hey, Sarah, how are you doing?
Sarah: I’m fine, meet my sister Nina.
Chinedu: the one you said is looking for admission?
Sarah: yeah.
Chinedu: you are welcome to my home.
Nina: thank you.
Chinedu: what can I get you?
Nina: nothing, thank you.
Chinedu: why now? Anytime Sarah comes here she doesn’t take anything.  You too?
Nina: I’m full, I really don’t need anything.
Chinedu: not even water?
Nina: hmm….
Chinedu: okay or Sarah did you tell her not to take anything?
Sarah: no oh! Why would I tell her not to take anything from you, come on?
Chinedu: hey, mike come and meet Sarah sister, Nina meet Micheal my younger brother; he’s also seeking for admission as well.
Micheal: how are you doing?
Nina: I’m good.
Micheal and Nina started getting along and exchanged numbers. When Sarah went back to school, Nina would go see mike, they would talk, sometimes stroll and he would see her off but not close to her uncle’s house so he won’t see them.
Micheal: how have you been?
Nina: good, you?
Micheal: fine. Nina I need to tell you something.
Nina: what?
Micheal: I think I’m in love with you.
Nina: what?! You are not serious.
Micheal: I’m serious. Since the first day I saw you I could not stop thinking about you.
Nina: Mike, you can’t be in love with me. I have a boyfriend and you know how much I love him.
Micheal: I know but I canu’t stop thinking about you.
Nina: you have to stop thinking about me. I’ll be going to school soon and I don’t want to be unfaithful.
Micheal: don’t you love me?
Nina: as a friend, yes.
Micheal: what makes you think he isn’t cheating on you?
Nina: he’s not. How can you even say that?
Micheal: I’m sorry; it’s just that you can’t trust guys and I don’t want you to get hurt.Besides since I met you I haven’t heard a phone call from him.
Nina: are you with me all the time?
Micheal: okay, maybe he calls you at night but if you were my girlfriend I’ll call you every minute.
Nina: well, I’m not your girlfriend. So let it go. I have to go home; it’s getting late before my uncle will start looking for me.
Micheal: alright, when are you going to school?
Nina: Monday.
Micheal: I’ll call you. See you tomorrow?
Nina: maybe. You can go back now don’t want my uncle to see you.
Micheal: alright, bye.
Nina: bye
Zinny (Nina’s cousin): madam where did you go?
Nina: Mike’s house.
Zinny: are you dating Micheal?
Nina: no, we are just friends.
Zinny: so what were you guys talking about?
Nina: normal stuff.i was bored just wanted to go out.
Zinny: okay. So I heard your results are out.
Nina: yeah, we passed but I didn’t get the course I wanted.
Zinny: what course?
Nina: I want to study medicine but they said the school doesn’t have medicine yet so they placed me in microbiology.
Zinny: it’s not that bad. That’s why I’m waiting on JAMB(Joint admission matriculation board) so I could get into a known university, that at least have all the  important courses  a school should have.
Nina: I just have to make do with what I have. I can’t imagine spending another year at home, at least you are lucky. You are working to keep you busy.
Zinny: yeah. Should I make dinner for you?
Nina: yes, thanks.
They eat twice a day in their uncle’s house, sometimes once. Richard has been in school doing some registration for him and Nina. Dennis was making new friends and having a nice time that they never knew he had a girlfriend.
Nina: [calling Dennis] hello!
Dennis: hi, how are you?
Nina: I’m fine. I don’t think I’m coming on Monday.
Dennis: why? Don’t you want to do your registration? I saw your brother.
Nina: [hearing female voices] he is helping me do some of my registration. I’m hearing noises.
Dennis: they are my friends.
Nina: seems like you are having a lot of fun.
Dennis: not really, I miss you.
Nina: are you sure? You don’t sound like it.
Dennis: of course I miss you, you don’t want to come.
Nina: I’ll come. Just called to let you know I wouldn’t be able to make it on Monday.
Dennis: okay, whenever you are ready but don’t take too long.
Nina: I won’t.
Nina was still going on Monday she just wanted to surprise him. She was so nervous thinking about their meeting that she couldn’t wait. Richard called her to tell her he saw their childhood friend that she could stay with them when she comes before she settles in the hostel. Nina’s dad sent money for registration but didn’t have enough money to send for her hostel fee. There wasn’t a boy’s hostel just girls hostel and Richard was squatting with Augustine and some friends.

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