Chapter Sixteen:The Fifth And The Last Child {Cont’d}

The next day lecture starts
immediately and normally student (year one students) from all faculties come
together to receive the general studies. Classes are always crowded that
students get there an hour to the time of the lectures just to occupy the front
sit. Nina didn’t want anything that would stress her so she didn’t run around
like the rest would do to find a place to sit. Sometimes she sits outside or
stands inside that most times she and most students don’t really get what’s
going on in class.

After lectures, she went to
the hostel to enquire about a space….
Chize: hi, Amanda!
Nina: hi!
Chize: what’s up? I didn’t see you at all during the ceremony. It was
really crazy Saturday night.
Nina: I’ll bet.  I was around.
Chize: why didn’t you come for the party? I thought you’ll be there with
Nina: I didn’t want to come.
Chize: why?
Nina: I wasn’t feeling it.
Chize: oh too bad. So what’s going?
Nina: nothing much, just trying to see if I can get a space here.
Chize: oh um, everywhere is sort of filled up but let me ask someone for
you? Come.
Nina: okay, where are we going?
Chize: room 106 (knocking) hey, is Amaka around?
Roommate: no, she went for lectures.
Chize: okay, when she comes back can you tell her someone wants to see
Roommate: who?
Nina: me, I need to know if there’s any space here.
Roommate: okay, I’ll let her know.
Nina: may I have her number, incase?
Roommate: alright (writes the number in a piece of paper and gives her).
Nina: thank you.
Chize: thanks.
Nina: thanks Chize, I really appreciate that.
Chize: it’s nothing, so where are you headed now?
Nina: don’t really know. Where’s your room?
Chize: here, room 105. Here’s my corner, have a seat.
Nina: (sits) thanks.
Chize: can I get you anything?
Nina: no, thanks.
Chize: okay, oh I’m so hungry; I have to warm this food.
Nina: so how is it here?
Chize: well, it’s like every other hostel; the only difference is that
we are in the university.
Nina: yeah?
Chize: yes, I just try to avoid problems, there’s this roommate of mine
that loves to pick on me. I just try to avoid her because she’s trouble.
Nina: wow, what of Ernestina? Where is her room?
Chize: it’s also downstairs like mine, Room 110.
Nina: okay.
Chize: I don’t think she’s around, would have taken you to see her.
Nina: maybe next time.
Chize 🙁 carrying her plate of food) come and join me.
Nina 🙁 smiling) thanks, I’m good.
Nina started feeling
somewhat comfortable with Chize, the first time she saw her she felt this weird
vibe about her because of her expression when she saw Nina. But then she’s not
so bad after all, so they became friends and whenever Nina came to the hostel
she sees Chize and Ernestina. Well with Ernestina, because she’s the girlfriend
to her boyfriend’s friend, it felt like
a family affair….
Chize: so are you coming by the house today?
Nina: house?
Chize: tony and Dennis’s lodge?
Nina: um, I don’t know, maybe.
Chize: okay.
Nina: I’ve got go now, thanks for earlier.
Chize: you are welcome! Hope to see you there.
Nina: okay, bye.
Chize; bye!
She went back to Evelyn’s
lodge, normally she would have her bath but they buy water there and the place
was quite far to go to. So she would wash her make up or just change to
something light besides she didn’t have her own bucket or gallon and the ones
available was filled with her friends water…
Evelyn: hey babe! How was today?
Nina: hectic, but okay.
Evelyn: Dennis has been calling about you.
Nina: really?
Evelyn: yeah, didn’t you see him school?
Nina: no.
Evelyn: okay, should I buzz him that you are around?
Nina: okay.
Evelyn buzzed Dennis and
after some time he called and Evelyn gave Nina the phone…
Dennis: hi!
Nina: hi.
Dennis: how are you?
Nina: I’m good.
Dennis: I’m coming to see you today.
Nina: okay.
Dennis: baby, are you okay? You’ve been acting strange.
Nina: I’m fine.
Dennis: okay, see you much later.
Nina: Alright, bye.
Later in the evening Dennis
came to see her and took her to his lodge, they called it lodge because it’s
not a hostel were you have a lot of guys around; it’s just a room in a
Evelyn: Dennis is here (she
excuses them)
Dennis: there’s my girl (goes to hug her).
Nina: hi
Dennis: hey, I knew something was wrong. What’s the matter?
Nina: nothing.
Dennis: you don’t look happy. Okay, you know what? Let’s talk it over at
my place.
Nina: what place? I’m not leaving here this evening.
Dennis: why? Is it something I did? I knew I’ve wronged you somehow.
Nina: I’m not going.
Dennis: please now, let’s talk about it at my place. Where are your
things? Let me help you pack them.
Nina: I’ll pack them myself.
Dennis: okay, as long as you are coming with me.
They get to Dennis’s lodge….
Dennis: what can I get for you?
Nina: nothing, I just want to go to bed.
Tony: (walks in) Dennis, what’s up? Hi Amanda!
Nina: hi, tony.
Tony: long time no see. How come I didn’t see you during the matriculation?
Nina: I didn’t see you as well. I was around, with my siblings.
Tony: Dennis said he saw you.
Nina: yeah, he did.
While they were talking , Dennis’
neighbor was calling Dennis from outside, her name is Chinenye, she has three
sisters and a brother, they are all based in the west where Nina is based but
Nina didn’t get along with them, especially the girls because generally girls aren’t friendly and besides Nina is a
Chinenye: Dennis! Dennis!
Dennis: baby, I’ll be back, let me know what they are calling for.
Tony: so, how was your matriculation night?
Nina: it was okay.
Tony: just okay? We had a great time that night, why didn’t you come?
Nina: I didn’t feel like it.
Tony: okay, anyways I just wanted to say hi.
Nina: thank you very much.
Tony: just feel free, we are just like family here.
Nina: okay, thanks.
Tony: okay, goodnight.
Nina: goodnight, please can you call Dennis for me?
Tony: yeah, sure.
After some minutes Dennis
came back. Nina didn’t feel comfortable around any of Dennis’ friend but Tony,
she was still getting to know Ifeanyi . Sometimes she feels left out, she
wished she had known from the time Dennis met them so they wouldn’t have to
treat her like an outcast…….
Dennis: babe, are you sleeping already?
Nina: I told you I was tired.
Dennis: what did you do that is making you tired? Come here (goes where
she is laying and starts kissing her)!
Nina: stop.
Dennis: come on… that reminds me, what’s the matter?
Nina: you didn’t come back to see me on the day of our matriculation.
Dennis: oh,I’m sorry. I just felt like you didn’t want me around.
Nina: why wouldn’t I want you around?
Dennis: I felt with your sister around and all, you’ll want to spend quality
time with her.
Nina: yeah, right! Like I’ve not been seeing my sister for a long time
Dennis: honestly, I’m sorry. I didn’t know you were upset. It won’t
happy again okay!
Nina: promise?
Dennis: I promise. You know I wouldn’t do anything to hurt you.
Nina: yeah.
Dennis: okay, hope you are okay now?
Nina: I’m fine now.
Dennis: so can I get my kiss now?
Nina: (smiling) so how was the party?
Dennis: what party?
Nina: I was told you guys had a blast that night.
Dennis: oh! Don’t mind them it was at Tony’s house. We just played music
and had a couple of drinks; it wasn’t like a real party.
Nina: it’s still a party to me.
Dennis: I didn’t know you’d want to come.
Nina: you didn’t ask.
Dennis: I just thought since your sister was around you would want to
spent time with her.
Nina: wasn’t the party at night?
Dennis: yeah, but I thought your sister would be sleeping over.
Nina: sleeping over in a room I’m squatting with two girls?
Dennis: people do it after all Chize’s cousin spent the night.
Nina: that’s different, they are family. These are just friends
accommodating me.
Dennis: I know I’m sorry.
Nina: it’s okay, as long as it doesn’t happen again.
Dennis: it won’t, are you sure you are not hungry?
Nina: I don’t know.
Dennis: tell me and stop fronting.
Nina: I’m not fronting.
Dennis: there’s jollof rice, should I get it for you.
Nina: okay.
Dennis: there you go.
Nina: thanks. Where is ifeanyi?
Dennis: he’s in school working on his seminar, he’ll be back soon.
Nina: who prepared this?
Dennis: he did, why?
Nina: wow, it’s nice.
Dennis: he tries.
Nina: can you cook?
Dennis: not really.
Nina: not really?
Dennis: I can boil white rice and yam.
Nina 🙁 laughing) White rice and yam? A twelve year old can do that.
Dennis: which twelve year old have you seen?
Nina: I’ve not seen but I know.
Dennis: well, I’m a guy; I’m not supposed to know how to cook. My mum
doesn’t even let me enter the kitchen.
Nina: what of now that you are in school and she’s not with you.
Dennis: you are here.
Nina: indeed, so I came to school to be your chef?
Dennis: no, but you are my girlfriend. You wouldn’t want you boyfriend
to go to school with and empty stomach, would you?
Nina: maybe, I would.
Dennis: then you want someone else to do that for you.
Nina: whatever.
They went to bed and Ifeanyi came back later that night. Since he had
he’s key, he went in straight to bed as well.

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