Chapter Twenty Two:The Fifth And The Last Child {cont’d}

 Nina was still using the phone Maureen
borrowed her until she gets hers, Maureen didn
t mind because its an old phone. Mike really likes Nina but she has a boyfriend and she
doesn
t feel the same way for
Mike
 After the second week, Nina’s dad and Tonia
sent some money so she went back to school immediately the break was over so
she could tidy her things. When she got to the hostel she met Maureen, kaycee
and fat Kc
 Nina:(carrying her bags) hey guys!
 All: hey welcome!
Maureen: amandi! Whats up?
Nina: Im good, how was your
holiday?
Maureen: I didnt go home.
Nina: all of you didnt go home?
Fat Kc: I did, just Maureen
and Kaycee.
Nina: really? You guys can
stayed back?
Kaycee: anyone can stay
back if you want.
Nina: I didnt know that.
Maureen: would you have
stayed?
Nina: maybe next semester
or anytime we have a short break like that again.
Kaycee: yeah, the break was
too short, that’s why I didn
t want to travel.
Fat Kc: kaycee, you never
travel, you are always in the hostel.
Kaycee: who told you that?
I travel, I
m not like you that any little thing you pack your bag to see your mum.
You are still in year one that
s why you travel anyhow, dont worry when you get to my level youll know what Im talking about.
Nina:  Ill be back, let me freshen up.
She got
to her school in the evening so it was already dark and she decided to have her
bath outside as she saw some girls having their bath. The hostel was really dry;
people haven
t come back yet although
she was surprised to see people at all since people weren
t many, there was enough
water for them. She finally finished having her bath and went upstairs, kaycee
was reading her novel,Maureen was on the phone and fat Kc was eating.
Fat kc: come and join me
Amanda.
Nina: uh, no thanks.
Fat kc: what are you going
to eat then?
Nina: Ill take my provision.
Fat kc: okay.
Kaycee: why didnt you call me to join you?
Fat kc: because you have
eaten.
Kaycee: do you know if Im still hungry?
Fat Kc: how many times will
you eat?
Maureen: kaycee, she doesnt want to give you, move
on.
Kaycee: whatever!
Nina 🙁 laughing) okay, so
what do you guys do every night?
Maureen: sleep.
Nina: I know, I meant in
this hostel now that people are not really here?
Kaycee: converse till sleep
comes.
Nina: oh, thats good.
Fat Kc: but not tonight, I
need to go to sleep.
Nina; uh, okay.
Maureen: weve been talking since today
that
s why.
Nina: maybe I should sleep
too, tomorrow seems long.
Kaycee: alright, good night
all.
Nina: but you are reading
novel.
Fat Kc :
once Kaycee starts reading her novels she doesn
t know who is around anymore.
Nina: I
see.
The night
was really long and Nina couldn
t sleep as usual, she was
waiting for morning to come. She prayed her rosary and waited for sleep to come.
The next day she saw some of her departmental people and Onome checking some of
their results that were out
There are
two girls in her deparment; Uche and Amaka, they are friends and love competing
with each other…
Amaka: uche,I got B in this
course and A in the other one.
Uche: me too.
Amaka: but my score is
higher.
Uche : not in the same
course.
Amaka: mine is higher in both.
Zino:A is A and B is B.
score or no score!
Nina: unbelievable!
Chapter Seventeen:The Fifth And The Last Child
Zino: Nina, what did you
get?
Nina: C, how about you?
Zino: C. onome, you?
Onome: B.
Nina: oh, thats good. How come I got a C?
Zino: at least thank God we
didn
t fail it.
Nina: yeah, whatever!
Ninas grade that semester wasnt good enough; she got C in
all the courses and decided to start reading like her mates were doing when she
saw how some were making good grades although she was better than some people.
After a week, lectures started and student started trooping in one by one,
Chize and Ernestina arrived but Dennis didn
t come yet.
Another
lonely night as usual in her room, although she has started sleeping. All her
roommate was back except Ebere, her bunkmate
s cousin
Fat kc: guys, that my
stupid lecturer gave me E.
Nina: oh, Kc sorry about
that.
Fat kc: mehn, Im so pissed off.
Kaycee: dont be pissed and study more.
Fat Kc : I studied.
Kaycee: maybe,it wasnt enough.
Maureen: kaycee, what do
you mean? That you
ve not gotten an E before?
Kaycee: for what?  Even if I get an E, Ill accept it that way.
Fat kc: whatever! All I
know is I didn
t deserve that grade.
Nina: I understand.  I wasnt really pleased with my grades this semester but theres nothing I can do about it
now.
Kaycee: see, taking
responsibility.
Nina: not really Kaycee, Im not saying I deserve all
those grades. I actually deserve better in some because I really knew what I
was doing.
Kaycee: so what happened?
Nina: I dont really know.
Nina didnt study for the exam, it
was basically what she learnt in class because she thought she was still in
secondary school but now she realizes she is now in the university and she has
to study to make good grades
Kaycee: Im bored.
Nina: me too, I know what
to do. I want to try something.
Fat kc: what?
Nina: guessing a number and
dialing.
Kaycee: that should be fun.
Nina: (she guessed three
numbers and buzzed). It rang! It rang!
Fat Kc: so what did you do?
Nina: I terminated the
call.
Kaycee: what if the person
calls back?
Maureen: why would the
person call back? Do you think everybody has time like you guys?
Nina 🙁 phone ringing) oh
my God! The number is calling.
Maureen: which one?
Nina: I dont know.
Kaycee: (excited) pick up
and put it on speaker!
Nina:hello!
Stranger: hi, who are my
speaking with?
Nina: Becky.
Stranger: Okay, what can I
do for you?
Nina: Oh, Im sorry I was trying to
dial my friends
number and mistakenly dialed yours.
Stranger:  uh, okay. Where are you?
Nina: school, why?
Stranger: just wanted to
know, you have a lovely voice. Which school?
Nina: its in Anambra state.
Stranger: okay, Im in Calabar, Im a barrister. My name is
Greg.
Nina: okay.
Stranger: so what
department are you?
Nina: microbiology.
Kaycee:(whispering) you are
saying your real school and department?
Stranger: what level?
Nina: 300level.
Stranger: thats nice; youll soon be rounding up.
Nina: yeah.
They
talked for thirty minutes, Maureen was so surprised about the time they were
talking and decided to flash an odd number as well. The rest of her roommates
were doing it, some got lucky and some didn
t
When the
call finally ended some of her roommates were sleeping except Fat Kc
Fat Kc: wow the guy is
really serious.
Nina: indeed, someone I dont even know.
Fat Kc: but you were
enjoying the call.
Nina: sort of, the guy can
talk.  Besides, what
s happening? Everyone is
sleeping.
Fat kc: dont mind them.so? What next?
Nina: what do you mean?
Fat Kc : you guys seem to
be getting along.
Nina:  Kc, it was just a phone thing.
Fat kc: sure?
Nina: of course, besides I
told him the line I used in calling wasn
t mine that he should call your line if he wants to reach me.
Fat kc: what? Why are you
involving me?
Nina: come on now, its just a game. I thought
you
ll be cool with it.
Fat kc: of course Im okay with it, I just hope
he
s not a psycho.
Nina: me too.When its
starts getting too weird, you don
t have to continue.
Fat Kc: okay, Im going to sleep, good
night.
Nina: goodnight!
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