to her room and it was noisy as usual with her roommate soaking her panties for
days under the bunk. Since Nina stays at the lower bunk, she suffers everything
from the smell of the soaked panties to the stepping of her bed to different
people coming into their room and sitting on her bed and charging phones since
the socket is directly above her bed and her bed is close to the door. Whenever
she enters the room she must see someone on her bed, it’s so depressing knowing how
much she paid for that space from the former owner and can’t even enjoy it. She can’t even have a goodnight
sleep; she can’t read in her room because
of the noise as well…
Nina: excuse me.
Strangers: oh sorry (they
got up from her bed and went to sit on the chair).
Nina: are you waiting for
Stranger: we came to charge
Nina: who let you in?
Nina: oh okay.
Chizoba 🙁 passes Nina’s room and stops by to
check on her) hey,Johny walker! Where have you been?
Nina: I was downstairs.
Chizoba: what are you doing
now? Come to my room.
Nina: okay, I’m coming. Excuse me, where
did you say Kaycee went?
Kaycee 🙁 walks in) yeah,
Nina: okay, there you are.
(whispers in Kaycee’s ear) I don’t want to see anyone on my bed.
Kaycee: yes ma’am.
Nina: I’m serious (leaves for
Chizoba: how are you today?
Nina: just okay.
Chizoba: you don’t look okay, is it Maureen?
Nina: no, it’s just the room in general.
Chizoba: what about your
Nina: they are like
Chizoba 🙁 laughing) I was
told it’s a notorious room. How did you get involved in that room in the first
Nina: I resumed late and
that was all I could get.
Chizoba: uh that’s bad; if I had known you
earlier you would have been my roommate.
Nina: yeah I guess.
Chizoba: don’t worry; it will soon be
over, you are lucky it’s just this semester. How much did you pay?
Nina: fifteen thousand.
Chizoba: what? For both
first and second semester?
Nina: no, just second.
Chizoba: that’s too much. The hostel feel
is ten thousand naira and for both semesters, why would they collect fifteen
from you? Who did you pay too?
Nina: it’s one Amaka downstairs in
Chizoba: Amaka, big Amaka?
Chizoba: but she’s still in the hostel.
Nina: it’s her sister’s space.
Chizoba: oh! But that’s bad of her, why would she
take that kind of money? Where is her sister now?
Nina: she went for her
Chizoba: maybe is because
they saw how desperate you were for a place that’s why they did it like that.
Nina: I guess.
Chizoba: yeah, because
whether you paid that money or not, her sister will still go for her program so
they would have brought the price down.
Nina: or someone would have
taken the space.
Chizoba: or not, who is
ready to pay that kind of money when they are not staying off-campus and for
just second semester? It’s bullshit.
Nina: you might be right.
Chizoba: now look at the
kind of room you paid for. Next time try and make enquiry.
Nina: there won’t be a next time because I’ll make sure I resume
Chizoba: yeah, or that.
Nina: I don’t have a choice right now.
Chizoba: you can sleep here
tonight if you want. Chioma won’t be around.
Nina: okay, thanks but
first of all I have to talk to them about the way different people sit on my bed
and the way I see different phones on my bed.
Chizoba: wow, you are
really seeing a lot in that room.
Nina: you have no idea. I’m just waiting for all of
them to be around today so I can tell them.
Chizoba: okay. What were
you doing downstairs?
Nina: I was with some
Chizoba: new friends?
Nina: yeah, it turns out
that the Agnes I’ve been looking for has been in Ernestina’s room.
Chizoba: how did you find
Nina: I went to see
Ernestina and I started talking to her roommates until one of them mistakenly
Chizoba: so what did she
Nina: she tried to deny it
but then she decided to let it go.
Chizoba: very funny.
Nina: that reminds me, she
invited me to a club,ATC club.
Chizoba:ATC club? Oh they’ve gotten you?
Nina: what do you mean?
Chizoba: I know the club;
it’s Joan that started it
Nina: I think I heard that
name in their conversation.
Chizoba: Joan? She’s their mother.
Chizoba: she stays in the
north, that’s where it started and now she has brought it here, she and floxy.
Chizoba: Florence is her
name but we call her Floxy.
Chizoba: they’ve invited me to join their
club but I don’t have the time besides their rules are so much.
Nina: what rules?
Chizoba: members are not
allowed to have boyfriends and vice versa. Don’t worry, when you get there you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Nina: wow, do they even
wear trousers at all?
Chizoba: if it’s that one they do, they
are like the funky born again with rules.
Nina: so because I have a
boyfriend I’ll be disqualified?
Chizoba: that’s if you want to join.
Nina: that’s ridiculous, we are all
adults here, and this is a university not secondary school.
Chizoba: I think you should
be telling them that not me. Joan really has time, I thought they are no more into
that club stuff anymore.i’m surprise to hear it from you.
Chizoba: yeah, I’ve not been hearing about
them for a while, I was thinking they’ve shut down.
Nina: obviously they haven’t.
Chizoba: maybe it’s because
I told them I’m not interested anymore that why they stopped bugging me about. Anyways
Joan is in Engineering so she still have one more year, I can’t waste my time left on
Nina: is that what it’s about?
Chizoba: yeah, it’s all about drama, music
and dance. I think they also said something about members not listening to
Nina: no! I don’t think so because the
girls I met were singing, oh wait a minute,she was singing he still loves me by
Beyonce; It’s a gospel song.
Nina: no, she also sang runaway
by the Corrs in the bathroom with me and they are secular.
Chizoba: maybe she hasn’t been introduced properly.
Chizoba: she’s your level isn’t she?
Chizoba: then she’s new. Let her get deep
first, and then you’ll see what I’m saying.
Nina: I’ll be back, let me go get
my things for tonight.
Chizoba: okay, don’t waste time.
Nina: (leaving to her room)