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Mr Bamidele checked his time. .
‘Your time starts now!’
The classroom was quiet and every head was bent over their table, writing, except one. His head was bent, hand un-moving and he was still for a while.
‘Anthony? Dude it’s being fifteen minutes already and you haven’t written a thing. …are you okay?” The voice beside him asked . When it got no response he nudged him
“TF dude? ?? You know if you don’t write nothing, I don’t write nothing mehn. Anthony ?? ” the voice continued
‘Is there a problem Mr James ?’ Mr Bamidele asked from his chair .
‘Er no sir. Not at all. Was just asking for a spare pen. Gotten it sir ” James smiled and bent over his work, not without stepping on Anthony ‘s feet.
‘Ouch James. That hurts “…Anthony shifted his feet.
“Guy time dey go. Wetin do you?. I no read for the test. Start writing so I can dub”.. James queried, covering his mouth to stop Mr Bamidele from noticing
“You never read for anything. But hold on … gimme a minute .” Anthony said through closed lips .
Anthony shifted on his sit. How could he tell James that he has gotten completely blank.
Like blank. Nothing . Nada.!!!!!
He knew it. He knew the answers. When he wasn’t feeling the skin of a random beautiful girl and sinking into her warmth, he was buried head in his books. He didn’t have brains for nothing.
But for first time , nothing was coming. He was blank. All because of that girl that walked in . And all he could think about was her face and the whiff of her perfume that bathed the room.
He blinked once. Twice . Trying to clear his fogged mind. James impatient tapping wasn’t helping either. Victoria ‘ s stares boring into his back was making him uncomfortable and the fact that she kept sliding her feet up and down his left legs was disconcerting. He didn’t need a soothsayer to know that Victoria was only in class because he was in class and he could bet his balls she wasn’t writing jack either and neither were her sidekicks.
He stole a glance at the girl causing the commotion in his head. She was focused on her work. Biting her lower lip, eyes squinted. A lock of her hair dangled at the side of her face, he was tempted to reach out and tuck it behind her ear. He didn’t realize he was smiling at the way she was calm and focused and cute ,until he felt another pain on his already throbbing feet.
‘Ouch James. . What’s wrong with you mehn? ,”
“Anthony … time is almost over for the test. Your paper is blank . Mine too. And you are smiling and you are asking me what’s wrong with me? ?, wait lemme answer that …..” James thought for a second ….
” Everything. !!!!! ” He exclaimed under his breath.
Anthony sighed. James was his closest friend. He is a good guy and a good friend but he was dumb when it came to books, still he always would be the last man standing beside you when trouble hits and everyone else runs.
Anthony tore his eyes away from the girl. Shook her out of his head and faced his empty test sheet. He faintly heard Mr Bamidele call out ..
“Twenty minutes to go”…
“Well James, I hope you can write faster than your mouth or at least try to keep up ??”
“Dude, just write.” James got into a dubbing and writing position.
Anthony smiled and twisted his pen between his fingers and then touched it to his script and began scribbling. He didn’t stop until the timer went off.
“Victoria? Anthony keeps staring sideways.”… Sandra stated eyeing the back of Anthony’s head.
‘ Yes!! He has been staring at the new girl since she walked in. “…. Bunmi concurred, she pinched her nose and wriggled it.
Victoria ‘s eyes darted to where Rose and Grace sat.
“I noticed . It’s making me really angry, but maybe he is probably just curious who the new face is that’s all”…she said, looking at Grace again and back to the head of Anthony.
‘If you say so”…Sandra wasn’t convinced. She exchange looks with bunmi who shrugged.
“But it’s always better to make sure that’s all that he is doing, just being “curious “, but if she as much as returns that curiosity…she would definitely have me to deal with. You both remember what I did to Cynthia Last year? ? “.
“Poor Cynthia. ” Sandra chuckled under her breath.
“Too bad she had to drop out of school. The humiliation was too much for her little poor mind to bear”..Bunmi added, as the memories flashed through her mind.
…Victoria Continued…”Yes!! well she had it coming. I wonder how hard it is it explain that Anthony is mine. Wheather he knows it or not. It’s only fair to warn them “politely ” first before the big shebang!!”
She smiled upon remembering Cynthia’s face and when she ran out of school crying over a big “slut” written over her picture and pasted all over school.
She takes her eyes off them, sighing. She dropped her pen. Her script was blank and theirs had little to nothing scribbled in it. She smiled . What was the point of reading when all she had to do was rub a certain head between her legs and her grades keeps being nothing short of A’s .
While Mr Bamidele collected each script and came to hers, she brushed her bosom to his hand slightly as he picked hers off her desk. He smiled . They exchanged knowing looks. Her sidekicks smiled too. She had also promised him to them. They were covered.
This were the little perks of being friends with the Queen V!!
After the test, Rose waited for grace to pick up her bag so they could leave as everyone filed out. Rose needed to get grace out of there.
“Let’s go to the love garden at PS block or we should head home?”
She scanned the area, thankful she didn’t see him around,she noticed he didn’t stop staring at Grace, she didn’t want grace to get into trouble . Especially when Victoria was probably lurking behind to get to Anthony.
“Er love garden. I want to write a bit before I head home ”
Rose wondered if she should tell Grace that Victoria had spotted Anthony staring at her and her looks wasn’t pretty.
Should she be scared for Grace?
But Victoria wouldn’t act on anything unless Grace goes after Anthony. . And grace isn’t after Anthony. She relaxed, She was being scared for nothing.
They walked in silence till they got to the garden and sat on its stone chair .
*** A few meters away from there***
“who is that girl?”
Anthony followed her with his eyes. He had left the classroom quickly to avoid Victoria ‘ s claws but he hid himself in order to watch her come out. He couldn’t stop staring.
James followed his eyes…”Who? Spiro-girl ?
“What’s that now??” Anthony ached an eyebrow
“Yes! spiro-girl. that’s what she is called. She is a beauty right? A transfer from Lagos, couple of weeks now. Eh…I think her name is Grace. She is a bit of an innocent. Quiet ,reserved and a no – party girl. Always typing in that laptop of hers. Rose is the only person you see her around with. ….” he pauses and the continues.
……And why are you asking? ?”
James eyed him.
Realization dawned on him. His father’s office, new girl, file !! .
“Damn!! Stupid me. So for over three weeks I have been missing this pretty face. I should go introduce myself. As the student body president,that is ” He checked himself out. He looked okay.
“Er don’t bother. She isn’t like other girls. Trust me a couple of us have tried. She is more interested in church and books. Plus you know Victoria would dig in her claws on any girl who fancies you. She wants you bad bro. She is a tiger ”
James laughed hitting Anthony on the back.
“Firstly bro, I don’t care about Victoria nor what she wants. You can have her. Secondly who says I want to chase her. I am just going to do my duty as student body president. But Who says there is anything wrong in wishing. Come along jammie boy.”
He puts on his cutest smile,expertly avoiding the girls who were throwing him sweet glances and coming to hug him. He headed to their direction with James lagging behind.
Rose sighted them coming towards them. She scanned the area, the queen and her she – devils were no where to be seen.
“Erm Grace, so you were wondering who the student body president was right? … “Well you can finally place a face to the name. He is 1 minute behind you”
Rose smiled a knowing smile, like a star showing her most prized trophy while Grace raised her head up the same time she gets up trying to pull her laptop out of her bag,
Then it happened .
Laptop and test books WHAMM on the ground
“Shit” was all that she muttered as she bent to pick up her things…”Oh sorry my goodness!!” she exclaimed, mum said not to swear. she bites her lower lip.
In less than a minute, a figure bents, joining and helping her pick her scattered books.
‘Aren’t you the clumsy one?”
He chuckled under his breath.
” Thank you so much….er am sorry what??”
Grace said not staring at the figure, gathering the books in her arms.they both reached for the laptop thesame time; fingers touching, energy sparked ,they withdraw their hands immediately. Eyes meeting, eyes lingering for a brief few seconds. Grace drops her eyes and grabs her laptop and staggers up, wavering a bit ..her legs felt cramped.
“Woah! !! Let me help you with that” he steadies her and takes her books away from her and places it on the stoned table in the love garden.
Grace felt uneasy. She bent to pick up her pen that slipped, “Am sorry—
Anthony made to straighten up, he felt quite the gentleman,
His head was throbbing but he pitied hers, and with a reflex action he grabs her with one hand holding her waist pulling her close, the other hand he placed flat on her forehead and kept rubbing it in to stop her forehead from swelling and throbbing the same time. The way she squeezed her eyes shut from the pain and held on to his hands made him smile, forgetting his pains already .
“clumsy girl” he muttered .
**** Somewhere close by ****
Sandra taps Bunmi and pointed, her eyes grew larger than its sockets. Bunmi turns drinking a coke, chocked on it spilling some on her dress as her eyes rested on the scene unfolding.
Victoria walked out of the cafeteria,speaking on the phone, she stops in front of them, a puzzled expression on her face …
‘What’s the matter with both of you???”
Sandra and Bunmi exchanges looks then points .Victoria follows the direction of their fingers ,when her eyes rested on them, her expression grew from one of shock , to disbelieve ,to anger and then to something dark.
From the distance it looked as though Grace and Anthony were enjoying a lover’s embrace and breaths away from kissing.
She began moving towards them, her sidekicks followed behind. it felt as though the students stood still ,waiting to see what would happen, they pathed the way as she passed,holding their breaths,anticipating the showdown that is inevitable when it came to Victoria and her most priced possession ‘Anthony the handsome “. Their silent wHispering weren’t lost on Victoria..
“isn’t that Anthony and Grace?”
“Why is he holding on to her??”
“Grace ‘ s eyes are closed”
“Oh my God!! Is he about to kiss her!!”
“Isn’t that the new girl ..how come she and Anthony are already chitchat ting. ?”
“Victoria is coming. ..
“Victoria is coming..
“look, look..Victoria is about to ruin that perfect moment.
“ohhh my word!!!”
The side talks bounced off Victoria’s shoulders like a ball. The granite that had become her face made her look even more scary.
It was the same thought playing over everyone’s mind as Victoria stormed passed them..eyes following her…while her two minimes tagged behind…
Everyone knew..without saying….”the new girl can’t be saved!!”.
Rose saw her coming, only too late . James couldn’t stop her, he was inches too far from her . Anthony didnt see her, he was looking at Grace and wondering how such a pretty girl be clumsy . And Grace was oblivious of the events unfolding , her eyes were closed and her head was throbbing.
But everything changed as soon as she felt someone forcefully turn her. It happened faster than a blink of an eye.
“Hi am Victoria ”
Grace’s face burned, hot tears stung her eyes and she saw stars ..her vision blurred, she staggered slightly, her hands went to her face. Her ears began to ring bells, And the exclamation of the tiny crowd didn’t help matters either.
‘And that’s my man” Victoria emphasized.
Grace saw the hands coming again, but she was pulled away into waiting arms as the hand was caught in midair by another hand , cutting the slap.
‘Don’t you dare it again Victoria. Don’t you dare!!!! “…Anthony threatened through clenched teeth, his veins popped out. He tightened his hold on her hand until he saw her wince in pain,he let’s her go and nudges her out of the way,pulling Grace away with him. He was trained never to hit a woman. His blood boiled. But today he wished he could break a few rules.
Rose burned with anger. She made for Victoria but James pulled her away just in time and gathers Grace ‘ s things and heads out after Anthony .
Sandra and Bunmi gasped ..
‘How dare he defend that …that bitch,?”
‘How dare he walk away with her? ”
They both interjected.
Victoria watched them leave, her fist clenched. Her expression unreadable.
‘No! How dare her !”
“Hasn’t anyone told lil Gracey about me yet? ?…She laughed
“I think I need to re – introduce myself . And brief her on why nobody goes close to Anthony except me; because he is mine. Whoever does gets burnt,newbies aren’t exempted ,especially after this “.
“Oh Anthony ,things I could do for you!!…She stares until they disappeared behind the Ps block. she turned and walked the other way. oblivious of the stares and points and expression of people. She really didn’t care. She had thoughts running in her mind. Bad thoughts..very painful for whom it may concern.
“What should we do to lil Gracey??”….She spoke more to herself than to the girls . . They chirped in suggestions but Victoria wasn’t listening …
She kept walking, while her sidekicks hooped behind her.
“I knew I wasn’t going to like you from the very start Grace, now I have every reason to deal with you and enjoy it.”. A smile danced at the corner of her mouth.
“You have no idea what am capable of Gracey. You have no idea”.
Sandra and Bunmi exchanged looks. They knew how the story would end.
A poor girl gets badly hurt and Victoria becomes happy. Victoria always has to be happy. She is queen after all.
They followed her quietly. Things were going to get hotter in school .