Dara had just finished teaching
her first class the following Monday morning when a student met her on the way
with a handwritten note. She hurried off to the headmistress’ office where an
unfamiliar female corper in uniform sat before the headmistress.
replied, motioning for her to take a seat. “I’m pleased to inform you that we
have a new corper joining us. She has just been redeployed to Gombe and was
posted here, and as the ever resourceful person that you are, I thought you
might like to meet and welcome her, especially as you are both in the same
batch. She’s Uju by name.”
smiles as the headmistress continued, “Corper Uju has just reported here this
morning, so she’ll be given the rest of the week off to settle before resuming
fully next week. She’ll be occupying the room next to yours at the lodge so
please help her get comfortable. I know you must be happy to have a fellow
corper in the school now. Congrats.”
relocated to Gombe? Why? My parents have barely forgiven me for not leaving
later.” Dara smiled. “Will you take my number so I’ll be around when you move
Dara left for her next class, she thought of Chika. They hadn’t spoken since
the very awkward day at his place and it was unusual for him not to have called
or reached out somehow. Thinking she had probably embarrassed him although she
felt embarrassed herself, she decided to break the ice.
Valentine’s Day. It was afterall a day for lovers and she hadn’t had any. The
yearly red-themed youth fellowship ‘secret’ gifts exchange at church usually
made the day.
to the Mallam Sidi camp for the batch A passing out parade. She didn’t expect
to have any fun there when a batch was done with their service already while
she still had eight more months to go, but being at the event gave her hope
that it would be her turn someday.
when she got there, and his warm smile quickly dispelled all thoughts of hostility.
knowing that feel as good as I imagine?” Dara grinned at him.
it?” she asked, squinting to see the parade ground at a distance.
woke up now. They can’t start without him.”
so she asked him, “Waiting for someone?”
weren’t lost,” he said loudly, chuckling.
his face and turned to follow his gaze to see who he had been talking to.
was close enough, “I stopped to get something at a shop on my way. Have you
been waiting for long? I tried to call but couldn’t get through.”
back in town,” Dara said, surprised.
dad. He stays there,” Uju replied.
night. I guessed you might have been asleep and I didn’t want to disturb.”
You couldn’t have disturbed in any way, we live right next to each other now.”
both girls on either of his sides.