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It was the last CDS meeting before
the batch B passing out, and Environmental CDS members had assumed Dara would
take up Chika’s position, being the Vice President and already familiar with
the president’s roles. She declined, however, giving a busy schedule as excuse,
what with her private tutoring and heavy workload at the school.
caught up with her on her way out and asked, puzzled, “What was that about? You
know you deserved to be president.”
spend my time grooming kids to be smart enough so they know not to litter the
environment in the first place.”
nothing to do with me,” he said, arching a brow.
Playfully pulling Chika’s hand, she asked Dara, “Can I steal him for abit?”
be the first time.”
we’re not done talking,” Chika said as Uju pulled him away.
was scorching and her phone was ringing, but all she wanted to do was walk. It
had been months, why did it still hurt so much that he chose Uju over her each
so she picked up and hissed angrily, “What is it? Look, there’s nothing you can
say to make me change my mind so just don’t bother!”
“Hello to you too. Change your mind about what, though?”
hadn’t bothered to check who the caller was, she had simply assumed it was
Chika. She apologized, embarrassed, “Sorry, I thought it was someone else.”
at a bad time?”
told him quietly.
pissing you off. Where are you?”
have malaria. And I’m making myself some get-well-soon soup,” he said. “Want
could allow you pay me a visit.” She hesitated, so he added, “You sound like
you need to talk, I’m offering you a listening ear plus a plate of soup, that’s
“You can tell me how to get to your place. I’ll just get home and change from
my uniform. But you know these tricks of yours are getting old, right?”
about an hour later, they were both dressed in similar blue jeans and tees, and
she told him, “You look younger.”
really so old?”
She covered her face with her hands. “Now I feel so small.”
decade.” He grinned.
married with two kids—Are you married?” She quickly asked. It hadn’t occurred
to her before that he might be.
taste the best soup ever. I boiled some rice to go with it,” he told her as he
fetched the plates.
watched him dish the food. He must have noticed, because he asked, looking at
her with concern, “Are you okay?”
the sick one here, remember? We agreed I was only going to listen.”
her a plate. “It’s just…the last meal I shared with a guy didn’t end so well. I
couldn’t help but remember.”
couch. “What happened?”
healthy young man. Can’t blame him.”
“Seriously? You’d do that too?”
a straight face, feigning seriousness, “Well, we both know how you’ve asked me
for some favours in the past, so of course I would if you begged me to.”