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“Babe what sup?” I said into the phone.
“Sorry it’s not Precious, it’s her rummy.”
“Oh! How are you? Where is she?”
“She is sleeping, she has not been feeling fine a while now.”
“Ah! What is wrong with her” I asked worried.
“She has been running temperature for a while now, but she is a bit ok now.”
“Ok no problem, am coming to your hostel.”
Over time, Precious and I have become a little close. She keeps sit for me during our pol.101 class which she is re writing. Above that, I have been to her hostel a couple of times but never invited her over to my house. She has also assumed the role of a school mother to me as she always cook and give me in a food flask almost every evening I happen to visit her.
I walked into her room and met a pale looking Precious sleeping.
“When did this start?” I asked her roommate.
“That should be three days ago”
“Have you guys gone to the hospital or is she on any medication?”
“No she has refused to go to the hospital or take any medication. I have begged her to take some drugs but she blatantly refused. Even to eat is a big problem for her. She has refused to eat almost everything I prepared since the sickness started”
I looked at the sick girl lying on the bed and felt pity for her she was looking so pale.
“Please help me pack a few of her cloths” I said to the roommate.
“Were are you taking her to?” she asked looking surprised.
“To my house” I replied still looking at Precious on the bed.
“Are you sure you can take care of her? She can be very annoying and stubborn when sick.”
“Don’t worry, I can handle her.”
I tapped Precious to wake up. She woke up and looked at me surprised.
“What are you doing here?” she asked.
“I heard that you are planning suicide and came to check if you have succeeded. How can you be sick and have refused to go to the hospital or take any medication? You know what, we are going to my house and I don’t want you to argue it one bit”.
I expected her to argue with me or pull some resistance, but to my surprise, she just stood up and said “Let’s go”. I collected her bag from her roommate and led precious out from her room. We boarded a cab which took us to my lodge.
Fifteen minutes later saw us in my room. “Welcome to my house” I said as I led her to my bed. She mumbled something like a “thank you”. I left her on the bed and went out to get some things for her. I bought malt and milk and a bottle of locuzade boost. I also bought food from a café. I went back home only to meet Precious sprawled on the rug in the pool of her own puke. I rushed to her and carried her up and settled her back on the bed. Her temperature was running very high.
I wanted to boil water to clean her up but on a second thought I decided against it. With the way her temperature was running high, I will need to use cold water. Carrying her to the bathroom after getting her out of her cloths. I sat her down on the toilet sit before I started bathing her. At first it was a tug of war as she refused that I bath her with cold water. I had to plead with her and made her understand that the cold water will help calm her high temperature. She bent down with hands clasped around her Bosom while I poured water on her body to calm her temperature.
After using four buckets of water on her, her temperature calmed. I dried her up and carried her back to the room. I helped her into one of my pajamas, mixed the malt and milk in a cup and she drank it after I had to beg her to. I also gave her a cup full of the boast I bought. I tucked her into the bed with my duvet. She thanked me with a weak smile and within some minutes she slept off while I settled to clean up her puke.
After cleaning up the puke, I went out to get some medications for her. When I came back, I met her still sleeping peacefully. I checked her temperature with my hand on her fore head and it was ok. She was even sweating a little.
After over two days in my house, she started getting back herself and the fourth day, she was very ok. Her stay in my house got us closer than we were before.
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It’s in making up that God actually made all women the same. They all can waste a decade just applying few things on their face. I sat, pressing my phone and waiting for Shania to finish wearing her makeup.
“Can we go already?” I asked, little anger showing in my voice.
“Hey! Don’t sound like that na. Ok just give me a minute” she said.
“This is what you told me five minutes ago.”
“I’m done already.”
We left some five minutes after she said that she was done already. As we walked out from my lodge, it was just like we stole the show. Everybody got their eyes glued to us. She noticed it and made matters worse by slipping her hand into mine and we walked down like a couple. We didn’t say much as we both enjoyed the attention we were getting.
When we got to my department, I pecked her and with a big hug I asked,
“When are we seeing again?”
“You have my number, so it’s up to you.”
“Then be expecting a call from me after my lectures.”
“Don’t worry I won’t pick if you call. Moreover, I miss my room” she said making a funny face.
“That’s not fair, my own room will be lonely without you.”
“Then you are welcome to my own house” she said laughing.
We talked some more before parting. As I entered my class, I pulled out my phone and sent her a message.
‘Thanks for everything, the cooking, the company and the ………. I’m so grateful and wish we can do this more often. Have a nice day sweetheart”.
She replied my message after calling once and I didn’t pick her call.
‘The few days with you was so splendid and one of my best. Thanks for all the fun hun’.
It was just as hectic as my normal Mondays as I walked out from my last lecture for the day. I pulled out my phone when I felt a vibration inside my pocket. It was a message from Cindy. I was surprised and a bit nervous. I opened the message and it read
“Hey what’s up, sorry I have not been reachable for a while now.I have not been around. Hope you are good?”
I hissed after reading the message and slipped back the phone into my pocket.
“I think I have to toughen up” I said to myself as I walked on going to my house.
Some things are easier said than done. When I got to her hostel and wanted to walk past. A part of my mind started urging me to call her. After these whole days of calling and not getting a reply, I think I need some explanation. That was the excuse my mind was giving to me. I pulled out my phone and dialled her number.
“I’m in front of your hostel” I said into the phone as she picked the call.
“Ok my room is 335”
“I don’t think I can come inside, just come out ok” I said with a straight voice.
“I’m tired and I don’t have the strength to walk down the stairs, so please just come up ok” she pleaded.
“Well then, I think I have to be going. Just wanted to check on you” I said and dropped the call before she could say another thing.
Before I could take a step forward my phone started ringing and it was Cindy calling.
“Yes?” I said as I picked the call.
“Did someone annoy you or are you angry with me or something?” she asked.
“Nobody annoyed me and am not angry with you or anything. I just don’t want to enter your hostel and since you can’t come down then going was the next option.”
“Hmmmmm!! Ok am coming down” she said and dropped the call.
She came down looking as cool as always, but I wasn’t going to allow this beauty of a girl to intimidate me. I was determined to be plain and blunt.
“Good evening, what’s up?” she greeted.
“Am good, how are you?”
“Fine jare, how was classes today na?” she asked.
“Normal, just as it has always been. Did you have any today?” I asked.
“No, actually I was supposed to have one but I didn’t go”
“Why, are you ok?” I asked.
“Yes am fine, just being lazy”
We talked for a while without bringing up the main issue of her absence in school. I wanted her to bring it up but it seemed she would rather I ask before she would anything about it. But on a second thought I changed my mind. We ain’t dating yet and so it’s all her business. I don’t want to start acting the jealous boyfriend yet.
Time check 7pm. “I think I should be on my way” I said standing up.
Heaving a sigh, she stood up too “Are you sure you are ok?” she asked as we both stood looking at each other.
“Yea, I’m fine”
We said the good nights and parted as I left for my lodge and she headed back to her hostel.
To Be Continued…