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I woke up with a splitting headache. The rays from the yellow bulb pierced through my eyes. I winced, shutting my eyes. I couldn’t remember having a yellow bulb in my room. I rolled over burying my face to the pillow. My head was aching so badly like it was being hit with a hammer.
I heard a click of the switch and opened my eyes a little from the pillow to notice that the light has been switched off.
“My head hurts” I said turning around to see Shania standing beside the bed. A bottle of cold water and two tablets of aspirin in her hand stretched out to me.
“Why won’t it hurt? Idiot” she cursed handing over the water and drug. This will help with the headache. I collected the water and drug from her and gulped it down. I took another deep gulp from the bottle before handing it back to her. She collected it and without another word she went back to the kitchen.
I had my trouser and stockings on but no belt, shirt or singlet. I couldn’t remember what happened or how I got to Shania’s house. All I could remember was sitting with a girl in 11:45. I can’t remember her face or name if she told me. I stood up and went to the kitchen.
“Go back to bed, food will soon be ready” she said when she heard my footstep.
“What’s up, how did I manage to get here? I asked ignoring her earlier statement.
“You can’t remember right?” she asked still not turning around.
“Yup” I replied picking a slice of plantain from the sieve on the sink.
“Then leave it that way and let me not see your hand inside that sieve again, idiot” she said pointing the spoon at me.
I tiptoed and hugged her from behind before she could turn. “Tell me now, why you dey vex for me? Ok I’m sorry for drinking too much. Just tell me what happened”
“First of all go and wash your mouth, your breath could kill an infant. Check for a brush on the drawer below my dressing table”
I know I had a bad breath as a result of the alcohol I took but for her to tell me really made it sink. I picked the brush and headed to the bathroom. After I brushed, I had my bath before coming out. Surprisingly I have not ask about my phone since I woke up.
“Do you know where I kept my phone?”
“Check it inside that bag on the dressing table” she replied from the kitchen.
I switched on my phone when I collected it. Immediately after it loaded, I got three sms messages and some whatsapp messages. I clicked on the messages. Two were from Precious and one from Oge. Immediately the events of the previous day started rushing back.
“Are you still coming around? I’m waiting”
“Your number is switched off, call me when you get this message?” these were the two messages from Precious.
“I’m sorry about this morning, the way I reacted and the way I left. I know I owe you some explanations and I promise to tell you everything when we see. I loved you Purity and still do” this was the message from Oge.
I closed the messages and checked my call log. Shania was the number I called last. How come? I couldn’t remember calling her or what we talked about. I checked for the call details and saw that the call lasted for one minute and thirty five seconds.
I checked my whatsapp messages and replied those that I could. Precious also left a couple of whatsapp messages for me also with Cindy. I was about to charge the phone when Cindy’s call entered. With a long hiss, I busied the call and switched it off.
I was on the bed going through a magazine and half thinking about Oge and Precious when Shania served the food. All these while, I have been silly, not noticing what she was putting on. She was on a big pink polo with a Playboy Bunny drawn in front. Her Bosom juggled as she walked with her Tips sticking out.
“You look hot in that top” I said smiling.
“Idiot come down let’s eat” she cursed placing the tray on the floor.
“Ah! Ah! Thought I’ve apologized, why are you still cursing me?
I did the whole talking while we ate. She didn’t reply any of my questions or talk to me without prefixing or suffixing idiot to it. At a point I had to give up while we ate in silence.
After clearing the dishes, I laid back on the bed while she went to the bathroom. When I heard the shower running, images of the last time resurfaced in my mind. I was tempted to Unclothe and head to the bathroom but with this her present mood, she might just pull my Joystick off. I respected myself and relaxed back on the bed.
Fifteen minutes later, she came out from the bathroom stack Unclad.
“Hey must you always walk out from the bathroom like this?” I asked.
“What business of yours is it?” she retorted. And just when I thought that she has given up on cursing me, she completed her earlier statement with “idiot”.
I heaved a big sigh of defeat and dragged my attention off her body back to the mag I was reading.
After she wore her undies, she dragged a seat close to the bed and after staring at me for a while that lasted like eternity, she cleared her throat and started.
“Purity what is wrong with you?”
“Nothing, I’m fine” I replied sitting up on the bed.
“Look at yourself in the mirror, go on” she said pointing to her dressing table. “You look like something dragged in by a cart. What is the problem? I was so f**cking ashamed when I met you yesterday. All thanks to that Good Samaritan girl that covered you up if not, you would have disgraced yourself to heaven and back. This is not the you that I know. Now I need you to talk to me like a sister, like a friend, what is the problem? What pushed you to drinking that much? If not for one thing, I would have called your mum. What is it? Do you know that this is final year? Do you think you are going to graduate if you continue like this? See I need explanations, if not, I’m going to call your mum here and now” she said with a note of finality.
“See you don’t have to do that. What happened yesterday was a mistake. Yesterday was just one of those days one has to do what he doesn’t do on a normal day to get some things off his mind. I’m sorry you met me in that state, it won’t happen again ok?”
“See that is not what I want to hear. Tell me what pushed you that far”
“Shania it is a little bit complicated ok? Let’s just leave it”
“No we ain’tgonna leave it. Let’s get it ‘uncomplicated’ now”
“Ok, but before then, tell me what happened yesterday and how I got here”
“You called me around 6pm yesterday to come to 11:45. I was in town where I went to pick a delivery so I decided to drive straight to 45. When I got there, a girl saw me looking around and signaled to me. She asked if I’m Shania. It was when she asked that I saw you with a face cap relaxed back on the seat beside her sleeping. The face cap covered your face so well that if I didn’t know you I wouldn’t have recognized you.
Together we guided you to the car before she left. I was so embarrassed seeing you in that state. I drove you back here because taking you to your house would have been very difficult. What were you thinking? Believe me, if it wasn’t for that girl, you would have been ransacked there. Why would you do such a thing?”
After I listened to her narrate everything, I felt very bad and ashamed. “Do you know the girl or did she leave her contact?” I asked.
“Nope but that is her cap” she said pointing to a cap on the table which I didn’t even notice all those while.
“She said she will collect it from you if you guys ever met again. Now that I have told you how you got here, can you now tell me what happened?”
“I’m very sorry. I feel so ashamed of myself right now”
“There will be time for self-pity, certainly not now”
“Yesterday was just a bad day for me. I don’t know how to explain it to you”
“Explain it anyhow”
“Ok. There is this girl I had something with when I was in first year………..”
I carefully avoided the party and sleeping with Cindy in my story. After I narrated the whole story, she heaved a sigh and stood up pacing around the room.
“So this is why you had to drink yourself to stupor yesterday? Fine tell me, have you figured out a solution to your so called problem? Since the only succor you felt you could run to was drinking, have you thought out anything?” She asked.
“I’m sorry” I replied out of shame.
After pacing around for a while, she climbed to the bed and sat beside me. She stared at me for a while before she said.
“Purity I understand how you feel. But if you start drinking when you have little issues, what will happen when bigger issues comes?Moreover, this is not an issue. You should have simply come to me instead of the other way round”
“I’m sorry” I said looking away.
“Ok this is what I think you should do. You need to take a break from all these girls. You need a time out to think. I know so many things are going through your mind now but enough is enough. You need a break. Remember, you have your studies and nobody is ever going to listen to stories if you don’t make good grades. Now it is time for you to determine what you want. But whatever you are deciding just know that your academics is the first and most important thing, every other thing is secondary and a bit irrelevant for now. Decide wisely”
I felt a little relieved after we talked though I still had some thoughts running through my mind. I still need to know what happened between Oge and Precious in our first year. I still needed answers to some questions.
I stayed with Shania throughout the day and left later in the evening. She offered to drop me off but I declined. I went home straight. Just like Shania said, I needed time. I thought so much into the night; and the next morning, I already made up my mind on what to do.
To Be Continued…