The Woman I Cherish 21

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The class was almost filled.
Everyone sat down quietly waiting for
the lecturer to arrive. Angel, Jessica
and Lucy were sitting at the far left.
Francis and Henry were occupying
the back seat.
Jewel walked into the class few
minutes later with a swollen face. He
quietly went to the far right and sat
down. The lecturer walked into the
class immediately Jewel settled
down. He went straight to the podium
and faced the class.
“I believe you have all seen the first
semester examination timetable. Your
exams begin in two weeks time and I
hope you are all ready for it. This
will be the last time we will be
meeting, because next week is your
lecture free week. I will advise you to
revise all what you have learnt,
because questions will be set from
your note. That being said, let’s
proceed to today’s topic” He said and
walked to the board.
The lecture went on smoothly and
when lecture was over, the lecturer
gave them some areas of
concentration in the exam, before
leaving the class.
Angel hurried to meet Jewel
immediately the lecturer left the class
and sat beside him. she held his
hands and stared into his eyes.
“what happened to you? why is your
face swollen?” Angel asked, feeling
concerned.
Jewel took a side glance at Henry
and realized he wasn’t looking at
their direction.
“I fell” he lied.
He didn’t plan of telling Angel what
really happened to him, because the
last time he did, it didn’t end well.
“how come? Are you sure about that,
because it looks like someone
punched you.” Angel said.
“no one punched me. I fell. who will
dare punch me.” He responded.
“let me take a proper look at it.”
Angel said and examined Jewel face.
“have you taken drug?”
“no, but I will visit the medical centre
when returning to my hostel.” Jewel
responded.
“let’s go to the medical centre now.
you need drug to subside the pain.”
Angel said.
“I will do that when returning to my
hostel.” Jewel responded.
“no, let’s go now” Angel insisted.
“okay” Jewel responded.
They stood up and approached the
door. Henry stared at them
continuously until they left the class.
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Lucy walked into the school
restuarant to see Francis having
lunch at the far left. she walked
straight to meet him and sat opposite
him.
“Francis, are you avoiding me?” she
asked immediately without greeting
him.
“no, why will I be avoiding you?”
Francis asked.
“I realized that for some weeks now,
you haven’t spoken to me. And you
also leave class immediately after
lecture. you can’t tell me that you are
not avoiding me, because it’s
obvious that you are. so tell me what
the problem is” Lucy said.
“do you want to know?” Francis
asked.
“yes tell me. I want to know. don’t
keep me in the dark” Lucy
responded.
Francis held her hands and stared
into her eyes.
“Lucy I’m in love with you” Francis
said.
Lucy stared silently at him for a
while. she slowly freed her hands
from his hold and stared into his
eyes.
“I’m sorry Francis. I don’t think I feel
same way for you. you are my friend
and that’s all.” Lucy said.
Francis nodded. He already knew
what would be her response. He just
wanted to confirm it.
“I’m very sorry Francis.” Lucy said,
stood up and left the restuarant.
Francis continued eating his food.
He didn’t even look like someone
who just got turned down. He already
knew what the outcome will be. He
just had to tell her, so that he could
move on with his life. He left the
restuarant when he was done eating.
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Jewel lay on his bed trying to get
some sleep, while Henry sat on his,
reading a novel. A knock sounded on
their door and they both turned their
attention to the door. The door
opened to reveal Angel at the door.
Jewel and Henry stared curiously at
her.She walked into the room and
went straight to meet Jewel on his
bed. Jewel sat up immediately. He
wasn’t expecting her, and actually
didn’t want her to be there, because
her presence might stir up trouble
between him and Henry.
“what are you doing here” Jewel
asked, curiously.
“I came to check up on you” Angel
responded and sat down beside
Jewel on his bed.
She was carrying a handbag. She
didn’t even bother looking at Henry’s
direction.
“have you eating? I brought food for
you to eat” Angel said.
Henry stood up from his bed
immediately Angel said that and
stormed out of the room, slamming
the door behind him.
“you shouldn’t have done that. I
would have gone to the restuarant to
have dinner” Jewel said.
“why not just say thank you instead
of complaining. you just made all my
efforts look useless” Angel said,
feeling a bit sad.
Jewel noticed the look on her face.
“I’m sorry. Thank you very much.”
Jewel said.
“okay, you can eat the food now” she
said and brought out the food.
“why are you doing this? why are you
taking care of me?” Jewel asked.
Angel paused immediately Jewel said
that. She dropped the spoon she was
holding and stared at Jewel.
“nothing, I just thought it’s the right
thing to do.” she said and stood up.
“you can eat the food when you feel
like. I’m leaving” she said and left
Jewel’s room without waiting for a
reply.
Jewel stared continuously at the door
in confusion as he couldn’t
understand what he had said or done
wrong, because Angel’s mood
suddenly change.

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