The Woman I Cherish 23

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Angel stood outside the hall,
waiting for Henry to leave the
examination hall, so that she could
give him a piece of her mind. She
was very furious. Students were
already leaving the examination
hall, but Henry was yet to come
out. She paced up and down. Henry
emerged from the hall few minutes
later and walked towards the gate.
Angel sighted him and rushed to
meet him. She blocked his way and
glared at him. Henry stood still and
stared at her. He knew very well
that Angel was going to blame him
for what happened to Jewel.
“how could you? how could you do
this to your friend. how could you
be this wicked?” Angel barked.
“Angel, do you actually believe that
I did that to Jewel. I’m not
heartless.” Henry said.
“oh spare me that nonsense. Don’t
you dare defend yourself, because I
know you did this to Jewel.” Angel
barked.
“how can I do such a thing, when I
know very well that it might ruin his
future. that’s inhuman. I can get
angry easily and say harsh words,
but that’s all I can do. I can never
do anything to harm someone”
Henry said.
“you are not only a wicked person
but also a bloody liar. I wonder why
Jewel didn’t see the kind of person
you are, all this while” Angel said.
“Angel, I didn’t do it. you have to
believe me.” Henry said.
“I will rather believe the devil than
believe you. infact, you are no
different from a devil. If Jewel
hasn’t believed you, he wouldn’t
have ended up in this mess.” Angel
responded.
“your words are really hurting me”
Henry said.
“I wish I can do more than that. I
wish I can do something to you
that will make you feel the same
pain I’m feeling right now.” Angel
responded.
“this is really sad” Henry said,
sadly.
“what’s going on here?” They heard
behind them.
They both turned to see Jessica
standing few steps away from
them. She heard Angel screaming
at Henry from afar and approached
them.
“what’s going on here?” Jessica
asked again.
“Angel, why are you screaming at
Henry”
Angel didn’t respond. she just
stared from Henry to Jessica, back
to Henry. She turned and walked
out on them.
Jessica walked closer to Henry and
stared at him.
“what’s wrong? why is Angel mad at
you? what did you do to her?”
Jessica asked.
“she thought I was the one that
implicated Jewel” Henry responded.
“but why will she think that?”
Jessica asked.
“that’s because I’m Jewel’s
roommate and have access to his
belongings. I know Jewel will think
same way about me. everyone
thinks I’m a bad guy” Henry said,
sadly.
Jessica held his hands and stared
deeply into his eyes.
“I trust you, Henry. I know you will
never do such a thing.” Jessica
said.
“thank you Jessica. thanks for
believing me” Henry responded.
“where are you going from here?”
Jessica asked.
“I don’t know” Henry responded.
“then let’s go to the garden and
rest. I think we need the rest, after
such a hectic day” Jessica said.
“okay” Henry responded.
They head straight to the garden,
holding each other hands.
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Jessica sat quietly beside Henry in
the garden. They were still holding
hands. They sat down quietly for a
while, before Jessica finally spoke.
“I don’t think Jewel smuggled
answer into the examination hall.”
Jessica said.
“I believe Jewel didn’t do that.
someone else must have done that
to implicate him. I’m sure that
whoever did that, is not only
targeting Jewel, but also targeting
me, because he always make me
look like the culprit. He does it so
well that all his evil deeds always
point to me as the culprit.” Henry
said.
“who do you think is doing all this?”
Jessica asked.
“I don’t know for sure, but I think
it’s Daniel” Henry responded.
“why do you say that?” Jessica
asked.
“because everything that’s
happening also revolves around
him. First, it was Jewel’s missing
assignment. I submitted the
assignment to him, but the
assignment got missing. I’m sure
that he removed the assignment
from the rest. Next, Jewel fell sick
because he ate the food I gave him.
that was the same day he drank
wine with Daniel.” Henry explained.
“this is serious. so what will you do
now?” Jessica asked.
“I won’t just sit back and watch
him. He is trying to kill two birds
with one stone. I must do
something. I will look for a way to
expose his crime.” Henry
responded.
“you need to be very careful. I don’t
know what I will do if anything
happen to you” Jessica said.
“you don’t have to worry. nothing
will happen to me.” Henry
responded.
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Daniel was the last person to leave
the hall. He was waiting for
everyone to leave, so that he could
lock the doors and return the keys
to the H.O.D office, because that
was the instruction given to him.
He locked the doors and went
straight to the h.o.d office to drop
the keys. He seemed to be very
happy. He dropped the keys and
walked to the restroom. A lecturer
who saw him on the way, stopped
him and asked him why he was
smiling broadly.
“my exam today was great, that’s
why I’m happy” Daniel responded.
“that’s good. it shows that you
studied very hard.” the lecturer
said.
“yes sir” Daniel responded.
“okay, keep it up” the lecturer said.
“thank you sir” Daniel responded.
The lecturer walked ahead, while
Daniel continued to the restroom.
He got to the restroom and stood at
the entrance. He observed his
environment to see if there was
anyone around. When he realized
that there was no one around there,
he entered the restroom and locked
the door from within. He went
straight to the basin and glared at
his reflection on the mirror hanging
on the wall. His face suddenly
curved in a smile and he burst into
laughter. He laughed so hard that
his eyes became red. He suddenly
stopped laughing and glared at his
reflection on the mirror.
“I warned you. I warned you several
times, but you disregarded my
warnings. now this is what you get
for disregarding my warnings. Let’s
see how you will get out of this.
I’m very sure that you life is ruined
now. if you had listened to me why
I asked you nicely to stay away
from her, all this wouldn’t have
happened. I warned you several
time, but you didn’t listen. I sent
you warning messages
continuously, but you disregarded it
all. I even went as far as removing
your assignment from the rest to
send you a message, but you still
ignored. I even add some content to
your drink as a warning, but you
still proved stubborn. Now look at
what you have made me do. you
deserved it, for being so stubborn.
I’m very sure you can’t get out of
this. Jewel, your life is ruined.” he
said and burst into another
laughter.
He suddenly stopped laughing and
glared once more at his reflection
on the mirror.
“now that Jewel is out of the way, I
will focus on Henry. once I take
him out of the way also, Angel will
be mine alone.” he said and
resumed his laughter.
He laughed so hard that tears
started dropping from his eyes

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