The Woman I Cherish 28

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It was a new week and a new
semester. Angel had prepared
everything she would be taking to
school already. Jewel on the other
hand had not done any preparation.
He knew he has a case to settle in
school. He hasn’t been himself
since the new week began.
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Angel dragged her luggage out
from the compound. She took it to
the cab, parked at the front of the
gate. The cab man collected the
luggage from her and arranged it in
the boot.
“let’s start leaving. what are you
waiting for?” the cab man asked,
when he was done arranging the
luggage.
“I’m not going alone. I’m going with
my friend. He will soon be here”
Angel responded.
Jewel emerged from his compound
almost immediately, but wasn’t
carrying any bags. He went to meet
Angel.
“were are your bags?” Angel asked.
“I’m not going with bags. what’s the
need going with bags. what if I’m
rusticated, will I now drag my bags
back home” Jewel said.
“God forbid! you will not be
rusticated. don’t even joke with
such a thing” Angel responded.
“okay, I will come back to get my
stuff once my name is cleared.”
Jewel said.
“okay, let’s start leaving” Angel
said.
They entered the cab and the cab
man drove off.
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The cab pulled to a stop in front of
the school main gate. Jewel and
Angel alighted from the cab with
the luggage. Angel settled the cab
man and he drove off. She turned
to face Jewel.
“okay, I will head to my hostel now.
I wish you goodluck” Angel said.
“Angel!” Jewel called.
“yes” Angel responded.
“I don’t know what might happen
next once we go our separate ways
from here. I don’t know what my
fate will be, but I think I have to tell
you this right now, because I might
not have the change to say it
again.” he paused and stared
deeply into Angel’s eyes.
“I like you Angel. I like you a lot”
Angel stared silently at him. She
couldn’t find the right reply to give.
She didn’t expect to hear those
words from him.
“okay” that was all she could say.
She waited for some minutes to see
if Jewel will say anything else, but
he didn’t. After staring silently at
each other for a while, Angel turned
and left his presence. She felt
Jewel didn’t like her response. she
wanted to say more than just ‘okay’
to him, but her mind suddenly went
blank.
Jewel stared at her retreating figure
for a while, then turned and headed
to his own direction.
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Jewel’s heart missed a beat when
he realized he was already standing
in front of the senate building. He
tried to summon all the courage he
could.
“nothing will happen. Jewel you
have to be strong” he said to
himself.
His heart kept pounding. He took a
deep breath and walked into the
building to face his predicament.
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Angel sat alone in her room in the
hostel. she seemed very worried. it
had been 4 hours since Jewel went
to the senate building to clear his
name, and up till that moment, she
hasn’t heard anything from him.
she had been trying to call him but
his phone was switched off.
‘maybe he is still at the senate
building, that’s why his phone is
switched off. but why are they
taking so long to resolve the issue’
she thought.
She stood up from her bed and
paced up and down in her room.
The room was so boring for her.
Jessica has not yet resumed.
‘maybe she won’t resume until next
week.’ she thought.
If not for the fact that she had to
be with Jewel in school, to support
him, she wouldn’t have resumed
also. Lecture usually don’t hold in
the first week of resumption, so
being in school for that week is like
a waste of time. Most of her course
mates haven’t resumed.
She went back to sit on her bed
when she was tired pacing up and
down. Her phone started ringing
immediately she sat down. She
grabbed the phone immediately,
thinking the call was from Jewel,
but it turned out to be Jessica. she
picked the call.
“hello Jessica” she said.
“Angel, how are you?” Jessica
asked.
“I’m fine and you?”
“I’m fine too” Jessica respon”I’m fine too” Jessica responded.
“are you still at home?” Angel
asked.
“yes o, what about you? have you
resumed?”
“yes, I resumed today” Angel
responded.
“are you serious? I thought you
won’t resume until next week, that’s
why didn’t bother coming to school”
Jessica said.
“I have resumed already” Angel
responded.
“have lecture commenced” Jessica
asked.
“I don’t think there will be any
lecture this week” Angel responded.
“I will be in school tomorrow, since
you are already in school. I’m
bored staying all alone at home”
Jessica said.
“that will be great. I’m already
bored, staying alone in this room.”
Angel said.
“okay dear, see you in school”
Jessica said.
“okay love” Angel responded and
ended the call.
She dropped the phone and lay on
her bed.
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Jewel trudge out from the senate
building. He had spent over 6hours
in there. He stood at the entrance,
staring into air. He was in shock.
He couldn’t walk. His legs were
heavy. His vision were becoming
blur. He was even too weak to
speak. A hot sweat rolled down
from his forehead.
“this can’t be true. it certainly can’t
be true. I must be dreaming.” He
mumbled.
Different voices were sounding in
his head.
‘no this is not true. I’m just having
a nightmare. this is certainly not
possible.’ he thought.
He managed to trudge along. The
distance between the senate
building and it gate seemed like
eternity for him. He managed to
plod ahead until he got to the gate.
The first thing he saw when he got
to the gate was a crowd staring at
a notice board beside the gate. He
managed to walk closer to the
notice board. He read the heading
of what was posted on the notice
board.
‘the following students have been
penalized for examination
misconduct.’
He carefully observed the names on
the notice board.
The first student was rusticated for
2 semesters, for possessing of
unauthorized material in the
examination hall. The second
student was rusticated for 1
semester, for abetting others to
copy. He took his time observing
every names on the notice board.
He suddenly froze and his eyes
widen in shock. He stared at the
notice board open mouthed.
“so it is true. I’m not dreaming.” he
said.
He stared continuously at his name,
which was also on the notice
board.
“I’m finished” he said.
He slowly turned to leave that
place, but collapsed to the floor.

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