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Temi sighed. She had lied to her mum again.
She told her that she wasn’t in any form of relationship and everything was fine in school.
She couldn’t sleep back after the call so she got up and picked a bucket, she going out to get water.
She had met Mary praying outside on two occasions when she went out to ease herself and whenever she asked her, Mary always said it was her special time with God.
“I have water in the room dear but I’ll accompany you to the tap” Mary said turning to follow Temi.
There was no queue at the tap because most of the ladies in the hostel were yet to wake up, so Temi got her water early.
After getting water, they walked back to their room and this time, Mary did all the talking.
She spoke about how burdened she had felt in the night and how much better she felt immediately after she prayed.
Temi listened to Mary speak. She liked Mary but sometimes got irritated by how much she talked about God. She didn’t know who Mary’s God was but she knew it had to be a different God from the one she knew.
Usman was very charming and Temi always felt something tinge within her whenever she was very close to him. He kissed her on two occasions and she liked it.
The weekend came as fast as it was about leave.
Temi wore a pleated skirt and a small top. Usman came with a car to pick her.
“Whose car is this?” She asked as he opened the car door for her
Temi fell for it. “Thank you love”
Temi looked around. The Air Condition made the atmosphere cool. She had never been in a place like this before.
“Darling, I just thought of something. This place is filled up and I don’t really like crowds. How about we get the food packaged and go to my house to eat?”
Temi buyed the idea. She didn’t like the fact that so many people were around either. She wanted a nice quiet place. If they went to Usman’s house, she’d have the peace and quiet she wanted plus she might even get the opportunity to meet some of his friends.
Temi had mixed feelings. She loved Usman but she didn’t want to be alone with him because she didn’t trust herself around him.
Temi was dozing, fighting sleep but loosing woefully.
Temi woke up to blood stains, she had been deflowered and left stark naked.
“Guy, I dey come. I don sample the babe so nothing dey again. But omo, she be virgin o” Usman was talking with someone on the phone.
Temi kept her eyes closed, pretending to still be asleep as she listened to Usman talk. Hot tears welled up in her eyes. So Usman was just a deceiver? How could she have let this happen to her? He just wanted one thing from her and he had gotten it, what next?
Then, as if hearing her thoughts, Usman turned to her and said “I know you’re awake and you heard everything I said so I don’t have to explain anything to you again. I’m going out, when you’re ready, you can leave. We can still be friends but forget we ever had anything like a relationship because I’m done with you” Then he walked out, holding his stomach as if in pain.
Hot tears splashed down Temi’s face. The room was dark so she scrambled and searched for her phone and using its flashlight, she searched for her clothes. They were soiled with blood from her, and oil from the food she had eaten. He didn’t even have the decency to keep her clothes properly. He had flung them to the side of the bed where the plates of food were.
Her head was banging as she wore her clothes, confusion almost blinding her. She stepped out of Usman’s house, leaving the door open and walking into the cold night.
So everything had been a facade. Everything. The compliments, the gifts, the sweet words. Everything. She had barely spent two months in the university and she had already been used.
When she got to her room, there was no one there. Her roommates had all gone to class to read. Temi took a bucket of water and went to the bathroom to have a cold shower. Then she came back to the room, still suffering from severe headache, she laid down and slept.
She hadn’t slept for long when noise from her roommates woke her up. It was 2:30am but the girls were very awake and talking in excited voices.
“They said he just slept with a girl o” Zainab, Temi’s bunk mate was saying. “I was in class reading when I heard the shout from the sick bay area and almost immediately, the news started spreading that a student just gave up the ghost after sleeping with a lady”
“So I heard too. His friends said immediately after the act, he started complaining of stomach ache and started coughing out blood. They were almost at the sick bay when he died.” Cynthia a lady from the next room added.
Temi sat up. Her headache had reduced.
“Who is the guy sef?” Mary asked looking very disturbed.
Cynthia, who was the chief informant was ready to supply the information.
“He’s a final year student of Ecomomics, his name was Usman.”
Everything around Temi seemed to stop. The girls were still talking but she couldn’t seem to hear anything anymore. Usman was dead? How?
To be continued next week Friday…
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