“I WASN‘T STARING”
For some reason I felt sad. I won’t be seeing my parents as often as I used to. Though I was happy on leaving home but I’ll surely miss them. Eventually Dad left and it was just me, all alone. Whilst I unpacked my loads, someone entered my room. Well it was a guy but I expected him to knock.
“Hey, what’s up? My name’s John,” he said.
“I’m Daniel and……what are you doing here?”
“I’m your roomie, bro,” he laughed.
“Roomie? What’s a roomie?”
“It means we both share the room”
The room was small for me, now I get to share it with another person. It was a bunk-room, I stayed down and he stayed up. Sadly, the school doesn’t allow students cook, so we’d go to the cafeteria to get something to eat, afterwards we return to our dorm. It was when I went to cafeteria that I noticed her. She was beautiful and she had long hair. John observed I was looking at her.
“Paula,” John said.
“Paula? As in?”
“That the name of the girl you’re staring at.”
“I wasn’t staring,” I said.
“Oh, trust me, you were definitely staring.”
“Was it that obvious?” I asked
He laughed at me and continued eating his meal. I wouldn’t know if I was staring, I was merely looking at her. Anyways, we left the cafeteria for our dorm and it was me and John in the room. He had a loquacious attitude, he could never stop talking. In the one night we spent together, he told me his father’s name, his mother’s and even his life story. I mean, who does that?
I couldn’t really sleep that night, though it was comfortable but the thought of my parents being far from me was keeping me awake. I eventually fell asleep and woke up late the next day. John woke me up actually.
“Bro, wake up. It’s 7:30am and classes starts 8:00am.”
As I heard that, I jumped off my bed and rushed straight to the bathroom. John and I went to school that morning, but he was in another department, so we splitted and I walked alone to my department. I saw a bunch of guys playing music and dancing in front of a building, so I was looking at them and didn’t know when I bumped into Paula, letting her books fall from her hands. She seemed furious.
“What sort of person are you? Certainly a person who doesn’t look at places he’s going,” she said.
I was awed at her statement, ”it was a mistake,” I said. She just walked away hurriedly without looking backwards.
On getting to class, lecture was about to start. After scanning the whole class, noticeably the only vacant seat was beside Paula. Can you imagine? Well I sat down anyways, it was either there or I stood up throughout the entire class and that wasn’t a suggestible decision.
Surprisingly, she didn’t utter a word to me throughout the class, it was though I sat beside a ghost. I was happy when lecture was about to end, then the lecturer gave us assignments and grouped everyone in two’s. Unfortunately, I was left with Paula, neither of us seemed happy about it. Immediately after class, she left hurriedly, I quickly followed her.
Written by Praise Osawaru