By Toyin Taiwo



Wemimo Olatunji was standing under a tree taking refuge under its shade, She was waiting impatiently in front of her friend’s department checking her wrist watch every minute. She wants to buy some materials for her project and Tessy promise to take her to the place where she could get the materials in large quantity.

“ Tessy ! Is this your 2pm ? She confronted her immediately she sighted her”

“I’m so sorry Wemmy, the lecture ought to end by 2pm but the Lecturer stayed for another 30min”

“OK o,apology accepted, shall we”

“Yes please”

Wemmy and Tessy are close friends since there 100level days although they are not in the same department but they were room mates in 100l, they live separately now but still there friendship grew stronger over the years. They are in their final year and they are more like sisters now. They came back with the materials she bought,she was about to unlock the door to her room when she noticed that someone was inside.

“I think your boyfriend is around” Tessy teased with a wink. Emmanuel opened the door and they all exchanged greetings.

“How did it go, did you get all the materials? “

“Yes we did, thanks to Tessy she knows virtually everywhere in this town.

“Thank you Tessy you are a darling” he said

“Come off it Emmanuel what are friends for.

Wemmy prepared food and they all ate, her boyfriend was the first to leave while Tessy stayed for a while.

Wemmy and Emmanuel have been dating for the past two years and He love her so much. He could do anything for her,if she’s too tired to cook, he will come over to cook for her and help her with her domestic chores. There was a time she was admitted at the school clinic, Emmanuel stayed with her all through, he missed lectures and test. He was so sweet and Wemmy appreciates all these, so she respected and cherished him in return.

Wemmy was on her way out when Thessy called her phone.

“Hello dear, Thessy said from the other side”

“Hello Thess, how’s your weekend going”

“Fine,I’m on my way to your place, I want to copy some files on your laptop “

“I’m on my way to Emmanuel’s lodge,you have a copy of my key,so help your self”

“The key is not here with me,just wait for me abeg I’ll be there in 10min

“OK,I’ll wait”

Few minutes later Thessy arrived. “I’ll be leaving now,you can drop my key with Sophia when you are through.

“Who is Sophia,that jambite?” she asked

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“Yes,she’s a good girl I can trust her with my key.

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Wemmy got to Emmanuel’s lodge but lo and behold he’s not in. She open her purse to use her copy of Emmanuel’s key then she remembered she left her bunch of key with Thessy. She picked her phone and called his line.

“Where are you? I’m at your place and my key is not with me”

“Sweetheart I’m sorry, I just got a call from my supervisor, he ask me to come over to his house, I was so much in a hurry that I forgot to inform you.”

“It’s OK”

“You know what ?I won’t take long, you can stay with my flatmate, he’s around I will give him a call now”

“You mean the guy that just move in?you know we don’t get along well in fact we barely talk”

“That’s because you didn’t get to know him, he’s a great guy, he’ll keep you company till I come back”

“OK you can call him then” she said reluctantly and ended the call”

Emmanuel put a call through to Feranmi and told him his girlfriend need to stay with him till he comes back.

Feranmi came out and exchanged greetings with Wemmy.

“Emmanuel called, you can stay in my room till he comes back” he said and ushered her in.

“Thank you” she said why scanning the whole room, the room is very neat and well furnished just like Emmanuel’s room, guys this days make their room comfy.

“Your room is nice”

“Thanks please make yourself comfortable plus what can I offer you”

“Cold water will do”

“No, you can’t take only water,he declined”

“Seriously, cold water will do”

He served me chilled water and I thank him. Before I knew it we got talking, I never knew he was someone interesting to be with it. I checked the time it was 2hours already, my boyfriend called and told me he’s still with his supervisor, he took him out to get some things for the project. He pleaded with me to wait for another one hour.

“What did he say” Feranmi asked

“He said I should wait for another one hour, I’m sorry for the inconveniences”

“Not at all, I’m enjoying myself,I never knew you talk like this, I take you for the quiet type” he said

“Me too, I thought staying here with you will be super boring but I was wrong”

We continued our gist and we talked about almost everything. An hour 20min later Emmanuel called back and said he’s still with his supervisor.

” I will take my leave then” I said and he promise to check up on me when he comes back.

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“I’d like to take my leave now Emmanuel won’t be coming soon,thanks so much for keeping me company”

“My pleasure, its nice getting to know you and you really made my weekend”

“Really”

“Yes it’s fun having you around and I must confess Emmanuel is really lucky to have an intelligent and friendly lady for a girlfriend”

“Thanks” she said smiling, and he saw her off.

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Wemmy got back to her lodge and collected her key from Sophia, She showered and fix herself something to eat. Emmanuel showed up later in the evening looking tired.

“Don’t tell me you are just coming from your supervisor’s house?”

“Yes, the man just released me”

“Let me get you something to eat”

“I’m not hungry we stop by In a restaurant on our way back”

“Are u going home or you want to sleep over”

“I’ll sleep over” he replied

“Then you should call Feranmi, i really enjoyed his company”

“I told you he’s a great guy, I really admire his kind of person ever since he moved in last semester”

He called Feranmi later, he thanked him and informed him he won’t be coming home, he passed the phone to his girlfriend who in turn thank him as well.

Ever since that weekend, Wemmy always make sure she spare little time to say hi to Feranmi whenever she visited Emmanuel. They now relate well, there was a day she ran into him in school and they chatted for some minutes.

Feranmi got a call from his childhood friend, Richard who informed him that his sister just got admission into UI and he told his friend to send her phone no, he promised to check on her. On Friday evening, he called the number his friend sent him.

“Hello this is Feranmi on the line, your brother’s friend”

“Uncle Feranmi! She shouted gleefully”

“I’m happy to hear from you, my brother told me you’d call”

“Yep, its been long I saw you, I doubt if I’ll still recognize you” he said jokingly. Richard told me you stay off campus, just text me the address”

“When are you coming”

“Are you at home now”

“Yes” she replied

“Then you’ll see me soon”

“It’s a lie! She said jumping with joy and the line went off.

****

He alighted from the bike, and she was already waiting for him in front of her lodge. She jumped and hugged him tightly. He handed over to her the things she brought for her.

“Thank you big brother”

“You are welcome little sis” he said teasingly.

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They both went into her room where they gist and he gave her loads of advice on academics, social life on campus, boys and UI in general.

“Allow me take my leave now, I’ll check on you during the week, at least let me take care of you a bit before I graduate”

“Alright, but please Uncle Feranmi,before you leave there’s someone I’d like you to meet, she’s been like a big sister to me here, she’s in 500l too, you need to thank her on my behalf”

She took him by the hand and led him to her room she knocked at the door and she came out.

“Wemmy!”

“Feranmi!”

“You guys know each other” Sophia asked pointing at both of them.

“What are u doing here” she asked

“So this is your lodge” he asked

They all entered into Wemmy’s room and there they answered each other’s questions.

“Thank you for taking care of my little sis,she told me so much about you”

“It’s nothing, we are once jambite too and I know she needs a lot of care and attention”

“I like your room, it’s lady like”

“Thanks”. They all got talking for some minutes before he left.

When he got home, he went straight to Emmanuel’s room and downloaded everything that happened to him and they laugh over it, its really a small world indeed, its late already so he retired to his room to sleep.

During the week, Feranmi payed Sophia a visit, they chatted for a while and he stood to his feet prepared to leave.

“Are u leaving already” she asked

“No, I want to check on Wemmy, I’ll come back to your room before I leave”

Feranmi went to Wemmy’s room, as usual they got talking again as if they’ve known each other for ages.

“How’s your project going, hope your Supervisor is not too hard on you like that of Emmanuel” he enquired

“Not really but he’ll make you write one chapter for like 10times before approval” she said and they both laughed.

“Yours” she asked

“I guess I’m lucky with mine, he’s one of the most simplest Lectures in my department”. He checked his wrist wash and realize its getting late. I’ll be leaving now he announced.

“Ok, thanks for stopping by, I’ll see you on Saturday” she informed him.

“Please bring Sophia along”

“I will, goodnight”

“Goodnight” he said and hugged her. There is this strong current that runs between them that made them refrain from the hug immediately.

…to be continued.

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