(The Reality of Life Harshness)
By: Vickie Dora
“Notice: Before reading this story, make sure you have read the first part titled PARTIAL OBEDIENCE for better understanding.”
“Oh my God, this place looks familiar. Wait a minute I can’t be in my village, I thought I travelled to the state and….oh my God, hope all those things were not just a dream” I gasp and thought to myself, as I see myself walking in the middle of a rusty forest, filled with pines and palm trees.
“Hey Elizabeth, how are you doing” a voice said as I turn swiftly to look at it, but ended up seeing nothing, only the trees and perhaps birds on it
“I thought I heard a voice”, I said as a cold shiver ran down my spine. No I can’t be dreaming, reveal yourself, stop hiding” I yelled, panicking
“I’m right here beside you, you just stared at me right now” the voice said and I turned to look at its direction. In front of me is a big Oak tree, with its branches almost reaching the ground.
On one of the branches is a big owl with its eyes as big as an ostrich egg; gosh that was an exaggeration though.
“Wait….were you the one that called me” I asked the bird still not sure if I’m normal, for Christ sake can a bird talk
“Yes…I am …the one” it replied in a croaky voice, I almost peed on my pant
“W…..h….at!!!!” I screamed
“Shut up young lady, don’t disturb the meeting of the elders” the owl warned staring angrily at me, as I hear the sound of rustling leaf and footsteps coming my way. I can see numbers of different weird animals laughing and speaking strange words as they attempt touching me.
“Noo…..get your hands off me, someone please take me out of here, h…elp!!!” I screamed and tried to escape, but their grip on me was so strong.
The owl kept on laughing its lungs out, as the tree shakes vigorously.
“You are going nowhere…….” It said. As the animals tried ripping me of my clothes, I saw a young man standing beside the oak, as the owl climbed his shoulder. His face seems hidden as it was hard for me to see him due to the animals who covered me.
“Hel…p me, no… no!!. Wake up Elizabeth, wake up” I heard a voice say
“Who are you, what….., Wake up” I heard it say again, as everything started getting burr and the owl stated changing to a human figure, everything was becoming an illusion except the man and the owl who seem to have changed to my grandmother
“ Nena, nena what are you doing” I called
“Welcome back Elizabeth, it’s been a long… time” she grinning, laughing heartedly. Her staff immediate turned to a big viper as it flings itself on my neck
“Haa!!!” I screamed and black out
“Hhaaa, what the f**k is wrong with you, are you crazy” Cassandra, my Black American roommate yelled, slapping my butt out of the bed
“Oh…my neck, my neck” I coughed rolling out of the bed
“What is damn wrong with you girl, why did you scream. Gosh, I have been tryna wake you up for the past 5 minutes but you kept on rolling from side to side, and the last thing was to just scream your lungs out like a pregnant woman who is in labour” she yelled
“Hey, stop that, you are babbling” I said still coughing
“Whatever babe, just get your a$$ out of that bed and go take your bath, we are damn late for lecture, and I’m not waiting for you this time” she said, strolling out of the room
“What the f**k, oh my God” I screamed, checking the time. I will be damn late for lectures and that wicked lecturer won’t take it likely with me, I thought as I find my way to the bathroom.
I can’t believe I have been dreaming all along, that was scary anyway, but who was the figure I saw, well a dream is a dream, I can’t let that affect this morning lecture, Mr. Huston is damn not gonna let me in if I go late to his lecture.
For those who don’t know me, well I’m Elizabeth Adigwe, in short form, I’m Eliza. Daughter of my mother, anyway I’m now 19years, Surprised? Well yes, you should be. It’s been two years since I came to the state, things has been going well until this stupid dream erupt, anyway I won’t allow it to spoil my mood this morning.
Jeezz, Cassandra can be so annoying at times, she didn’t even wait for me, gosh I’m gonna kill her when I get to class”
Getting to school, I could see student moving here and there as always, some are just coming while some seem to be leaving.
I ran down the hallway towards the direction of my class, I caught a glimpse of students already filled to the brim, and Mr. Hudson’s voice echoes due to the silence.
No one dares miss his class, he is one of the strict lecturers we have in Light View university, he is a no nonsense man. He is white anyway, but doesn’t act like one.
“So today we will be talking about…mmmm” he said while I stood at the doorpost and coughed
“huhhhhmm, good day Mr. Hu…”
“How can I help you, miss” he asked interrupting my greeting
“Mm, I’m a student sir and I came here for today’s lecture” I smiled showing my 32 teeth
“What does your time say miss …mm”
“Elizabeth sir” I said
“Ok miss Elizabeth, what does your time says”
“It’s 8:05 sir”
“When did I asked you all to be here” he asked in a husky voice
“8:00am sir” I replied politely
“Well you are late and you know the rule, so get out of my class” he said and face the projector
“As I was saying class…..”
“But sir…I’m so….”
“Get….Out!!!” he yelled, as I hurried out. I caught the glimpse of Cassandra giving me a thumb up, through the window, laughing mockingly. Well it’s not her fault, first to do no dey pain” I said in my mother’s language.
I strolled down the hallway and sits on the bench I saw, just to relax a little.
“Haa gosh, after all the stress of running down here, in order not to miss this class, look at where I still find myself” I signed
“Hey, girl what’s up” Cassandra said smiling
“Hmmm” I signed
“Are you okay” she asked sitting beside me on the bench
“Do I look like I’m ok, I couldn’t meet up the time, and I am starving” I yelled silently
“Hey chill babe, don’t tell me that you have being sitting here for the past one hour” she said
“What did I just say now” I asked why she rolled her eyes
“Why did you stay long anyway, was his lecture that long” I asked
“Well we all know Mr. Hudson” she replied
“God, now I have missed a lot, why couldn’t you wake me up earlier” I mumbled
“I tried my best, but we all know that you sleep like a log”
“Whatever, I’m starving lets go eat something” I said, getting up
“Yes me too, don’t worry about missing the lecture, I grabbed the whole teaching and I’m fully loaded, so I will see you through” she smiled heartedly
“Really Miss Cassie, well I can’t believe that, not even in my dream” I said and walked away
Like i said earlier, we should be expecting new characters, but the major ones will still hold their position.
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