The following day, I was anxious. I went to class late and avoided morning assembly. I became absent-minded, cold, and extremely uninterested in most class-related activities. That morning, nothing was said about me so I was relieved. I wasn’t having Gifty’s contact so as to know what transpired and whether or not she left. I was all alone to my thoughts and fears. Few people including teachers noticed I was absent-minded and queried. Prudence was persistent, she wanted to know what was bothering me. Even though I was rude, she was calm, collected, and concerned. She was keen on knowing how she could help me. I needed help, I wanted to talk to her but that would have broken her instead so I kept it all in me and suffered. To my surprise, Lordina and Vivian weren’t angry but equally showed a great deal of love and concern. For some reason, Lordina suspected my mood had something to do with me visiting madam but she couldn’t pin it. “Did she rape you? Were you harassed? You can talk to me Saint, I promise I will protect you…” Lordina asked. Her line of questioning was surprising. It made me realized she might know more about Madam Faustina than she was letting on. So I asked. “How do you see Madam?” “Between you and me, she loves sex, she is hardworking, smart, and can use you in ways you can’t imagine….” Lordina said while looking around to ensure only my ears and that of the walls heard what she said. I wanted to tell her before she hears it in public but I was scared of losing her as well.
In the afternoon, we had a class with Madam. I didn’t know what to do especially when I haven’t heard a thing from her since morning. I decided to stay away from the class. I went to the library to read instead. Her lesson will last for an hour and half so I was watching the clock frequently to ensure I only miss her class. I saw our class prefect in and out of the library twice and I knew she was looking for me. They searched for me all over but where I was sitting, only the librarian could locate me. It was a secret reserve where I read most of the world astonishing facts. Right after her class, I went back. As soon as I entered, everybody turned to look at me. Lordina was the one to break the news to me. “Saint, the headmaster wants to see you. You have probably made matters worse by avoiding classes. You should be smart ooo…” She said and went back to her seat. I stood there with tears threatening to come out of my eyes. I was holding them back yet the scenarios playing in my head made it impossible to hold back. I quickly removed my handkerchief and wiped my face as I went out of the class. I stood there awhile contemplating either to tell Lordina and Prudence before going there or not. It was better they heard it from me. At least, that was what I would have preferred from a friend. I took a quick look in the class and my eyes met that of Lordina’s. My facial expression made it obvious something was wrong with me. She approached me, and asked, “this is the last time I am going to ask, what is wrong?”. I wanted to open my mouth but it was difficult. “I…. I did something bad… Something that I may be sacked for or probably ‘de-boardenized’ for. I don’t know how say it but when you get to know later please know I tried to tell you…. I just can’t… Ok…” I finally did open my mouth but the cat refused to come out of the bag.
“Saint, sit….” The Headmaster pointed to a chair in front of his desk while he adjusted his reading lens to look at me while I took my seat. I was extremely anxious and visibly shaking. I knew all had come to an end for me but I was waiting and praying to hear a different news. He placed a call to the staff common room to invite madam Faustina and the assistant headmistress in charge of academics. It was then that I realized I was indeed in trouble. What wasn’t clear was why this wasn’t done before the whole school. When they all came, they sat beside me with a reasonable distance. “Ladies and gentlemen, sorry for the impromptu meeting. Madam and I…” He pointed at the assistant headmistress. “have discussed this at length and have decided to put it before you and miss Faustina who has served as the board chairperson for awhile…” He continued. “Is it about the scholarship?” Madam Faustina asked. Obviously, she was equally anxious about the meeting. She probably thought I came to report the issue. So when the headmaster answered in the affirmative, I saw the relief on her face. We discussed my prospects of being a beneficiary at length with my only hindrance being that I wasn’t needy. They wanted me to be chosen because of the prestige that comes with the scholarship. They wanted madam Faustina to guarantee as my guardian. With her known source of income being only teaching, they could consider.
That was the day I was offered a table to dine with the devil. I didn’t hate madam Faustina, I just changed my feelings towards her. I would still love to have her but not as urgently as I felt before the incident in her house. When we finished the meeting, she stayed back and I was wondering what she was telling the headmaster. I prayed from the office to the classroom for God to touch her heart. When the day ended without hearing from her or the headmaster I wanted to go to her bungalow and either apologize or at least know my fate. It was almost time for ‘prep’ when I got there….. (Story Continues)