“Erm… Saint, I don’t know what you’re expecting by sending Lordina to us but I am here to tell you that we can’t join your so called classes…” Surprisingly, she didn’t cause a scene as I had expected. I still couldn’t figure out why she rushed to me just to tell me personally when she could have just told Lordina to do so. As I was about answering her, I saw Lordina coming over. She was walking briskly and I knew something was wrong. My gut told me they probably had a misunderstanding about joining the class. I was getting angry with myself, for allowing people treat me disrespectfully just because I wanted to help them. “Ana, I was just telling Saint that we won’t be joining his classes….” Daniella told Lordina as soon as she got to where we were. “Ella we spoke about this… Please…” Lordina said. “What has come over you Lordina? Why do you want to join this low life boy for classes? If you want to learn, I can pay the best teachers on campus to help you. Anyways go ahead, but know this is an insult to our friendship…” Daniella poured the words out with no coating of euphemism. She spoke about me as if I wasn’t even standing there. “I’m so sorry Saint, let’s talk about this tomorrow… Please” Lordina said and walked out on me.
All these while, I was just listening and never reacting. I felt very useless especially when everyone started looking at me. I would have cried if not for the timely intervention of Prudence. She held me in her arms as if she was leading me to the aisle. I followed her just like a dog follows it’s own with no questions asked. The phrase that kept ringing a bell in my head was “Low life Boy”. The more I thought about it, the harder I tried convincing myself she wasn’t referring to me. I was other things but certainly “Low life” wasn’t one of those. As I was still trying to overcome the insult and disrespect, I felt a cold, smooth and soft skin on my lips. My mind which was then at sea, came back to shore. Yes it was a kiss from Prudence. Our first kiss and I was unprepared and wasn’t even expecting it. It took me by surprise. The day of course was a mixed one one with disappointment, surprises and untold joy.
When Prudence kissed me, we were behind the administration block, a place where most students hardly passed because it was the longer route to the classroom. It became clear that she planned it all along. Intimacy was the forbidden fruit on campus so when I realized what happened, I looked around to ascertain no one saw us. When it was clear we were alone, I wanted to return the kiss but she ran off before I could make up my mind. Since boys were not allowed close to the girl’s prepping room and vice versa, I had no option but to go to my classroom (the prepping room).
I couldn’t concentrate. Both the insult and the kiss were on my mind. Something kept telling me there was more to Daniella’s anger than just me being “a low life guy”. A part of me wanted to just let go and focus on getting my next kiss. I can’t ask for it, I am deemed as a ‘saint’. At the end of the day, I was convinced that I had to understand the totality of Daniella’s anger and the only person who might be willing to tell me would be their third partner, Vivian. Whether or not she would also insult me was what I just had to prepare for…. (Story Continues)