JUST FOR LOVE Episode 23 by Azeemah Salami
“Jessie Baird is dead” Mr Allen said.
I sat still in shock!
I know what killed her!
I knew who killed her!
She’s the only child of her parents!
She shouldn’t have asked me anything about Mara.
But,Quilah gives warning before hurting someone.
I didn’t know tears has started rolling down my cheeks.
Even with how mean Jessie is,I’ve never wished her death.
The whole class screamed and everyone started crying.
Jessie is well known in the school,even if she use to be a bully…she entertains people a lot and a lot of people loves her.
I looked over at Mara and found her weeping..
She looked so hurt and sad.
But she was the cause of Jessie’s death!
If she had just remain being fat, Jessie wouldn’t have been inquisitive.
Well…I pushed Mara into what she did so she’s not to blame.
I’m the one to be blamed!
I caused everything!
I regret ever helping Mara.
I cried not only because of Jessie but for myself.
I’m so scared…Quilah might hurt me too.
I watched as everyone cried, shouting and wailing.
Some were almost screaming out their lungs.
It’s so obvious everyone is pained..this is just so sad.
I cleaned my tears but more keep rolling down my cheeks…i couldn’t believe i can be crying for Jessie this much.
I suddenly missed her.
I was actually planning on making her my friend and now she’s gone.
I was so pissed with her when I got disqualified for the practical..I had thought she intentionally didn’t come not knowing she was battling with Quilah at that moment.
I’ve never felt this terrible.
This is way too much, Jessie just died like a normal chicken.
The wails got louder and i couldn’t help but feel guilty.
“I want everyone in the school podium,we have to announce this” Mr Allen said and walked out with the two other teachers.
No one stood up… everyone was buried in cries.
I watched as Bryan patted Mara’s back and i felt more enraged.
Does he loves her or what?
I shouldn’t be bothered about that now, presently the whole class is in tears..I shouldn’t be thinking of all this!
“Oh..no Jessie is gone” I cried as we headed towards our cars in the parking lot.
It was a shock and i didn’t believe at first but it seems real!
Mr Allen told everyone to go home earlier than closing time.
Bryan held my hand and i saw how hard he was trying to hold his tears.
Jessie can be so mean but she doesn’t deserve death.
Such a beautiful girl doesn’t deserve death!
Sometimes i get jealous of her looks cause everything about her is complete natural.
Grade 8 student’s are the saddest people right now in Makers high school.
Everyone cried for her…Bryan, Kelly,Ellen,Laura and i cried as we stood in the parking lot.
Other students got into their cars with tears still in their eyes.
It hurts so much to lose someone like that.
School will be totally boring without Jessie.
I’m starting to miss her.
Why couldn’t she live just for us,her family,her friends and everyone.
What was the cause of her death?
Did she fell sick?
“Ellen, Jessie was your practical mate right?” I asked and she nodded wiping off her tears.
This is the soft side of Ellen…she’s so emotional.
“Did she show any sign of sickness while you were at her place?” I asked.
“She d..idnt ,she was so health– Wait..why the hell am i talking to you” She yelled in tears making me flinch.
“We lost a friend and all you can do is yell!” Bryan barked.
He’s also as pained as everyone about Jessie’s sudden death.
“Bye” Ellen said and walked towards her car in tears.
She got in and her driver drove off.
Ellen’s cry rate is totally off,she acts like she’s feeling guilty or so but what could she be feeling guilty about?..she’s only worried about Jessie’s sudden death.
“I can’t believe Jessie is gone so soon,she was such a sweet girl” Laura cried.
“Yeah She was,even if she acts mean at times..no one would have wished her dead” Kelly said sadly.
“I will leaving for home now…bye” Bryan said and also walked towards his car,he got in and Rollins drove off.
I remained there with Kelly and Laura…who stood saying nothing.
“Bye” We all said at the same time.
Each person walked towards their car got in.
“Hi Max” I said sullenly.
“Mara why are you crying?” He asked.
“I lost a friend” I said and cried more loudly.
I won’t be seeing Jessie anymore.
No one is gonna be stepping on my toes!
No one is gonna be teasing me!
No one is gonna make me mad!
No one! No one! No one!
I’m gonna miss Jessie.
“I’m so sorry about that..may her soul rest in peace” Max said tensely.
He turned on the ignition and started driving out of the school gate.
I peered out of the windscreen and saw Laura and Kelly’s cars gone.
I sighed and rested my back..
Max drove into the compound and parked at a suitable shade.
I picked my backpack and alighted from the car.
I walked straight into the house..
I met Liam laying on the couch but not asleep.
He was busy with his phone.
He looked up at me and smiled..
He suddenly sat up when he saw how strained and puffy my eyes looks.
“What happened…did Mr Curt flogged you again?..I swear I’m not gonna let him off the hook this time” he said and slipped into his footwear.
He stood up.
“Jessie is dead!” I announced and saw his phone fell from his hand.
His eyes widened in shock as he momentarily sat back on the couch staring into space.
“Oh..my..God” he muttered slowly over and over.
Liam and Jessie do not get along,but i know Liam likes her a lot. He only threatens her so she can let me be.
Liam doesn’t have a thing against her,so as i and everyone.
I can tell he’s more shocked than i am.
“W..what was the cause of her death?” He asked trying hard not to cry..
I know he’s gonna cry once he gets to his room.
“We were not told” I sniffled.
I walked up the stairs to my room not wanting to burst into tears again.
I opened the door and got in.
I dropped my backpack on the floor,sat on the bed and cried.
My tears dropped on my pop sock making it gum to my skin.
I cared less as i cried, remembering the moments Jessie was alive.
I wish i had treated her more nicely.
I wish i hadn’t beaten her up the day she smashed my phone.
I wish i hadn’t responded to any of her insults.
But she was mean to me,how could i have known she’s gonna die soon.
I wish you rest in peace Jessie…I’m so gonna miss you.
I yawned after crying for a while..
I pulled off my shoes and laid on the bed,i tried staying awake but the sleep won.
I opened my eyes slowly as i felt an headache over take me.
My head is aching seriously..
I yawned and felt my eyes has gone heavier.
My mouth was so dry and bitter.
I rubbed my forehead and yawned once more.
I turned to the other side of the bed and flinched on seeing Mum and Liam beside me.
Liam’s eyes is so red and puffy,mum looks a bit sad and that was when i remembered Jessie..
The headache increased with full force making my entire body tremble.
I drew the blanket closer to me as i felt suddenly cold.
I noticed i was still in my uniform..I didn’t pull it off before falling asleep.
“Mara… Liam told me about your friend..I’m so sorry about that okay?” Mum said pitifully bringing tears to my eyes.
I sneezed and coughed the next minute.
Mum felt my temperature and gasped.
“Mara you’ve caught the flu..you are burning hot” She said.
I’m burning hot,yet I’m feeling damn cold.
“Will you go to the hospital?” She asked.
I shook my head sharply.
“How exactly are you feeling?” She asked.
“Just headache and cold” I said praying inwardly she won’t force me to the hospital.
“Liam, go put a call through Doc Mart, explain how Mara is feeling for him” She said.
“Okay mum… sorry huh?” Liam pecked my forehead and left the room.
“Is the..is she your best friend?” Mum asked.
“No” I replied sadly…she was not even my friend.
“You care so much about her?” She asked and i nodded.
I didn’t even know i care this much about her until i heard she’s dead.
“Don’t worry huh? May her soul rest in peace” Mum said.
“Amen” I said.
The headache kept increasing but i couldn’t talk cause mum is gonna force me to the hospital.
Liam walked back into my room..
Doc Mart said you should run a cold bath for her and he also prescribed some medications for me..I will quickly go to the pharmacy and get it now” He said.
“Alright.. don’t take long please” Mum said as she felt my temperature again..
I just hope she won’t change her mind and send me to the hospital.
“Okay Mum… Sorry Tam,i love you” He said before walking out of my room.
“I love you too” I said but was not sure if he heard me.
“Get up…Doc Mart said you should run a cold bath” Mum said.
I held out my hand and she helped me up, almost carrying me in her arms if i hadn’t refused.
They treat me like a kid and it’s sometimes annoying.
I picked my towel.
“I will help you select an outfit, quickly go have a bath” Mum said and turned towards my wardrobe.
I peeled off my school uniform and wrapped my towel around my body.
The headache seemed to be increasing and decreasing..
I walked to the bathroom, dreading the fact that I’m gonna bath with cold water despite how cold I’m feeling.
I got into the outfit mum selected for me.
It was a pink tank top with white shorts.
I had felt so relieved after bathing.
But the headache still took the better part of me.
I finally zipped the shorts and landed back on the bed.
Mum drew closer to me with an hair dryer,she plugged it on the socket beside my bed and began drying my hair.
I forgot to use my shower cap,due to how badly i wanted to return back to bed,it was late when i realised it and i can’t walk out of the shower to pick my shower cap after my hair has gone wet already.
I didn’t know mum was done drying my hair until i didn’t hear the sound of the dryer anymore.
She switched off the socket, unplugged the dryer and returned it back to the drawer.
She picked an hair pack from the shelf and walked back to me.
She helped me pack my hair in a simple bun and told me to lay back on the bed.
I did, and I’ve never felt more better.
I stared at the ceiling as mum walked about putting things in place.
Tears clouded my eyes but it couldn’t drop due to how im laying.
I felt mum sat beside me on the bed.
“Mara..it’s okay huh?” She said and took my hand in hers.
I nodded and that made the tears in my eyes roll sideways.
Mum sighed and kept on patting my hand..
Liam walked in with my medications.
Mum collected it from him..
“How did he say she should take it?” She asked.
“Two pills of the red one while a pill of the white one” he said.
Mum nodded and started bringing it out.
“Bring a glass cup of water” she said to him.
“Doc Mart said she must have a meal before taking any of the medications” Liam said,the mere mention of ‘meal’ made me feel like puking.
“Okay..Mara what do you want eat?” Mum asked.
“I don’t want anything” I said.
“Should i prepare pancake and omelette ?” She asked.
“No…I don’t feel like eating anything right now” I said.
“But you have to eat something before taking your medication” Mum said.
“I know. But I don’t want anything,i don’t have appetite for anything” I said.
“Then how will you take your medication?” She asked.
“I will take it tomorrow when I feel like eating” I said.
“Are you being serious right now?” Liam asked.
“Mara please you just have to take something! ” Mum said.
“And i said,i don’t want anything..I will take the medication tomorrow…I’m starting to feel better” I lied…the headache was increasing as i kept on taking and i was shivering beneath the blanket.
“You don’t wanna take anything right? Then get up,you are going with me to the hospital” Mum said making me groan.
“You can just have little of the meal,just eat something please” Liam persuaded.
I nodded not wanting mum to get serious about her threat of taking me to the hospital.
With that crazy sick smell and some other annoying smell which always made me wanna puke.
“Okay..Liam go make pan– No! you may end up burning it to the scratch” Mum said and stood up.
“I will be right back angel” She pecked my cheeks before walking out.
Liam took her position and began stroking my hair.
I held his hand and weep silently.
He sniffled…”It’s so hard to believe that girl is gone,i don’t really get along with her but i like her so much..she’s one beautiful girl..i never even thought she will gone so soon” He said sadly.
I cried…”She’s just a teenager, aspiring to be great in the future but death…it’s just so sad!”
Liam nodded…”i kept putting myself in her parents shoes,she’s an only child right?”
“Yeah…her parents are still very young to have another child but loosing a grown up is unbearable”
“Was she sick or something?” Liam asked.
“Ellen said she didn’t show any sign of sickness while she was at her place on Saturday…I really wanna know the cause of her death” I said curiously.
“Me too” Liam said.
“I’m gonna find out when we attend her burial” i said.
Mum returned with a plate of steaming pancake and omelette placed on a silver tray with a bottle of water and glass cup.
Liam stood up and collected it from her.
She placed my bedside lamp on the floor and shifted the bedside table closer to me.
Liam placed the tray on it,that was when i saw how delicious it looks.
My dried mouth was suddenly salivated.
Mum helped me up..
“Should i feed you?” Liam asked.
I shook my head…”my hand isn’t broken”
I started eating and each bite got more delicious..
I ended up emptying the plate to everyone’s surprise and mine also.
I twisted the cap of the bottled water and poured some into the glass cup..
I gulped it down and felt more better.
I gazed up and saw Mum and Liam grinning..
They tried to stop but i already caught them.
“What?” I asked.
“Nothing…just take your medication and go to sleep” she said.
“You said you had no appetite,yet you finished the whole meal” Liam teased.
I shot him a look and he laughed,i sighed…how did i end up finishing the entire meal.
“Well..I’m glad you ate,it’s gonna make the medication work faster” Mum said and dropped two different pills in my outstretched palm.
I threw it directly into my throat then quickly gulped it down with water.
I dropped the empty glass cup with a sigh and laid back on the bed.
“Liam take that tray back to the kitchen” Mum said.
“Is there still some pancake and omelette left for me?” He asked.
“Yeah…” Mum responded.
He walked out of the room with the tray.
Mum shifted my bedside table back to its place,and then placed the lamp back on it.
I was starting to doze off…mum tucked me perfectly into the blanket and sat beside me.
She watched me as i slept…
????????Five days later????????
It’s a sunday..
Mum, Liam and i walked into the house after attending Jessie’s burial.
It was so disheartening, everyone ended up crying..
Bryan, Kelly,Ellen,Laura,Ammy and most of our classmates were present. Mr Allen and all the teachers were also present..
I didn’t see her body cause it was placed in a designer coffin..I almost wept out my eyes.
It was a sad occurrence…
Jessie’s parents just stood numb at the burial,they were still as shocked as everyone over their daughter’s burial.
The burial rite was finished in three hours and everyone left sadly for their home.
I didn’t talk to anyone at the burial except Bryan whom i wept in his arms.
I was shocked when we were told about the cause of her death.
She was bleeding from the chest.
The autopsy report shows that a sharp object was pierced into her chest and yet no object was found.
The four detectives investigating Jessie’s case were found dead,since then every detective avoided the case like a plague.
The case was closed.
“I will be in my room” I said to Mum and Liam who already sat on the couch.
I climbed the stairs to my room and kept wondering how Jessie’s death came about.
I opened the door to my room and closed it behind me.
I sat in the bed and placed my face in my palms.
I feel like finding out about it,i feel like getting to the root of her death.
“Tamara Weston” I heard a thick voice said.
Fear ran down my spine as i raised up my head slowly..
My worst nightmare was confirmed when i saw Quilah leaning beside my shelf.
I screamed loudly and got up from my bed.
I rushed to the door and pulled it open but it didn’t bulge..
I kept throwing fist at it, dragging the door knob with all my strength but the crazy door didn’t bulge.
I was already covered in sweat…I turned back in fright but couldn’t find her beside my shelf anymore.
She was sitting right on the bed with a grin on her face.
“Keep on screaming and pushing the door open…no one will hear you and the door won’t bulge” She laughed.
She’s in her normal red robe but she wore her hair differently,it’s packed in two ponytails,then she plait the tip and—
“Yeah…I made pontsplait, doesn’t it look good on me?” She asked.
“I..it does” I said…her pontsplait is so long reaching her feet.
“Anyways,i came to warn you!” She said in a hoarse voice.
“Yeah I’m gonna tell you what i came here to warn you about but first,see this” She said and stretched her hand.
I flinched and ended up hurting my arm when a shiny sword appeared in her hand.
She held it tightly…my legs were starting to tremble.
“P..lease don’t hurt me” I cried.
“I won’t hurt you! I came here to warn you..stop being inquisitive!!” She suddenly yelled.
“I’m not being inquisitive” I cried, praying she won’t hurt me.
“This is the sword i used to kill Jessie” She said.
I stood shocked and couldn’t feel my feet anymore.
I wobbled to the floor and stared in disbelief.
“She was being inquisitive about you! About your sudden transformation! I warned her but she didn’t heed…have Ellen ever told you i hate inquisitiveness?” She asked and i was forced to shake my head.
I was still in shock knowing she was the one who killed Jessie.
But I’m not being inquisitive…
‘What am i being inquisitive about?’ I thought.
“You are being inquisitive about Jessie’s death and i hate inquisitiveness over my work!” She said.
“I..I’m S..orry,i won’t be I..inqui..sitive anymore” I stammered in tears.
“Good of you..if Jessie has been obedient as you,i wouldn’t have killed her!” She said.
She laughed and threw up the sword…it disappeared into thin air..
“I will be leaving now” She said and turned to the wall.
I started breathing sigh of relief when she suddenly turned back making my breathing cease for a moment.
“I will come back for you!!” She said and disappeared just like the sword.
“What have i gotten myself into” I cried.
????????JUST FOR LOVE ????????
(Love made her)????
© Azeemah Salami
I woke up to the beeping of my alarm.
I sat up on the bed and stretched forth.
I placed one leg on the floor and yawned loudly.
I dismissed the alarm and placed my second leg on the floor.
I stood up from the bed and adjusted my pajamas.
I waited to hear the sound of my parents fighting.
I smiled when i didn’t hear any sound.
Their fight seems to have reduced the day i lashed out at them.
I need to get ready for school…
Last week has been a sad week for everyone due to Jessie’s death.
Her death was just so sudden and surprising.
Even though im not close to her,i felt the pain of her death.
I walked into the bathroom and picked my toothbrush and paste.
I stood in front of the sink and applied some paste on the toothbrush.
I started brushing my teeth…
I rinsed my mouth and toothbrush after i had finished brushing.
I kept it back in it’s place and proceeded to the bathtub.
I pulled off my pajamas and filled the tub with warm soapy water before sliding in.
I was done bathing in some minutes..
I headed back to my room…
I opened my closet and picked my hanged school uniform..
I bent a little and selected an underwear.
I closed the closet and began dressing for school.
I stood in front of the mirror,i was done dressing up,I just need to brush my hair and apply a little hair oil…it’s looking dry.
I picked my favorite hair brush,then brushed down my hair.
I applied enough hair oil,then adjust it while looking at my reflection in the mirror.
I wore my shoes over my white socks,then stood up to rearrange my hair.
I picked my backpack from the couch,glanced at my room one last time before walking out.
I met Dad in the living room watching his regular TV show.
Mum has probably gone to her business.
Dad doesn’t really go to work,he has people controlling his businesses for him..he goes to work once in a while to check how things are going.
I’m glad mum isn’t home, there would have been another round of hot fight.
“Good morning Dad” I greeted.
He turned..”Kel how was your night?”
“Alright,your breakfast is in the kitchen” he said.
I nodded and walked into the kitchen.
I perceived the aroma of sandwich but i shrugged it off… I dont feel like eating anything.
I quickly made coffee,then doused it with cream.
I gulped it down and rinsed the coffee cup in the sink.
I dried my hand with the dishcloth and walked out of the kitchen.
“Bye dad” I said.
“Bye Kel…I want to take you out once you are back from school today..you know it been sooo long” he said.
“Thanks dad” I said and walked out of the house..
I had wanted to tell him I’m not interested but that’s gonna make him feel bad for the rest of the day.
I greeted Tina,my new driver..
My old driver was hit by a large stool during one of mum and dad’s fight.
He was rushed to the hospital,and after getting well,he insisted on not coming back to this house anymore…that wasn’t the first time,he got hit during my parents fights and i can’t blame him for refusing to come back.
I miss him so much cause I’ve gotten so used to him.
Tina is a good lady,but i prefer Hillster to her.
I wonder why mum employed a female driver…I had thought she was mum’s driver at first but was surprised when she told me,she’s gonna be my driver.
I opened the car door and got in.
She turned on the ignition, reversed out of the garage and then drove out of the open gate heading to my school.
My stomach rumbled in excitement,i don’t just get the reason i always look forward to see Tammy.
It’s normal tho…she’s just a friend.
Tina dropped me at school..i waved her bye and walked into the school’s main compound..i climbed the stairs to my classroom.
I walked in and was engulfed by ‘stares’ I ignored it and headed to my seat..
This school should have been named “Stares”
No one will come into this classroom without being followed by stares and it’s sometimes annoying!
I got to my seat and sat down before saying “hi” to Bryan.
Mara isn’t in school yet.
“Hey buddy, what’s up?” He asked nicely.
“I’m fine” I replied and dropped my backpack beside my desk.
“I gat this funny video.. come let’s watch it” He said and dragged me to Mara’s seat which was beside his.
I smiled as i peered into his iPod.
Bryan is so nice and i sometimes get so jealous of him.
We both raised our heads as Mara walked into the classroom.
Damn! Why’s this heart suddenly beating fast the moment she walked in.
She’s not looking very bright and i really hope she’s okay.
She headed towards her seat oblivious of the admiring stares she got.
She suddenly smiled..
That smile zapped every brain cell i had even though it wasn’t directed to me,it was directed to Bryan and i suddenly felt a pang of jealousy.
Haa! I can’t just describe that feeling she normally gives me anytime i set my eyes on her.
Is it because she’s beautiful? Lovely? and amazing?
Is it those things that makes my heart pump anytime she’s around.
I know the feeling but I’m not ready to admit it yet.
How can i love someone just few weeks of resuming school.
Obviously she doesn’t think of me as anything but her friend.
I sometimes envy the relationship between Bryan and her,they act like a couple.
Just imagine, she didn’t look bright when she walked into the class but her face brightened immediately she saw Bryan.
Bryan doesn’t even treat Ellen as nice as he treats Mara.
I just have to get rid of this funny feelings I’m having for her but I’m afraid i can’t!
I shifted back to my seat.
“Hey Bryan” she said as she sat down.
“Hi Miss pontsplait” he said and she laughed.
“I’ve missed that name” She giggled.
“How was your night?” He asked.
“Awesome” She said and shifted closer to him,then whispered something to his ear.
They both bursted out laughing and i felt my heart rage.
Their laughter subsided and she turned to me.
She always have all the good times with Bryan first before turning to me like she wasn’t aware im sitting beside her.
That hurts a lot! But what did i expect..they’ve been friends since grade 6.
“Hi Kelly” She smiled.
“Hey” I replied.
“Com’on reply me well” She said and poked my chest.
I found myself laughing…I so much love this girl.
Huh? Love? No!!
“Okay,hi Tammy” I said.
“I’m not a boy” I said.
“Okay, good man” she said and we laughed..
She turned to Laura and tapped her shoulder…
Laura turned and smiled on seeing it was Tammy.
I noticed she likes Tammy a lot but Tammy doesn’t really like her.
“Hi Mara… good morning” She smiled.
“Good morning Laura,how are you?” She asked.
“I’m fine” she said.
“Ellen good morning” Tammy said.
Even with how mean this so called Ellen is to her,she still tries to talk to her but always ends up being snubbed.
Ellen didn’t reply her as usual and i held the urge to lash out at her, she’s so wicked and unfeeling!
“Bring your ear closer” She said.
I did and she whispered a joke in my ear.
My heart beat accelerated when i felt her hot breath against my neck.
I ended up laughing cause her breath tickles.
“I’m not done telling you,and you’ve started laughing” She said.
Bryan laughed…”The joke is funny right?”
“Yeah it is” I said.
Damn! I can’t believe he wasn’t pissed that Mara whispered in my ear.
I can relate on how pissed and jealous i felt when she whispered in his ear but he just acted cool.
Does this mean he doesn’t feel anything for Tammy,if he does..he should be getting jealous as i always do.
They are just friends and I’m secretly glad,he has nothing for her.
Does that gives me the chance?
“I can’t believe you all have the gut to smile and laugh after loosing a friend a week ago” Ellen blurted.
We ignored her and that got her more pissed.
I turned to Bryan…
He dropped his iPod and turned to look at me.
“You look sweet” he said.
“Thank you” I blushed.
“But…is there anything bothering you?” He asked.
“No..why did you ask?”
“You know my subconsciousness does not deceive me…I feel there is something wrong,i keep having that feeling over and over again.. Mara if there is anything,you can confide in me okay?” He asked.
That brought tears to my eyes…Bryan’s subconsciousness is always right,i remembered when we were in grade 7,he said he had a feeling a teacher is gonna die soon and it happened…the teacher died,we all thought it was coincidence but more incidents happened which proved Bryan’s subconsciousness is always right.
I know i might be in danger,not when Quilah said she will be back for me.
“It’s okay Mara,you don’t have to cry. It’s just a subconsciousness, nothing is gonna happen huh?” He said and placed his arm round my shoulders..
I suddenly felt at ease… just the feel of his hand on my shoulders brought the comfort i could ever imagined.
“Tammy what’s wrong?” Kelly asked.
I shook my head.
“Nothing, she will be fine” Bryan said.
I’m so afraid….
Why did i step my feet into all this at the first place.
“I want pizza rolls” I said to Bryan as he and Kelly went to order lunch.
Laura,Ellen and i remained at the table.
Laura is now part of us, I won’t say she’s now our friend.
I’m not fully in support of her being around Bryan all the time.
“You love pizza rolls so much” Laura said and i know she’s trying to bring up a conversation.
She seems nice but i don’t just trust her yet.
“Yeah…I love fries and chicken also” I said.
“Yeah” I said.
“Initially, that was one of my best meals” she said.
“Oh” I replied.
Bryan and Kelly returned with our lunch,they placed it on the table and went to order theirs.
We waited for them to arrive before we all started eating.
I was eating and pondering on what Bryan said when i caught him wink at Kelly before laughing.
Kelly nodded and smiled, Bryan made a gesture of “Call me” and i saw Kelly nodded happily.
What’s wrong with this two?????
I smiled when i caught Kelly stealing glances at Mara for the umpteenth time.
I already know before now that he has feelings for Mara,it’s so obvious with the way he behaves towards her.
I’m surprised Mara still don’t know how much Kelly loves her,I’ve been waiting for her to reciprocate his feelings but she’s not doing so.
She’s not even acting like she knows anything… i know within me that she does not have feelings for Kelly but we can make that work.
She also deserves to have someone in her life,i wish she can just notice how much Kelly loves her.
I’m glad he’s our friend, that’s gonna make it easier.
Mara might also have feelings for him,but maybe she’s just not ready to admit it.
I know the type of guys Mara likes.
Kelly fits so well into that description and i know everything is gonna fall into place.
I grinned as i wondered how much they will love each other once they start dating.
I need to see how Mara would look once they start dating,she will be so happy…and that will also be my happiness cause there’s nothing more glad than seeing your bestie happy.
Kelly caught me looking at him,i winked at him but he wore a confused look..
I laughed at how his face looks.
I secretly pointed to Mara,he seems surprised but nodded..
“Call me” i whispered,we need to talk about it..he grinned happily and i smiled..
I will be so glad to help… Mara deserves the best and i think Kelly is the best guy for her.
“Hope you both are not planning to kidnap us?” Mara asked making us laugh.
“Of course no! You will be so glad at what we are planning to do” i said.
“Really?” She asked.
“I hope so” she sighed.
“Should i order more pizza rolls for you?” Kelly asked her.
“No,once I’m done with this..i will eat from yours and Bryan’s” She grinned.
“Mine is almost finished,so you have to eat from Kelly’s” I said.
She smirked…”Stingy Mr pontsplait”
I laughed…”Miss pontsplait the food monger”
She picked her chop sticks and i know she’s about to hit it on my head.
I smiled and pushed Kelly’s head forward.
The chopsticks landed on his head and we all laughed…
We returned back to class after lunch break.
We sat in our respective seats and waited for our next teacher; Mrs Ardsley to come in.
Kelly seems more happy and he kept grinning…I know he can’t wait to get home and give me a call..
Mara is oblivious of what’s going on,she focused on her mathematics textbook.
“Bryan, explain this equation to me” She said pointing to an equation.
“I don’t know it” I lied.
“You are lying” She said.
I laughed…”okay..I know it but I don’t feel like explaining anything…meet Kelly”
She twitched her nose and hit the textbook on my head before turning to Kelly.
I saw how glad Kelly was when Mara showed him the equation and told him to explain to her.
He did and i can tell Mara was impressed.
Yes! He has scored a goal.
Just remaining a goal to her heart and we are gonna plan that our soon.
I turned to Ellen…
“What’s up babe” I said and crossed my arm on her shoulder.
“Let me be” she said.
“What’s wrong?” I asked.
” You just kept acting like I’m not your girlfriend! Even if it’s just for three months… at least treat me with respect” She said and i felt bad immediately.
“But you were always getting on my nerves” I said.
“And so? Shouldn’t you be able to tolerate me for three months” she said.
“Okay, I’m sorry” I said but she shrugged.
“I’m sorry babe” I pecked her cheeks.
She smiled…”I’m gonna come to your house one of these days” She said.
“Okay..you are welcome anytime” I said.
“You’ve not bought me any gift since we started dating” she pouted.
“What do you want me to get for you?” I asked.
“I want you to take me out,let’s go have a nice time” She said.
“Okay, when would you like us to go out?” I asked.
“I’m gonna tell you soon,I need to think of a perfect date” She smiled.
“Alright babe,once you are ready” I said.
“Thanks B. I love you” she hugged me.
I smiled and hugged her back..
I’m doing all this to make the three months remarkable for her…I don’t love her.
I can’t wait for three months the three months to be over…my heart is somewhere else.
Yeah! Somewhere else????
Mrs Ardsley came into the class and we began another round of school work.
“Let’s go home” Kelly said excitedly..
Students were starting to troop out of the class.
We all stood up and wore our backpacks.
I held Ellen’s hand in mine as we made our way downstairs to the parking lot.
“Don’t forget to call me” i whispered to Kelly when we got to the parking lot.
“Of course… that’s the reason I’m rushing home” He whispered back with a smile.
He so much loves Mara and i hope she’s gonna love him too.
Everyone said “bye” . Got into their cars and left.
I got home and walked into the living room.
I met no one.
I heard some sounds in the kitchen,I walked there and peeped in.
I saw Kim making deserts…I smiled hungrily.
“Hi Kim” I said and strolled into the kitchen.
“Kelly,how are you?” She asked.
“I’m fine.. where’s Mum and dad?” I asked.
“They are not back from work” She said.
“Okay” I said, staring at the cake on the kitchen counter.
“Go freshen up,then I’m gonna dish out some for you” Kim said.
That didn’t stop me from picking a slice of red velvet cake before running out of the kitchen.
“Bryan!” Kim yelled…I giggled.
I climbed the stairs to my room and unlocked the door.
I walked in and closed the door behind me.
I dropped my backpack on the sofa,then pulled off my shoes and socks..
I picked my towel and hurried into the bathroom.
I can’t wait to devour the whole of that cake.
I walked out of the bathroom with a towel wrapped around my waist.
My body was dripping wet as i opened the wardrobe.
I selected black shorts with black singlet.
I dried my body and quickly wore my selected clothes.
I hanged my towel back on the rail and slipped into my foot wear.
I was about walking out of my room when i heard my phone rang.
I unzipped my backpack and brought it out.
I smiled and swiped it to the receiver..
I clicked on the speaker,then placed it on the table.
???? Hello Bryan.
????You know the reason I’m calling right?
????Yeah… because of Mara.
I heard him sigh ???? Bryan,i don’t know how to say this but i think i like Tammy.
????You don’t think you do…You do. It’s a matter of fact, you have feelings for Mara right?
???? Yeah…I..i do.
????Then go ahead and tell her.
I laughed…???? Are you afraid?.
????No I’m not but what if she does not feel the same way about me.
????She may not, but she will also think about it once you ask her out.
????I’m still afraid to tell her cause it might spoil this little relationship between us…I don’t even know how i fell in love with her,it was so sudden and i tried to get rid of the feeling but it just won’t leave.
???? Yeah… that’s how true love is … If you tell Mara all these,trust me. She’s gonna give it a thought.
????What if she rejects my proposal?
????She will,at first … that’s normal. But you will keep pushing it.
???? Okay… should i tell her about it tomorrow?
????You know it’s just remaining few weeks to Fallen angels concert?
???? Just ask her out few days after the concert cause she’s gonna be in a very good mood then, that would make it easier for you.
????Wow.. that’s true, thanks buddy.
????It’s nothing…do you mind coming over to my house,let’s discuss it more.
???? Of course i will gladly come,text me your address.
I smiled…he’s crazily in love.
???? Okay…I’m gonna text it to you now… Bye.
I disconnected the call and quickly text my address to Kelly.
I dropped my iPod and smiled..
I’m glad…Mara finally has someone who truly loves her.
She deserves the best cause she’s the best herself.
I just hope this works out..
It must! Cause they are a perfect match????
“My cake!” I ran out of my room and headed straight to the kitchen.
JUST FOR LOVE Episode 23
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