Thursday, 16 July 2015
PRICELESS DREAMS EIGHT (8).
History was Leticia's favourite subject. She was so passionate about it but after she saw the picture of Frank with the scandalous caption that came with it, she totally lost the history professor. She convinced herself that it was one of the pranks they played on each other. She checked her calendar and she realized that it was several months after 1st April so it could not be an April Fool's Day prank. Many thoughts and scenarios flooded her mind. "This can't be possible", she wondered."Frank and Rejoice?" she thought to herself, "they are worlds apart". "I remember Frank jokingly made reference to her body and said he felt intimidated by her because of her curves". "Did he mean it in a desirous way?" "Was it this same desire that would cause him to want to sleep with her behind my back?". "They say men are like dogs and would want to bed any woman so I won't be surprised if Frank actually is part of something like this, after all, all men are the same". "What made me even think that Frank was going to be any different?". Leticia sat there totally confused. "Maybe I am jumping the gun", she thought to herself. "Women can be as sly as snakes and they will do anything to trap a man they want and I know Rejoice is very capable of such a thing", Leticia added. "Come to think of it, my Frankie will never visit my hostel without calling me first to check with me". She wanted to get back to the hostel to clear all the doubt that had flooded her mind. It was against the policy of the history professor for anyone to walk out of his class without his permission. Before the semester began, he spelt out clearly that, it would only be upon the death of one's parents that he would allow any student leave the class to attend to the emergency but aside that case, no one could go to him with any other excuse so Leticia had to wait for the lecture to be officially over before she could move out. It was approximately forty-eight minutes more left for the class to be over. Leticia kept checking her watch probably after every five minutes but it seemed the more she checked, the slower the hands of time moved. Those forty-eight minutes appeared to be somewhat like hours to Leticia. Finally, the lecturer closed the class and Leticia sped off to her hostel. On her way, she went through her WhatsApp chats and updated herself on the issue at hand. She knew where to find Frank. Back at the hostel, Rejoice was surrounded by some other female friends. She appeared visibly shaken by her "ordeal". "I didn't intend to blow this out of proportion like this", she thought to herself as the other ladies sympathized with her. "My plan was just to scare him a little, now see what I have caused?". "How am I going to undo what has already been done?" "I cannot go back on my words but I must try to salvage what I can to make this prank-turned-rape saga go away", she added. "Frank is going to kill me". She went downstairs and asked to speak to the administrator. She told the administrator that she had been already humiliated by Frank's action and the fact that he had been caught would serve as a bitter lesson to him so she pleaded that the case be discontinued. The administrator agreed and decided to release Frank. Immediately Frank stepped out, he met Leticia. "Seeing you here alone confirms that the rumours are true", Leticia said."Frank, how could you do this to me?", she asked. "All this while that we've been together, you have never asked to sleep with me and I really respect you for that but even if you really wanted to have sex, it should have been anyone else but Rejoice", she added. "I am hurt and I am disappointed in you, Frank". As she spoke, Frank did not utter a word and was just anxious for her to finish so that he could counter her submission. "Of all my detractors", Frank started, "I didn't count you as one of them". "Just check your phone and check our chats to see what is there and see who is telling the actual truth". As Leticia brought her phone out to check, Frank snatched the phone from her hand and started going through it. He spoke as he carried out this action. "You sent me a message this morning inviting me to...", "this cannot be possible", Frank started off, "baby, have you deleted any of our chats?", a bewildered Frank asked Leticia. "I have lost my phone through this unfortunate situation but I would prove to you that all this is one big, fat lie". Leticia looked at him with pity in her eyes and said, "Frank, please stop humiliating yourself more than you already have. Just go to your hostel and stay there". "I don't want to see you again". "As it stands now, I am going to be the laughing stock of the hostel for the rest of my days here". "The humiliation ends here and now". Frank was lost for words, he did not know how to defend himself without any evidence. He begged Leticia but she walked out on him. She went into her room and apologised to Rejoice for Frank's 'inhuman behaviour'. After that, she cried for days. Weeks had passed and Leticia had refused to pick up Frank's call or see him even though she had missed him so much. Rejoice found a way to bond with Leticia but wanted to apologise to Frank also. Frank had closed from an evening anatomy class and was preparing rice when he heard a knock on his door. He opened the door and the words that came from his mouth were, "you are the last person on earth I expect to see within a hundred meter radius from me so what do you want now, Rejoice?" "You even have the effrontery to knock on my door without shame". She forced her way into Frank's room and knelt down to apologise, "Frank please forgive me for putting you through such a trial". "I cannot continue to live with myself knowing full well that I owe you this apology", she added. "I would do anything to patch up for this act of mine but please forgive me". "Even if I forgive you, it is not going to bring Leticia back into my life", Frank said. "I have lost her forever". "Do you know how that makes me feel?", Frank asked. "Just leave before I change my mind and strangle you here and now". Rejoice got up to leave and Frank, like the gentleman he was, held the door wide open for her. In a few minutes, there was another heavy knock on the door. Frank got alarmed and opened the door with caution. "What are you still doing here, Rejoice?", Frank yelled out. Rejoice pushed him aside, entered the room and quickly shut the door behind her. "I think Leticia is coming here to see you"... My name is Edwin Oko Lamptey and this is a "story about a journey RAT (RANDOM AFRICAN THOUGHT) More at randomafricanthoughts.blogspot.com
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