The Woman I Cherish

The Woman I Cherish 15

The door suddenly opened and Henry
walked in. He froze when he saw
Angel lying on Jewel’s bed. He
stared from Jewel to Angel, back to
Jewel. They stared silently at him
also. After a while of deafening
silence, Henry spoke.
“sorry for disturbing you guys” he
said and turned to leave the room.
“wait!” Jewel said, immediately.
Henry stopped and turned to face
Jewel.
“why are you leaving? Angel was
waiting for you all this while. Are you
going to leave just like that without
knowing why she came all the way
from her hostel to see you?” Jewel
asked.
Henry stared at Jewel, surprised, and
at the same time embarrassed.
‘so Angel was actually waiting for
me’ he thought.
Angel too could not hide the surprise
look on her face when Jewel said
that. she didn’t remember telling
Jewel that she was waiting for Henry.
She stared at Jewel with a
questioning look.
That was the only thing Jewel could
come up with, for Henry not to
misunderstand what he saw.
Henry quietly walked back into the
room.
“are you actually waiting for me?”
Henry asked.
Angel nodded in affirmation, even
though she had no idea of what to
say was her reason for looking for
him.
“I’m very sorry. I didn’t know you
were waiting for me.” Henry said and
went to sit on his bed.
“why do you want to see me?” Henry
asked.
“I was thinking if you can help me
out with a topic. you know you asked
me to come to you whenever I need
help” Angel said.
“yes, I said that. what topic is it?”
Henry asked.
Angel stood up from Jewel’s bed and
went to sit beside Henry on his bed.
Jewel heaved a sigh of relief and lay
down comfortably on his bed.
Angel showed Henry the topic she
wanted him to explain, and Henry
took his time explaining a topic
Angel knew better than him. By the
time they were done, Jewel had
already slept off. Angel thanked
Henry and left their room without
waking Jewel.
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*
Everyone sat quietly in class, waiting
for the lecturer to arrive. Francis was
sitting beside Jewel at the far left,
while Henry was sitting alone at the
back. Angel, Jessica and Lucy were
occupying the seats at the far right.
Daniel walked into the class few
minutes later and went straight to the
podium.
“attention everyone” He called.
“I’m sorry this class won’t hold. The
lecturer is not available.”
“not again!” someone shouted from
the back.
“The lecturer gave us an assignment
instead, which we are to submit first
thing tomorrow morning. The
assignment should not be less than
10 pages. It must be typed and spiral
bind.” Daniel instructed.
“I will be at the faculty to collect it
tomorrow. you must bring it to me
before 7:45am, because I will take it
to the lecturer exactly 7:45am.
“How is that possible? How are we
suppose to type a 10 pages
assignment and submit first thing
tomorrow. Most of us have
something else to do” someone said.
“I’m just delivering the lecturer’s
message. You can ignore it if you
like, but I just want you to know that
the assignment carries 10 marks. so
if you don’t do it, you automatically
lose 10 marks. I will send the
questions to you guys before the end
of our next lecture” Daniel said and
left the class.
Students started leaving the class,
since the lecture was no more
holding.
**************************************
It was already 5:50pm and Jewel
was already set for his personal
study with Angel. He seemed very
tired, because he spent about 3hours
at the cafe typing the assignment
that was giving to them. He was very
hungry at the same time, because he
didn’t have lunch. He spent all his
time at the cafe and there was no
time for him to have lunch. If it was
possible, he wouldn’t have bothered
going for the study with Angel, but
he just had to go because they have
already missed their study for two
consecutive time. He picked up his
phone from his bed and dialed
Angel’s number. He placed the
phone on his ear and waited for her
to pick up.
“hello Jewel” Angel’s voice sounded
at the other end.
Jewel stared at the phone screen to
confirm if he dialed the right number.
That was the first time Angel was
calling him by his name, and it
sounded so well on her lips. He
placed the phone back on his ear
when he confirmed that he dialed the
right number.
“Angel, I’m on my way. I hope you
are in your hostel?” Jewel asked.
“yes I’m in my hostel, but aren’t you
suppose to be busy with you
assignment?” Angel asked.
“I have done it already” Jewel
responded.
“what about you? are you still busy
with yours?”
“no, I’m done with mine also.” Angel
responded.
“okay I will be there soon” Jewel said
and ended the call.
Jewel took his notebook from his
table and left his room immediately.
*************************************
Jessica sat on her bed, going
through her assignment, while Angel
lay on her bed. She was waiting for
Jewel to arrive. She suddenly
realized she should have told
Jessica that Jewel was coming, and
his reason for coming. She sat up
and turned to face Jessica.
“Jessica, I have to tell you
something.” she said
Jessica dropped the book she was
holding and turned to face her.
“what is it?” Jessica asked.
“There’s a quiz coming up very soon
in our department. Dr. Femi has
already selected Jewel and I to
represent our class. He gave us
some material to work it and told us
to decide on the days we will be
meeting for personal studies. We
have already decided on that, and
also decided that we will be meeting
here in our room. I hope it’s okay
with you if we have our studies
here.” Angel said.
“yes, it’s okay with me. He is always
welcome here.” Jessica responded.
“but why would Dr. Femi choose both
of you, out of everyone in class?”
“I don’t know” Angel responded.
“okay, he is welcome” Jessica said.
“it seems I will have to prepare
dinner for three then”
“yes, exactly” Angel responded.
A knock sounded on their door.
“I think that’s him” Angel said.
She stood up and walked to the door.
she opened it to see Jewel at the
door.
“hi” Jewel said, smiling.
“hi” she responded, smiling.
“please come in”
Jewel entered and Angel followed
behind him.
“hi Jessica” Jewel said.
“hi” Jessica responded.
“please have a seat” Angel said,
pointing to plastic chair in the room.
“thanks” Jewel responded and sat
down.
Angel sat down also.
“I think I will have to leave you guys”
Jessica said and stood up.
She left the room to prepare dinner.
They began their study immediately.
This time, they worked as a team.
they helped each other with what the
other might not understand better.
Angel later find Jewel to be very
intelligent and vast in many areas.
She also realized that he was very
kind.
Jessica brought dinner when it was
ready and they all ate. Jewel spent
some time with them before he left.
He left very happy and felt like
coming back there everyday.
**************************************
Jewel and Henry woke up very early
the next day. They knew very well
that they have to leave their hostel
very early in order to submit their
assignment to Daniel before 7:45am.
It was just 6:15am, but they were
already set. Jewel’s phone suddenly
started ringing. He took it from his
bed and realized that the call was
from Angel. He picked the call
immediately.
“hello Angel” Jewel said.
Henry turned to face Jewel
immediately he heard Angel’s name.
He listened with keen interest.
“Jewel, you have to forgive me for
what I’m about to tell you now” Angel
said.
“what is it?” Jewel asked.
“promise me you won’t get mad”
Angel said.
“I won’t, I promise” Jewel assured
her.
“I forgot to tell you yesterday that Dr.
Femi asked us to meet him at his
office before 7:30am today. He said
that it is very urgent.” Angel said.
“but why are you just telling me this
now?” Jewel asked.
“I’m very sorry Jewel. it escaped my
mind.” Angel apologized.
“you know I have to submit my
assignment before 7:45am” Jewel
said.
“why not give it to Henry to submit
for you.” Angel said.
“okay I will do that” Jewel responded.
“I will wait for you in my hostel.”
Angel said.
“okay” Jewel responded and ended
the call.
Henry carried his bag to leave the
room immediately Jewel ended the
call.
“Henry please wait” Jewel said.
Henry turned to face Jewel.
“can you please help me submit my
assignment. I have to go to Dr.
Femi’s office right now.” Jewel said.
“okay, you can bring it” Henry
responded.
Jewel quickly brought out his
assignment from his bag and gave to
Henry.
“thank you very much” Jewel said.
Henry collected the assignment and
left the room without replying Jewel.
Jewel sat on his bed and put on his
shoe. His phone suddenly started
ringing. He stared at the screen and
realized that the call was from Angel.
He picked up the call.
“hello Angel” Jewel said.
“Jewel, I just received a call from Dr.
Femi. He told us not to bother
coming again.” Angel said.
“oh! that’s a relief” Jewel said.
“okay, talk to you later”
“okay” responded and ended the call.
He went back to his bed and lay on
it.
“since I don’t have anything to do
now, I will just sleep instead. My first
class is by 4pm. which is a make up
class.” He said.
****************************************
Jewel walked into the class exactly
4pm for the make up class. The
class was almost filled when he
walked in. He went to the available
seat at the back and sat down. Few
minutes later, the lecturer walked into
the class. It was the same lecturer
who gave them the assignment. The
lecturer walked to the podium and
faced the class.
“Jewel!” The lecturer called.
Jewel stood up immediately. He was
surprised that the lecturer called his
name in the class.
“yes sir” He responded.
“everyone submitted their assignment
except for you. I hope you are aware
that you just lost 10marks.” The
lecturer said.
Jewel froze immediately the lecturer
said that. same assignment that he
spent 3hours at the cafe typing. He
turned and stared at Henry, probably
asking him to explain what the
lecturer just said.

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