The Woman I Cherish

The Woman I Cherish 16

Jewel froze immediately the lecturer
said that. same assignment that he
spent 3 hours at the cafe typing. He
turned and stared at Henry, probably
asking him to explain what the
lecturer just said. He turned back to
face the lecturer when Henry wouldn’t
say anything.
“but sir I …………..”
“no excuses” the lecturer cut in.
“I didn’t get your assignment when I
asked for it, so no excuses.”
Jewel quietly sat down, feeling sad.
‘how can Henry do this to me. Is he
this heartless? If he can do this, it
means he is capable of doing
anything. This also shows that he is
the one sending me those messages.
Why didn’t I see this from start? He
wouldn’t have been so stupid to have
written those messages himself. He
must have given it to someone else
to write for him, for him not to
implicate himself. what will I do
now? will I lose 10marks just like
that.” Jewel thought.
The lecturer continued with the
lecture. Jewel didn’t concentrate on
the lecture. He was lost in thought.
He couldn’t believe that Henry could
do that to him.
When lecture was over. Just
immediately the lecturer stepped out
of the class, Jewel confronted Henry.
He stood at Henry’s front and glared
at him.
“what’s the meaning of that? why
didn’t you submit my assignment?”
he asked.
“I swear, I submitted the assignment
to Daniel. I was very surprised when
the lecturer said you didn’t submit
yours.” Henry responded.
“if you submitted it, why then is it
missing?” Jewel asked.
“I don’t know. maybe we can ask
Daniel, because i’m very sure that I
submitted your assignment to him.”
Henry responded.
They both approached Daniel who
was about leaving the class.
“Daniel what happened? I thought I
submitted Jewel’s assignment to
you. Why did his own got missing?”
Henry asked, immediately.
“I don’t know. I took every
assignment that was submitted to me
to the lecturer’s office. If Jewel’s
own was not there, it means you
didn’t submit it.” Daniel responded.
“how can you say that, when I know
very well that I submitted it to you”
Henry said.
“like I said earlier, every assignment
that was submitted to me was taking
to the lecturer’s office. I have to
leave now” Daniel said and left their
presence.
Jewel stared in frustration. He
spared Henry one last glance and left
the class also. He didn’t know what
to believe anymore.
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*
Jewel sat down alone in an empty
class. He just wanted to be alone, so
that he could think of what to do
next. He was resting his head on the
desk. He was so lost in thought that
he didn’t realized when Angel walked
into the class. Angel sat quietly
beside him, without distracting him.
Few minutes later, Jewel raised his
head to see Angel sitting beside him.
“Angel!” he called, surprised.
“how long have you been sitting
here?”
“not quite long. Jewel what really
happened? why was your assignment
not submitted to the lecturer?” Angel
asked, feeling concerned.
“I don’t know. All I know is that I
gave it to Henry to submit for me.”
Jewel responded.
“Are you saying that Henry didn’t
submit it” Angel said.
“isn’t it obvious. He intentionally
didn’t submit my assignment.” Jewel
responded.
“but why would Henry do such a
thing?” Angel asked.
“He thinks there’s something going
on between us. He once told me that
he likes you and would like to date
you. maybe he thinks that I went
behind him to court you” Jewel
responded.
“that’s absurd” Angel said.
“I have always believed that he was
the one sending me those messages,
and he just confirmed it with what he
just did.” Jewel said.
“This is really absurd. I need to put a
stop to this. I will confront him”
Angel said.
“no, you don’t need to talk to him. I
can handle this” Jewel objected.
“I have to, if not, this will keep
repeating itself” she said and stood
up.
“I will talk to you later”
Angel left the class to look for Henry.
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Angel stormed into the faculty
garden and walked straight to meet
Henry, who was sitting at the far left.
She stood in his front and stared
angrily at him. Henry looked up from
the book he was reading to see
Angel staring at him.
“hi Angel” he said, smiling.
Angel didn’t respond. she just kept
staring at him. Henry noticed that
she wasn’t smiling.
“what’s wrong? why the look on your
face?” Henry asked.
“I don’t want to believe that you
intentionally didn’t submit Jewel’s
assignment, because if that’s the
case, you will completely lose the
respect i have for you” Angel said.
She stared at Henry one last time,
turned and walked out of the garden.
Henry stared angrily at the retreating
figure of Angel. He couldn’t believe
what just happened.
“so Jewel is trying to make me look
like the bad one. He is trying to make
Angel see me as a bad person, so
that he can have her all to himself.
let’s see if this will go his way.”
Henry said, stood up and left the
garden.
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Just when Jewel was about to leave
the class he was sitting in, Daniel
walked into the class. Daniel went
straight to meet Jewel.
“Jewel I want to tell you that I have
nothing to do with your missing
assignment, because I took every
assignment that was submitted to me
to the lecturer’s office. If yours
wasn’t among, it means Henry didn’t
submit it” Daniel explained.
“You don’t have to explain yourself to
me. It seems that I now know what
happened to my assignment.” Jewel
responded.
“what happened to it?” Daniel asked.
“you don’t have to worry yourself
about that. I have to leave now”
Jewel said.
“okay” Daniel responded.
Jewel turned and left the class.
Daniel stared at the retreating figure
of Jewel until he was out of sight,
before leaving the class also.

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