The Woman I Cherish 25

A cab pulled to a stop in front of a
black gate. Angel alighted
immediately and went to the boot to
get her luggage. She settled the
cab man and he drove off. She
turned and stared at the gate
before her.
“my new home” she said.
She dragged her luggage into the
compound. The first person she
saw when she entered the
compound was Jane. She was
sitting on a bench in the
compound. She was too engrossed
on her phone that she didn’t notice
Angel’s presence. Angel stared at
her from a distance. she suddenly
looked up from her phone to see
Angel staring at her. Angel
approached her immediately.
“hi” Angel said.
“hi” Jane responded.
“do you leave here?”
“yes, the new tenant” Angel
“oh! you are our new tenant.
welcome to our house” Jane said.
“thanks” Angel responded.
“your parent moved in last week.
why are you just moving in now?”
Jane asked.
“we just vacated for the semester.
I’m coming straight from school.”
Angel responded.
“okay, I see. I returned from school
just last week also.” Jane said.
“oh! okay” Angel responded.
“welcome to your new apartment
once again.” Jane said.
“thank you” Angel responded.
“by the way, I’m Jane”
“I’m Angel” Angel responded.
“I thought as much. you look so
much like an Angel” Jane said.
“you are gorgeous too” Angel
responded, smiling.
“you can come to meet me
whenever you are less busy, let me
take you round the area. You need
to get familiar with your new
environment.” Jane said.
“wow! that will be nice. thank you
very much. I really appreciate it”
Angel responded.
“you are welcome” Jane responded.
“okay, see you later. let me take my
luggage to my room” Angel said.
“okay” Jane responded.
Angel dragged her luggage to their
flat, while Jane busied herself with
her phone.
Jewel sat in the sitting room
playing video game. His phone
suddenly started ringing. He took it
from the table and picked the call.
“hello Francis” Jewel said.
“Jewel, you left school without
telling me.” Francis said.
“I’m sorry bro. I forgot to tell you. I
just had to leave school earlier.”
Jewel responded.
“why? what was the school panel’s
decision?” Francis asked.
“nothing has been decided yet. my
fate will be decided when we
resume next semester.” Jewel
“okay bro. you will overcome this.
I’m very sure of that” Francis said.
“yes, I will” Jewel responded.
“okay na, take care” Francis said.
“okay, thanks for the call” Jewel
responded and ended the call.
He dropped the phone back on the
table and continued playing his
Angel and Jane sat on a bench in
their compound, discussing and
laughing out loud at interval.
Anyone who saw them would think
they had known each other for a
very longtime. They got along very
“so tell me Angel. do you have a
boyfriend?” Jane asked.
“well, I don’t have a boyfriend for
now, but there is this guy in my
class, I really like. We didn’t get
along well at first, but as time went
by, I realized he is a nice guy. I
know he likes me too, but he hasn’t
said anything to me yet. let’s wait
until next semester to see how
things go” Angel responded,
“This guy must be very lucky to
have someone as beautiful as you,
tripping for him.” Jane said.
“sure, he is” Angel responded.
“I want to be the first person you
will break the news to when he
finally ask you out” Jane said.
“trust me na. once he says those
words to me, you will be the first
person I will call to inform.” Angel
responded, still smiling.
“what about you? do you have a
Jane’s face curved in a smile when
Angel asked her that.
“yes o, I have a boyfriend. He is my
everything, my world, without him
i’m nothing. he is so kind, loving
and intelligent. And most
importantly, he is very handsome.”
Jane responded, smiling broadly.
“this your boyfriend must be very
special to you” Angel said.
“yes, he is very special. you won’t
understand what I’m talking about
until you meet him” Jane
“I will like to meet him one of these
days” Angel said.
“you will meet him today. He lives
in the next compound. wait let me
invite him over” Jane responded
and brought out her phone.
She dialed Jewel’s number and
placed the phone on her ear.
“hello Jane” Jewel’s voice sounded
at the other end.
“my Jewel” Jane called, smiling.
Angel froze immediately Jane
mentioned Jewel. she stared at her
in shock. She quickly waved the
thought aside.
‘it can’t be the Jewel I know. It’s
not even possible.’ she thought.
“how are you, my Jewel?” Jane
“I’m fine and you?” Jewel asked.
“I’m fine too” Jane responded.
“my Jewel, are you at home?”
“yes, I’m at home” Jewel
“can you come over to my place. I
want to tell you something”
“okay, I will be there in 5 minutes”
Jewel responded
“okay, I’m waiting” Jane said and
ended the call.
Angel’s phone started ringing
immediately Jane ended the call.
she picked up immediately.
“hello mum………… yes I’m still at
home…………… right
now?………….. okay I’m on my
way” she responded and ended the
She turned to face Jane.
“I’m sorry, I have to leave now. my
mum is waiting for me at the
market. she wants me to come and
carry the things she bought back
home” Angel said.
“that means you won’t get to meet
my boyfriend.” Jane said.
“maybe I will meet him tomorrow”
Angel said.
“okay, no problem” Jane responded.
“see you later” Angel said.
“see you too” Jane responded.
Angel stood up and left the
Few minutes after Angel left, the
compound gate opened and Jewel
walked in. He saw Jane sitting on a
bench and walked to meet her.
“hi” Jewel said.
“my Jewel” Jane called.
“you said you have something to
tell me” Jewel said.
“I actually wanted to introduce you
to my new friend, but she left
already.” Jane responded.
“have a seat”
Jewel didn’t sit down. He stood at
the same spot staring at her.
“Daniel is the name of that guy I
saw with you the day I visited you
in school, right?” Jewel asked.
“yes, his name is Daniel” Jane
“and you said he is a cultist” Jewel
“yes he is.” Jane responded.
“but why are you asking, my
“nothing, just that I also have a
course mate whose name is Daniel.
He is our course rep and also a
serious minded student. He is
nothing like the Daniel in your
school. He is very serious and
knows his reason for being in
school, unlike the Daniel in your
school who has misplaced his
priority by joining cult.” Jewel said.
“just because one Daniel is nice
doesn’t mean every Daniel will be
nice. let’s forget about this
comparison and talk about
something else………. no, let’s go
to my room I want to show you
something” Jane said and stood up.
She held Jewel’s hand and pulled
him to her room.
Angel alighted from a cab in front
of their gate. she went to the boot
and carried the stuff she went to
get from the market. She settled
the cab man and approached the
gate. She placed her hand on the
gate handle to open the gate, but
the gate immediately opened from
within. She froze went the saw
Jewel standing at the gate. Jewel
too couldn’t hide the surprise look
on his face when he saw her. They
stared silently at each other in


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