The Woman I Cherish 3

Jewel walked into his faculty for his
first lecture. The lecture was by
8:am. He was already late for his
class, but he seemed not to bother.
He left his hostel very late after
contemplating whether to go for his
lecture or not. He didn’t want to go
at first, but later went after much
consideration. Henry had already left
the hostel when he woke up. so he
locked the room and left the hostel.
He didn’t look happy when he walked
into his faculty. He seemed not to
have forgotten what Jane did to him.
he was really in a bad mood. He
seemed to be lost in thought.
Angel rushed into her faculty. she
was already late for lecture. her
lecture was by 8:am, but the time
was already 8:15am. she woke up
very late. Jessica had left the hostel
already when she woke up. She
seemed not to understand why
Jessica didn’t wake her up when she
knew that they were going for same
lecture. she would know her reason
for that when she sees her in class.
Angel kept staring at her phone at
interval, as she rushed to her lecture
hall. she suddenly collided with
someone and her phone fell on the
ground. she looked up to see Jewel
staring at her. Jewel couldn’t take
his gaze off the lady standing in his
front. she was truly a beauty to
behold. an epitome of beauty. For
that moment, Jewel forgot all his
worry. The lady standing in his front
can make one forget all his worry.
that was the first time he was seeing
a lady as beautiful as her. The lady
was wonderfully made.
“will you apologize and pick up my
phone for me, instead of staring at
me like an alien.” Angel barked.
she was really pissed that all Jewel
could do after bumping into her was
to stare at her.
Jewel immediately came back to his
senses. He suddenly remember what
Jane did to him and his mood
change. He hasn’t recover from what
Jane did to him, and here he was
staring at another lady. He suddenly
saw Angel as a lady who would also
be capable of breaking a guy’s heart.
“won’t you picked up my phone”
Angel said again when he didn’t
make any move.
“why should I pick up your phone?
were you not the one that bumped
into me.” Jewel said.
“if you were watching you way, you
would have realized I was coming
this way” Angel said.
“if you were not rushing like a mad
woman, you wouldn’t have bumped
into me.” Jewel responded.
Angel mood suddenly changed.
Jewel words really got to her.
“did you just call me a mad woman?”
she asked, angrily.
“if you are not a mad woman, then
learn how to walk properly.” Jewel
The more Jewel speaks, the more
Angel get angry. she glared at him
as if he will strangle him if giving the
“I don’t have time for rubbish. if you
are ashamed to pick up your phone,
why not leave it and walk away.”
Jewel said and walked out on her
Angel couldn’t believe what just
happened. she just got the insult of
her life. she stared at the retreating
figure of Jewel, until he was out of
sight. she couldn’t move an inch
after Jewel left. she stood at the
same position for up to 5 minutes.
she had totally forgotten that she has
a class to catch up with. After a
while of standing alone, she slowly
picked up her phone. she looked at
the phone and realized that the
screen had broken.
“what! my phone!” she exclaimed.
Her eyes were already red. She
couldn’t believe that her phone
screen had broken. That was the
same phone her uncle gave her, the
day she move into school. it was not
even up to 4 days.
“this is the fault of that jerk. look at
what he did to my phone. How I wish
I could see him again. I must surely
get my revenge on him” she said,
After a while, she walked out of the
faculty. she didn’t bother going for
her lecture. she went back to her
Jewel walked into his lecture hall for
the first time since resumption. The
lecturer was already in the class and
had started lecturing. Jewel walked
silently to the back seat and sat
down. He paid attention to what the
lecturer was saying. He tried to
forget his worries for that moment
and only focus his attention on the
lecturer. The lecture went on
smoothly, and he was very sure he
understood everything the lecturer
explained. Just immediately after
lecture, Jewel felt a hand on his
shoulder from behind. He turned
immediately, to see a guy standing
behind him.
He froze immediately he saw the
“Francis!” he called, surprised.
Francis was actually his childhood
friend who leave in the same area
with him. But they lost contact when
Francis relocated to a new area with
his parent.
“Jewel!” Francis called also.
They hugged each other
“long time” Jewel said.
“yeah. long time” Francis responded.
“are you schooling here” Jewel
“yeah, I school here. I was very
surprised when I saw you walked
into the class. I just have to wait for
the lecturer to leave the class before
I approach you.” Francis responded.
“That means we are in the same
department.” Jewel said.
“yes” Francis responded.
“wow! this is great. who could have
thought that we will meet here.”
Jewel said.
“I couldn’t have imagine it” Francis
“how is everything. how is your mum
and dad. I hope everyone is fine”
Jewel asked.
“yes, everything is fine” Francis
“we thank God for that” Jewel said.
“How are your parent too? I hope
they fine also” Francis asked.
“yes, very fine.” Jewel responded.
“what about your love, Jane? I hope
she is here with you in this school. I
still remember clearly how close you
guys were back then. I already saw
her as your future wife” Francis said.
The smile on Jewel’s face
disappeared immediately Francis
mentioned Jane. He didn’t answer
Francis question. He just remained
mute. Francis noticed the sudden
change of mood.
“Jewel are you okay?” Francis asked.
There was no response from Jewel.
A lady sitting beside Jewel, suddenly
took Jewel’s book from the desk
without his permission. He forcefully
collected the book back from the
lady and shot her an angry gaze.
“hey! I’m not taking it away. I only
want to copy the part I missed when
the lecturer was dictating.” the lady
“and who said you can copy from my
book?” Jewel asked.
“why are you giving me attitude? do
you know me before? This is even
the first time I’m seeing you in class.
You can eat you book if you want.”
the lady said and left his side
Francis stared at Jewel surprised. he
couldn’t believe Jewel could do such
to that lady. He never knew Jewel as
someone who could talk rudely to a
“Jewel, what’s wrong?” Francis
“nothing” he answered briefly.
“Jewel I know something is wrong. I
know this is not you. I know you
cannot speak rudely to a lady, no
matter what. I won’t ask you to tell
me what the problem is. but I just
want you to know that you should
forget whatever is bothering you and
be friendly to people. you should
forget about whoever offended you
and move on with your life. you are
in the university now. this is one of
the most important chapter of your
life. you should achieve the best
from it. don’t allow what someone
did to you in the past to affect your
study. live your life to the fullest.
make friends and be happy with
people around you. with time you
will realize that whatever happened
in the past, happened for the best
reason. I hope you will listen to my
advice.” Francis said.
Jewel listened with keen interest as
Francis advised him. Everything that
Francis said was correct. He was
certainly behaving rude, because of
what Jane did to him. He has to get
over this now. Jane has moved on
with her life, so he should do the
same. They were not meant for each
other. he will start leaving his best
life here on campus. He will be nice
to people he meets. And most
importantly, he will ask for
forgiveness from those he had
already offended. yes, that’s what he
will do.
“thanks Francis, I have heard you. I
will change from now on” he
“that’s what I want to hear.” Francis
said, smiling.
“what’s your hall of residence? tell
me your room number, so that I can
visit you this evening.” Francis said.
“Everest hall. room A213” Jewel
“okay, I will pay you a visit this
evening. let’s start leaving. we seem
to be the only ones left in the class”
Jewel looked round and realized the
class is already empty.
“okay” he responded.
They left the class together and
parted to there different hostel.
Jewel didn’t go home directly. He
went to the school cafeteria to have
lunch. he didn’t eat before leaving
his hostel. He entered the cafeteria
and went to the counter to order for
food. He received his meal and tried
to look for where to sit. He paused
immediately he saw the lady he
talked rudely to in class today. He
carried his food and went to sit
beside her. The lady was so
engrossed in her meal to notice his
“hi” he said.
The lady looked up from her table
immediately and saw Jewel. she
froze immediately she saw him
sitting beside her. she stared at him
for a while without saying anything.
“hi” Jewel repeated.
The lady didn’t respond. instead, she
hissed and continued her meal.
Jewel stared silently at her, not sure
of what to say next.

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