The Woman I cherish

The Woman I Cherish 9

Jewel entered his room to see Henry
lying on his bed. He noticed Henry
wasn’t in a good mood. He walked to
sit beside him on his bed.
“what’s wrong?” Jewel asked.
Henry didn’t respond. He only stared
blankly into air.
“talk to me Henry. what’s wrong?”
Jewel asked again.
Henry turned to face Jewel for the
first time.
“she turned me down” he said sadly.
“who turned you down?” Jewel
“Angel turned me down” he said.
Jewel stared at him, not knowing
what to say next. he didn’t know
whether to comfort him, or just tell
him to forget about her. He was even
about to tell him that Angel and him
had become study partners, but with
the look of things, he couldn’t say
anything to him.
Jewel place a hand on Henry’s
“what did she say to you?” Jewel
“she said she’s not ready for any
relationship.” Henry responded.
“and you are going to give up
because of that? maybe she hasn’t
seen enough reason why she should
date you. All you have to do is to
show her that you are the best guy
for her and when she realize that,
she will agree to date you ” Jewel
Henry sat up immediately
“you might be right. maybe I rushed
the whole thing and didn’t give her
the time to know me better.” Henry
“exactly” Jewel responded.
“so what do you think I should do?”
Henry asked.
“just keep things going normal with
her. you should also use that
opportunity to show her how much
you love her. and after some time
you should ask her out again.” Jewel
“thank you very much Jewel. that’s
what I will do” Henry said.
“you are welcome” Jewel responded.
Henry stood up from the bed and
walked to the door.
“where are you going?” Jewel asked.
“to have lunch. I haven’t eaten
anything since morning” Henry
“so you are starving yourself because
a lady turned you down.” Jewel said.
Henry didn’t respond. He just quietly
opened the door and went out.
Francis and Lucy sat quietly at the
far-left in the faculty garden. They
had been sitting there quietly, since
they left the restuarant which they
went to have lunch. Lucy suddenly
broke the silence.
“Francis, you have been so nice to
me all through today. I’m just curious
to know why” Lucy said.
“I’m always nice to nice ladies” he
responded, not sure if that was the
best way to respond.
“hmm. it’s good sha. but you should
know that the one who needs your
attention more, is your girlfriend.”
Lucy said.
“I don’t have any girlfriend” Francis
cut in immediately.
Lucy stared at him, surprised at how
quick he responded. The way Francis
corrected her immediately made it
look as if he was trying to prevent
any topic that has to do with
girlfriend, but unknown to Lucy,
Francis only responded quickly for
her to know that he is still single and
ready to have her as his girlfriend.
“okay, if you say so” Lucy said.
“I really don’t have a girlfriend”
Francis said, stressing the words.
“let’s start leaving. I have somethings
to do in my hostel.” Lucy said.
“okay” Francis responded.
They stood up and left the garden.
Jessica entered the school
restuarant to see Henry having lunch
at the far-left of the restuarant. Her
face curved in a smile when she saw
him. she walked to meet him and sat
down beside him.
“hi” she greeted
“hi” Henry responded.
“you are always coming to the
restuarant to eat. can’t your girlfriend
at least come to your hostel to
prepare something for you” she
She was indirectly trying to know if
he has a girlfriend.
“I don’t have a girlfriend yet. but why
should a lady go to her boyfriend’s
hostel to cook for him?” Henry asked.
“I can do that for my boyfriend. it’s
no big deal.” Jessica responded.
“you mean you can go to your
boyfriend’s hostel to cook for him?”
Henry asked.
“I don’t have a boyfriend yet. but will
do that for him when I have one”
Jessica responded.
“hmm. Any guy that will have you as
his girlfriend will be very lucky. you
will surely take good care of him”
Henry said.
“I can come cook for you, since you
don’t have a girlfriend to do that for
you.” Jessica suggested.
“you know I won’t allow you to do
that. you are in this school to study
and not to cook for a guy” Henry
“but I enjoy cooking” Jessica
“I know, but not going to a guy’s
hostel to cook for him” Henry said.
“okay, but you know you can always
come to my place to eat” Jessica
“sure” Henry responded.
Henry ate his food silently and when
he was done, they left the restuarant
Angel was seen pacing up and down
in front of Jewel’s hostel. She was
waiting for him to come out so that
they could make a decision on when
they will be meeting for their
personal study. She had earlier
agreed to meet Jewel in front of his
hostel so that they could make the
decision, and she had been standing
in front of Jewel’s hostel for close to
an hour, but he was still not coming
out. She was becoming impatient
She decided to go see what was
delaying Jewel from coming out,
since she knew his room number.
Henry had once told her their room
She entered into the hostel and
walked from one door to the other
until she got to Jewel’s door. She
knocked softly on the door.
“come in.” she heard Jewel’s voice
from within.
She opened the door and enter to see
Jewel sitting on his bed. he was
solving some questions.
Jewel stared at her, surprised. he
never expected to see her in his
“so you are right here in your room
doing nothing, while I have been
standing outside for hours waiting
for you” Angel barked.
“I thought you won’t come” Jewel
“didn’t we agree to meet in front of
your hostel?” Angel asked.
“but I still thought you won’t come.
anyway, I’m sorry.” he apologized.
He brought out a piece of paper from
his pocket and showed to Angel.
“I will give this to Dr. Femi. we will
be meeting on Tuesdays, Thursdays
and Saturdays. by 6:pm. I think these
are the best days since we won’t be
having much lectures on those days”
Jewel said.
“I don’t agree to that” Angel said.
“why?” Jewel asked.
“I’m always busy on those days. I
think, Mondays, Wednesdays and
Fridays should be okay” Angel
“how can you suggest those days,
when you know the workload we
always have” Jewel said
The truth was that, Angel was okay
with the days Jewel suggested, but
the fact that he unilaterally took the
decision without consulting her was
why she disagreed.
“Those are the days that will be okay
for me” Angel responded.
“you can’t be serious. I’m taking the
paper to Dr. Femi as our decision.”
Jewel said.
Angel immediately grabbed the paper
from Jewel and walked to the door.
Jewel rushed to meet her and held
her hand from behind. Angel tried to
forcefully free herself from Jewel,
but Jewel wrapped his hand around
her and struggled to get the paper
from her. While they were still
struggling with the book, the door
suddenly opened and Henry walked
in. He froze when he saw Jewel
wrapping his hand around Angel. The
way Jewel’s hands were wrapped
around Angel, made it looked as if
Jewel was embracing her. Henry
stared at them and they stared back
still in the same position. Jewel
needed no one to tell him that Henry
might have misunderstood what he
After staring silently at them, Henry
turned and left the room.
Jewel immediately freed Angel when
Henry left. Jewel knew very well that
he has lot of explanations to do.

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