Episode 6

Later at night, i called Ayomide and we spoked for about ten minutes. All that happened earlier that day kept on flashing through my memory, i was just imagining if it was the same girl i knew back then in secondary school, i started feeling like seeing her that present moment. “Does is it mean that I’m liking this girl or what”, I asked myself! I just can’t bear the feelings I’m developing for this girl, i closed my eyes (still imagining) and i slept off. I woke up in the morning, brush my teeth, took my bath, dressed up and ready to leave for Kaduna State. All my mum will offer me is prayer for journey mercy “i thought to myself”. After my mum prayed for me. My twin brother wanted to help me with some things to the park but i told him not to worry because the bags are not that heavy. That morning it was like am leaving something behind, the thought of Ayomide keep running through my mind. When i boarded Oyigbo bus, i decided to check if the number she gave me was on WhatApp. I opened my WhatApp application and refresh my contact list, i saw her name and i message her. It took her 16 minutes before she reply my message.

Me: Baby Girl

Ayomide: T how far

Me: Am fine and you

Ayomide: Cool

Me: How was your night?

Ayomide: Super B and yours

Me: Splendid

Ayomide: Glory be to God

Me: I just want to inform you that am on my way back to Kaduna

Ayomide: Really! Where are you now

Me: I’m inside Oyigbo vehicle

Ayomide: Alright! wish you Journey mercy

Me: Thank Dear

Ayomide: You welcome

Me: I will call you later

Ayomide: No problem

Me: Take care of yourself

Ayomide: Alright and you too

Me: Bye Dear

Ayomide: Bye

When i got to Abuja it was almost late at night, i have been sleeping since all this while. I removed phone from my pocket and i was surprise when i saw five messages from Ayomide on my WhatApp. I replied her immediately telling her that am sorry for not replying her messages since and that i was sleeping then. She came online and we chatted for about 20 minutes before she went offline. I got to kaduna at exactly 3:26am, i slept in the vehicle till morning before i proceeded to Kachia LGA. I called my mum and the rest of my family to inform them that i arrived at Kaduna safely, i called Ayomide as well and she was happy, she advice me to be a gentle boy, we both laughed together. I have to put some things in place now, i said to her before i hung up.

Most of us came back that very day while the rest joined us the last day. Class begins as usual on Monday and our passing out is fast approaching. After the third week in our last month, our passing out date that was announced, that’s a day everyone has been waiting for. The best student will be given an award as it was announced earlier when we were inducted into the course. That same day, our posting to our various unit will be made known to us.

On our passing out day, the first, second and third position was announced. I took the second position in a class of 130 students but i wasn’t that happy because i felt am far better than the soldier i lost the first position to. Award was presented to each of us with a sum of thirty, Sixty and a hundred thousand naira for the third, second and first position respectively by the school commandant. “I give all glory to God” was the last line of my vote of thanks.

Later that evening, we all assemble at the Headquarters in other to listen to where we were posted to. The names are going to be called in alphabetical order and i know i have to be attentive because my surname starts with letter “E”. After calling about 23 names, i heard my name and my heart skipped, my ears were long and my eyes widely opened. “Gunner Elegbede Gabriel” i answered Sir. My unit was called. I sounds like “WHAT” (In a low voice).



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