I was in shock myself, my feet froze as if I was glued to the floor. Shame had become me. All eyes were on me and people started grumbling and whispering. Lara ran to me and hugged me tightly. She led me to go sit on my bed. After a few minutes, Lara leaned in and whispered to me,
“What happened? Why did she do that?”
“I don’t know, I lied in tears.”
“What do you mean by you don’t know?”
“Listen Lara, I’m going through a lot of pain here. Please let me be.”
“Fine, I’m sorry. We talk when you are calm.”
Lara left me alone and went outside. I crawled into my bed and laid there for a while. I was so ashamed, I couldn’t get up. I didn’t even go for dinner. That evening, I heard a brawl outside the dormitory. Lara ran into the dormitory to call me.
“Lisa, you need to see this, come quick.”
“Come where? What’s going on.”
“There’s a huge fight going on outside. Senior Adidi, Senior Anne and even Senior Mary are exchanging blows outside. Intact, a lot of Seniors are involved. Do you know what’s causing the fight?”
“How would I know? Please leave me alone.”
“Aren’t you coming outside?”
“What for? Do I look like a referee?”
Lara left me alone again and went outside. The whole school turned upside down, there was very loud noise outside. I’m sure I was the only student who wasn’t outside to watch the fight. I curled up on my bed and covered myself up. Finally, there was a loud ring from the school bell, and everyone ran inside. There was a lot of talks in the dormitory and I paid attention so I could get some details. Different people had different opinions.
“That Senior Mary can fight though.”
“Did you see what they did to Senior Adidi?”
“I think Senior Adidi deserves what she got.”
“But I still can’t believe Senior Anne could stoop so low to engage in a fight. She’s the school Prefect for heavens sake.”
“What would you have her do? Stand and watch Senior Adidi slap her?”
“Don’t forget Senior Adidi started the fight.”
“What could be the reason for the fight?”
“I’m sure Senior Mary fought Senior Adid because of Angela. But why did Senior Anne and Senior Adidi fight?”
“Have you forgotten that Senior Anne escorted that one (I`m sure she pointed at me.) back to the dormitory this morning. Then Senior Adidi slapped her?”
I listened on their arguments and deliberations while I pretended to be asleep even in the rowdy room and all the noise. Next thing I heard was “They’re coming, they’re coming, they’re coming.”
Everyone ran to their bunk corner and the whole dormitory was calm, I’m sure if a pin dropped, one could hear it. First thing that crossed my mind was ‘Who are they and what are they coming for?’
I’ve never been so scared in my life. I curled my self more and covered up to my head. I shivered in fear, I wished I could turn back the hands of time, I would never have gotten involved with Senior Adidi. I knew they were coming for me, but who were they? I’ve always lived a very humble and private life ever since I got into this school, but tonight, my reputation was going to go to hell. in a split second, I was going to become the laughing stock of the whole school, my name was going to be on the lips of everyone in the school.
*The gathering of the wolves……..
“Lisa!” A voice called me. I pretended to be deeply asleep.
“Who is Lisa?” another voice called out angrily. At this point, I knew they were all out for me and I couldn’t wish them away or pretend not to hear them. I uncovered my head and found out that the only person who wasn’t pointing at me to the Seniors was Lara. I got out of bed and found about five Seniors standing there, waiting for me.
“Ohhh so you are the Lisa?” one of them said.
“Come with us. NOW!” another said.
.I noticed Lara start to cry. I signaled her to calm down that everything was going to be fine. The Seniors led the way and I followed behind like a slave. I’ve never been more afraid in my life. I followed them quietly and I could hear them talk to themselves.
“What do you know, she’s beautiful.”
“She’s lucky she’s fine.”
I felt like running away but where to? Heaven must have heard my cry for help because out of no where, I spotted Kimberly. She saw me being led by the wolves pack.
“Lisa, she called out.”
“Don’t you dare move.” one of the seniors ordered. I immediately froze.
“Now keep walking. Follow us.” Another ordered.
“NOW!” another senior screamed.
“Lisa, don’t you dare move from there. Wait for me.” Kimberly ordered.
“Keep moving.” another Senior pushed me.
Kimberly ran up and caught up to us. “Lara ran to me in tears. She told me everything.” turning to the seniors, she asked, “Where the hell are you bitches taking her to?”
“Respect us Kimberly.” one of the seniors screamed.
“Wrong answer Senior Miss.” Kimberly said
“And what business of yours is it as to where we are taking her?”
“Duhh! She is my friend and I demand to know. Either you tell or I report you guys. I hope y’all know who I am and I am not scared of you!” Kimberly spat.
The seniors gathered together and whispered to eachother. They deliberated on Kimberly’s involvement. Kimberly asked me some questions and I answered her truthfully. The I told her everything. There was no need lying to the only person who could defend me from the Wolves. She also told me that those seniors were horrible girls. When she told me what they could do to me if I was found guilty, that even she won’t be able to defend me. She told me what to say and that I should stick to every answer I give.
“You are too worried about your ‘offense’ that you have forgotten to plan your ‘defense’.’ She said to me.
Kimberly got pissed at the Seniors who were still talking to each other.
“You know what? Forget about whatever you bitches are you plotting there. I’m nolonger interested in your answer. Let’s just go.”
“Go where?” a senior asked.
“Anywhere you are taking her to. I am going with you. And hey! I don’t need your permission. Either that or I take her with me and I will report all your Asses to the Principal. So what’s it gonna be huh?”
After a little hesitation, it was obvious that Kimberly was not going to back down and the Seniors wouldn’t dare do anything to her.
“Okay, fine. You win. But just mind your business.” a senior warned her.
Few minutes later, we were in an uncompleted school building which was far away from the main school. The entrance was almost covered with bushes. After we managed to get in, to my shock, I saw Senior Adidi, Senior Anne, Senior Mary, Angela, other lovers of Senior Adidi and Mary and a bunch of many other seniors sitting on blocks molded for the building. When Senior Anne saw me, she got up and walked up to me and kissed me. I was too nervous to kiss her back. I merely put my closed lips on hers. When Senior Adidi saw that Senior Anne kissed me, she got up and attacked Senior Anne who fought back. The other seniors got up and separated them.
“Look at her! She’s so shameless.” Senior Mary screamed, pointing at Senior Anne. “She is fighting Anne over her babe, but she comfortably freaks other people’s babes.”
“Oh shut up Mary! If you did them well they won’t Cheat one you with me.” Senior Adidi spat at Senior Mary.
“Oh yeah! If you could do them better why would you loose Lisa to me? Obviously you can’t freak it better than me Bitch!”
I watched in fear as the three seniors exchanged another round of blows as the other Seniors tore them off eachother. After they had calmed down. The Assistant Senior Prefect got up to speak.
“You girls disappoint me. But right before the woman in question arrived, we have all agreed to stick to two questions. Lisa, since you are the woman in question, come stand in the middle. And make sure you answer me truthfully.”
“Yes Senior Miss.” I replied.
“Are you Adidi’s Lover?”
I turned to look at Kimberly whom I drew strength from. She gave me a sign to remember what we talked about. I sighed and with I straight face, I said “NO Senior Miss.”
Senior Adidi jumped off the block she was sitting on and dashed towards me screaming “That’s a lie you slut. We freaked for so many nights. Have you forgotten so soon?” but she was stopped before she got to me. There was an uproar for a few minutes. Then finally, everyone was calm.
The Assistant SP turned to Senior Anne,
“Anne, you said you met this girl a virgin?”
“Yes! I popped her cherry myself?” Senior Anne responded.
“She was scared of letting me pop her. I was saving her for a special moment. I was going to invite her over to my house next week during the midterm break.” Senior Adidi lashed at Senior Anne. But her statement only ended up making everyone laugh at her. ”
“Ohhh! What a romantic setting you had planned.” Senior Mary mocked.
“Stay out of this Mary. This doesn’t concern you.” Senior Adidi retorted.
“This concerns me because you freak other people’s girls. And you cry Wolf when yours is taken. Or was Lisa really yours?” Mary lashed.
The assistant SP soon got them to stop fighting. Senior Miss Anne remained suspiciously calm.
“Having listened to all the facts and given the fact that Adidi has no proof, no one even saw Lisa with her, I only have one final question for Lisa.” she turned to me, “Lisa, its obvious these two women like you, for them to fight over you like this. But it’s all up to you. Who do you like and want to be with? Anne or Adidi. Think clearly, because if you choose one and you are later caught with the other, you will be dead meat. Now answer me.”
Without hesitation, I said “I want to be with Senior Anne.” There was another uproar. Some people cheering and others that were for Senior Adidi making a fuse. Senior Anne walked up to me and kissed me, and I proudly kissed her back. Senior Mary also had something to say, she openly handed Angela a letter. That letter was what we refereed to as a sack letter. Whenever a girl was nolonger interested in her lover, she was to write her a sack letter. It was to be written in a Red pen and at the top of the letter, one will write
SACKING!! SACKING!! SACKING!!
Getting a ‘SACK’ letter was the most humiliating thing ever to happen to any girl in school. It was a horrible thing because you will be made fun of and mocked for a very long time or maybe until there was a new person to humiliate.
After Angela revived the letter, she broke down and cried. Pleading with Senior Mary who pushed her away. Senior Adidi didn’t care to console her. She walked away and so did other Seniors. The meeting was over so everyone left for the dormitory. I hugged my crazy Americana, Kimberly. She had saved me from the worst humiliation of my life. I excused myself and walked back with Kimberly. I needed to return to the dormitory to see Lara. I wasn’t too happy about the whole mess, the entire school was going to be talking about me for the next few days. I may have openly denied Senior Adidi but deep down in my conscience, I felt bad about lying. Believe it or not, I had a soft spot for Senior Miss Adidi.
“I feel so terrible. I don’t know how I will be able to face Senior Adidi henceforth. Apart from that, the school will be talking about me from tomorrow.”
“What? Are you gonna mock me now?”
“Not like that. Common girl! Forget about the pity party you are throwing for yourself. Get up and be proud of yourself.”
“How do you mean?”
“Where have you ever heard that Seniors started a war against each other over a Junior student. Damn girl! You must be hot. Even I feel like getting me a piece of you.”
“Oh shut up crazy Americana.” for the first time I laughed. Kimberly just succeeded in boosting my ego.
“Instead of worrying over nothing, why not think of what you are going to tell Lara when you get back to the dormitory.”
“You have a point. But I have you for that.”
Kimberly and I cooked up a story that Senior Adidi had suspected that I leaked her affair with Angela to Senior Mary. Which led to her slapping me. And when Senior Anne heard of it, she decided to confront Senior Adidi who called for a fight. We garnished the ridiculous story and sold it to Lara who immediately bought it.
People looked at me funny but that was okay, I didn’t care. I tried as much as I could to be reserved and avoided being seen. I also avoided being around Senior Anne. I didn’t like the fact that my relationship with Anne was made public and romantic details were discussed openly among seniors. I have always been a private person so the fact that everyone seemed to know my business made me loose interest. My feelings towards Senior Anne faded. Honestly, I would prefer to sneak into Senior Adidi’s bed than for everyone to know where I was going when I went out to get freaked. Truth is, I enjoyed the excitement of sneaking in and out of Senior Adidi’s bed, the fear of getting caught sent adrenaline thrills through me.
*Always on my mind……..
After everything that happened, the worst feeling was the awkwardness between Senior Adidi and I. It was bad enough that my bunk bed was still next to hers. She stopped talking to me or even answering my greetings. I missed her tortures, her demeaning errands, the fear I felt when she called me, I found myself thinking of her. I couldn’t get her off my mind. There was just something about a sneaky and forbidden Sex. The fear of getting caught gives me the shivers.
One evening, just as I was about to take my bath, Senior Anne sent for me to meet her at the teacher’s quarters. I felt very reluctant to yield but I had no choice. I walked sluggishly to the teacher’s quarters.
“Good evening Senior miss.” I greeted. Feeling very awkward.
“Hello Lisa. What took you so long?”
“I was about to shower when I got your message. But I said I should quickly come respond to you before rushing back to shower.”
“Nonsense. What’s the rush? Common I want to spend some time with you. You’ve been very evasive. Is anything the mater?.”
“No Senior Miss. I just wanted to go have my bath.”
“I have a bathroom here you know.”
“And your Aunt?”