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Monday, September 9, 2019

Friendship


"It's morning". Chukwuma said, waking Danladi up. Chukwuma had woken up at the sound of the bell, in his mind, he wondered why he would have to wake up very early every morning. He was enjoying his sleep when the bell sounded.

Chukwuma "why do they always wake us this early?" He asked Danladi as he came down from his bed. Danladi smiled at him, none of them enjoyed the early morning rising because the bell always sounded when their sleep was getting more interesting.

Danladi came down from his bed and joined chukwuma. They took their tooth brushes and after applying tooth paste on the brushes they went to brush their teeth in readiness for the morning devotion.

Chukwuma and Danladi were best of friends and everybody in the school noticed the closeness between them. Their friendship started on the first day that school resumed. 2hike the old student we're resuming to start a new session, the new students in J.S.S. one were resuming to start their secondary education.

Danladi was coming out of the hostel when he saw chukwuma carrying a big and heavy bag. He volunteered to help him and they carried the bag together into the hostel. While they were putting the bar on chukwuma's bee, they introduce themselves.

After dropping the bag they went out together to bring the remaining items.
"So you have made a new friend." Chukwuma father who was standing outside the hostel, said, smiling as he saw Danladi and chukwuma. He stretch his hand and shook Danladi as Danladi greeted him.

"Tell me your name." He said to Danladi.
" My name is Danladi." Danladi said. They talked for a while and before chukwuma's father left, he advised the boys in the need for moral and academic excellence. He also advised them on the need to always care for each other, then he drove off. From that moment, the two boys stayed close to each other, doing everything together. They were happily in the company of each other.

Academic activities started and all the student in J.S.S one got serious with their academic works. Danladi answered most of the questions the teachers asked in class. Chukwuma was always quiet. He didn't understand most of what was taught in class and he always feel ashamed to ask questions.

Danladi noticed this and decided to help his friend. After classes, he would explain all what chukwuma didn't understand to him. And with time chukwuma began to do better in his academic works, though he still relied on Danladi's assistance.

When chukwuma's father came to take him home for the holiday, he was happy to know his son was improving academically. He thanked Danladi for his assistance. He told Danladi to join them in the car. Danladi did and chukwuma's father drove him home.

Danladi's mother was surprised to see her son coming out of a car. She quickly ran out of the house when she saw him, she hugged him and thanked chukwuma's father for bringing him home.

Danladi had told his mother about chukwuma's when she visited him in school and she was grateful to the man for the gifts he bought for her son. Chukwuma and his father left after bidding Danladi and his mother goodbye.

Chapter Two

The holiday ended and students returned to school. The two boys were happy to be back together. Two weeks into the term, chukwuma made new friends and paid less attention to Danladi. He began to avoid avoid Danladi but Danladi kept caring for him. Before long l, Danladi discovered that the boys chukwuma moved with were influencing him negatively so he decided to advice chukwuma.

 "Chukwuma, why are you doing this to yourself ? You know that these boys are not for you yet you mingle with them, what has come over you? He asked chukwuma who just stared at him without saying a word.
"Your grades are going down and there is no sign of improvement, yet you're not bothered. I wonder what you will write when the exams come. "Danladi continued.
" Mind the way you talk to me, you are not my father." Chukwuma warned him and walked out of him.

Later that evening, chukwuma and his friends went into the bush at the far end of the school compound, very close to the fence. They all say on big stones and brought out wrapped Indian hemp from their pockets except chukwuma who was surprised to see them with Indian hemp. He never knew they smoked. The biggest amongst them who was called Tilani brought out another Indian hemp from his pocket and gave it to chukwuma but chukwuma refused to collect it .

Just then, Danladi's word rushed back into is head and he knew Danladi was making a visual point but what he didn't like was the way Danladi was talking to him as if he was a small child.
"Collect this thing now or else." Tilani said to chukwuma with a frown face and every other person in the group turned to look at chukwuma frowned faces. Out of fear, chukwuma collected it and I was light for him by Tinali. Chukwuma watched them as they smoked and as he tried to join them, he started coughing.

"Just look at the way others do it and do the same things" Tilani said to him angrily. Chukwuma didn't like the way Tinali talk to him but he had to endure it because Tinali was the leader of the group.

By the time they finished smoking, they checked the time and 8t was a few minutes before eleven PM so they sneaked into their different hostel. Danladi has looked for chukwuma everywhere in the school compound and he was already getting worried and wanted to report chukwuma's disappearance but when he discovered that chukwuma friends were also absent, he put his mind at rest because he knew chukwuma would be with them. He just kept wondering what mischief they were up to. He kept praying for the safety of his friend.

Chukwuma sneaked into his hostel, quickly climbed his bed and laid down to sleep but sleep eluded him because he felt sick, his head was aching, he felt pain in his chest and his eyes were bloodshot. As he laid on his bed battling with himself, Danladi who had gone out to ease himself walk into the hostel and saw chukwuma lying restlessly.

"How are you?" He asked chukwuma.
"I am fine." Chukwuma replied, turning away his face.
"I am sorry for how I spoke to you earlier today. I just don't want you to get into trouble Danladi said, apologizing.
"It's okay." Chukwuma said. Danladi saw how restless chukwuma was but decided to let him be. He just laid on his own bed and slept off.

The next day, chukwuma woke up still feeling sick. He refused to complain because he didn't want anybody to suspect anything but Danladi noticed how uncomfortable he was and though chukwuma claimed to be alright, Danladi insisted until chukwuma told him how Tinali forced him into smicking.

Danladi helped him get some pain killer drugs from the school clinic which he took and after sometime, he got better.

One would have thought chukwuma had learnt his lesson to desist from following Tinali and his group but he hadn't. He kept following them and his academic work kept suffering. He failed most of his class continuous assessment test, assignments and class works because he hardly attended classes and never had time to read his books. He was always Tinali and his group, planning and exciting one mischief or the other.

Chapter Three

Chukwuma's new life style gave Danladi q cause for concern. Danladi seized every opportunity he had to advice his friend but the more he tried the more his friend former and executed fresh bad habits. He thought of reporting them to the school authority but he couldn't because he knew they would deny since he had no evidence against them.

A month before their examination, Tinali came up with a new plan he expected his group to execute so he went to chukwuma's room to discuss with him. As they were discussing, Danladi who www lying on his bee pretended to be asleep. He didn't want chukwuma and Tinali to know he was awake so that they will not end the discussion. Tinali told chukwuma that there would be a very big party in town the next night. The party would start by nine (9) PM till Dawn. He told chukwuma that one big man in town was celebrating his birthday and the man invited him and told him to come with his group.

Tinali told chukwuma that once it was eight (8) PM the next night, they will sneak out of the school through the back fence and hurry to the party and that they would leave the party before dawn and sneak back into the school. After making their plans, Tinali left to inform the others in his group.

The next day, Danladi thought of a plan to stop his friend from attending that party in the night, he decided to pretend he was ill. He laid on his bee, covered himself with his big blanket and pretended to be shivering. He begged someone to help him call chukwuma who at that time was out of the hostel. Chukwuma was called and when he saw the way Danladi was shivering and crying seriously,he was shocked and he really felt sorry for his friend.  He wanted to take Danladi to the school clinic but Danladi refused and begged him to make him a cup of tea first before taking him to the school clinic. Danladi was just using delay tactics to make chukwuma miss the party. As chukwuma handed the cup of tea to Danladi, Danladi kept sipping the tea slowly, pretending he would throw up if he rushed it. As he was drinking, Tinali walked in to get chukwuma for the party but chukwuma told him he couldn't go at that time. He pleased with Tinali to give him fer minutes so Danladi could finish his tea and he could assist Danladi to school clinic but Tinali became furious.

"I told you the exact time we would be leaving. The other boys are ready. We can't wait for you. Sorry, you have miss this party." Tinali said angrily and walked out to join his group. Chukwuma wasn't happy, he really wanted to attend the party but he didn't know how to leave his friend. He didn't even know the celebrant nor the venue of the party so he would not even be able to join them later.

Danladi finished drinking the tea, he told chukwuma he www better and didn't have any need to visit the clinic. Chukwuma was very angry with his friend but there was nothing he could do. He just laid on his bed and managed to sleep off and in his dream, he saw himself in a party merrying.

Chapter Four

Early the next morning, he ran to Tinali's room to know how the party went but was surprised that Tinali wasn't in his room. He went to the rooms of the other boys in his group and also met their absence so he decided to wait for them to return.

Tow hours later, An emergency bell was rung and the whole student assembled at the assembly ground. The school principal told the student that Tinali and his group sneaked out of the school to attend a party organize by an armed robber. A group of policemen who were in search of the armed robber got information about him and traced him to the venue of the party. They armed robber and his gang saw the policemen walk in and stared shooting at them. The police men started shooting too and in the process, some people were killed some were injured while some escaped.

Tinali and three boys in his group were shot to dead while two others who were arrested by the police and taken to the police station were tortured until they confessed that they left school the previous night with Tinali and three others to attend the party. The police men brought them to the school and the principal expelled them from the school after addressing the students. The parents of Tinali and the other three boys were called to come and take the corpses of their children.

As they got to their room, chukwuma started crying. Danladi asked him why he was crying and chukwuma said he was shocked by what he just heard.
" I would have have gone to that party with those boys if not for your illness and maybe I would have lost my life or would have been expelled." Chukwuma said. Danladi then confessed to him, telling chukwuma that he was never ill but just pretended to be in order to stop him from attending the party, he told chukwuma how worried he was with the way he was living and was looking for a way to make him changed for the better so when Tinali came to the room to discuss about the party he decided to stop him. He told chukwuma that he was not asleep but just pretended to be so that he could hear their discussion.

After hearing Danladi's confession, chukwuma thanked him and begged Danladi to forgive him . He www grateful that Danladi had saved him from death and expulsion. He promised to turn a new leaf and he did.

The End


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