So she began, “Fury, I haven’t had time to be with you alone and tell you how sorry I am. I know my mom came around and apologized to you and you mom, but I know I still owe you an explanation and a personal apology. You must understand that I never intended to see you hurt. That day in the lab, I felt you were well seated and only wanted to simulate pulling the bench off you just to get you to react but unfortunately, it led to this” she said as she pointed my hanging leg.
“Its ok Laura, I’ll live” I said to her reassuringly.
“You know, I was kinda expecting you to scream and charge at me, but only to realize that it was something worse. At that point I began to regret not heeding Mr. Etim’s (seminar coordinator) advice that we should stop the beef going on between us.” she said becoming emotional
“I’ve never had a beef with you Laura….”
“But you avoid and snub me?” she cut in
“That doesn’t mean I’m beefing you. You have so many friends, followers and admirers. There’s no point in me being one of them. You take people for granted too much and you’ve always struck me as a snub. Everything seemed to revolve around your world without you minding the casualties you leave behind by your actions and inactions. Agreed, you’re from a wealthy home and you lack nothing as everything seems to work in your favour, but because of these reasons, you find it convenient when looking down on people you consider below you. This is not even minding if you’re in the same class with them, hence for you to respect them as mates. I don’t hate you, at least I admire your beauty, but all I’ve been doing was to steer clear off your path. Not like I had any personal ish with you” I replied her while looking up the ceiling not minding if she was hurt or not. I felt I also owed her the truth about what I really felt towards her.
After being silent for a few seconds, the only thing she could say was “so you find me beautiful?”
Laughingly I answered her “Geez, Laura, that’s the problem i have with you. You’re so full of yourself. So of all the things I mentioned here, all you picked was the I admire your beauty part?”
“Despite everything going on, Fury had always admired me.. Gosh, you don’t know what that means to me, that the only guy I really liked actually liked me too” she said looking in my eyes
Chuckling I told her “you seriously need help Laura” before I continued, “at least for the past years, I succeeded in avoiding you until your drama on Friday”
Chuckling she said “As a matter of fact eh, I had been bothered about the possibility of me approaching you the previous day to give you my presentation when I learned you were to control the slides, I begged Cindy to do it for me, but she insisted I must meet you today (that day). So I told her ok. But I still couldn’t be the first one to talk to you so I decided I’ll give it to you the next day. It turned out I copied just my front and introduction page which coincidentally had the same title with with the main document. So when I was on stage, and realized the mistake i had made, the only thing that came to my head instantly was to turn in on you..”
“Yea, and it worked” I cut in
“Cindy was confused. She had always supported you over me even though she pretends not to like you. But at that moment l could see how angry she was with you because she believed I had given it to you the previous day. But she nearly ate me raw during the break when I opened up to her” she revealed
“I guess it’s all over now?” I said in defeat
“Yea, only I didn’t realize that and ended up getting you a bed space in the hospital” she said in a remorseful tone
“you’re so sweet when you’re remorseful” I told her while giving her a light punch on her shoulder.
She went on to tell me how she admired how my mom doted me like an only child, how she joked with her never mentioning or reproaching her for what she did. She also mentioned how mom and her mom struck up an attraction for each other the day they met saying her mom had confided in her saying my mom was such a nice person because if it were her, (her mom) she wouldn’t have been all nice had it been that the reverse was the case and she (Laura) was hurt by me.
That was how I and Laura became close friends. 6 week after being admitted in the hospital, I was discharged though with crutches to aid my walking. I resumed school and lectures having missed alot, but fortunately I got lecture notes to read while admitted.
Least I forget, I and Laura had the same project supervisor and coincidentally had similar project topics. While I was to work on blood samples from students as my specimen, she was to make use of blood samples from out patients at the teaching hospital. We spent most nights together in the laboratory.
To the surprise of classmates, I and Laura became a pair. We both fell in love with each other, but neither of us admitted to having feelings for each other. Laura became friendly to everyone in class, while I got a few more hates from guys who had fancied her from day one. And from what I found out, she wasn’t dating anyone and she also claimed not to have dated any guy in school. Though I never believed her.
Few days to start of our final exams, on a certain night, when a radio request program students in my school loved to call in requesting special songs for their friends and loved ones was on, I called in hoping she was listening and requested the host to play “man in your life” by Joe dedicating it to her. When asked by the host why I was dedicating the song to her, I told her Laura would understand.. But the host pressed me further saying other listeners have to understand also. That was when I said I was in love with her and needed a place in her life.
Fortunately or unfortunately, Laura was listening. I didn’t see her or hear from her till the following week when our finals began. She wouldn’t pick her calls or chat with me on 2go. Throughout the exams she avoided me before any paper began and left immediately after it ended. Everyone in my class had heard about my call on the program and were all curious as to why she was avoiding me. I became worried because even Cindy wouldn’t talk to me. But when I noticed how she avoided me during the first day, I chose not to bother about her again. I had my finals to concentrate on and had no emotional strength to worry about her.
After our final exams, I decided to take a break from everything including Laura, school and PH by visiting Frank in Calabar. My final paper was on a Thursday, so the next day being Friday around 1pm, I was already at Enarit Bus terminal waiting to board the next bus to Calabar when Laura called.
“Hello” I answered the phone with indifference
“Hi Fury, how are you?” she asked sounding nervous
“I’m good. You?” still with the tone of indifference
“I’m ok. Where are you? I’m at your place”
“What are you doing there?” I asked liked she had just said something forbidden
“I want to see you. Look I’m sorry for…” I cut in
“Laura there’s nothing to be sorry about. You did nothing wrong. I offended you, I get and you were just being Laura by snubbing me all through” I told her
“Fury can you just let me speak please” she screamed into the phone sounding sober “where are you? I need to see you”
“Enarit park, I’m on my way to Calabar” I told her
“When are you coming back?” she asked
“Why do you care?” I asked feigning surprise
“We need to talk” she pleaded
“Dunno when I’ll be back. Just need a break from everything”
“Ok please can you buy a ticket for me? I’ll be with you shortly. I’ll go with you so we can talk”
It was at this point I realized how serious she was. But I wasn’t willing to give in just yet. So I asked her “can’t we talk on phone”?
“No. Get me the ticket. I’m on my way, lemme pack a bag at home” she ended the call. Perhaps she knew I might wanna talk her out of it and also despite claiming to be sorry or pretending to be, she still exhibited the authority she always felt she had by ended the call on me.
I got the other ticket, but by two pm when the bus was scheduled to leave, she hadn’t arrived. I called severally and each time she wouldn’t pick but would send a text saying she’s on her way.
We had to be replaced in the bus by other passengers. The next bus left by 3:30pm and Laura hadn’t shown up claiming to be in traffic. I had already lost patience because that was the second bus I had just missed. When she finally picked, I could hear the noise of cars and confirmed she was actually in traffic. Though I was still angry at her somehow.
Now there were about 7 passengers left in the park including myself and Laura making it 8 passengers on the manifest. But there was no bus left in the park as the manager told us the bus we would make use of was on its way from Calabar. At exactly 4pm the bus arrived and when the manager told the driver he would embark on the 3hrs trip back to Calabar, he became furious complaining he was tired. After much pleading from the passengers present and the manager, he grudgingly asked us to board. Laura hadn’t shown up. I had to disembark calling her with her saying she was already outside the gate. When I saw her coming in with her bags, I ran to meet her and we created a scene because while my intention was just to hug her, she added a long kiss to the hug. Fortunately for us, the driver was still talking with the manager. When we returned to the bus, other passengers were just staring at us.
Though I initially reserved the front seats for both of us, but because of that kiss and how much I wanted to cuddle her, I decided with took the back seats since the bus wasn’t full. We finally left the park around 4:45pm and got to Eleme junction around 6:pm because of the traffic. We got to Calabar around 9:30pm. And for most part of the journey, courtesy of the bus air conditioning system, we slept cuddling each other. We never talked about what happened the past week.
I had already informed Frank I would be late because of what was happening and that Laura was coming with me. But since Frank’s younger bro was around at that time in Calabar, I had to lodge with her.