Dark Mysteries – Classicpluz
Daniel listened intently to the deep voice of the dean of
his faculty booming over the mic. It had been almost
three hours since he started his “introductory speech”
and it didn’t seem like he was going to stop anytime
soon. So far, it was talks of welcome, rules, how to
excel in the university and of course, the olden days
speech of how he suffered in his youth and was able to
breakthrough with determination. Daniel sighed for the
thousandth time in annoyance, wishing the old man
could just get it over with. Another thing he regretted
was not eating before entering the big hall as the
results began to manifest in form of a growling
stomach. He glanced at his watch: it read 2:30pm.
Throwing his head backwards, he let out a frustrated
groan which caught the attention of his friend sitting
“Dude, just try and endure abeg.”
Daniel turned to him. “ Easy for you to say, Jake. My
stomach is killing me. You know I didn’t eat before
leaving the hostel”
Jake chuckled. “ And who’s fault is that?” Seeing the
glare Daniel gave him, he became serious. “Oh come on,
we were already running late”
“You mean late for a speech that started two hours
ahead of time” Daniel rolled his eyes.
“Well pardon me for not realizing African time exists in
universities” Jake replied
“It exists everywhere, man” Daniel replied
“Tell that to your boss when you go late for work in
future” Jake laughed ending the conversation.
Daniel leaned back in his seat and was just about to
doze off when a sudden feeling overwhelmed him. That
familiar feeling that had felt for almost a decade now.
The feeling that he was being watched. But who? He
sat upright and glanced around the auditorium, his eyes
narrowing in suspicion. The auditorium was crowded
alright, but his instincts never failed him in the past and
it wasn’t going to fail him now. He glanced to his right
and his suspicions were confirmed. He saw her. Sitting
a few seats from him was a girl of his age with a no-
nonsense look and sharp eyes. She was wearing a black
T-shirt and dark blue tight jeans. She was dark in
complexion, with pointed nose and red lips. Red? He
kind of found that weird. Her long unbraided hair was
tied back in a ponytail and it glistened under the lights
of the auditorium. What fascinated him was her eyes. A
light brown in contrast to the dark black of the average
Nigerian. As soon as she saw him staring, she narrowed
her eyes at him and he quickly glanced away.
“The hell is her problem? She stared first” He grumbled
“What was that?” Jake turned to him.
“ Oh nothing jare, don’t mind me” he replied leaning
back to his seat once more and closing his eyes.
Jake looked at him for a while and shrugged. Daniel
was always one to keep things to himself. More of a
reserved dude. He had known him like that from primary
school to secondary school to well…now. He had
stopped bothering on that a long time ago.
“ And finally” The dean announced. “ Remember there is
a difference between passing through school and letting
the school pass through you. Have a wonderful
semester and I wish you the best . Thank you”
With that, he dropped the mic to a reception of applause
and relieved sighs. Daniel laughed at this. Apparently,
he wasn’t the only one tired of the 3 hour speech. One
by one, the students filed out of the auditorium to begin
their normal activities.
“Hey, Dan” Jake said as they trotted to their hostel.
“ Yeah?” Daniel replied.
“There’s a welcome departmental party for freshers this
evening at the park. You coming?”
“Well…” Daniel hesitantly replied
“Before you come up with your lame speech on how
“Terrible things” happen in parties” Jake interrupted
using his fingers in quote. “ Alcohol is banned from the
party. Plus it would give you the chance to mingle with
people and socialize. I don’t want you graduating from
this school a miserable old man”
“ Screw you too” Daniel grumbled and they both
“So what do you say?” Jake pressed on.
Before Daniel could reply, his phone rang and he fished
it out of his pocket. Looking at the screen, he sighed.
“ It’s my mom” He turned to his friend. Jake nodded
understandably and Daniel picked the call.
“Hello, baby” The feminine voice of his mom came over
the speaker. “ How are you?”
“ I’m fine, mom” he replied. “ And you?”
“ I’m alright. In fact am in front of your hostel”
“ Yes o. I brought some things for you.”
“ Alright hold on. Ill be right there” he replied and cut
the call. Turning to his friend, he blurted. “ Jake, she’s
in front of our hostel”
“Good, let’s go”
The two boys hurried over and saw Mrs Johnson
standing by a Toyota camry. She was wearing a white
tight blouse and dark jeans that showed her curves and
her hair was fixed in a brazillian hairstyle. She held a
big white nylon in one hand and the other was placed on
her hip. she removed her hand from her hip and started
drumming her fingers on the bonnet of the car patiently.
On seeing her attire, Daniel groaned inwardly at his
mother’s attempt of once again trying to look younger.
Not to say she wasn’t good looking. She was still
attractive at the age of 42,having had Daniel at a young
age. But after the death of her husband, she still wanted
to make sure men found her attractive much to the
chagrin of her son. He never hesitated to make his
grieviances known to her on that issue which she found
adorable and wave it away with a pinch of his cheeks,
leaving him more frustrated than before.
“ Good evening, Mom” Daniel said as he approached
her. She smiled and drew him in a tight embrace.
“ My baby” She smiled warmly, ignoring his protests as
he struggled against her, while Jake laughed at this.
“ Mom!!” Daniel choked out and began to panic as their
embrace drew in a little audience. “ This is
“ Hush, boy” She replied with a giggle. “ You don’t know
how it feels being alone in that house.”
She finally released him, much to his relief.
“Good evening, ma” Jake said, bowing a little.
“ Jacob” She turned to him. “ How are you? it has been
a while. Wow, you are looking like quite the young man.”
“ And you look beautiful, ma” He smiled back.
“JAKE!!” Daniel glared at him.
“Oh, lighten up” His mother replied. “ It’s not everyday I
get compliments from the male gender.” Turning to
Jake, she continued. “ Thank you dear. That means a
Daniel rolled his eyes at that.
“Anyway” Mrs Johnson handed the nylon to her son.
“This is for you. Provisions, mosquito nets and other
“Thanks mom” he smiled warmly, collecting the bag.
Reaching into her purse, she counted some money and
gave Daniel. Then gave some to Jake which he politely
“Ma, I don’t think…” Jake began.
“ Just take it, dear” she smiled. “ Or you want to start
forming big boy abi?” she added and they laughed. Jake
smiled and accepted the money.
“ Thank you ma” He said.
“Okay, boys.” she said as she opened her car. “ I am
off. I will check on you from time to time. Remember to
study well and stay away from distractions. Make
friends but sensible ones. Socialize and interact with
people. Don’t join bad gangs okay? And always
remember to pray” She hugged Jake and gave a tighter
hug to Daniel which he rolled his eyes at but he smiled
at returned her embrace all the same. “You know..” she
whispered in his ear. “ You are the exact copy of your
father. In image and character. Even if he isn’t here, I
have you to remind me of him and that is all I ever
want. I love you, my baby”
“ Love you too, mom” he whispered back and rubbed
his hands soothingly over her back. Daniel never knew
his father as he died two months after he was born and
the cause of his death was never known. His mom and
paternal grandfather had been the only family he knew
and they made sure to take care of him. Overprotective?
sure. But they were the best people in his life and he
wouldn’t trade them for anyone.
His mother got into the car and wind her glass down.
“ One more thing, Dan” she said as she began to
reverse out of the hostel parking lot.
“ Yeah?” he looked expectantly.
With a sly grin on her face, she exclaimed “ Always
remember to use protection!!!!!”
And with that, she zoomed off leaving Daniel a blushing
mess and Jake almost rolling over with laughter. Only
one thought occurred in Daniel’s head at that moment.
“What The F**k”
To Be continued