Now we’re slipping near the edge
Holding something we don’t need
All this delusion in our heads
Is gonna bring us to our knees
So come on, let it go
Just let it be
Why don’t you be you
And I’ll be me?
Everything that’s broke
Leave it to the breeze
Why don’t you be you
And I’ll be me?
James Bay (Let it go)
How she even ended up in his car really surprised her.
The thing is, she had lost her way just like she had
feared. The only way she can find her way back is by
being on the main road. She can find Tobi’s place
Only if she knew how to get to the main road.
‘Do you stay around?’ It was that Marcus guy. She
thought he had left already but here he was standing
near his car, she suppose.
She was done eating and was going to find her way
back home or loose her way the more. Whichever one
it is, she wasn’t going to stay at a spot all day and
expect a miracle to happen.
Why does it look like he was waiting for someone.
Well, that looks weird! She wasn’t even wearing any
make up nor was wearing any body revealing dress.
Or what sane reason does he have for waiting for her?
He probably wasn’t waiting for her. She was just
having too great expectations.
‘Well, something like that. What about you?’
‘Yeah. I do stay a few blocks away. Let me drop you
off at your place.’
‘That wasn’t a request was it?’ Does she like his
And those lips of his, he could just keep talking and
she would watch them move all day.
‘I am not ordering you either. You have the right to
decline even though that would hurt.’
‘I hope you don’t see me as some weirdo or psycho
but would I seem stewpid, maybe a little bit out of it
if I tell you I don’t know how to get back to where I
The small smile playing on his lips certainly confirmed
it. He was thinking she was crazy already.
‘Yeah. Weird right? It’s fine.You can just take me to
the rehab now. I won’t fight it.’
‘You are just way too funny!’ He laughed his mouth
barely opening. That was sooooo cute!
‘But, you are kidding right?’ He was asking to confirm
her sanity.That smile of his makes her seem
Way to go Tori! You just shot yourself in the leg!
‘Did you just move here?’ He asked when he saw how
serious she was. Thank God he wasn’t dragging her
to his car hands and legs tied and straight to the
Why didn’t he jump to conclusion like every other
He has some charming character you know.
‘Apparently, yeah. Now, if your offer still stands, you
won’t mind helping me to the main road would you?’
And that was how she ended up in his car. On the
seat beside the driver’s.
She had her face on the road but she could tell he
was staring at her so much he could barely
concentrate on the road. His eyes were all over her
like some specimen which needs close observation.
That look was creepy and it got her cringing under his
Is he some perv or….?
‘Would it sound made up if I tell you that you look
exactly like someone I know?’
Now was she disappointed he was using that move?
It is lame.
‘When you said it now, it sounds so crappy and made
up. You can come up with something better.’
Those styles don’t work again bro.
‘I know it would be hard for you to believe me but you
guys have the same eyes. It was what drawn me to
you at first…’
Wait a minute, was this guy flirting with her or what?
Just as she was about asking, her phone started to
She wasn’t picking up. She hung up. She was still so
mad at him.
‘No. Some stalker.’ How would Tobi react to that if
he hears that. She grimaced at how that would have
hit him so mad. And all that played and replayed in
her head was steam coming out of his ears in anger.
That would have been one point for her!
Wait a minute, they were already on the main road.
Tobi’s call distracted her.
‘You can pull over here. I can find my way now.’
He obeyed and she alighted.
‘It was fun talking to you. He said through his parted
‘Yeah. It was nice knowing you too and thanks for
paying back there.’ She smiled up at him and he was
back on the road and her eyes followed as their
‘Boom!’ That sound in her ear scared her. It was right
behind her neck and before she knew it, she had
punched the maker of the sound and she heard a
crack sound! Like she just crushed a bone.
‘Ouch! What was that for!’ It was Tobi and was she
surprised he was right behind her? She was holding
Did she break his nose? At least it wasn’t bleeding so
she won’t apologise. She was still so mad at him.
‘Did you really have to scare someone like that? Well,
you deserved it.’ She quickly said folding her arms
across her chest and turning her head to a side.
‘What’s up with the attitude? Were u not supposed to
apologise?’ Tobi framed annoyance. He just needs to
make her feel guilty first so that he can escape
‘ I would just go to the hospital right now!’ He turned
to walk to his car which he parked right behind them.
He was going to open the door and she still wasn’t
Why is she so stubborn?
‘Well, let me see.’ She was swallowing her pride and
was touching his nose now. How did she even get to
him so fast?
‘Ouch!’ He groaned. It doesn’t even hurt. And who
says he wasn’t good at acting? Or is she the the
‘Sorry,’ she said, her face strewned with worry. Tobi
couldn’t contain his laughter she caught him trying to
hold it back and a real punch landed on his nose.
‘Why did you do that?’ It really hurts now.
‘You can be really petty you know? Why did you leave
without telling me?’ She walked away from him.
‘You can’t possibly be telling me to start arguing with
you on the roadside, can you? Get in the car, we’ll talk
on our way home.’ The ‘are you serious’ look on her
face which is actually a raised brow and a tightened
lip made him add ‘..please?’
She climbed inside the car and they were on their way
‘So, are you going to apologise now or not?’ You
would be surprised that was coming from Tobi right.
Tori’s jaw dropped and that was followed by her
rapping series of punches on his arm not minding he
‘Really? That was cruel! Okay fine. I’m sorry. I had
something important to attend to.’
‘You are always unto something important. Are you a
policeman or something?’
‘I’m far more important than policemen. You can think
of me as a superhero. I always save the day.’ He
seemed so proud of himself. She couldn’t help
Now, she was so sure he was dropped off a cliff at
‘I am still so very mad at you. Don’t think your
cockiness can save you this time.’
‘Well, I don’t need help I know I’m forgiven
already….’ The look she gave him told him he wasn’t.
‘…Or. Fine! I’ll make it up to you. Choose venue, date
and time and I’ll be ready. We’d be going out for real.
Something like a date. Is that good enough?’
‘Now you want to bribe your way out…’
‘What exactly do you want me to do! You can…’
‘Okay Okay. Fine! I’d think about it…’
‘Better. And judging by the looks of things, you
dropping off a car, it seemed you made new friends
while you were walking. Who is the new catch?’
Was he winking or did she just imagine that?
‘Yeah. And thankfully, he doesn’t make pointless
egoistical talks and he definitely isn’t arrogant.’
‘And who told you I’m egoistical? The only problem
with me is I’ve got superiority complex. Your new
catch must be boring!’ He groaned.
Well, he he sure isn’t as interesting as you.
Stepping inside the compound…
‘I’m here!’ Tife yelled throwing her hands in the air.
She was in the small hut before the main building.
She was sitting on a plastic chair and a plastic table
was before her. It looked like she was studying.
Tori and Tobi both walked to her.
‘What are you doing?’ Tori asked standing behind her
and looking at what she was writing.
‘You know, Jamb is approaching and I have like the
whole world to assimilate before it comes. My main
problem is chemistry. Why do I really have to know
what pentene is?’
‘That is just the main problem I’ve got.’
‘Can I help?’ Tori asked.
‘Boringgggg!!’ Tobi moaned as he left the hut and
‘So what about your mum? Tori asked, feeling really
bad for the woman.
‘Well, she cooked disaster and I had been sitting here
after taking a few snacks. I guess she is preparing to
go out now.’
‘Okay. Let’s start. Are we to start from the
introduction to organic chemistry?’ Tori asked
collecting the textbook Tife had in her hands. It
wasn’t even a book. It was a photo album.
‘This doesn’t look like organic chemistry.’ Tori said
opening up the album.
‘Well, I wanted to see my dad. In the pictures. I hardly
know him you know.’ Tife said.
Tori would have probed further but she just let it be.
If Tife wants to talk about it, she would go on and if
she doesn’t, then so be it.
‘I was told he left mum and never came back.’ She
continued. ‘I heard Tobi was very fond of him. He was
like his role model and him leaving like that
completely shattered him. I was told Tobi became so
menlacholic and depressed that grandpa, before his
death, had to take him in with him. Ever since then,
Tobi doesn’t want to hear anything about him. It’s
amazing he is a talkative now.’ She smiled as she
‘I really wished I knew my dad. So, I won’t have to
judge him based on what I heard.’
Now, she understands why Tobi doesn’t want to talk
about it. Seeing how Tife was feeling about it, she
tried to change topic.
‘What is this?’ Tori asked pointing at what looked like
a giant white millepede on the album.
Tife chuckled. ‘It’s not a what. It’s a who. And that is
Tori had to squint her gaze to see that it was really
him. He was so young and all wrapped in POP except
for his face making him look somewhat like an
Egyptian mummy. Tori couldn’t hold back her
laughter. This was pretty hilarious. She needs to get a
hold of this picture and enlarge it and possibly place it
somewhere the whole world could see.
‘What happened to him?’ She asked after her laughter
‘Well, we were at the amusement park and being
someone who was afraid of height but wouldn’t admit
it, he went with us and when it was time to go on the
ferry’s wheel, we couldn’t find him. He must have
chickened out and when we eventually did find him, he
was unconscious and almost all part of his body was
broken. He was knocked down by some boys
sonewhere after he must have hurled insults at them
or something even though he wouldn’t talk about it, I
figured it out’
‘But why take his picture in this kind of condition?’
‘Well, he was among the school football team and
they need a picture of him for the year book so mum
just had to snap like that and amazingly, this is the
only copy we have left.’ Tife mused.
Tori had this devilish thought run through her mind.
She excused herself from Tife and went to meet Tobi
inside. He was watching TV not with much interest
‘I think I know where we should go for the make-up
date you promised.’
‘Where?’ He asked, his mind still on the TV.
‘Amusement park.’ She announced and just as she
expected, he turned to her and his eyes widened while
Tori just smirked at him.
To be continued