Friday, March 6, 2009

Friendships Lost.

If she had snuck out of school by probably crawling under the barbed wires, we may have been a bit relieved. At least it would have looked like a bonafide crime.

Somehow, we were sure she didn’t sneak out. She was somewhere within the school but for 2 weeks, no one could tell where my friend Q. was. There were several sightings, you know like one would sight UFOs, without proof.

“I swear I saw Q. by the borehole last night”

“2 days ago, just before sports, I saw Q. walking towards the staff quarters”

There were several claims. But did any one of you stop her and talk to her face to face? No.

She was always too far away they said, but they were sure it was her because of her waddle. It was impossible to miss Q’s waddle. We often laughed at the way she walked. It always reminded me of a duck! Mean of me I know but even as I write this, a smile cracks up my face.

It’s been 18 years. Wow! As I quote that figure, I’m suddenly struck by the fact that I’m growing old older. 18 years is really a long time if you consider I’m just going to be thirty in a few weeks. Yup! The big three-oh!

‘Nyways, back to Q.

Every average girl loves girlish things right? I mean that’s a given – at least it should be. Well Q. didn’t! She was fearless and nothing irritated her. Nothing ever made her say “yuck!” Nothing that is, except a mass of black ants. I always thought that strange.

Most girls I know would scream if a big grasshopper hopped onto their bodies and if they ever saw a cockroach crawl past, they’re never going past that path again. Q. loved to torment us and she enjoyed watching us shriek and scream when she got hold of a really huge grasshopper and threatened to put it in our blouses. We would beg as though for our lives but Q. would just wave the monstrous thing at us and laugh.

She loved it when it rained ‘cause after the rain, the soil was moist enough for the earthworms to come out and play. Yup, for Q. earthworms were cute playthings. She held them between her thumb and forefinger and watched them wiggle and squirm. When she got tired of the play, she’d gently put them down and watch them crawl away.

Most people thought Q. was weird but I just loved her! Nope, I couldn’t stand grasshoppers or earthworms. They scared me shitless! But Q. was always ready for an adventure. It was always as though we were thinking the same thing. Even though we were barely in JS 1 (3rd Term) at the time, we’d explored all the unexplored corners of the school.

The school compound was so large that there weren’t any clear boundaries all around. There was a front gate of course and a wall that seemed to stretch for miles. Q. and I discovered however that if you walked long enough away from the hostels towards the back, you’d find yourself in the nearby village. No wall got to that part of the school, neither were there any barbed wires. We spent hours and hours exploring the ‘jungle’ behind our school and even hoped we’d see live monkeys!

I’m sure by now you’re wondering what we’re doing wandering in the ‘jungle’ when we should be reading! To tell the truth, I had no time for my books. I didn’t even really know I was in school to read! Classes seemed an uncomfortable interruption of my real life. Real life being serving seniors, or running away from the hostel to prevent you from being the ‘available junior girl’ and being sent on errands to death! Real life for me was surviving the intrigues of being in Js1 and the door mat of every senior girl. I was learning to beat the system and I was learning fast!

Classes were irrelevant as far as I was concerned. It was the dream-life where you pretended you’re in another world. Yet when the school bell rang for class dismissal, you were jarred to reality where it was dog-eat-dog!

My adventures where my escape mechanism and Q. was my worthy companion. We climbed trees and pretended we were members of the von Trapp family doing our thing.

It was Q. that showed me the difference between a toad and a frog. Of all things! I don’t know how she knew those things. We were barely 10 years old!

One night we left prep class and took a long walk towards the kitchen area. The doors were not normally locked and since huge logs of timber were used as stoves, the fire never really went out. It was always left smoldering even till the next day.

We walked around the kitchen and Q. pushed open the door. We snuck in under the cover of darkness and found some oil used to fry fish earlier. We also found some corn soaked in a huge basin. We poured the oil in a tureen and managed to balance it on one of the huge smoldering logs then we fetched several handfuls of the corn and poured it into the already hot oil. I guess we thought we could make some popcorn. We ended up burning the corn but we enjoyed eating our burnt corn outside.

“hey you two! What are you doing there?!”

We were startled and the first instinct was to run away. We were done for!

It was the night guard on his rounds. He shone his torch on our sorry faces and was surprised to see us 'little' rats by the kitchen at that time of the night.

From our faces, he shone the torch down at our half eaten burnt corn and you could see the incredulity in his eyes.

I really wasn't afraid of the guard. I was afraid he'd hand us over to our prep prefect or worse still to the head girl. But he was nice. He didn't ask for an explanation but pointed to our hostel and commanded us to be gone before he opened his eyes.

We fled! thanking our stars it wasn't worse. Once we got near the hostel, we just burst out laughing.

It was exhilarating knowing that we really could do whatever we wanted and never really get caught. I can't even begin to write it all down.

'Nyways, just before we started exams, Q. disappeared.

To be continued...


Rita said...

Enkay, is this one story or true life because I dont want you to break my heart...what happened to Q?

Saved Girl said...

wow, got same question as Rita, LOL.

Funms-the rebirth said...

Q sure sounds like an exciting friend... dont keep us waiting o. whatever happened to her? btw i love ur playlist

Writefreak said...

Ah wait o so whathappened to Q? I so need to know, i hope she was found hale and heart!
And you sure did have fun in secondary school! My parents wouldn't let me go to boarding school...

How're you doing dear?

Anonymous said...

This is intresting in a funy way. During my school years in langtang. I never dreamth people had such adventure, Thats why I find this piece quite intresting. I wondered whatever happened to your friend Q. My experience at langtang was one of a lost child. I started out knowing who I was,and an idea of where I wanted to go, but ended struggling with my identity..

Charity Otojare said...

It was charity that posted the recent comment, not Anonymous, forgot to add that.

StandTall-The Activist said...

Now I am afraid. What happened to Q? It berra be good cuz I can't stomach any disappearing forever tale

simplegal said...

First time here...definitely love your blog! I was also a boarder, though I wasn't half as adventurous as you were!

I hope Q was okay o! Pls don't keep us waiting, what happened?

Thanks for visiting my blog :)

Dabizniz said...

I had a class mate in secondary school who just disappeared... He was never heard of again

Enkay said...

I returned today from the long weekend to find that I actually posted something! You see,the internet was fluctuating badly last Friday and I clicked the 'publish' button again and again but this error message just kept popping up. I abandoned it and left but alas! It worked!

RocNaija said...

So pray.. do tell us Enkay... Fact or fiction...?

Last post by RocNaija - Success.. A thin line!

Olufunke said...

Enkay, Enkay, enkay!
We are enjoying your story.........why keep us in suspense now.
What happened to Q? did u do something to her?
Its a true story right?

yankeenaijababe said...

This story takes me back to my boarding day life back in Naija, why stop half way eh, keeping us in suspense. You had better finish up the story and it must be good. Have a good weekend.

Enkay said...

@ Rita - It's true life o! Don't worry your heart will still be intact at the end.

@ Saved Girl - lol! Well wait and see!

@ Funms - Thanks for your compliment on my playlist! The story still unfolds.

@ Writefreak - My school days were one of the best days ever! Boarding school was the bomb!

@ Charry - Hmmm...thoughtful one there. Glad you're taking time to discover yourself now.

@ Standtall - Don't worry dear, it's not a 'disappearing forever' tale! Relax! lol!

@ Thanks for stopping by mine too! The story still unfolds!

@ dabizniz - Now that's a sad one. This one isn't that sad.

@ RocNaija - Fact! lol!

@ Olufunke - Yes, Yes, yes! lol!!

@ YNC - Don't worry dear. You won't need to wait for too long! lol!

Beulah! said...

Enkay, true confession!, u have addicted me to ur blog...with these ur stories ehn, u don tif my e-heart finish. Abeg, when is part II coming out??...Can't wait!

Original Mgbeke said...

Enkay, you write really well. I'll be waiting for part 2. I hope say no be sad story o. :(

RouGe EMpiRe said...

enkay TLS(true life story) or not....hopefully it doesnt end sad o!btw very interesting, u guys had wandering minds!!!
had to believe u r turning 30...

Adaeze said...

oh Enkay! I love your writing. Can't you write a book or something so that this enjoyment can last a little longer? I was in the middle of reading your old posts before I had my surgery, I have to get back to that soon. I wish I had more time. And what a good idea with posts on friendships lost, you certainly got me thinking.

okwuchi said...

Your school posts remind me of my secondary school FGGC Langtang. So much adventures

okwuchi said...

Your school posts just crack me up. I went to an all girls' school- FGGC Langtang.

Enkay said...

@Okwuchi...can you imagine? It appears we went to the same school!! FEGOLANG!!