The Sojourner Contd (chapter Three)

It was a Friday afternoon, Bola had been waiting for me under the tree in front of my department, the lecturer was rounding up the lecture for the day, and being the last lecture for the day and week, the majority of we student was eager to see him leave the classroom, at last, he rounded up and most of us heaved a sigh of relief.

I went out to meet Bola, and her countenance wasn't friendly; I knew something was wrong, so I moved closer to her and asked what was wrong. "It seems you are avoiding me in this relationship," Bola said. It's been close to a year that we've been in this relationship, and I can count the number of times you stepped your feet into my house, and you have also refused to allow me to come to your place. "The fact that I don't come to your place or you come to mine doesn't mean I am not taking it seriously," I replied, trying to laugh off the issue, but Bola was serious. "Babe, the fact that I don't spend more time with you doesn't mean I don't love you, but we need to build a career, and our academic life is one major step in building our career," I said, trying to back up my explanation, but she wasn't ready to listen. "Well, I can see you are busy building a career with all the ladies who throng around you, all in the name of the tutorial," she said.

"You know these people are my colleagues who I just help in their academics and you know full well I don't have any special relationship with any one of them than friendship, even, as a matter of fact, it's not only ladies who throng around me for the tutorial." Bola hissed and stood at akimbo. I knew she was about giving in to me, and I was also about tickling her just to round up and forget the conflicting discussion when a lady who is a colleague and fellowship member walked up to me to remind me about the tutorial I promised her, I knew she had a complicated issue, and as if to confirm my fear, Bola walked away. She messaged me that night that she wanted a break-up, I was confused and didn't know what to do, so I asked Maxwell for advice since he was also the Evangelism coordinator in the fellowship he attends; I believe we should be on the same page, but to my utmost surprise he told me there was no problem spending the night with her, he further claimed that whenever he doesn't spend the night at home, he is either at the fellowship or at his girlfriend's house, "Body no be firewood now," he remarked, also she isn't just any girl, she is your girlfriend so you guys may end up together.

After listening to Maxwell's response, I didn't know what to do; I couldn't sleep because I spent the night pondering on the issue; I was at a crossroads of choosing between Bola and allegiance to uphold my sexual chastity. The next day, I called Bola. "I would like to see you," I told her. She came to meet me at a food joint, I tried talking to her to see my reasons for not coming to her place often, but all my explanations to her fell on deaf ears; she told me if am not ready to give in to her request, I shouldn't call her line again, she was getting up to walk away when I held her hand and told her I would come to her place that evening. Are you ready to spend the night? She asked. I nodded in the affirmative.

True to my words, I went to her house, she welcomed me with a hug into her room and after eating we started discussing and playing till late at night, although I started feeling uncomfortable since that was my first time spending the night outside and even with a lady. It was as if Bola understood my body language, "you are a man already now, babe, and you should act like one," she said as she moved closer to me, it was as if that worked the magic because slowly, my hands moved to her face and the rest was the story. That night I had fun with her, and she seemed happy, "it wasn't her first time doing this since she wasn't a virgin," I thought.

As I laid quietly beside her on the bed, my mind was rebuking me strongly, and I felt bad, I knew I had gone against the moral principles I upheld and even preached to others, but something else in me felt satisfied. I had tasted the 'forbidden apple,' and I still felt at ease; something was definitely wrong with me. I prayed for forgiveness silently in my heart and waited for dawn before I left.

I got up as early as 5 am to take my leave; I didn't want students to see me leaving a lady's house, I didn't even allow Bola to see me off, but still, she saw me off to her gate, she hugged me before turning back, I was about stepping out of the gate to there compound when to my utmost amazement I saw Sister Elizabeth who was our Evangelism coordinator and Sister Margaret who was also her roommate and school daughter. I knew they were going out for "Morning Cry."

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