What I Didn't Know (chapter Five)

This is the fifth chapter to "WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW". For previous chapters, please check the last posts.

Today, the library was full. It looked like those Omo wobe” children that decided to bring their nonsense to the library. The librarian must have gotten tired of telling them to keep quiet. She had stayed at her desk, going through her phone but would look busy once an administrative staff stepped in. I was so pissed. I had to wait for my project supervisor. A man that was simply useless.

I spotted Kunle with the rest of the so-called rich kids and the ones who tried to tag along to fit in. I sensed something going on with them. I glanced at Zaria Selma, a 16-year-old girl moving closer to Kunle. The girl was too young, too young to be exhibiting such cocksure confidence.

I sighed, looking back at the book. I had to try to read today since I couldn’t stay at home. Nathaniel hadn’t texted me back. He ought to be there now. I didn’t want to seem clingy after what happened. I couldn’t believe it. I missed him already. One of the reasons why I couldn’t read at home was because of the energy. Nathaniel’s house was minutes away from mine, and I couldn’t think of anything except that night. So, you’’. I heard behind me. Zaria stood at the back of me before pulling a seat beside me. Why did God give tiny girls big breasts like this? No wonder Kunle liked her. She knew no better; she wasn’t liked because she was cool and liked for her physical features. That’s the thing most girls in the world didn’t know once she smashed these boys twice or even once, you’ll not only be cast, but you’ll be misled.

I never really dated, just only silly flings. The only guy I did broke up with me because of the whole idea of sex. Dapo Oni. He thought he was cool with his moves, we had a big argument, and he accused me of cheating with Nathaniel, and we broke up. I was in the kind to friend zone now till I was ready to put myself out there until they, Catch my cruise. ‘’Zaria, what’s up?’’. I looked at her, trying not to focus on her horrible-looking, drawn brows. I wished my friend, Jaiyeola, was here. That girl would have laughed till she cried.

‘’So, I heard you and Nathaniel fucked’’. She said immediately, then pursed her lips, staring at me. What she said got me speechless. It gave the impression that it was true. Who would even know? Sure, Nathaniel and I were making out outside, and the only person_ I scoffed out loud and looked back. Kunle, there with his stupid smirk on his stupid face. He winked at me before looking away. He probably told everyone, but how did he know? I really hoped Nathaniel didn’t tell him, and Jaja wouldn’t even dare.

So…’’. She spoke up.‘’How is it any of your business?’’. I looked at her. ‘’So, it’s true’’. She laughed’’. I thought you were the holy one. So, you can see, man. You know what sex is’’. Yeah’’. I nodded slowly, anger surging through my body; I couldn’t control it. It wasn’t in my hands anymore’’. I just want to know something. How is it your business, and why are you talking to me?’’. She crossed her arms and flipped her hair’’. I can’t talk to you?’’. No, you can’t’’. I told her’’. We’re not friends, not on the same level, so just try and stay away from me. Don’t get it twisted. We’re in this building together but the minute we step out, stay the fuck on your lane’’. She snapped.

I hissed and grabbed my book before moving away from the library. I wish I had stayed there and didn’t let the emotions get the best of me; it gave the truth away. I was wondering what to do. Whether I could go back and break something on her head or even stab Kunle to death. Maybe I was just being aggressive. I decided to go back home. I heard screaming from inside. Maybe I should wait till it went down, I thought. But I was tired of hiding. Tired of everything at this point.

I frowned, staggering to the living room. There was my father in a singlet, slashing his belt at my brother, and my mother trying to pull him away, crying. I saw the pain and fear in my brother’s eyes. My mom succeeded in pulling him away, shouting at the top of her voice. ‘’Tell him to stop shouting!’’ My father yelled at my mother. With the anger in his eyes, I really hoped he wouldn’t hit my mother in front of me. I moved forward to take Dara while my mother screamed at him. I took time to take Dara hand in hand to my room. The little boy didn’t cry; he was looking down at his battered toe.

I saw that he was breaking down on the inside. I wanted to yell at my father for what he did and what he was doing to the boy. I wanted to go back to the library and break Zaria’s head; I wanted to confront Kunle for the rumors he was spreading. I wanted to cry my eyes out for everything going wrong. I made Dara take a shower, then I dressed his injury and made him lie on my bed. Mayowa was dealing with mummy, taking in all her sadness. She didn’t need me. Dara did. When I went back to my room, Dara was seated on the bed, touching his toe again. I saw the look on his face. There were tears on his face. His lips contorted downwards as he started to cry. It broke my heart seeing him like that. There could be a million reasons why Dara was crying. He was in physical pain; his father showed his disdain for him always; his mother’s heart was breaking each time it happened.

He was crying because he couldn’t take it anymore. I understood him. I moved to the bed, hugging him. For once, he didn’t push me away. I cleaned his tears and massaged his leg, even to the extent of giving him my iPod to watch videos. He had watched a video of Nathaniel playing football with him. It was one of his favorite videos. He had laughed at it before eventually falling asleep. He looked so peaceful. What if I wasn’t here to comfort him? What would have happened? The darkest thoughts always came to my mind about Dara. I thought of the worst happening to him. Society had changed.

What if Dara resulted in self-harm, worse than what he usually did, the normal biting stuff? What if he played with a knife and stabbed himself? Maybe he had seen it in Mayowa’s movies. What if he drank out of the rat poison because he thought it was something different? I had to be there for my brother; when my parents went, it would be my business to take care of him. I must make it, no matter what. Not for myself only but for him too. I had left messages on Nathaniel’s cell phone. He had to be out of the plane now. I needed someone to talk to. I sighed heavily; maybe he didn’t want to talk to me after what happened between us. I dialed Jaja’s number. She would obviously be awake by this time. I tried to smile when she picked. ‘’Bitch’’. She answered with, obviously. ‘’Babe, what’s up?’’. I asked; then there was silence. Normally, that wasn’t how I answered her; I either called her a hoe or a senseless being.

‘’What’s wrong?’’. She asked, and I exhaled and sucked my lips in. ‘’Titi?’’. She called out again, this time concerned, and I answered,’’. It’s nothing. It’s just my dad and…’’. Dara’’. She knew that it was one of the things that bothered me so much. She exhaled’’. Is he okay?’’. Yeah, Sleeping like a cutie’’. I looked back at him and couldn’t help but smile. He didn’t deserve this. ‘’Are you okay?’’. She asked’’. Should I come over?’’. Ah ha, it’s 10pm biko’’. As much as I needed her there, I didn’t want her to be in danger. She was already in trouble with these estate boys when she called them out on IG for being frauds’’. I just want to know when it will end.

Soon’’. She assured me like always’’. And it will be a story. I don’t want you worrying about this again, okay? Everything will be okay’’. I swatted some tears from my face and nodded’’. Amen, my dear. Amen’’. Do you want to cry?’’. She asked, and I chuckled, a few tears dropping’’. No, I hardly cry’’. Or maybe you’re crying because you miss sex-god Nathaniel’’. I could feel her smiling. Horny beast’’. She called me.

Even if I’m horny, will I cry?’’. I asked, laughing. ‘’Is it not you?’’. She said,’’. How could you even stay friends with that boy for so long and ignore the signs of a relationship?’’. That was it. The topic was diverted. I loved Jaja. The kind of friend, who encouraged me about times like this, got angry at situations better than I did, prayed with me, and brought me out from my down moments.

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