We arrived at my school not quite long after. I was silent for most part of the journey, a lot of thoughts ran through my mind.
I would steal occasional glances at Matthew, to see the expression on his face. He often looked indifferent. The school was very much rowdy, as students were still outside playing. It was three minutes before the end of the break.
I came out of the car, and walked cautiously to the gate, looking around to see if anyone had eyes on me.I knocked lightly on the gate, and the harsh voice of the gate man answered me.
“Who is it?” “Sir It’s me, I’m back” He stared through the peep-hole, and identified me, as he unlocked the gates and let me in. As soon as I entered, I spotted Sarah walking down from the other side of the school. She looked very much excited to see me. I hurried into the gate house, and began to change into my school uniform. I was excited to be back, I hate stories of my own to share with Sarah like she’s always gisted me on her outing with guys.
Ruth rushed into the gate house, and hugged me tightly.
“At last you’ve become a big girl, it’s about time you grew up” Sarah said, giving me a familiar look. It was a look of scrutiny (Intense study of someone).
“Abi?” I replied. “So what did he give you? I know Matthew is loaded” Sarah queried, sounding very serious “Tada!” Waving my hands for her to see the wristwatch. “Just that?” She asked, a little disappointed.
I put my hand in the polythene bag I brought with me, and brought out the mobile phone.
Sarah grabbed it from me excitedly, and did the usual “girl shout”. The phone was Techno Phantom. I was so proud of myself, this was almost an achievement for me. But I was sure my parents would never let me keep the phone. So I had a plan. “So did you follow him home?” Sarah asked, anticipating a quick reply.
“I did”… “And?” She inquired further. “Nothing” I replied, not knowing exactly what she wanted to hear. “So you mean you didn’t get down with him?”
“Not really, I was scared, you know I’m a virgin” I replied, in a low tone. “So you want to carry your virginity to the grave? If a guy gives you this much, the only thing you can repay him is by opening up for him. Stop being selfish, else you’ll lose a guy that loves you so much”
Sarah’s words affected me far more than she realized, like the saying goes “A Friend either MAKES or MAR you” The latter was the case with her. Matthew has shown me so much love, he has spent a lot. I should have given him something in return, I wondered silently to myself.
The thought of losing Matthew was unbearable. He was the only one who had shown me so much love.
He gives my life a meaning, more so he provided an escape from my parents. He deserved something, I concluded. “When next we go out, I’ll just do it with him” I said rather boldly
“That’s much better, it’s not a big deal, we all do it. Just grow up Ruth. I nodded in agreement sheepishly, and started arranging my personal stuffs.