She was day dreaming again. In her dreams she saw the tall,dark, and handsome knight storm into her room with flowers, wine and an escape route from her hell hole.
‘Ifetomi, your valentine’s gift has arrived o!’ A voice called out to her
She thought she was dreaming so she did not answer.
“Ifetomi where are you?!” The voice called her again, impatiently.
Now, she was sure it was her name. She recognised the voice. It was Adunni, her beat friend of three years. She jumped out of her bed excitedly. This was the first time she was getting a gift on valentine’s day. The only person who gave her gifts on valentine was her mother.
Every valentine she would pretend that the gifts her mother sent her were from Tayo, her crush. She would imagine Tayo holding her hands and singing her favourite soap opera’s theme song ‘Passion for life.’ Then he would give her the wonderful gifts he got and peck her. She wasn’t sure she would want to kiss him since she didn’t know if he brushed his teeth well enough. They looked clean but would his saliva be as clean?
“Ifetomi, where are you hiding?!” Adunni voice broke through her thoughts.
She could tell her friend was getting angry so she put her day dreaming on hold to be continued later. “Adunni gets angry too much sef” she thought as she ran out of her room and headed towards the direction the voice was coming from.
“I am coming!” She replied
“Alright, come straight to class, your gift awaits you.” Adunni shouted back at her.
“Ok. Wait for me.”
“I can’t. I have other messages to deliver!”
“Who sent the gift.”
“I don’t know. When you get to class, you will see. Byeeee.”
She hurried to class. As she ran towards her class direction. She thought to herself. “Who sent me Valentine’s gift? Maybe it is Ibukun, he saw me smiling at him yesterday, so a smile is all I need to get Valentine’s gift now? I would smile more. I know it can’t be Tayo. He sent a gift to his girlfriend yesterday, and she made sure everyone knew, she went about screaming like a mad person, hugging everybody, because she got valentine gift! Aha! Maybe it is Uche. He is the only friend I have that knows I love gifts.”
All these thoughts ran through her head as she approached her class.
She entered the class wearing a big idiotic smile on her face. She rushed to her desk and started to open the bag placed on it. She was too excited to notice no one said anything to her in class. Everywhere was silent. Her classmates were all staring at their books. Finally she opened the bag and she saw a bottle of wine with an odour that suggested that the liquid was urine, a pack of cheap lollipop,and used lingerie. She closed it immediately and looked up hoping no one saw her stricken expression. Luck was not kind to her. All eyes were glued to her.
As if there was a timer, a heartbeat later, they all burst into laughter. Their laughter threw daggers at her heart. She cried out, desperate to block out their laughter.
It was the sound of her cry that woke her from sleep. She realised it was all a dream.
She heaved a sigh of relief, and was about to go back to sleep when she heard Adunni calling her.
“Ifetomi, your valentine gift has arrived o.”
“Oh no! Please let it not be me.” She prayed.
“Ifetomi where are you?.” Adunni screamed again.
She knew it was her name Adunni called, and at that moment, she wanted nothing more than to be invisible…
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