If you missed the part Thirty - Eight (38), read it HERE!!!
It was the final periods of our days in school; preparations for our final exams were on, and everybody was becoming so serious for my liking. Sometimes you joke with a friend in school and they only end up reminding you about the upcoming exam. I knew the exams were around the corner, but it didn’t deserve so much of my attention. I always knew that once there is a will, there will be a way. My hommies too were not also scared of the waec exam, so they gave me the needed confidence I needed.
“WAEC na small pikin exam” Onyema shouted.
“School dull, where we fit go” Igwe asked
“Make we go mammy” Uche added.
“Wetin they happen for mammy” I asked them confused. They laughed at my ignorance despite I was claiming I was the most exposed person among them. They explained to me that “mammy” was a market area in the barracks and many activities were going on there, both legal and illegal.
“If I reach, I no go fvck o… because I know say na your plan” Igwe said while at Onyema. I paid attention but didn’t ask much question so as to avoid them laughing at me. We alerted some other guys as we discussed how to leave school illegally. We always came to school with some mufti wear in case of an emergency like this.
“We have to jump fence o…” Magbo said
“Jump what” Onyema shouted while pulling off his shirt and revealing the various designs on his back as a result of the lashes of koboko he received the other day.
“Na only you dey flog” Igwe asked angrily while also showing his. For real, there back was not a good sight at all. After much pressure, we decided to jump the school fence into the officers’ quarters and find our way to mammy. We took numbers to avoid using our real name, and we went close to the school fence.
“After the first person jumps, we will give you 6 seconds for you to scout the area and give us thumbs up, and we will start jumping in two’s” I said to them all. I chose number one, so I was actually talking to myself. I jumped and landed quietly, I scouted the area and saw some few dogs but I made sure I stayed out of their line of sight and I gave a clear area instruction to the rest, before the other two jumped and met me.
The others started jumping and they saw us kneeling down and pleading for mercy; some saw us while on air and the speed at which they landed and returned back into the school compound was alarming. While some saw us while they already landed and disappeared into thick air within split seconds. The drama they played out was too funny that we couldn’t hold our laughter again. They started peeping from various corners and saw us laughing before they started coming out again.
“Which kain rubbish be that na” Igwe shouted
“Una sabi fear o… so if to say they catch us true true, una for just run leave us”? Magbo asked while laughing.
“Na him say make we do am” Kenneth said while pointing at me. We laughed over the scenario while we hid from bush to bush inside the officers’ quarters till we found our way to mammy market. We went inside an old shop where they did a lot of illegal things from smoking to drinking to even semi-Unclad girls hanging around. We were waiting for one of us who entered a room with a girl to come out there till a man came out to meet with us.
“Una dey Ss3 shebi”? He asked us in a friendly tone
“Yes” We all chorused
“Una don get the practical questions wey go come out”? He asked us again. This time, we were quite confused that such a thing existed. We explained to him our ignorance about the matter and asked him to show us the question.
“Na 2000 I dey sell am” He replied. Some of us started hissing and was kind of disappointed about the price. But we deliberated and bargained further for us to lay our hands on the “Expo” of life.
“Come back next week, , around 8pm for night or 5am for morning. So that we go fit print am, make police no catch person” He said. Then we agreed on the time to meet and distribute the materials amongst ourselves. Next week came like a flash, and while other were running about and killing lizards and toads for practical rehearsals, I succeeded in wooing a girl in our neighborhood and was having the best week of my life with her. In fact, her parents were rich that she gave me both sex and the money I used to pay for my practicals. She was quite older than me, so I was very safe with her.
“You know why I am giving you this money” She asked me. I laughed so hard that she started laughing too.
“Because you love me na” I responded
“Love what”? she asked with a grin on her face “Its just because you are loyal and you do how I tell you to do” She said beaming with smile. Well, I just laughed over it but I was quite angry inside.
“If you can keep giving me the money, I will always be loyal” I said to her. We had a good laugh and sex before I left home that evening. When I got home, I slept so hard that Daddy was actually wondering if I was among the set of people writing the senior waec too.
“Are you not supposed to be reading?” Daddy asked me as he kicked me on the bed. I heard the question but was too lazy to answer.
“I have been preparing since Ss1 and I am fully prepared now” I said sluggishly.
“Oh God”! My father screamed as he left the room. I knew I already had a back-up plan, so there was no need to fear. I woke up around 4am that morning and prepared for school.
“Where are you going?” My father queried as I was about leaving
“School na” I responded
“By this time” He asked “Are you also part of the examiners, go back inside my friend” He shouted.
“I have to go do a proper revision with some live animals that I caught and also prepare well for the questions” I said confidently. He paused for some minutes and eventually told me to go. I quickly wore my hooded shirt with my school uniform inside as I made my way to the appointed meeting place. When I got there, I hung around a building before other guys started arriving. Our contact came and met with us and handed us a white piece of paper that contained what we needed. We stayed behind and those that needed to smoke, smoked and we started reading what they gave to us.
“How you fit read”? I asked one of the guys that just finished smoking
“Na why we plenty na… after you read, I go collect from your brain” He replied me in a very funny way. I just concentrated and tried reading while the others disturbed badly. Once the coast was clear, we made our way down to the school. We stayed outside till exams started and they called us in and we marched into the hall to write our papers. Believe me, all the questions came out as expected and we had a quiet time in the hall.
“Why is it that the unexpected people are the ones finishing first” Our V.P academic asked
“We reserved our brain for waec” I said as most students burst into laughter. There was a mild noise and I quickly passed the paper to my former girlfriend comfort as I left the hall. Other guys finished and we made our way down to mammy again to book the next subject. Everything went as planned and when I got home and explained to Aunty Vicky my new friend, I was congratulated and also rewarded with good sex. It continued for a while; we didn’t get hold of the materials for English, So I had to do the reading. I finished on time and passed my written answer to another friend where it was passed on to my friends who needed it. The same thing happened in maths. But something was common throughout the exam period; I was always rewarded with good sex from Aunty Vicky. We became friends after I helped her pay her Bus fare when the conductor had no change on him to give her, So we gisted and trekked down to our house. She showed me where she stayed and also told me that she was a student of Enugu State University of Technology.