Married To Mr Popular (Rude and grumpy)… Episode 24
(Rude and grumpy)
By: Faith Lucky.
I sat with my legs crossed and focused on my book. And not long after, he came out of the bathroom.
Bethel resist it.
He was tying just a towel around his waist and had water dripping from his hair down to his bare chest.
He had so many tattoos – a lot of them – all over his chest and left arm.
Oh my God!
This was the first time I was having such a view of his body and damn…it was so killing.
At that moment, he was like the cutest being I’d ever seen.
And thinking of it…He’s actually my…husband.
I was so stupid and lost staring at him that I didn’t even realize when he got to the couch.
He scoffed and looked at me.
“Where’s my cigarette?” He asked and that was when I snapped out of my wild thoughts.
“Uh…your what?” I asked, not getting what he said the first time.
“You heard me right” he replied brosquely
“Oh! Your…your cigarette? I don’t know. I didn’t take it” I stuttered and stood up with my books.
“I um…I need to look for the library” I added and walked out of the room, taking a deep breath as soon as I was outside.
Geez! Bethel; what the hell happened to me in there? Why did I lose control?
I placed my hand on my chest and went for the dining.
The image I had seen kept replaying in my head and left me more confused.
Trust me, it was killing.
Luckily, the dining was empty and I decided to make use of it. I seriously don’t think I’ll be able to study in that room even if Ryan turns off the movie.
I opened my books and tried to concentrate, but all I could see was a shirtless chest and towel.
“Need some help?” I heard a pesky voice from behind and turned to see the jerk – Royce.
Oh please; don’t tell me.
I really don’t need anyone to add to my problems right now.
I glared at him and took my eyes back to my books.
“Maybe you might wanna try being friendly around me. It might help, you know?” He said as he came and sat facing me
“And maybe you might wanna try avoiding me” I snapped and stood up with my books, walking out to the balcony.
What kind of a problem is this? I can’t seem to have peace anywhere at all.
I was finally able to sit quietly at the balcony and study and after a long time, I decided to get some sleep. I was so tired. I hope the competition was going to be a success.
I returned to the room nervously, praying Ryan was already asleep.
But unfortunately, he wasn’t. And this time around, he was on the keyboard, playing a soft tune.
As usual, he didn’t turn to look at me as I walked in and quietly, I went to my bag to return my books.
I opened the bag and was about putting the books in when I checked and discovered the cigarette pack was missing.
I quickly turned to look at Ryan and lo and behold,it was there at the top of the keyboard.
What the hell?
How did he…
I huffed and shook my head.
This guy’s something else.
I returned the books and went to lie on the bed and as I did, the sound of the keys he was playing calmed me a lot. He was so good at it.
Since the keyboard was facing the window in front of the bed, I had an opportunity to stare at him from behind.
He was now putting on a black shirt and trouser and had a gold ring on his left ear.
I guess he can never do without jewelries.
He was silent and engrossed in the tone he was playing and I didn’t know when I slept off.
I woke up the next morning, feeling a whole lot better.
The sun glinted on the window and reflected on my face and that was part of the reason I woke up.
Hold on; why’s the sun out already? What’s the time?
I looked around for the wall clock and found one hanging on the wall.
I gasped and almost screamed in fright as my eyes met with time.
It was almost 9 a.m. and I was supposed to revise with Kyle before the competition commences by 10 a.m.
Oh, God Bethel! What have you done?
I jumped on my feet immediately and ran into the bathroom. How could I sleep so carelessly on a day like this?
I turned on the shower immediately and took a quick bath. That was like the shortest bath I had ever taken.
I hurried out of the bathroom and made sure the door was locked.
Thank goodness Ryan wasn’t in.
And come to think of it – he couldn’t even wake me up.
I changed into my uniform and brushed my hair.
I made doubly sure I was good to go and then, I took my bag from the bed and hurried out of the room.
Oh, my! It was already 9:27.
I got to the dining and met them already having breakfast.
Gosh! I was actually hungry.
But there’s no way I’m having breakfast.
“Bethel” Ryan’s mum called the moment she saw me.
“You’re just in time for…”
“I’m sorry I can’t. I’m running late” I replied hastily and ran out the door.
My driver was already waiting for me and I entered into the van and he scorched off immediately.
I was so restless as I sat at the backseat. Why didn’t I set an alarm? And nobody even bothered to wake me up.
Geez! This is such a mess.
We finally got to the school building and I didn’t hesitate to jump out of the van immediately.
Nicole was already waiting for me at the facade and her eyes beamed the moment she saw me.
“Bethel!” She called and ran to meet me.
“What the hell happened? I’ve been trying to reach you. Have you forgotten about the competition?” She asked as we scuttled to the principal’s office.
“I really don’t know what happened, Nicole. I over slept” I replied, feeling so guilty.
“Are you kidding me? You over slept on a day like this?” She asked and went on nagging til we got to the principal’s office.
Kyle was already coming out with the principal and two other teachers.
How do I face them?
“Bethel?” The principal called surprised.
“I was about putting a call to your mum. What the hell happened?” She quarried.
“I’m…I’m sorry ma’am. I uh…woke up with a severe head ache” I replied, staring at the floor.
“Well, it’s almost time. Are you ready?” She asked and I nodded.
“Okay then. Let’s go” she said and continued walking and I followed while Nicole had to stay behind.
I turned and waved at her and proceeded with them.
“Hi” I said lowly to Kyle as I walked beside him.
“Hi” he replied simply.
“Um…I’m sorry for not coming earlier as planned. I had..”
“Its okay; I understand” he cut in – calmly – and we didn’t say any other thing to each other.
The entire school was filled with jubilation as we returned from the competition successfully.
Classes were canceled for the rest of the day and all that was taking place was celebration and happiness.
GLAMOUR HIGH EMERGED WINNERS IN THE 2020 INTERSCHOOL MATHEMATICS COMPETITION
That was the headline reading all over the internet.
Oh my! I felt so lucky.
But to be sincere, Kyle had been the master of it. He had been the one solving most of the equations and I can say he’s the reason we won.
“Congratulations Kyle; congratulations Bethel. I’m proud of you” the principal commended as we stood in front of her office.
“Thank you ma’am” I replied ecstatically while Kyle just smiled.
Really, it was a thing of joy to me.
All the teachers came around and congratulated us as well.
“We’ll be holding a school party tomorrow to award you guys for your performance. Make sure you invite your parents along so they can take pictures with you. And be free to invite any member of your family or friends to witness it.”
She paused and turned to the teachers beside us.
“Make the announcement go round immediately. I want everyone to be aware of it” she said to them and they replaced with a nod.
“Once again, congratulations guys” she said.
“Thank you ma’am”. I replied.
“Thanks” Kyle also said this time around and we were dismissed.
“Congratulations” Kyle said to me as we walked together.
“You don’t need to congratulate me. This wouldn’t have been possible. You know I wasn’t prepared” I replied shyly.
“Of course, you also made it possible. So, congratulations” he smiled and took a different direction and I was left alone.
Seriously, I thought this guy was asking grumpy as Ryan.
Well, turns out my guess was wrong.
“Bethel!” I heard Nicole’s voice and turned to see her running towards me, smiling happily.
“Oh bestie! Congratulations” she beamed and embraced me.
“Thanks” I replied and unlocked from the hug.
“Wow! You’ve become a celebrity in school Bethel. Your name’s ringing all over the building. Are you aware there’ll be an award giving party for you guys tomorrow?” She asked and I sighed.
“So, the news has started going round already.
“Yeah. But unfortunately, I’m not sure mum will be coming. So, I’ll be alone” I said despodently.
“Aw. Come on Bethel. Just tell her about it. She might show up. But even if she doesn’t, you should know I’m always here for you” she said with a pout and I smiled and played with her hair.
“By the way, I’m so hungry, Nicole. I need to go to cafeteria” I said, remembering I hadn’t eaten since morning.
“Oh! Come on then. Let’s go” she replied and accompanied me to the cafe.
“Congratulations Bethel” two students said to me as Nicole and I walked into the cafe.
“Thanks” I smiled back at them.
Geez! I’m really not used to this.
Everyone in the cafeteria kept staring at me as Nicole and I found a place to sit.
“So, what would you like to eat?” She asked and I racked my head for a while.
“Um anything. Maybe pasta and eggs” I replied and she nodded and stood up to get them.
I placed my palm on my head and looked down on the table. I was so tired.
“Hey baby” I heard a familiar voice call and I lifted my head to see the ABC girls standing in front of me.
“Congratulations” Blair smiled sarcastically.
I exhaled and folded my hands.
“Seriously girls, I’d really appreciate it if you could go else where” I said tiredly.
“Aww dear, but why? We only came to congratulate you” Alma said and Cheryl chuckled.
“But really Bethel, I’m impressed. So, from the bottom of my heart, congratulations” Blair said again and I rolled my eyes.
“The bottom must be so dirty. So keep it. I don’t need it” I said churlishly and she laughed.
“By the way, how’s the award giving party gonna be for you tomorrow? I heard you were supposed to come with a relative. But who exactly will come for you?
“Awwn, poor Bethel. I’m sure your mummy’s gonna be busy as always to come for it. Well, maybe your mother in law might help you out” she siad and laughed with the rest.
“But she’s married right?” Cheryl chipped in.
“Yeah – that’s true!” Blair gasped.
“You’re married. Why don’t you come along with Ryan?”
Seriously? Why are these girls so bent on being professional bullies?
“Come on Blair; how do you expect her to come along with him?” Alma asked.
“I’m pretty sure he doesn’t even look at her in the room”.
“Is lying the only skills you have?” I asked and they laughed.
“Hold on Bethel”; Blair said.
“So, are you trying to say we’re lying? Does that mean you’re on good terms with Ryan? Really? Then, prove it to us” she grinned and went to the front of the cafe, climbing an empty table on it.
“Can I have your attention, please?” She said audibly and all eyes turned on her.
The whole place became quiet as everyone was curious to know what she was doing.
“Guess what, guys? I’ve got good news” she said and Alma and Cheryl in front of me clapped.
“Our dear Bethel here wants to prove to us how lovey dovey she is with her husband. And for that, she’ll be making him come to school for the award giving party tomorrow. Soooo, Ryan Winthrop will be here with us tomorrow!” She proclaimed and immediately, there was a mass hysteria in the cafe as everyone began jubilating and shouting.
👥Mr Popular will be here!!” They exclaimed.
I gasped and looked at Blair as she smirked at me.
I could feel my heart beating like a party drum.
Oh, my God!
What has she done?
How do I get Ryan to come with me to school tomorrow?