Love and Adventure
Written By Nathaniel Anuma
Run my love!” Jerry concluded and drawn in the river.
“No!” Joyce cried with a loud voice wanting to go into the river but Ruddy and Henry held her tightly and dragging her backward.
Suddenly, they heard the grasses quivering from a distant-those were lions.
“Run!” Ruddy shouted.
Danny was the first to take on his heels. As he ran, he shouted, “Where is the direction of the sun?!” “This way!” Henry replied and he ran back following his friends.
After several hours of running none stop following the direction of the sun as always instructed by Henry, the students gathered at a spot to recover their strength gasping and panting heavily. Their population became 14 because the lions caught several people.
Joyce fell on the ground crying seriously with Mary beside her coz she knew how much she loved Jerry.
Henry on the other hand leaned on a tree shedding tears seriously for the loss of his friends. “God why?” he began to cry. “Why must it be Jerry? I never got the chance to tell him how much i appropriate his friendship”
Hearing his voice, Mary began to cry too. Regina and Hannah were also in tears, even Danny and Ruddy who stood up instantly.
“We need to start going” Ruddy said.
“Mehn, allow us to breathe” Danny opposed.
“Another thing might happen to us if we linger” he looked at Henry.
Henry looked at the sun. “West” he replied.
The students began their journey again but sluggishly. They looked tired, frustrated and dirty with bruises all over their bodies. Some had pulled off their shoes while some preferred wearing them. Henry occasionally looked at the sun as they walked to see it following them from behind.
Before the sun began to set for the day, One of the male students said, “Wait”
All looked at him.
“Can you hear that?” he asked.
“Yes, that sounds like moving vehicles” Regina replied.
“That means we are home!” Danny shouted and knelt down with hands up. “God i thank you, but bring in the souls of my dead friends in heaven coz that’s the only way my joy will be in full”
Henry suddenly took a deep breath and sat down on the floor. The only singlet and trouser he wore had torn at several parts.
Mary met him. “It’s over now” she began to dust out dirt from his head but Ruddy came around and dragged her up.
“What’s it? Get your hands off me!” Mary tried to drag off her hand but couldn’t.
“You must not stay with him again!” Ruddy began to drag her out but Henry’s Voice interrupted him.
“Let her go”
“And if i don’t?”
“Either you kill me or i kill you” Henry replied while Ruddy got ready for a fight thereby tearing Mary’s shirt trying to naked her and eventually rape her. Though he knew that Henry will prevent him but was ready to beat him to death.
“I said let her go!!” Henry shouted running to him for a fight even when he knew he wasn’t a good fighter.
There was a high cliff at the place where Henry and Ruddy wanted to fight. No student among the remaining fourteen had a single strength in him or her because close to seventy-two hours none of them had eaten anything. Therefore no one was ready to separate the fight between Henry and Ruddy.
Already, Ruddy had torn Mary’s cloth pushing her on the ground to flip her skirt up but Henry arrived with the last strength in him. Immediately he kicked him with his leg, Ruddy grabbed it and pushed it with a force thus making Henry fall disgraceful on the ground.
Ruddy stood up facing him. “Do you wanna fight? Ehn!” he moved to meet him on the ground but Henry stood up, blocked his punch then finally kicked him down too.
“Stop! stop!! stop!!!” Mary came in between them. “Just stop this nonsense! What has come over both of you?! Why must you fight now that we are safe? Listen to the cars, just few meters away for us to..”
Ruddy interrupted her by pushing her away still moving to Henry for a fight. Seeing that, others moved closer to hold him but before they drew near, he had already pushed Henry off the cliff.
“Jesus!!” Mary shouted running towards the spot he fell but Ruddy held her on the throat positioning her by the edge of the cliff.
“Leave her alone!” Joyce also wanted to run to safe her friend but Ruddy’s voice put her to a stop.
“Don’t you dare come near me or she will also go down the cliff to join her boyfriend in hell”
“Ruddy, you’ve caused enough harm already. Just pull her down” Danny said.
Already, Mary had began to lose her breath. Suddenly, the atmosphere became cloudy thereby making the sun to go down. All the students look up to know what was happening. As their faces lingered, thunder strock and rain began to fall heavily. Sooner did they hear the roaring of a wolf and directed their eyes there to see it standing on a rock.
“Oh, my God!” Danny exclaimed.
When the wolf started pursuing them, nobody reminded Ruddy to release Mary as all ran with their last strength. Unfortunately for Ruddy, he slipped, fell and became a lunch for the wolf but that didn’t make other students to stop running until they finally got to the main road panting and gasping under the rain.
Their population became twelve. Mary broke down in cry wanting to go back to the forest but Joyce held her back.
“What are you doing? I can’t let you go back there”
“No, i can’t go home without Henry” Mary cried.
“There is nothing you can do to help him. The forest is evil!”
Mary fell on the grasses crying while everybody remained quiet and happilying allowing the rain beat them.
Cars sped on the highway without any of them stopping to know why they were there.
As the quietness lingered, Regina said, “Two guys fighting because of a girl and died in the cause. Now you all have seen why is better to be a lesbian”
“Just shut your mouth!” Joyce rebuked her. Just then, a bus stopped at the spot. The driver was a young man wearing a red T-shirt. Before he could ask them anything, other students began to beg him to take them home.
“Why are you students here looking like this?”
“It’s a long story, just take us to Divine Glorious Academy” one of the female students said.
“Oh, are you the SS3 students who went for excursion?”
“Yes!” all replied at the same time.
“The news is all over the place. Come in!”
The students humped inside the bus except Joyce who begged Mary for them to follow them. They finally entered hesitantly and the bus sped off straight to DGA.