Love and Adventure
Written by Nathaniel Anuma
“Hi, head-girl” Joyce replied her.
Mary also welcomed her with a smile but deep down inside her she didn’t like her presence believing she had something to do with her crush, Henry.
“This excursion gonna be fun and some students gonna have fun too. You know what i mean” Regina said smiling and touching Joyce’s butt.
“Hey, stop that!” she flung her hand off. “Silly girl”
After the bus driver drove out, Miss Vivian faced all the students. “Give me your attention now! This is the beginning of our excursion.
By the end of it, you must have seen, touched and learned several things like Biotic and Abiotic components of an Ecosystem and features of a terrestrial habitat. You will also learn how to estimate the population of organisms of the same species at a particulate habitat.
Now we gonna begin our journey into the forest. Stay close and don’t touch anything unless you are told to” she brought out her phone, dialed Glory’s number as the students began to make noise except Henry who observed her critically. “Hello, Glory” pause. “Yes, we have arrived” pause. “Okay” pause. “How many students?” pause. “Alright, bye” she hung up the call.
Seeing that, Henry said aloud, “Excuse me, Miss.” His voice attracted all the students’ attention especially Mary who stared at him. Everywhere became very quiet.
“Yes? Steve, what’s the problem?” Miss Vivian asked.
Some students wondered how she knew his surname but Henry understood that she must have heard when the principal addressed him with the name. Nevertheless, he said, “We demand to know the person you called on the phone right now”
“I’m not being disrespectful but you heard me clearly, Miss”
“I called my friend”
“If i can remember vividly, your call was base on students and our destination, so what does your friend has to do with this excursion?”
Ruddy interfered on the matter when he knew it wanted to get out of hand. Therefore he moved closer to Henry saying, “You should stop this your stupid..”
“I wasn’t talking to you, Ruddy!” Henry interrupted him unabashedly pointing his finger at him too but Ruddy hit them off.
“Quit being stupid!”
“You are the one stupid!”
“Who do you even think you are?”
“Hey, hey, hey” Miss Vivian arrived. “Both of you should quit this nonsense” she pulled Ruddy back while Jerry pulled Henry back then Miss Vivian glared at him. “I am your teacher. Any more misbehavior, i will have you punished or better still cancel this excursion and go back home!”
Hearing that, students began to shout, “No, no, no.” They begged and condemned Henry, insulted and called him all kinds of bad names. That didn’t stop Mary from loving him the more.
“Alright!” Miss Vivian shouted. “Get your pen and book ready let’s go” she led the way and all followed her.
As they walked into the heart of the forest in union, Miss Vivian lectured them at every necessary spot while the students jolted down valuable experiences.
After an hour more walk, they came in contact with a large stagnant river. That was actually where the goddess of the forest lived.
The water of the river was very neat to the extent the fish and tadpoles in it were visible. Its banks were slippery but many students didn’t notice it.
“Now, who can tell me what this is called?” Miss Vivian asked pointing at the river.
“Water” a male student replied.
“River” another said.
“You guys aren’t responding like biology students” Miss Vivian inferred. “You are all right but you have to use a biological terms like..”
“Aquatic Habitat!” another voice interrupted her.
“Good! It’s an aquatic habitat and i want Mary to come closer. She will observe and tell us the differences between an aquatic and terrestrial habitat”
All eyes directed to Mary who glanced at Joyce before moving closer to the river bank.
She was heading towards Henry who stood very close to the river too. When she drew nearer, she slipped and fell down. To her greatest surprise, she didn’t reach the ground. She looked up to see Henry holding her and both stared at each other romantically.
Due to the romantic posture found between Henry and Mary, Ruddy became jealous while some students especially the females giggled and wished they were the one in such posture in the hands of a handsome student like Henry. Miss Vivian also smiled but waited for them to disengage themselves.
Henry straightened Mary up in a way she stood very close facing and looking into his eyes but he adjusted backward and said with a very low voice, “Be careful next time”
Mary’s heart nearly beat off her chest as she tried to gain balance at the river bank.
She just wished Henry told her how much he loves her and kiss her before pulling her up but those were mere wishes that never came to pass, thus, making her forget why she came out there at the first place.
Miss Vivian noticed it and said, “We are waiting for you, Jacob”
“Sorry, Miss, what am i doing here? I mean what was your question?” Mary asked then all the students began to laugh at her.
“You are there to drink the water and the question is; how many cups will clear your eyes from blinded love!” a male student called Dan shouted from behind thereby causing more laughter. Even Henry couldn’t help it but smiled. Mary looked at him feeling happy that he finally smiled at the joke but didn’t show it still feeling the love and tension within her.
“Jacob, pull yourself together” Miss Vivian began as the noise gradually died down. “I told you to observe the aquatic habitat before you and tell us the differences between it and terrestrial habitat”
Mary looked at the water. “Umm.. the difference between them.. uh.. It’s obvious”
“What made them obvious?” a female student asked from behind giggling along with others.
“Umm.. the temperature of the aquatic environment is different from the terrestrial, so the aquatic organisms have features which enable them adapt to the temperature of the water than terrestrial organism”
“Excellent!” Miss Vivian exclaimed entering into the water which began to change to dirty colour while Mary returned to her position. Miss Vivian came out. “What do you observe now?”
“The transparency of the water has reduced” Ruddy answered.
“Yes, it can also be called the turbidity of water. An instrument used in measuring the turbidity is called what?”
“Secchi disk” Henry answered immediately but with a low voice. Though everyone heard him as all were busy jolting it down.
Miss Vivian looked at him for a moment and admired his intelligence. She averted her eyes to other students seeing how handsome, beautiful, serious and happy they were, so she began to have a change of mind about her mission.
“Miss, you’re lust” Henry brought back her attention.
“I’m sorry, as i was saying, secchi disk was created in the year 1865 by Angelo Secchi using a plain white circular disk..”
The students left the river to the other part of the forest. There were tall scattered trees everywhere with shrubs at the base. Distant chanting of different animals were heard from every angle of the forest.
To Be Continued…