“DINNER WITH THE WOLVES (Season One)”
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Hours later, they returned from class. Sarah, Mina, Derby, welcome back from class. There is something I will like to talk to you about and I beg you to give me the audience. I began. Since I came into this school, I have never had any reason to smile. All because of some reasons I have no control over.
No one wishes to be poor, poverty is a state not a choice. I know I don’t fit into your class, but I at least expected you to treat me like human. I am not dead yet, and whatever you expect of me, I might be able to achieve. How nice it will be, if we all meet somewhere one day as old school friends who supported each other. Unfortunately, your hatred towards me has already murdered that future ecstasy.
The insults were okay, so were the humiliations. You should have at least allowed me to endure those ones, rather than going to the extreme to set me up this way.
Unlike you, my future lies in this school. If I am unable to make it here, I don’t know where else I’m going to make it. Sarah, you know me from infancy, and you know how I have suffered to this stage. You know Agyei’s current situation of despising his family to sell charcoal to make me somebody.
How do you expect him to feel, if all his efforts go in vain? Even if I have not done anything for you, I was at least there for you when you were emotionally traumatized. I couldn’t give you money nor food, but I gave you a friendly and sisterly heart that isn’t easy to come by. I didn’t expect a reward from you, but I also didn’t expect ungratefulness from you.
Mina and Derby, if you were told I am a bad person, you should have at least wasted a little time to observe me before drawing conclusions. Here I am today, awaiting a judgment I know nothing about. Thank you all, for the pain, the trauma and above all, the lessons. With you, I never drank common water with smiles.
Your reward, is in the hands of my maker. I spoke with a wounded heart and walked out of the room. I slept in one of the classrooms that night, praying and hoping for a better fate. The next day, the entire students were assembled in the school’s assembly hall as we always do every morning. After our usual activities of singing and praying, the principal was called to give announcements. I greet you all ladies and gentlemen.
There is an unfortunate incident regarding one of you who tried seducing one of the teachers. She went to the extent of begging the teacher to sleep with her. He spoke. Eeeeeeeiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!! The students chorused. Yes, as shocking and storying as it may seem, it is the truth, with concrete evidence. He added. Kukua Nancy! If you are here, come up here! He instructed. Instantly, I saw the earth running under my feet. I could see my mother standing before me in tears.
I saw Agyei in tears too. It was as if I was having some kind of nightmare. Everything seem like a hallucination, unfortunately, it was a reality. I walked up to the stage with tears running faster on my face. Students, look at this innocent looking young lady, she is the victim of the talked atrocity. The principal spoke. Eeeeeiiiii charcoal!!!!!!!! Some of the students screamed in dismay.
Today, we announce to you all, that, her presence in this school is a big disgrace. We therefore suspend her indefinitely. He pronounced. I bowed down my head in tears and pain. I’ve been sacked for a crime I know nothing about. And my God seem not to care. I thought. Kukua, what is your last message to this school and the entire student body? The principal asked and handed me the microphone. With a shaky hand, I took the microphone and began to smile in between my tears. No one has ever been like me, and no one will.
Today is a day I will never forget. The day I received the most embarrassing award is the same day, I have been given the opportunity to talk to everyone of you. To me, it is a blessing in disguise, and I thank God for this day. We were all here, when I received an award for the quiz, but unfortunately, that award is giving an indefinite suspension as a reward.
What an irony of life! Life comes with its own challenges, and we only fail if we surrender. I stand here today, as Kukua, the only guilty but innocent victim of atrocities. I am accused of breaking a home I have no idea of how it was built.
Thanks to everyone who is behind it, no names calling. I have accepted every blame, because, the phone is mine, so is the number used to send the messages. Maturity is learning to take responsibilities for your actions. My action of winning a phone award is what has blessed me with this curse of expulsion. On this note, I say a very big sorry to the Kwakye family, the principal of this school and everyone gathered here for the disappointment I’ve caused you. Find a place in your hearts to forgive me. I spoke with a mixed feeling and handed back the microphone to the principal.
The entire hall was as quiet and silent as the air. I walked slowly from the platform, to my seat. After we dispersed, the chapel prefect walked to me again. Kukua, people might have not understood your speech today, but I did. Whoever did this to you, will someday be rewarded.
You might not belong here, but you definitely belong somewhere. Somewhere you will be much appreciated, somewhere you will find peace and happiness. Take heart and trust in the Lord our God. He advised. Thank you my brother. Thanks for preaching some peace into my heart.
I responded and walked away. I went straight to my hostel to pack my belongings. I carried them on my head and walked slowly out of the campus. Fortunately, I met my roommates at the entrance. My sisters, like you’ve always wanted, I am leaving this school. I pray, my departure, brings you the happiness you’ve been looking forward to. I stated and walked pass them.
After I stepped out of the campus with my bags on my head, I stood at the gate staring at it as if my life depended on it. If this is what school has to offer me, then I gladly accept to be an illiterate. This school has caused me too much pain. I thought in tears and began walking away.
“DINNER WITH THE WOLVES (Season One)”
If this is what education has for me, then I gladly accept to be an illiterate. This school has caused me too much pain. I thought in tears and began walking away. I carried my bags to the cemetery and sat on my mother’s tomb in tears till evening. When I was almost home, I met Sarah’s mother walking together with Mrs Agyei.
Wait a minute, Kukua, is that you? Sarah’s mother exclaimed. Yes mummy, it’s me. Good evening. I greeted humbly. Why are you carrying your bags? Has school vacated? And if yes, where is my daughter Sarah? She asked. School hasn’t vacated yet mummy, there is a little problem, and I have to come home till it is resolved. I responded.
Hahahahhaha! Mrs Agyei burst into laughter. I knew it! I knew you will definitely come back home. I knew you will face challenges in that school. Kukua, my God is at work. What were you thinking? That, you will got free for taking my son away from me? For turning my son against me? Because of a witch like you, my son proudly sells charcoal in the market. This is just the beginning of your woes Kukua, your problems will outweigh you. Agyei’s mother cursed.
But Kukua, what at all is your problem? Why are you forcing yourself to fit into where you don’t belong? Why are you forcing square pegs into a round hole? When you went to the school, didn’t you see that, almost everybody had a mother or a father? Didn’t you realise that, almost all the students are from a rich background? Anyway, whatever the problem is, I pray it never gets resolved, so that, you can rest in your poverty. Sarah’s mother cursed.
Thank you my mothers. May these curses you rained on me come true, if I have ever offended any of you, if not, may it return to where it just came from. I responded in pain and walked out on them. I walked sadly into the house, but I met Agyei’s absence. I carried the bags into the room and came to sit on the veranda. An hour later, I saw Agyei entering the house. Kukua, is that you? He asked. Yes Agyei, its me. I responded in tears.
He hurriedly hugged me and began talking. Kukua, I am so sorry for not bringing you enough pocket money, I was waiting for today’s door to door sales before coming to the school tomorrow. I know you are here for money, thank God I made good sales in the morning. Wipe your tears and let me give the money to you. He talked and removed 20 cedis from his pocket for me. Kukua please take it and go back to school, I learnt you are in your revision week. He said. I stared at the money in tears. I wish I came for money. I wish I didn’t waste your efforts. I thought.
Kukua why are you still crying? Or is it about what happened the last time? Alright, I have forgiven you. Please wipe your tears and take the money. Or you want me to escort you to the school? He asked. Agyei, I’m sorry, I am so sorry for wasting your efforts. I am sorry for not being the school girl you wanted me to be. I’m sorry for being a school drop out. I lamented.
What? Kukua, tell me you didn’t say that? School drop out? Why? How? He asked. Agyei, I’ve been sacked from the school for no offence. I responded in tears. Instantly, he sat on the floor and began rubbing his head with his two hands.
Kukua, you’ve killed me! Is this the price I get for working my ass out to see you through school? Kukua, what are people going to say? How do we face life with this rise and fall lifestyle? Oh Kukua!!! Agyei spoke in tears. Get up Agyei, please get up! It is no fault of mine, I didn’t mean to hurt you. I was set up, Sarah and her friends set me up. I explained.
Minutes later when Agyei was calm, he asked the full details of what happened. I took my time and explained everything to him. Kukua, the last time I came to the school, a man claimed you were his fiance, and today, you have been accused of sending romantic text messages to your teacher, which indeed is on your phone.
Now, you are telling me everything is a set up. Kukua, my question is, what extreme offence did you cause your friends that they couldn’t forgive you? Sarah has been your good friend and I don’t know why she would go to this extreme of hurting you.
Kukua, I am beginning to doubt you, because in every rumour, there is some truth. I am beginning to loose trust in you. Agyei analyzed and concluded. Not you Agyei! If anyone will doubt me, it shouldn’t be you. You are my last hope, and I don’t expect to loose you. Listen to me my love, I have never thought of, and will never think of hurting you. Why would I cheat on you? What else do I need?
Agyei, I may lack the best words to convince you or vindicate myself, but please, pray over this for clarification. I explained sadly. I convinced Agyei for several hours, but it seemed not to have yielded any fruit. Days later, we began planning for another better life. Agyei, I suggest we save the money we are making from the business for your education next year. As for me, I am no longer interested in school. I suggested.
I have been thinking about that too Kukua. There wouldn’t be any harm if you become a house wife whiles I go to school and come back to take care of you. I am a man, and I think I can sail through the hustle on campus than you. He responded. But before then Kukua, we have to move out of this town. The kind of pressure my patents are giving me is troubling. And I know, it is going to intensify, now that you’ve been expelled from school. He added.
We agreed and sold my parents bricks house cheaply and moved out of Buohia to another town called Praso. We kept doing the business till the following year, when Agyei gained admission into the nursing school. I single handedly traded to pay his fees. He refused to help me sell the charcoal anytime he was on vacation. I then decided to talk to him about it.
TO BE CONTINUED IN SEASON 2…
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