Laura moved into her room and sat on the legde of her window, staring at moving vehicles .she took out her laptop and placed it on the table.she scrolled through wikipedia,searching for answers to the test in which she failed despite reading thoroughly. She could remember her friend mucking her ,saying
“You read so much,gush!i bet you will pass”
But the outcome was nothing like what her friends had said.she had failed more than one of her friends who spent all night making night calls with different boys.laura bit her lip as tears rolled down her face.she shut her laptop and bowed her head on the table.she felt a soft touch at her back and she jerked up and stared into the eyes of her mother.she wiped her tears and forced a smile.
“Mum?how ..did…you..get ..here”she said between chokes
Her mother stared at her and grabbed her by her hands. She pulled her to the sitting room and sat her down on the sofa.she picked up a brown envelope and threw it at her face.
“What is this?”her mum asked with a furious facial expression
Laura squeezed the paper and stared at the ground,fully aware of what it was.it was her result and it was a total mess.she couldn’t believe she had got straight c’s in all her courses despite reading very hard.she knew the next word that would spill out of her mother’s mouth and as expected,she uttered the devilish words which hurt her more than ever
“You are already moving with boys right?your sister dorcas never did this or got such a result.you better learn from her.I don’t know whats wrong with you”
Laura shut her eyes tighter to hold in the tears that pulled up in her eyes but no matter how much she tried, it spilled down her face and dissolved on her shirt. She moved out of the sitting room and fell on her bed.she stuck her face to her pillow and began hauling.She waited until it was late in the night before moving out of the house.she ambled down the street, thinking of the next step to take.she was in her 3rd year in college and had spent all her time reading in library,going for counselling concerning her constant failure in her exams, she barely had a social life and most people called her “nerd”.Going for parties was the last thing on her mind.Her schedule revolved around her studies and nothing more.she could remember how many guys she had turned down for the sake of her education.she was easily distracted and needed no form of distraction.
As she strode down the lonely road,she wished she could jump into a lagoon without anyone feeling hurt.For a moment,she paused and thought of her mother,she knew her mother loved her and only wanted the best for her but her constant failure in her exams had really gotten her pissed and irritated. Laura shook her head and wished she was like her sister who always got straight A’s.she could remember her sister taking prize for the best student in a particular course. That day,she had felt happy but the displeasing statement made by one of her mates had made it a bad day
“Your sis is taking gift.you cant even manage to take prize for the worst student”
The statement had shattered her happiness but it was also her trigger.after that day,she had decided to become better and get better grades.She had read day and night but her results never changed.it had started in high school and had continued in college.she wished she could hit her brain a thousand times,if only that will make her brilliant.she felt useless and foolish trying to make the impossible possible.
Suddenly,she hit a hard structure and was thrown off balance.Her thoughts had been interrupted.she raised her head and stared at a tall figure before her.she shivered in fear.her eyes twitched at recognizing the person before her in the dark night.it was Dave, the player.she staggered up and gave him a devilish look.she wondered what he was doing outside so late at night.Before she could ask,he said
“I’m looking for a lagoon to jump Into so don’t ask”
They had never exchanged words ever since he asked her out and she gave him a sour reply,he was a player and she thought he deserved it.
She stared at him for some minutes and suddenly,she found herself walking down the road with the player.As they ambled down the street,she couldn’t imagine how freely he spoke to her.He held nothing back and just spilled all his pain out to her. There,she could unstand why he was such a player.He had no home training nor anyone to talk some sense into him.His lack of fund to sustain him in school had made him become a player. He had blue icy eyes and dark hair with a pointed nose,a perfect description of a handsome boy.He dated girls of high class and drained them of their money.That was only way to help him sustain himself in school.It surprised Laura that the few minutes she had spent with him was like living in heaven.something had changed in his eyes and she could see beyond the “player”that he was.of course,he needed to date thousands of high class girls to get some money. He wasn’t intelligent enough to get a job either ways .Seeing him,she noticed she wasn’t the only one with problems.She changed her mind and decided to push harder, but this time she wasn’t alone.He had assisted her with her studies and put her through some topics she found difficult despite having little knowledge about it.In him,she saw someone who trusted in her and was always there for her.After each class,they would stroll down to a restaurant and refresh themselves before getting back to class to study.She could see a dozen of eyes staring at her as she walked with him.she could guess the questions that popped up in their head
“Is she his gf?are they dating?is she his sidechick?”
Her mum had complained about their closeness but she gave her a deaf ear,actually inviting more insults from her mother
“You can’t pass a simple exam but you can stay a whole day with a boy..unlike your sister….”
She would ignore her mother and move on with her daily life.laura threw her laptop opened and logged into her school portal.she inserted her pin and in less than a second she was on the ground.Her result had come out like she had dreamed of .she flipped her cloth on and moved out of the house.she had passed her exams and had made a GPA of 4.8.she moved to Daves house and was informed of his departure to France.she slopped to the ground and tears fell from her eyes.she would never forget how he had so much confidence in her and how he had shown her another phase of happiness or how he had intended killing himself that night,out of depression.she stared at his picture on her phone and remembered his last words
“Thank you for trusting me.Never give up laura.Its never too late.I love you”