By Gideon Odiase The morning of the matriculation day was beautiful. The sun shone brightly and the cold breeze swept very close to the ground, tingling bare feet. Etim eventually opened his eyes and it was daybreak. He could barely sleep through the night, always checking his phone’s time, an untamed excitement for his matriculation ceremony. At last, he was where he always dreamt to be. He parted the curtains and allowed sun rays permeate into the hostel which he shared with two other boys; Tayo and Jaji. Among the two, he was closer to Jaji. They met each other during the registration at the school’s exams and record department. This was his third week in school after leaving his family in Aba. He missed Papa, mama and Emeka. But He had already gotten used to his environment and the people around. “Get up! Are you not excited?” Etim asked, not waiting for any reply, he pounced on Jaji’s bed. Jaji at this time had his eyes half open. “Come on, it is already 7am, the ceremony starts at 8am.” He finally forced him up and they both had their shower and prepared for the occasion. Tayo was not in the room at that time and they were not concerned much as he was known to have many rooms to sleep in, he was that jovial. The ceremonial hall of the university was venue to the occasion. The hall, which had a capacity to hold over two thousand people was dressed and well decorated with colourful lights and materials. Photographers were seen in just about every available space in the compound with their stands. Cars of different brands were arranged in fine manner and people of different ages were seen moving into the halls, they were either family members, friends or well wishers of celebrants. The fine patterns of green formed by the garment worn by the fresh students who were sitting together, synergized, and in the midst were Jaji and Etim. After the Vice Chancellor’s speech, the Dean came up to the exalted podium and gave his fatherly words of advice to both freshmen and their wards. The ceremony ended just the way it started and really lived up to the hype. After dancing and taking so many personal and collective photographs, it was time to go home. As they walked towards the car park, they overheard two ladies talking about an after party. They were both putting on matriculation gowns so undoubtedly, they were freshmen. “We should be there man!” Jaji giggled. “I do not think we should. Let us just go home and relax, lectures start tomorrow” Etim responded with a clearly feigned confidence as even Jaji could see through his eyes the way he looked at the ladies that he wanted to go. Jaji looked at him sardonically with a side eye and gave him a crooked smile, “we could meet lots of girls there huh...” It did not take time for Etim to budge. They went back to the hostel and waited for the evening party like a child excited about a new toy. The Cable TV proved a valuable companion for Dera as she stayed in the living room, with both eyes glued to the Telemundo channel. She was almost in tears while watching one of the many love soaps shown on the channel, wrapping her arms around a midsized teddy bear. She heard the sound of a parking vehicle and a look through the window proved her guess right, it was Jimmy. She had within two days mastered the sound of his car! He was welcomed by her with a tight hug as soon as he entered the sitting room. He could feel the texture of her breasts, so closely and wrapped his arms around her waist. There was suddenly a rush of adrenaline and both their sexual hormones shot up, breaking the scales. He carried her delicately into his bedroom, kissed her passionately and pulled off her clothes, one after the other, until she was naked. After about 30 minutes of intense pleasure, they looked into each other’s eyes. He laid beside her with their bodies facing each other, still without clothes. She noticed the inferno she started in him had become ice cold. His eyes, lost of all joys and the wave folds on his forehead became even more visible. “Baby, what’s wrong? Are you not happy with me or did I not satisfy you enough?” she asked, pulling a towel over her body so bare. He could hardly tell whether she’d began to feel ashamed or just nervous. “Why did you not tell me you were a virgin?” he asked in a low but disappointed tone. “I did not think it was necessary, besides, you know I am just sixteen and I should be a virgin I...” he cut in abruptly, forcing her to swallow the remaining words “I don’t care!” he roared. She sat up, looking at the rage that started to burn in his eyes. “If that’s the case, I don’t have an issue losing my virginity to you. I’d rather lose it to you than anyone else in the world.” This didn’t seem to make him feel better. He got up and turned his back at her. Now feeling used, she also got up from the bed and asked the obvious, “This isn’t just about my virginity, tell me, what’s the problem?” “I did not want this Dera, it all happened so suddenly. I could have used protection but I didn’t.” he had even greater fears than just getting her pregnant. He reached for his clothes and put them on. “I am going out with the boys tonight, I’d not be home till tomorrow.” This didn’t go down well with her as she reached for her bags and threatened to leave. He held her hands and in a soft convincing tone, he talked her into staying at least for another night, sealing it all with a kiss on her forehead. As usual, he gave her some money to take care of herself while he’s gone. She used part of the money to buy some of the things she needed as she prepared for her journey in the morrow. ******************************* Thanks for reading our story. Please click on our ads and stay connected for another fresh episode.