Two hours into the two and a half hour examination, I was done and was sure Keji would be done also, but, the smile that had been on my face since the point I got the question paper till that point faded as I saw Keji sweating profusely. “What could be wrong”? Different thoughts were crossing through my mind. I was becoming confused and it was getting me really sick, so I took an excuse from the examiner to use the toilet. I desperately wished Keji would get the clue and follow me but I was also conscious of the fact that the examiner would be smart enough to suspect foul play. I was in the toilet for about five minutes, trying to think of what could be wrong with my sister. With no success, I sadly walked back into the examination room, but, the scenario I met was a total shock to me.
“I have to leave this vicinity now”. I have been standing outside the Disciplinary room for about twenty minutes now and the look on peoples’ faces as they pass is beginning to make me feel totally uncomfortable. I began walking sluggishly from the student disciplinary building with exactly nowhere to go. I need to do something fast, but what is it I need to do? “Maybe I should call my mum” I removed my phone from my pocket, but on another thought, that would not be the best thing to do. Sooner or later she would have to know all of this but I don’t think I am ready to deal with that now. I don’t know if she would be proud of me or be ashamed of my action. Too many thoughts are clouding my mind now and I need to be careful in making decisions right now because I have discovered a decision taken in a minute could be a decision that would determine the rest of your life. Right now, the only thing I believe I need is a place to be alone, a shoulder to cry out my frustration on and an environment that can cool off the heat emitting from my brain. I know of just one place I can get all of these and the earlier I get there, the lesser my risk of getting crazy.
As I walked towards the school chapel of resurrection, my mind flashed back to the incident, as I watched my best friend and companion, soaked in tears and looking at me in desperate curiosity of what my action would be. Despite the fact that I was just returning from the toilet, my pant immediately got wet as I saw the examiner with two scripts, beckoning on me to walk briskly to where he was standing. “Your friend here took your script while you were in the toilet and she has implicated you”.
The words sounded impossible because I know her well enough to speak boldly of her decent attitude. She is a kind of girl that detests any kind of indiscipline and it is completely impossible of her to do the most disgraceful thing a student of her moral justification, a representative in the faculty legislative council could do. I immediately felt sorry for her because I know something must have pushed her into doing it, but, what could it be? Yet, I know deep down this is the only time I can stand up for her. I was still thinking of what to do when the loud voice of the examiner reminded me of the situation at hand. “You better answer me right now” he said.
“I know about it, sir”. Those words slipped out of my mouth before I could control myself from saying it. My classmates looked at me like a stupid person, with their mouths wide open. Keji herself could not hide the disapproving look on her face and I could see it written all over her that she has implicated me enough. “You two are going to be scapegoats to other disobedient students like yourselves”. The words of Dr. Bisi jerked me into reality and I desperately wanted to reverse what I said, though a part of me remained proud of my action. I was sure this would put me into trouble but I wasn’t sure to what extent it would.