Trauma (Episode 7)
Juwon was occasionally stealing a glance at Jummy as he writes the test. He could tell something was wrong with her. Since a week ago, her countenance has changed totally. She has been so gloomy these past few days. Even though he had once tried but failed, Juwon vowed to uncover the mystery behind Jumoke’s distress. A few minutes later when they finished the test, he went to approach her as she was about leaving.
“Good morning, Jummy” he greeted.
“Morning ” she replied abruptly.
“Actually I would love to talk to you about something, ” he said.
“Huun huun, sorry but that won’t be this morning. I have somewhere important to go” after she had said this, she walked out of the class.
“Whoa Juwon boy that was gross. I think you will need to take a pain killer for that ” Cynthia who was watching the whole drama jeered.
“It’s none of your business ” Juwon replied.
“I know but what am curious about is why you always like being thrashed by her. Honestly, I don’t know what you see in her. Juwon you are a big boy, you deserve the best. Not a damaged bitch who had been trounced by Tade and his all crew” she said.
Juwon couldn’t make meaning out of what she said.
“What do you mean Cynthia? ” he asked.
“Come on are you deaf? Didn’t you hear the story going on about her? ” She replied.
“What story? ”
“She was raped by Tade and his gang ” she revealed to him.
Juwon couldn’t believe his ears.
“So that explains her sudden strange behaviour,” he thought.
Jummy picked up her phone, dialed a number and bring it to her ears.
“He still isn’t picking up. It’s been four days now, I can’t take this anymore” She lamented.
Bisi who had been sleeping opened her eyes and yawned.
“What’s that all about? ” she asked.
“It’s Thomas, he hasn’t picked my call since ” she complained.
“But don’t you think you should go check up on him to see how he is doing and why he isn’t picking up? ” Bisi advised.
“I think that is exactly what am going to do. Thanks, Bisi”
“You are highly welcome ”
Thomas was reading the dailies with a bandage on his head when the door opened and Jumoke stepped in.
“Hello darling, how are you doing?” she wanted to hug him as she has always done but he shunned her off.
“What are you doing here? ” he replied angrily.
Jumoke went on her knees.
“Am so sorry about what happened, please baby, I didn’t mean to hurt you “she begged.
“Can you please get up and walk yourself out of my house? ” He refuted.
“Please, Thomas let me explain the reason behind my action” she pleaded.
“You have nothing to explain and for your information, it is over between us. Don’t come here anymore”.
“Please Thomas don’t do this to me” she begged with her eyes full of tears.
“I said get out of here before I drag you out myself ” he shouted in rage and Jummy sluggishly walked herself out of the house.
Written by Oluwafunminiyi Komolafe