By Simisola Sowole
I sat on the floor with my hands on my head. I was crying. Emeka stood looking at the body. “What should we do?” I asked in tears. He coughed quietly and seemed cool “Well let’s see what we can do. Nobody is really in school just a cleaner and the security guard. Thank God we came early. Guy chill.” He advised. The boy died of suffocating and I felt guilty.
I wished I stuck to my usual ways of not dealing with any junior. Emeka quickly got gloves from his box. He handed them to me and wore his. “Let’s carry him quick.” He commanded. Emeka was really bold. I shakily wore the gloves. We carried him out of the wardrobe. He was cold. I almost vomited at the sight of a dead being.
I started brainstorming about where to dump the body. “What exactly happened? ” Emeka asked. “He… he locked himself in the toilet and I forced him out so he began to insult and… and I locked him in my wardrobe to punish him.” I explained stammering. “Did anybody see you when all that happened? ” Emeka inquired. ” I don’t think so. Lectures were going on and the person that reported to me had gone. ” I explained. “Are you sure?” Emeka asked. I nodded jittery.
Emeka smiled and decided we carry him back to the toilet. Then he locked the door from inside and jumped out by climbing the wall. Emeka was so smart like he had murdered before. He dusted his hands. “Now that’s what am talking about. I spoilt the lock too so it would look like he couldn’t come out.” Emeka informed proudly.
I hugged him tight. “Thank you. You are a life saver.” I thanked. Emeka smiled and we walked to our room. He removed the gloves and burnt them. He cleaned the wardrobe with bleach and lay on the bed. I just looked at the window. I was stunned. They found the body the next day and the school was in pandemonium.
I was interrogated and so was other students. Everybody denied knowing anything. I felt free. I felt happy when the case died down. There was no trace of the culprits.
I was made the headboy to the shock of Emeka. He was very angry. “So you took my position. ” He argued. I tried calming him down that the school voted. “Well they don’t know about Felix and how you killed him.” He accused. I got scared. “Emeka please don’t tell.” I begged. He simply smiled. I couldn’t take the silence anymore and decided to stop going to school. I gave all sort of excuse to my mum. I finally changed school. Emeka became the head boy.
I knew how happy he was. Then on my graduation day Emeka came. I was afraid of what he will do. He handed me a note and left. ‘I killed Felix not you. I intentionally didn’t open the wardrobe because I hated you. You took my girl Thelma and it was payback. I am sorry’ he wrote.
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