DANIEL: I never envisioned in this planned adventure of mine, that one rookie girl would have the guts to humiliate me.
That morning I had woken up early, but as usual, I took my time in the bathroom, forgetting I was not in the comfort of my spacious bathroom back home. My roommate was glad he had taken his bath before me.
Soon, I heard the alarm and a senior walked into our room almost immediately. I couldn't tell if it was a male or female, so I quickly reached for my trousers. It was actually a male, but it would seem awkward to pull off my trousers in his presence. This guy would not let me to do any other thing than put on my white Polo shirt and follow him out.
Now, I was breathing so hard, burning in flames.
"That Nadia has touched the lion's tail! And it’s going to bite her hard, and chew her up. And crack her bones!"
I ranted round the room.
Akin, my roommate could only laugh and laugh till his eyes turned red.
"Dude, what's funny?"
I asked with bitterness in my tone.
"Mehn, how are you ever going to recover from this one? I never knew you had such a black ass until now. She actually tore your trousers open and you didn't know? Are you stiff or something?"
His question was indeed one to ponder on. I wasn't stiff. Back there, I was in another world. God, her scent was heaven on earth. She smelt so good, in addition to the electrifying passion her body and skin were transacting. Any guy in my shoes would feel the same way too. I was completely lost.
There I go again, thinking of her. No! I quickly waved the passionate part away, back to my initial anger.
"All interns report back to class."
The instruction was alarming. Two hours just ended like that, so soon…? How do I face the group?
NADIA: My mission wasn't complete. And I was sure he was going to bounce back. Part of me warned;
"Nadia, you are bigger than all this pranks, I thought you abandoned them in school."
Eh, I did but this guy pushed me to my limit.
We all gathered to meet Brenda; I was actually trying to spot Daniel. And I found him trying to sneak into the hall unnoticed.
"Daniel, you are late."
I announced. And in unison, just like they've been waiting for him to surface, they all burst out laughing, whispering to themselves until Brenda cut them shut.
"Pick your aprons and let's get to work," she instructed and we followed suit.
I was getting scared now. Daniel’s red eyes were fixed on me, to the extent I almost missed my steps.
"The name hawawshi would create an awkward dish in the mind of anyone who hears it for the first time, but be rest assured that it's one of the most delicious pies you've ever had," Brenda stated.
I payed full attention; this was what I paid the sum of 200,000 Naira for.
"Wilson, I will show you shege," I thought and reached for the chopping board as Brenda requested and began the preparation
How to prepare hawawshi
Add flour, black pepper, salt and oil to a bowl and mix.
Mix very well.
Add warm water and mix well with your hand.
Your dough is ready. Divide the dough into parts just as you want it. But for this lesson, divide it into 16 parts.
Start preparing the vegetables; cut the big tomatoes, without the seeds.
Cut two big green peppers.
Cut one big onion and one carrot, and chop some celery, if available.
Add salt, black pepper, beef spices, and paprika to the beef.
Mix all chopped vegetables with the beef.
Divide the mixed beef into the 16 parts, just like you did for the dough.
Put some oil on the table to prevent it from being sticky.
Roll out the dough till it forms a circle.
Put your mixed meat in the middle.
Roll the meat ball till it forms a circle.
Close the dough on the meat.
Put it in an oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
Serve hot with vegetable salad.
Within an hour, we could all savor the aroma of the Egyptian hawawshi. I was salivating already. But then my stomach reminded me of our past struggle so I just relaxed and took just one to eat.
Later that night, I actually found Joyce, my roommate, to be interesting when I met her crying. At first I wanted to ignore, but she wouldn't keep quiet.
"Aaarrrrggghhh! What's wrong Joyce?"
As if she has been waiting for this question.
"He broke up with me. After all we've been through. After all these while."
Oh, I guess it was the lover boy she always talked to on phone; they always disturbed my ears with ‘I love you’ and ‘I love you too’.
Judging from her explanation, I thought their relationship had lasted for years, but I was stunned when I gathered the courage to ask;
"For how long have you been dating?"
"Just two months."
Her reply prompted my desire to pinch her mouth.
"Mtcheeeww, just two months and you are crying like a baby! My friend, wipe those tears before I slap them out of your face."
With immediate effect, she did when she saw my stern face.
It’s high time I recruit a new gang in this academy; after all, this is a school too. First, I will recruit this cry baby - Joyce.
I wasn't foolish this time around, I slept early; but I never failed to think of what Daniel might be planning towards me, only for my phone to ring and disturb my precious sleep. I angrily snatched the phone and was about to turn it off when my eyes recognised the number. It was Wilson.
God, should I pick this call or not?
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