Rasheed stood in the cafeteria with his hand in his pocket, ordering his lunch. He couldn’t get what happened out of hIs head, he has to warn Steph and her girls to stay away from Maheera if they don’t want his trouble. He is sure nobody will ever want his trouble. He heard some girls giggle loudly which made him turn back, he could tell some students were coming his way, he saw three shadow. He turned back to get his food and go wait for Maheera at the spot they had picked the previous night.
Enny and his friends were laughing, the girls wont just let him be. He knew his friends had missed being surrounded by girls since he wasn’t around. He really didn’t enjoy all the attention but his friends like it so he would do it for them. He pretend to laugh to all the silly jokes Brian was making but he was hungry.
“Guys am starving lets go already” he said as he entered the cafeteria bumping into Rasheed.
It is really awkward when you see someone who you use to tell everything and anything but words don’t seem to come around. “Hey” Enny muttered while his friends just laugh and walked past him with the girls.
“Uhnn” Rasheed replied with a nod
“Welcome, just stay away from people who are close to me” Rasheed said about to walk away when they heard three consecutive loud sound which sounded like slaps making everyone turn to the direction of the sound. Maheera had just slapped Steph thrice; all the students’ mouth was agape. Both seniors and juniors were surprised. The hall fell silent that the sound of a pin falling will be considered a noise.
“The first slap is for calling me names. Share the remaining two to your handbags as you think they deserve it. Next time you will think twice before hitting me. When you hear the name Maheera you should walk away quietly with your head bowed” Maheera said walking out of the cafeteria while all gaze follow her. Enny jaw had dropped while Rasheed was smiling; he never knew Maheera was this brave. He had thought she was just a scared girl, she didn’t even need him fighting for her. He walked out on Enny who was just confused as he rushed to his friends table.
He could see they were as confused as he was, it was written on their faces. No one had ever stood up to Steph except him and Rasheed. “Who is that girl?” he asked. “She must be new. I didn’t even see her properly”
“The same girl who slapped Thomas last week” Brian replied making his jaw dropped wider.
“Okay I think I love this girl” Enny thought. “It seems she is slapping everyone around here. Why “ Enny asked confused.
“He asked her out and she bluntly refused, so he tried to use his charms on her which earn him a slap” Daniel explained making them laugh except Thomas who was furious.
“Okay, he deserves it. What about Steph”
“She poured food on her the second day she got here because she sat on the SBQ table and even insulted her mother in the theatre hall this morning” Brian explained making Enny laugh out loud.
“The stupid lowlife girl, acting like she is a jewel, I heard four different guys asked her out but she is acting like mother Mary. She isn’t that beautiful. Stupid welfare girl” Thomas spat angrily
“Easy man, you got what you asked for. Not all girls will fall for your kiss” Enny said
“And not all girls will fall for your looks” Thomas yelled, he was getting pissed. He didn’t understand while Enny was supporting the bitch. He already planned a payback for her. And the only person who can do it was Enny. He knew he would refuse but he wouldn’t have a choice than to do it, he never had a choice.
“Easy man, chill” Enny said. “Do whatever you want with her man”
“I have a plan, girls excuse us” he motioned to the girls sitting with them to leave them. He told Enny his plan.
“Are you crazy” Enny half yelled. “Why me, what if I didn’t resume today?”
“I was willing to wait for you.” Thomas smirked. “Just do it before January and bring proof.” he said as he gulped his juice.
“You are crazy man, am not doing it. There is nothing you can say, I wont do it” Enny spat furiously as he stood up trying to leave.
“Then be ready to tell the whole school about your life secrets” Thomas said while Daniel and Brian laugh. Enny just couldn’t take it anymore, his palm ball up in a fist and he punched Thomas twice in the face making him fall off his chair.
“You bastard” Enny cursed.
“We will see who the bastard is very soon” Thomas said wiping blood off his mouth as Enny stormed out angrily.
“Maheera, well done you just earned yourself a week detention” she recalled what she was told by the principal as she walked to the spot she and Rasheed were to meet.
“I am happy you stood for yourself but detention isn’t a nice thing” Rasheed smiled. Maheera squeeze her face.
“Enny today is your first day and you already got into a fight” the Principal yelled. “I need to talk to your father”
“Whatever” he said under his breath, like his father care.
“Really, one week detention” the principal shouted.
“How long will I stay in detention” Maheera asked Rasheed as she yawned lousily not covering her mouth.
“You want to swallow me huh” Rasheed smiled. “Just an hour” He watched Maheera drag her feet lazily after him, school has already closed and he was showing her to the detention room.
“Am sorry, am just too tired. This school sucks.” Maheera whined. “I wish I can to go back to my previous school”
“Really” Rasheed asked with a frown. “Thought you said am a good company”
“Of course yes” Maheera said quickly “I just hate being bullied, it’s too much here” she complained.
“Are you still scared of bullies, you already fought them today” he said with a wide grin.
“Which lead me to detention”
“Detention isn’t that bad. We are here” he said as they approached a classroom “Be a good girl” Maheera rolled her eyes. “Will chat later, bye.” He waved at her as he turned back.
Maheera took a deep breath before pushing the door open. She met a women sitting on a chair facing the class reading a novel. She greeted the woman and sat down on a chair at the far end of the class. The woman pointed to a paper plastered on the wall which says
WELCOME TO DETENTION
NO TALKING, NO SLEEPING
NO EATING, NO READING.
JUST SIT STILL WITH YOUR BACK STRAIGHT.
Maheera gasped in disbelief, “this is hell” she muttered. After ten minutes which seems like forever to Maheera, the door creaked open. She shifted her gaze to the figure that emerged from the door. She caught a glimpse of him and her eyes grew wider. She couldn’t take her gaze off him as he also look at her. Their eyes locked that instant and the world stop revolving for a moment. If Rasheed was extremely handsome the guy before her was double extremely handsome.
“Olagunju Enitan, you are late” The woman broke the silence. “First day in a new term you already earned detention” she said while Enny scoffs and walked briskly to the other end in the class. He sat down, not wanting to look at the goddess he just saw. He knew she was the one who slapped Steph even though he didn’t see her face then. Steph have every reason to be scared, this girl he just saw is too beautiful to be human. He has seen lots of white skinned girls, not none of them was this beautiful. He stole a glance at her and felt his heart miss a beat and quickly glanced away. No wonder lot of guys have asked her out in just a week.
Maheera wanted to look at him again but she was scared of being caught by the guy. She closed her eyes as his image clouded her vision. Light skin, oval face, strong jaw, dark hair, tall with brown and dreamy eyes. She was going to look at him just this once, she did and her heart missed a bit.
Detention was very slow but finally over. She walked out slowly hoping the detention guy will come talk to her since they are probably the only students left in school. She walked to her locker to grab her bag. Enny tagged behind, waiting patiently for her to close her locker. He watched her plug her headset into her phone, a key fell from her pocket and she bend to pick it up revealing her thighs and long sexy legs. Enny swallowed the lumps that had formed in his throat with difficulty; he will get closer to her and do his mission. The detention was in his favor. This will be easier than he thought.
“I am so done with those stupid guys I called friend” he thought. “How could they always use my biggest fear against me” He wanted to move forward when he heard footsteps in the hallway, he hid behind a locker and watched. He was surprised to see Rasheed emerge.
“Rasheed” Maheera squeals excitedly. “I thought you left already” she said unplugging the headset
“I couldn’t leave you alone” he said with a shrug
“Huh, you are such a darling” she teased as they walked out the hall
Enny heard all they said. He didn’t want to believe the girl was Rasheed girlfriend. “I take back my words, this will be so much difficult” he muttered as he watch their back.
“I saw a guy in detention, very fair, tall and handsome” she described. “Do you know him”
Rasheed smiled “Of course, that’s my ex best friend. The one you asked me to forgive”
Maheera felt her feet glued to the ground, she wondered how someone so handsome can be such a jerk. She felt her heart break. Such a waste, she really liked him and wanted to talk to him but she wouldn’t hurt Rasheed. He so is loving, like the big brother she never had.
“Come on, we will drive you home first” Rasheed pulled her forward.
Monday morning, Maheera walked through the lobby with her head high. She saw Enny walking in her opposite direction and she suddenly felt nervous. It’s been two months since Maheera got to SQH. The students no longer trouble her but she didn’t have any friends either. Rasheed was her only friend and best friend. she wished Enny will just talk to her like he does to other girls, she wished she could sit with him and laugh as he does with most girls but who was she kidding. He is the only one who didn’t find her attractive enough.
He walked briskly past her as she sighed, he smells nice. She knows his smell and he always smells good. She just wished he would talk to her, a wish she wants badly.
Enny couldn’t help but glance back at her. He was running out of time and he need to do something about it already.
Rasheed could fight him again for all he care but he has to keep his secret. Nothing else matters.
Maheera walked into Miss Jonathans office. “Good morning maam” she greeted.
“Maheera, I told you to join an activity. When do you plan on doing that” she queried with a raised eye brow.
“I haven’t seen any of interest ma” she replied dryly.
“I don’t care, just join one today” she said sternly. “That’s all”
“Okay ma,” Maheera said with a shrug and walked out.
She couldn’t concentrate as her mind was on which activity to join, she didn’t even have any friend. This is hell. She thought and sighed. It was break, she took he lunch and went to her usual spot and waited for Rasheed to join her.
“Hey” he greeted with a grin as he walked briskly to where Maheera sat down.
“Hi” she replied with a forced smile.
“Are you okay”
“Not really, Miss Jonathan said I must join a school activity and its pissing me off” she rushed her words which made Rasheed laugh out loud.
“That shouldn’t be a problem, join one then” she said while Maheera scoffed.
“I don’t feel like it, I have no friends joining any group will give them opportunity to make my life hell” she said with a sad face.
“Okay then, I think I can help” he said with a smile
“I cant swim” she said factly.
“And I know. After school, I will take you somewhere” he said with a big smile. “Trust me”
Maheera wondered where Rasheed could be taking her, but her curiosity was satisfied when they got the basketball court. They entered and she her gaze fell on Thomas, the guy she slapped sometimes ago. He glared at her and she shifted uncomfortably knowing that joining this team will mean hell. She nudged Rasheed but he didn’t even look at her.
“Hey, Maheera wants to join the team” Rasheed said loudly enough for everyone in the court to hear.
“Sure she will” Thomas smirked at him.
“Lets see what you got” he picked a ball sending dangerous daggers with his eyes.
Maheera pulled Rasheed with her and ran outside. “This is the worst idea I can ever make, seriously I cant survive here” she sigh
“Nothing is gonna happen to you, Thomas dare not” he persuaded. “I want them to know that you are the best player, I want you to show them what you got”
“I can join the theatre, please” she pleaded.
“I want them to know that my Gold is the best” he squeezed her hands while she blushed. She prays she survived this.
Enny was in the small equipment room in the court when her heard that someone wants to join the team, they really need a new member. He is the only good player on the school team, Thomas is just trying. Their coach would have kicked him out of the team if not for Enny who intervened.
He got to the court ready to meet the new member but he wasn’t there. “Where is the person that wants to join the team?”
“She ran out ” a boy replied him
Enny hissed, “Rubbish, we don’t need scared people here. Let her just fuck off”
Maheera was about entering when she heard what he said. She felt her heart break. Did he hate her this much, probably she should just leave to avoid further embarrassment. But Rasheed was right behind her so that was impossible.
Rasheed sensed her nervousness, he held her hand and squeezed it gently.
Enny was surprised to see Maheera and Rasheed walked into the court. “Damn” he muttered. He hoped she didn’t hear what he said, she will just hate him more and he doesn’t need her hating him. He needed to do everything and anything to get her in his bed before the deadline. He just hope she isn’t bad at playing basketball or this wouldn’t work.
He bounced the ball and made towards her. “Let’s see what you got”
It was a Friday in beginning of November. Enny was losing his patience as he hasn’t gotten close to Maheera, they only get to see during basketball practice where he couldn’t talk to her. He still fears that he won’t be able to do this and it won’t be good for him. His mind wasn’t on the practice as he couldn’t concentrate.
“Enny!” the coach yelled. “Out now, what is wrong with you?” he asked as Enny walked to a bench and sits down.
Maheera’s crush on Enny was getting too much. She couldn’t believe he wouldn’t talk to her. He is the only guy who doesn’t find her attractive enough. Even though she feels like being friends with Enny will mean betraying Rasheed’s friendship. She wasn’t supposed to like Enny at all but what can she do. She heard the coach sending him out so she decided to stop playing too just so she could sit with him probably he will talk to her today.
A girl on the team bounced the ball trying to dribble Maheera, intentionally Maheera slipped her foot which landed her on the court’s floor. She gave out a fake cry holding her ankle as a fake tear slid down her left cheek.
“Are you okay?” the girl asked as she quickly bent down to help her up. The coach rushed to the spot holding the first Aid kit.
She nod her head as the girl helped her up “I think it’s my ankle” she said
“Can you stand on the leg?” coach asked
“I can try” she said as she saw Enny standing beside her with concern written on his face. Yes, its working she thought. She tried to walk and gave a soft whimper. “Ouch! It hurts”
“Enny, help her to the bench. Massage her ankle with this balm” Coach instructed.
He placed his arm around her shoulder as he helped her to a seat. He couldn’t help than to be thankful to heaven for been on his side. He will definitely talk to her today.
Maheera felt a jolt of electricity run through her body as he touched her. She didn’t know her plan will work so much. “I can really be an actress with my acting” She thought to herself. She gave a soft whimper as he helped her gently to a seat.
“Sorry, after the massage the pain will go down a little” he said.
Maheera’s heart flutter at his voice, it is a deep baritone voice that fits his personality so well. She watched him grab a chair. He sat opposite her and brought out a balm from the first Aid kit. She watch him lift her leg gently and place it on his laps, he applied the balm and rubbed gently. Maheera felt a whirlwind of emotion surge through her entire body. She couldn’t believe it, it was a dream where she never wants to wake up. His warm palms against her skin and she feels her body relax under his touch.
She was betraying Rasheed by getting a massage from his enemy, not really enemy but who cares right now. If he could feel what she was feeling right now he would never blame her.
She watched him as he packed the kit and return it to its position. Her heart was gladdened but now that he left what next? She was still on the thought when practice finished. Coach walked up to her
“Maheera take care of your ankle” he said. “You’ll be fine before tomorrow”
“Thanks Coach” she replied.
Enny was delighted but now that practice is over they wouldn’t have chance to talk again cause he was sure Rasheed will be waiting for her as usual. He rushed out so he could get her contact before she leaves.
“Lemme help you get to Rasheed so you can go home and relax.” He offered so he could get to talk to her
“Hmm, I asked him not to wait up whenever I’m having practice so he already left” she said as she fiddled with the hem of her wear
Enny feels his heart gladdened at the new development but he didn’t show it. “Then how will you get home”
Maheera noticed the concern written on his face. “It’s okay, I’ll go get a bus, please just help me get to the school gate” she said
“or I can just give you a ride” he stutters.
“If you don’t mind” he quickly added.
Maheera wanted to do her victory dance all around the court. Other students watch them as they leave the court. “Oh, I don’t wanna stress you” she quickly shake her head but praying he doesn’t answer her
“Come on stop it, I can’t leave you like this” he said as he helps her up.
They went to her locker where she picks her home work and then to Enny’s car where his driver awaits patiently. “Where do you stay?”
“Kuti Estate” she replied
“wow!” he exclaimed. “That isn’t far to my area, I stay at Igbayi Esate” he said with a smile, heaven was on his side.
“We’ll drop her at Kuti Estate before going home” he told his driver who nodded in response.
The drive to Kuti Estate was quiet as no one said anything in the car. Getting to her house which was a very beautiful bungalow painted white and blue. Enny quickly got down and helped her with her school bag.
Maheera felt bad as he hasn’t asked for her contact, he was just been nice and it hurts that he didn’t find her attractive to want to make friends with her. “Thank you so much” she said lowly as she turns to her gate.
“Maheera” she heard her name been called in a subtle manner she has never heard it been called before.
“Can I have your contact, I might wanna check up on you during the weekend” he said as Maheera’s heart did a merry dance.
“Okay. No problem” she said as she called it out to him. He watched her limp into her house and locked the gate. He jumped up with happiness while his driver just laughed.
“Step one accomplished”
A/N : so sorry guys for the late update. I’ll try and make it up to you guys
Who else thinks Maheera is passing her boundary??
By : Nickkie’maf
Maheera hurriedly put away the bucket she used mopping the whole house. She went to the backyard and put away the mop and buckets after turning the used water away. The aroma of fried rice and roasted chicken filled the house. She tipped toe gently to avoid falling on the wet floor as she sings along to Nickkie Minaj’s song Pills and Portion playing from the headset around her neck. It was an old song but she loves it a lot.
Maheera is a music lover and her passion for theatre is so strong no one can actually comprehend.
She separated the clothes from the washing machine and folds the one that needs folding. She only does minor laundry and uses washing machine. Their laundry is usually done by the laundry man who comes home to pack it and returns them afterwards. Even though Ayeesha her step mother doesn’t like her she doesn’t stress her with stuffs except house chores which Maheera knows is mandatory for every girl to know how to do.
After putting the clothes away into the appropriate places she walks to the kitchen. She picks up the food flasks as she sets the dinning table. She dished the security man’s food into a smaller food flask as she likes to give him excess because he is actually a very good man.
“Uncle Segun here’s your food” she smiled as she puts the flask and bottled water in front of his door.
The young man smile gratefully as he continues wiping the car he was washing. “I trust you. The aroma alone got me thinking I’m in a cuisine”
“Eh Eh uncle Segun can flatter somebody ehn” she said shaking her head and laughing as she walks back inside. “Sha thank you like that, I’ll manage even though it’s flattering”
“See you, one day you will know how good a cook you are” he replies seriously
“Hmm, Ese o, Adupe” she replies in her dialect.
She met her family already at the dinning table. Food has been dished out by Ayeesha. She drags a chair backwards to sit.
“What do you want to do?” Ayeesha asks her with a disdain
“I want to have breakfast” She replies lowly
“Looking like that?” her father and two siblings look at her with confusion. She was dressed in a pink bum short and yellow underwear although she had little oil on her underwear and her bum short was damp from water but she wasn’t looking bad either
“But mummy Maheera is looking good.” Matin said
“And shut your mouth before I shut it for you” she eyed her son
“Ayeesha don’t start this morning, just leave the girl alone” Amin said glaring at his wife
“She isn’t sitting on my table looking like that” Ayeesha replied adamantly glaring at Maheera in return
“You’ve practically done nothing this morning other than bath yourself and Mahaada. Look at yourself looking all glam early morning waking up to breakfast and not allowing the poor girl not to have her meal” Amin yelled at his wife. Maheera shot her head up not liking where this was going as it won’t be good for her.
“Amin!” she yelled. “How dare you talk to me like that because of her?” She yelled pointing a finger at Maheera. Her look already changed like she was going to cry.
“She’s not a maid she’s my daughter and its better you start seeing her as yours too” he hissed and continue his food.
Maheera watch as Ayeesha stood up and left for her room. She knew her dad was just standing up for her but he his only making it worse. He will leave for Port Harcourt on Monday and won’t return until Friday leaving her with her step mum again. She knows one of the reasons for her hatred was the closeness between her and her father but if Ayeesha had been nice after she got married to Amin she would have love to be closer to her, hanging together, attending functions and doing things together but that will only be in her next life.
She chew on the chicken in her mouth while Ayeesha comes out holding two luggages. Her two siblings gave her a peck in turns as they say their goodbyes.
They spend their weekends at a family friend’s place, leaving every Friday evening and returning on Sunday. Amin and Ayeesha would pick them on Sunday from there they hangout as a family excluding Maheera that’s why her dad dedicates Saturdays to hangout with her so she wont feel out of place. They should have left a day before but mummy Idris who is there mother’s friend got home late yesterday.
Maheera lay on her bed watching a movie on her laptop, one of the numerous birthday gifts she got from dad. Her door creaked open as her dad peeps in “What ya doing?” He asked with a smile
“Re watching Barbie fairytopia”
“Gosh Wurami you ain’t Mahaada’s age” he laughs
“Dad it’s interesting” she whines
“So whatsup” he sat down on the stool facing his daughter. She has changed into loose shorts and top after taking her bath.
“Nothing much” she shrugs.
“Sorry about the other time baby”
“Its okay dad” she cuts her dad. “Sometimes just overlook some things. I know you’re only trying to stand up for me but you cant keep fighting mum cos of me. She’s your wife” she said
“I know but why does she keep doing that?” he said confusedly. “You’ll end up hating her and me if I just watch” he explains
Maheera smiles “I can’t hate her cause she’s my mum. And what makes you think I’ll ever hate you too dad. You guys are the best thing that has ever happened to me” she said and watches her dad’s face morphed into disbelief. “You, mum, Matin and Mahaada are all I have. I love those kids as much as they love me too so dad stay out of it. Please dad” she placed her palms together
“How can you be so intelligent. You’ve got everything from your mum” he said as his face morphed into sadness, the pain radiates so much that Maheera moved closer to her dad and pets him.
She had learnt not to ask about her mother at a very tender age. She had asked her dad when she was five years old and that was the first time she had seen him in an uncontrollable tears. She asked again twice or thrice and got the same reply so she stopped asking.
She is a product of teenage pregnancy because her father had her when he was just eighteen years old. Ayeesha had once insulted her of been a bastard, an unwanted child so she feels she is not just a product of teenage pregnancy but of also an unwanted pregnancy. Her mother had died during two days after giving her life so she said Amin had no choice than to take the child since they both have no families. That is the story her dad told her after asking if she was really an unwanted child. He said if he had not denied her at first she might not die reasons for the tears whenever Maheera asks about her mother. He felt he had killed her.
“Why don’t you go over to Rasheed’s house for the weekend?” Amin asked suddenly. He watches as his daughter’s face lit up immediately. “So you don’t you feel lonely and Maleek is also home”
“Dad you’re the best” she jumps down from the bed and skips to her closet and grab a small bag and started selecting clothes.
Amin is amsazed at how happy she is and couldn’t stop smiling. “Wait are you dating Rasheed?” he asks confused.
“No dad” she pouts. “Why will you even say that?”
“No you’re just too happy and I’m just curious” he shugs
“Come on dad don’t be like that. Wait don’t you like him” she asks as realization dawns on her.
“Of course I do. But you’re not allowed to have a boyfriend till eighteen years” he said as he watches her shrug. “Do you understand?” he said sternly
“Yes dad” she said lowly.
After packing up her bag she notices she actually forgets to call Rasheed to inform him but she knew she will be welcome but to be on the safer side. She picks her phone after her dad goes to change his wears so he can drop her at the Raheems.
“Hey my Gold” Maheera blushes at what he calls her”
“Dad said I could come spend the weekend with you guys so can i?”
“You can’t” Rasheed replies rather harshly
“I can’t?” Maheera asks as her heart sank down
“You can’t” he repeated.