Our eyes locked, it sent cold chills down my spine and my heart pounded. I shifted my gaze, and got busy with my phone waiting for Fredo to be done with his girlfriend. The long wait was excruciating for me, I fiddled with my phone on the iron bench which I sat on.
While I waited, a set of people came by. They asked if I was Christian and there was no better answer to give than a yes. At least, I had been brought up going to the church. So, I thought that justified me enough to be called a Christian. They asked questions that were foreign to me, but I tried to answer.
Barely was it half an hour after that, I decided to go back to the hostel. Fredo cared less when I waved to him that I was going back to the hostel. As I walked down towards Tedder Hall, thoughts strode my mind. The reality of my independence as a fresh university student struck me real hard.
The noise from an approaching car brought me back into full consciousness of the environment, I moved away to the pedestrian track. Sultan Bello Hall was already in sight, students were still packing into the hall, even though it was already getting dark.
I jumped on the bed immediately I got into the room. As I plugged in my phone to charge, I heard a knock on the door.
“Come in.” I said.
It was Gold. His smile was so contagious. Immediately I saw his smiling face, I couldn’t help but also smile to him. I wondered if he ever can be annoyed. He was all peace, joy and calm.
“I’m sorry for how my roommate treated you earlier. I don’t seem to understand him.” I sat down.
“It’s expected. We are all just getting to know each other.” He rested on the door.
“Yeah,you’re right.” I nodded.
We got along well, we discussed a whole lot of things ranging from life at high school to challenges in gaining admission into the university.
“What department are you, Michael?”
“Medicine and Surgery. What about you?”
“Waw, that’s great. Civil engineering.” He smiled.
I clapped. “Yeah, so I have not forgotten. It keeps bothering me how you got to know my full name.” I leaned forward looking at him.
“Hmmmnnnn,” he pouted. “I don’t know if you’d believe me actually but I’ll just say it.”
“God told me about you before I met you.” He kept a straight face, and looked at me.
It wasn’t that I had not been taught about God speaking to people but I had not experienced it. So, I was surprised, confused and curious at the same time.
“How did he tell… How did you know God was talking? I’m confused.”
“Wait. You’re saved right?”
“Yeah…” I stammered and then nodded.
“You don’t sound so sure.”
I bowed with my head cupped in hands, squeezed my forehead skin with my head. “You see, I’m not sure. I come from a Christian family, but I’m not sure I’m born…”
Fredo barged in, disrupting our discussion. I could see the face he wore when he saw Gold in the room. Gold got the message, he stood up to leave.
“We’ll continue our discussion later, Michael.”
I nodded and waved to him.
Classes started, things went on quite well academically. It only took few weeks for me to adapt to the university environment. Fredo introduced me to a whole lot of things. I started clubbing with him on Fridays, somewhere off campus. It all started awkwardly, but I was getting acquainted to the life.
As much as Gold would always warn me about the life I was living, Fredo was almost a countermeasure for Gold’s effort of making me coming in to the light of God.
At the start of it all, I didn’t drink alcohol or hard drink. My conscience still had a grip on me but Fredo was breaking my walls bit by bit as the day went by. Later, in a bid to not be the awkward one, I succumbed to taking a gulp at a point.
Fredo talked me into ladies, and I felt it was no use trying to avoid it. I knew Fredo, he would keep pushing me still, even if I refuted. We were known in the hostel, barely would a three days slip without having a lady for ourselves in our room. .
Even though, sex was added to my life, I was still very much into masturbation and pornography too. I engaged in them daily as if my life depended on them. Gold’s words did not hit me at that time, like they had used to. I started avoiding him.
“Guy, you no fit believe the person wey I meet today?”
“Who be that?” Fredo looked up and continued eating.
“You remember the girl wey be say I dey look that day wey we just resume.”
“For Awo Hall side abi? The day wey I go meet this babe.”
I nodded. “Exactly.”
“So what’s up with her? You don get her number?” Fredo packed his plates and stood up.
“What else? Normal normal now. As usual, you sabi how e dey go.”
“Now you are having the guts, ogbeni. So, for the first time, you get mind run babe yourself.” He jested.
“No be say…”
“Finish am na, no be say wetin. Abeg, comot. Run this babe, do the do and I go accept say finally you don join the club. The big boys’ club.” He laughed.
I remembered my schedule to wash my clothes that evening. The clothes were quite many but I had made up my mind to wash them.
“I quickly want to go wash my clothes.” I approached the door.
“Why not tomorrow? Tomorrow is Saturday.”
“Tomorrow will be quite busy for me.” I shut the door.
Whistling off, I went to the clothe lines behind the B block of the hostel. That was where students in the hostel washed and spread their clothes.
As I dropped the pails full of clothes, and sat on the bench, my phone beeped. I had no idea of who it was.
“Hello, please who am I speaking with?”
“This is Gloria.”
“Gloria…” I got it. Even though her voice sounded so weak, I picked her voice a little.
“Ehn! Ehn! What’s it o?”
“Please, Michael. I need you to forgive me. I know have wronged you.”
I laughed hysterically. “You expect me to just forgive you just like that. Really?” I didn’t know what it was that I was feeling exactly. Anger. Hatred.
“I allowed Christ into my life, Michael. Ever since, asking you for forgiveness have been coming to my mind strongly. I have little time left, please.”
“You? Born again? You took my virginity and you slept with my father. You placed me in the risk of having HPV. You think God will forgive you of all this?” I got angry and cut the call.
I had forgotten I was outside but thankfully, it was dark. I raised my head and saw Gold. His smile again.
I looked at him.” Did you… ” I stammered.
“You don’t have to worry. It’s safe with me. I was just passing by, I’ll be going now.”
As he passed, he patted me and whispered into my ears. “God definitely has forgiven the person if he/she repented and believes in Christ. Now, I need to ask you, why are you rejecting the forgiveness of God and the life of God?”
I looked at him as he walked away. I hissed and continued with what I was doing, even though the words hit me hugely.
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