We held each other in consternation,june’s head sinking deep
into my embrace.She was shivering like a leaf in an empty
open of a windy desert.My heart too was pounding so hard
threatening to break the chestcage and throb from the
What will they think of us.Will the deputy give us a thorough
beating?Will we be exposed to everyone during the morning
assembly?Will our parents be called to be informed of our
unruly character?How will they respond?How will we plead
innocent?All these were fears and questions crisscrossing our
minds.We were terribly shaken by the incident.I crossed my
first finger over the second finger and said a brief prayer to
God.”If any,God dont let us be caught”
Suddenly,light flushed over the whole room and it was coming
from the watchman’s huge sportlight torch.We freaked a little
bit as he walked inside searching from beneath the chaotic
lockers.From where we were,we could view his back at an
angle and we knew he would soon turn around and meet our
eyes.We were shaken.
“Ring ring ring”went his mobile phone and phewks,we were
relieved when he walked outside to receive the call.
“Yes,yes i’m the school’s watchman.Yes Mama June…No we
have been searching all over the school compound but in
vain…Yes…Yes..Or could it be that she went to one of her
friend’s home…Okay..Dont worry Mama June im sure she is
safe wherever she is…I will inform you as soon as i know of
her whereabouts..Thankyou”That was the conversation we
eavesdropped and which added to our then freaked situation.
“Your parents must be worried about you”I whispered into
Junes ears in a shaky voice.
“We have to be out of here as soon as possible”i added
looking at the direction of the rooms window.
“There,lets get out through the window”i voiced tiptoeing
towards the old window now that the watchman had locked
the door from outside..
June was so shaken that she even was not in a position to say
a word.She just did as per what i directed her without even
asking or answering to any of my questions.At that time,she
believed that whatever my directions were,they were right and
were the only SAVE US.We managed to pop out through the
window and ran over behind the upper classes.
We surpassed a tall vegetation after jumping over the fence
and ran towards the road.There,an oncoming motorcycle
flooded its light over us and i waved at it to hault.
“You have to take a motorcycle home.You parents must be
looking for you everywhere.”i told her.
“Thanks Mose.”She hugged me and boarded the motorcycle.I
fished out some one hundred shillings from my pocket and
gave it to the cyclist.
Off,they set and phewks,i was relieved.
“Thanks God for saving us”i uttered.Someone could have
thought a beast had been chasing us from the way i breathed
off in relief..
I paced up towards home and found that my grandmother had
already went to slumber.
“Shosho.Shoshoo!”I called from the outside of her room and
she called back.
“How have you been shosh.You slept too early today”i said.
“I have been alright grandson.What took you so long at
school.I was beginning to tremble at you coming late”
“Im cool shosh.Just extending my studies.You know how
demanding the subjects are”i lied.
“Okay then.You better do your things fast and go to sleep
early.The keys to the kitchen are at the window where we
place them.Get yourself something to eat then we will talk
“Goodnight shosh.I love you shosh”i said,walking up to the
I loved my grandmother so much for she was the one who
brought me up since my childhood.My mother then lived at
some place far from home where she worked for our
upkeep.We therefore lived with our shosh,three of us,my elder
sister,my younger brother and i.
My dad and mum had separated sometime back when we
were still young and He settled elswhere to remarry.My mum
was therefore our mum and dad and did whatever it took to
ensure our stay was healthy and of good condition..
As i sat on the two legged chair inside the kitchen,many
thoughts ran through my tiny ablangata.
How is June.Has she arrived home safe and sound?How will
her parents react to her late coming?Oh God protect
her.Forgive us Lord.
I munched some delicious rice ndengu my grandma had
prepared and walked up to my room that was built in the
outside of the main house.
I was so remourseful for acting dirty with June.As i sat on my
bed facing the roof,some voice inside me reminded me of
what a goodboy i was.How my grandma had brought me up to
be.”Socialize with girls but do not go to an extent of falling
into relationship with them.Never talk so close to a girl unless
she is your little daughter”Her words lingered into my mind.
I had betrayed myself.I had done what was contrary to
grandma’s teachings..Oh God forgive me.
I promised myself not to make a repeat of my foolish acts and
in a low tone,i uttered a brief prayer before drifting off to
I walked up to the class breathing heavily.I had woken up late
than usual,and had to do my things really fast.I found our
deputy headmaster who happened to be our Kiswahili teacher
inside the class and when i got in,the class exploded into a
loud laughter that even the deaf could hear.June was standing
at the front just next to the deputy and i felt a freaking
lightening strike my spinal code.My intestines expanded and
contracted in an unusual manner and i sensed something must
“Talk of the devil….”
“And the devil here comes!!”the class completed the deputy’s
In smacks and whacks,heavy and frightening thoughts
showered over my brains and i was wondering whether our act
in darkness had finally come revealed in bare light.
“Come here.!”The deputy called.
“You have a case to answer!!”
Finished.Kwisha.I concluded it myself that our mischevious
behaviour had finally come into everyone’s knowledge.
A plump piece of stroke lay on the table and i knew that was
to end up on my back.
“Come .Come come.Hurry up”The deputy called beckoning
that i go closer………
Written by Miss. Maura