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How could I forget! I wasn’t yet comfortable with my meetings with Abari but I didn’t like making bad and unserious impressions about myself. He was already feeling like I didn’t value him and that was the last thing I needed Abari to feel over me even though I would prefer ending the lesson sessions despite the fact that it was helping me in my academics. 

I rushed into the bathroom and had a quick bath or something close to bathing and rushed out for school. Half way I remembered the assignment, how stupid of me to forget. I rushed back to get it and by the time I got to school, I was already an hour late.
I was to meet Abari to submit the assignment he gave me and defend it orally before him but cancellation of lectures made me forget all other engagements. I ran from school gate to his office and thankfully he was still around. I stood for minutes outside his office trying to regularize my breathing.

I knocked and he beckoned on me to come in.

I stepped in and greeted him.

“Afternoon. Why are you coming now?” He replied. 

I stood speechless.

“I believe I asked a question to someone right?”

“Yes sir” I breathed.

“Truthfully sir, lectures was cancelled so I decided to get some sleep because I slept late last night. I overslept and forgot. I’m really sorry sir, this is the very last time it would happen.” I pleaded

“I’m really wasting my time with you, aren’t I? I mean, you are already intelligent and don’t need help with your academics. That must be why things like oversleeping and forgetting tend to happen always any day we are supposed to meet. I thought I saw a potential somewhere.” He shook his head pitifully.

“I’m sorry sir, this will never happen again, sir I assure you.

“You are intelligent but unfortunately, that’s all you are. Take time to think about that. Now, get out of my office.” He said calmly but firmly.

Ouch! That was unexpected and hit me like a brick wall. I stood for some minutes before dragging myself out. ‘I didn’t know whether to feel happy or sad at the turn out. Emeka was sure to bite off my head when he hears this.

I walked home not being able to process what I was feeling. I knew I had disrespected him by coming late to meetings but did that warrant kicking me out? I thought he liked me? I entered my room and slumped on my bed.

Was intelligent really all I was???

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