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Love & Adventures15

LOVE AND ADVENTURE
(SS3 Students Excursion)
Episode 15
A stone had broken Jerry’s head and before Joyce and Henry could get to him, another one broke
his leg. Just then, the heavy stones stopped dropping.

 

“Jerry, are you okay?” Joyce asked with tears in her eyes seeing blood rushing out from his head.
“Come on, let’s carry him up” Henry tried to drag him up but he shouted, “I can’t move my leg!”

 

“You need to try!”
“No, Henry” Jerry began to breathe heavily. “I don’t think i can make it

“Yes, you can!” Joyce encouraged him.

Already, other students had gradually returned standing in circle and watching them.

 

All were
shedding tears even Regina and Hannah coz it wasn’t only painful to see their friends die one by
one but was inhumane to be tortured before dying like the present case of Jerry.

 

Henry wasn’t ready to lose him neither did Joyce wanted to lose him too not this time they know
how much they love themselves. Seeing the blood rushing out from his head,

 

Henry pulled his
shirt for the second time and tied it round his head to reduce the blood lost thus making the white
shirt turn red. “Alright, Jerry, you can do it. Let’s get out of here”

 

“Please, try to stand” Joyce added.
The two students held him on two arms then pulled him up but the injured leg didn’t touch ground.
“Henry, i can’t walk” Jerry said bitterly.

 

Even Henry noticed it, so he placed him on his shoulder
and carried him as all began their hopeless journey again.
After hours of walking, they had to rest under a tall canopy tree.

 

Jerry laid on the ground while Joyce sat beside him with a broad leave she used as a hand-fan
fanning him. Other students had sat down quietly enduring the hunger their bodies cried for.

 

Ruddy glanced at his wrist watch. “It’s 3:30pm and it seems we have gone nowhere. Does it mean
we gonna spend another night here?”
“Obviously yes” Regina replied.

 

“Spending another night here is like spending my entire life in hell without food or water!” Danny
shouted and collapsed on the ground then all became quiet again. Henry exercised his brian thinking critically on why Regina and Hannah remained the only people who didn’t die after eating
the fruit.

 

After he couldn’t get a meaningful answer, he stood up walking out from them.
“Where are you going, Henry?” Mary asked him.
He stopped and turned slightly, “To get a walking stick for Jerry”

 

“May i follow you?” Ruddy demanded.
“If you care” Henry began to walk again followed by Ruddy. As they walked out of sight into the
innermost forest, Mary sensed trouble between them.

 

Inside the innermost forest, the two boys were seen trying to break a huge fresh stick with their
hands. They suspended it after getting tired panting and breathing heavily.
“You know what?” Ruddy began.

 

“I shouldn’t remind you that Mary and i are in love with each
other. So you better back off”
Henry stared at him for a while and began to push and pull the stick without saying anything.

 

“Hey bro” Ruddy tapped him thereby making him to stop again. “I’m serious about what I’m saying
otherwise either you kill me in this forest or i kill you”
Henry resumed his work yet without saying anything.

After few minutes under the tree, other students saw the two boys coming out with a fresh walking
stick. Immediately they arrived, a bird landed on the grasses singing a song. Danny was the first to
see it, so he said,

 

“This bird is our lunch” he stood up to take the stick from Henry.
“Wait” Henry said staring at the bird.
“What?”
“The bird is singing”
“And so what?” Danny frowned.
“I mean its trying to communicate to us”
Everybody’s eyes went to the bird while Henry moved closer but suddenly turned to others.

 

“Does someone know how to interpret the language of birds?” he asked.
“Let me try” Mary stepped forward. “My grandmother use to interpret it before she died and she
thought me few things about it”
“Alright”

 

The arena became as quiet as a grave yard. Only the singing bird was heard across the area as
Mary began to interpret her song thus, “A circle is a circle. the sun is a circle and the moon is a
circle.

 

A light is a light and the sun and the moon give the light. The earth is a circle controlled by
the sunlight and the moonlight. A power is a power but the sun has the greatest power..” The bird
flew away while Mary paused.

 

For more than two minutes, none of the students said a word looking at one another.
“What does that mean?” Henry threw the question in the air.
“It is so confusing” Regina said.
“We still need someone to tell us the meaning of that song”

 

“Another interpreter?” Danny provoked. “Look at a manner from heaven God sent to us to fill our
hungry stomach with, and you guys let it go after singing a meaningless song! Heey!” he sat on
the floor rubbing his head harshly.

 

“Let’s continue our journey” Ruddy said. “Our population is now twenty. Stay close and be your
brother’s keeper” they began to move again but Henry keep the song in his mind..
:
TBC….

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