EPISODE 6 (JULY)
6 YEARS LATER…
“And the award for best student goes to…”
Peter’s heart was racing as Mr Mwape the Head Teacher was announcing the top student. He had worked so hard the last three years of high school and was really looking forward to getting the prize. Not that he wasn’t confident, it was just so he knew he faced stiff competition from Rachael.
Him and Rachael had grown so fond of each other since their eleventh grade. Peter had helped her realise her potential, before which she was more interested in boys and parties than school and her future. She was moved by Peter’s wisdom, intelligence and especially his family background. Today they were going to graduate from high school as Head boy and girl with one of them getting the award for Best Student of the class.
“Peter ” announced Mr Mwape. “The award goes to Peter Hamooya”
Peter let out a sigh of relief while the audience went boisterous. As he stood up, Rachael embraced him.
“Congratulations Peter you deserve it” she said with a smile
As he walked to the platform, he wished his Father and Mother could see this moment. He wanted to break down, but he was thankful Claire, his Aunt, uncles and cousins had attended.
He was so keen on prayer, he was so religious. His Aunt had introduced him to her church in riverside and ever since he had had a talk with the pastor, he had seen life differently. He was glad to find something that neutralised his painful past. He always felt more comfortable in the house of God than any other place. He was full of wisdom at a young age.
The Guest of honour gave a speech about how the students were now the new adults. He spoke of independence and careers and bills. Peter was just thankful God had brought him this far. When his turn to give a speech arrived, he was already ready for the moment that when he was done no one had not raised to their feet. This was one of the special days of his life. After all his family had been through, he surely deserved to smile today.
After the ceremony Rachael called him by the side.
“What are we” She asked him seriously
“I don’t follow” he replied
“Peter don’t act like you have no idea what i am talking about” she shot
“I am serious, I don’t know” he defended himself
His innocence was so overwhelming.
“Oh, I now get it” he realised. “I am sorry Rachael, now is not a good time for me. I do not feel I am ready”
He was not ready to date the most beautiful, hardworking and intelligent girl in school and he felt no regret at the moment because that is what he really thought was the right thing to do. His pastor had always said “follow your heart”. He was not just sure if he had really followed it this time. Had he followed his mind? Time would tell.