I had just finished an eight- hour- at- a- stretch lecture and another failed attempt at pleasing my supervisor with my project literature review, though I was on a five point, my supervisor had bluntly said to my face that the possibility of me graduating was very low considering that final year project was a necessity to graduating. I was confused as to what my supervisor wanted from me, because I actually did all I knew to do in compiling a comprehensive literature review for him. I was the most frustrated person on the face of the earth at that point in time, it was like my five years of labor was crumbling before my eyes and there was nothing I could do to stop it.
I walked to the cafeteria with countless thoughts on my mind, rage, frustration, hopelessness, fear, disappointment and a whole lot of different emotions I could not recognize coursing through my veins. My strength was drained, I needed to eat something else I’ll topple over and not graduating would be the least of my parent’s trouble. As usual the cafeteria was streaming with hungry students, immediately; I spotted my friend and walked up to him, “guy wetin do you? You look dead are you ok?” he asked
“see ehn, just get me food that’s all I need” I replied and from nowhere a girl appeared in my face.
“really? there’s no way he’s getting you food, I suggest you join the line because I’ve been here for the past thirty minutes waiting patiently for my turn, so you cannot just come out from nowhere and expect to get food like you’re the son of the chancellor…….”
She was talking so fast I could barely hear any of her words; I just stood there staring at her, watching her mouth move but not able to make out the words she spoke. She had a really pretty face but it was all twisted in a raging scowl, she was deficient in height and slim at the same time, perfectly petite but her voice was like that of a giant, she didn’t mind that she had to look up to scream at me, all she was concerned about was making her point. She reminded me of someone I used to know, her confidence irrespective of her size. There was something about her that mesmerized me I could not place my hands on it but I could feel it to my core, like there was a connection between us two or was it my tired frustrated mind playing tricks on me? Either way, my heart started beating twice as fast and I felt myself drawn to her, she was very attractive and I could not resist her radiance and charm, I just kept staring at her, ears disabled.
I needed to say something, anything “erm…hey am sorry ok? Just calm down, and take a deep breath, everything is going to be alright” I was sounding insane and I knew it from the look my friend gave me. The word were directed at my little confrontation but I knew they were for me.
Everything started duplicating, I was seeing double, sweating and my legs began to shake, I needed to get out of here, everyone were beginning to stare at me, and one by one they turned into my supervisor the cafeteria was swarmed with hundreds of my supervisors they all stared at me each holding a board with the words “extra year” boldly written on it with a red paint that looked like blood, now they started laughing and coming towards me, that eerie frightening laughter you hear in an horror movie only that this was real, I stared to run, run for the entrance but even the entrance had disappeared all three entrances to the cafeteria had vanished, but still I kept running, my vision started to blur and gradually everything turned black.
“Guy wake up nar, you no wan graduate ni?” I heard my roommate’s voice, distorted but I could still recognize it, I struggled to find my way back from wherever I was to my room, what was going on? My eyes popped open and the first face I saw was my supervisor, I screamed but like a flash it disappeared and only my roommate remained, he had a confused look on his face.
“Tunde are you ok…?” he asked “you look like you just saw a ghost and why the hell did you scream like a bloody girl” he stood over my bed dressed in a black suit like he was going for a wedding or something?” Boye was my best friend more like a brother cause we did practically everything together since we met in hundred level
I was regaining consciousness, “sorry I just saw something, what’s going on? why you all dressed up? …..?” before I finished my question a rush of what happened in the cafeteria came to my mind and I began to sweat again, the raging girl, my supervisors, the race. “Boye how did I get here? Why were they chasing me? What happened to the girl?” I asked all these question in desperate need for an answer but my roommate just stared at me like I was speaking Spanish, the confused look suddenly turned into worry and after a few seconds he started laughing.
It was my turn to be confused and worried, why was Boye laughing so hard? And what had happened to all people in the cafeteria that looked like my supervisor, the screaming girl and all?” I needed an answer. “Boye, will you freaking answer me? Why the hell are you laughing I almost died yesterday with all those people chasing me and you think this is funny, they said I was having an extra year” tears were already gathering in my eyes and I could not hold them back I started to weep like little girl, this seemed to catch my roommates attention as the fool finally stopped laughing and sat down on my bed, a serious look on his face but the laughter was still in his eyes.
“Simple answer. Tunde it was only a nightmare…” the laughter disappeared from his eyes he was totally serious and in the place of the laughter was a joy, an overwhelming joy that I could not explain “Tunde, today is convocation, we’re graduating today and you’re the best graduating student there’s nothing like extra year we’re finally through…” tears gathered in his eyes too and started to roll down. “Guy am so proud of you and so happy for you”
I could not believe my ears, it had all being a dream? I was graduating? As the best graduating student? No supervisor? No extra year? No girl? I heaved a sigh of relief as my memory began to return to me. Wait no girl?? “ Boye what about the girl?” my roommate had stood up, his eyes dry and the sarcastic look back to his face “ uhm the girl is waiting for….ode don’t go and have your bath. After telling you it was a dream you’re still asking for a girl, she’s in your dream nar mumu” he hissed with a sarcastic disgust as he picked up both our shoes to polish.
I laughed as i picked up my towel and strolled to the bathroom, but I couldn’t shake the feeling off me, the girl was too real to be just a figment of my dream.