DOZ Issue 37 November 2018 - Page 36

DOZ CHRONICLES: RUKI Eturuvie Erebor An excerpt from the novel, DOZ Chronicles: Ruki, by Eturuvie Erebor. Available on Amazon. I arrived in school looking a lot different from the way I had looked in my first year. I even had the effrontery to braid my hair, with some of the money my uncle had given me. A lot of my course mates almost didn’t recognise me. I had stepped up a little and I knew it; it showed in the way I moved about campus, and in the way that I talked. I was a lot more confident, gone was the timid girl I had been in my year one. My former roommate Elsie, who had been in her year two the previous year, saw me and was visibly shocked. “Ruki is it really you?” She asked in disbelief. I smiled, but did not respond. She immediately wanted to know if I had anything planned for the weekend, as she had some friends coming into town for a traditional marriage ceremony and wanted me to meet them. I was surprised to say the least, because all through my year one when we lived together in the same room, Elsie and the other girls had never invited me to meet any of their friends. We arranged to meet on Thursday evening in her room and I walked away. Thursday came and at about 6pm we were together in Elsie’s room off campus, and she talked endlessly about this guy she wanted me to meet. According to her, he was a very wealthy man and would take good care of me. She declared ceaselessly, in broken English, “Ruki, I swear ehn, by the time Emeka spend money finish for your body, people no go know you again.” DOZ Magazine | November 2018 36