Though she was from a rival town, Daniel could not help falling headfirst in love after they met once by the river used by both communities. She had been with some of her girlfriends washing clothes by the river bank when she lost her footing and fell. She started screaming after realizing the earrings she had on were missing. It was precious and belonged to her grandma. Instantly, Daniel dove down to the riverbed and found the ornaments within a few minutes.
“I believe this belongs to you,” said Daniel with his left palm covering his left eye.
“Thank you so much. My grandma will kill me if I lose those earrings. It’s the family heirloom. Are you okay?”
“Not really. I think something got in my eye when I was in the water.”
“Put your hand down,” she said in a calm voice that sent goosebumps down Daniel’s arm. She opened his eyelid and blew into it. It was a burst of fresh air. Her scent gave a distinctive aroma, with a touch of lavender. At that moment, Daniel forgot about the discomfort he felt.
“There, I believe it’s gone now.”
“Thanks,” he said, rubbing his eyes.
“No, thank you. If I hadn’t been careless, you would not have had to jump in the river. That was brave of you. My name is Evelyn. What’s yours?”
“My name is……..My name is Daniel,” he said finally.
He hated it whenever he stammers. An attribute he developed whenever he was nervous. Evelyn was gorgeous, soft-spoken, and the smartest girl in school. Daniel had always been fascinated by her, especially when she became the Senior Prefect for the school. He had ever wondered what the odds were, dating a girl like Evelyn.
“Well, thanks for today, Daniel. I’ve got to go. My grandma will be worried by now.”
“Alright, but can I see you again?”
“Not sure how, though. Aren’t you from Ogidi? You couldn’t be from around here.”
“Yes. I’m from the other side of the river.”
“And you still would like to see me?”
“Yes. Even more so.”
“Okay.” “I guess I’ll see you at school,” she said, smiling and walking backward as they heard people coming closer.
“Bye,” said Daniel as he crouched next to a tree before diving into the river to swim across.
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