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Okoro had just arrived in London from Nigeria. He was full of energy as he looked forward to his master’s program at University College London. A few days before school started, an old friend of his, Chisom who had been living in London for some years came by. He picked Okoro up in his Toyota Camry and drove him to central London to take a closer look at his University right in the heart of London. After the tour, Chisom dropped him off at home. “How do I get to University on Monday,” Okoro asked him. Over there,” he said pointing at the bus stop. “Take bus 342 towards Tottenham,” Chisom explained.  Okoro memorized that. On Monday morning, he arrived early at the bus stop and waited for bus 243. He did not want to be late on his first day. As soon as he sighted bus 243 from a distance, instead of waiting for the bust to pull into the bus stop, he made a mad dash towards the bus, Lagos style. As he ran towards the bus he shouted, Totunham!!! Totunham!!! Totunham!!! Then, he realized that he was the only one running towards the bus. He screeched to a stop and looked back. Everyone was staring at him as if he had dropped out of the sky.

He smiled awkwardly and walked back towards the bus stop as the bus pulled in. He was aware that people were still staring at him on the bus. He heard a few giggles. He could not wait to reach his destination. As soon as he reached his final stop, he got off the bus and headed down the street, happy to see the end of his morning embarrassment. Before making his way to University, he made a quick stop at McDonald’s. He ordered burger and some fries with Coca Cola. While he waited for his order, they gave him a big cup for his Coca Cola. “But there is no coke inside,” he complained in heavily accented English to the waiter. “You can serve yourself over there,” the waiter replied with a smile. He thought to himself, really? Serve myself coke?

He watched over his shoulder as he struggled to get the tap working. A young girl who had noticed his struggles offered him some help. He filled his cup in time to pick up his order. Soon, he sat at the table and downed his coke first. Then, just as he was about to descend on his burger, he noticed that the man near his table had gone for a refill off his coke – his favorite drink. Does it mean you can get another one when you finish your drink? He thought to himself. Carefully, he got up and then sat back down again. Then he saw another person go for a refill, so he mustered the courage to walk over to the dispensing machine.

As he refilled his cup, he feared that someone would soon come and arrest him for going for a refill. Soon, his cup was filled to the brim and he heard no one summoning him. He walked over to his table with shaky hands and legs and began to drink his coke. After that, he went for another refill and yet, he was not summoned. He kept going back until he could drink no more. He drank so much coke that he could not fit his burger and fries in his bulging belly. He packed it up and took it to university.

“Have you noticed that you can serve yourself coke at McDonald’s?” He asked another Nigerian student at university. “You did not know?” The student asked him. “I had no idea. I drank myself silly in the morning. Mhen, I can’t wait to go back there in the evening. I will make sure I finish their tank of coke,” he threatened. “You will get tired of it, Okoro,” said John, his Nigerian friend who had been frequenting London for years. When Okoro got home in the evening, he took another trip to McDonald’s where he drank multiple cups of coke after which he carried his burger and fries home.

At night, he woke up disturbed…seriously disturbed. It was as if Russia had released chemical weapons into his room. The smell he perceived was rough, disturbing and utterly disgusting. He jumped to his feet and opened up the windows to let in some air. He coughed as though he had contracted asthma or whooping cough in his sleep. He could swear that he felt itchy irritations along his through. He had been farting in his sleep after several cups of coca cola earlier in the day. After that night, he showed the coca cola stand at McDonald’s a wide berth…for a while.


THE END

Written by:
Victor Chinoo

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