**[Anniel’s father has a different plan for her. Anniel had to inform her friends of her father’s decision even though it may not go down well with the three. He demanded that Anniel comes over to South Africa to continue her studies. At this time Tinu who is already putting up with Anniel seem to be disturbed the most. Anniel is the host of their staying indoors to read for the entrant exam.]**
Anniel: *[Sitting pensively]* Babes, my dad had insisted I come over to SA to continue my education. I thought I could talk him out of it but he kept insisting.
Mimi: It’s good news but saddening. We’ll miss you so so much. Hmmm, the three musketeers disbanded just like that! So it will just be Tinu and I studying in preparation of our exams.
Anniel: Babes, it’s still one for all and all for one. My departure to SA does not break our bond in anyway. Don’t forget social media makes keeping in touch real time and distance is of no essence.
Tinu: *[Rather sad]* So I’ll be all alone in this big room that both of us share.
Anniel: *[Sympathizing with Tinu]* Tinu, you need not be troubled. You’re like a sister to me now. Since your incident, my mum has practically taking you as her daughter.
**[Anniel’s mother returned from shopping for Anniel’s departure to SA. The three beauties paid no attention that the door to the living room swung open and close.]**
Mother: *[Calling out to Anniel]* Anniel, Anniel I’m back. Please come help take these to you room.
**[All three girls dashed out of the room excitedly]**
Anniel: *[Hurriedly went for a particular shopping bag]* Mum, did you pick up those fitted gowns I mentioned to you? You know I’ll have to be attending those cocktails with dad.
Mother: *[With a stern warning index finger pointed at Anniel]* Now listen young lady, should I get any ulterior report from your dad, I’ll be right there to bring you back to Nigeria myself.
Anniel: Mum, I only meant that I’ve to represent you the best I can.
Mum: I am not asking you that favor. *[Turns attention to Mimi and Tinu who just stood watching the drama]* Tinu, Mimi never mind Anniel with her show. Mimi, how are your parents? Tinu, have you been able to speak to your parents after the incident?
Tinu: *[As if recoiling]* My parents have shut me out of their life’s. My mum picks my call occasionally but will not relate much because of my dad.
Mum: Not to worry my dear they’ll come round someday. Just don’t hurt yourself emotionally because of your condition.
**[The three quickly grab a baggage each and headed for Anniel’s room while Anniel’s mother walked to her room]**
Mimi: *[Tagging along]* Mam, we can’t thank you enough for your moral and loving support to our friend. How I wish her parents are as understanding as you are.
Mum: You girls don’t appreciate the pain you put parents through when you live the way you do. *[Another stern index finger pointed at Anniel]* Anniel, don’t you ever think that your staying away at SA will reduce my surveillance over you. *[Tapping Anniel’s should as she walks away]* I’ve got my eyes on you!
Anniel: *[Shrug her shoulders as she steps backwards]* Mum!
**[Both Mimi and Tinu had a grim on their faces. All three now left with the baggages in hand]** **[As they sat back in the room Anniel spared little or no time ransacking the baggages before Tinu came up with her concerns.]**
Tinu: *[Letting off the baggage as she sat back on the bed]* Girls, nothing will stop me from my university education, nothing! Not even my condition.
Mimi: What’s on your mind girl. Spill it out.
Anniel: *[Sitting closer to Tinu]* Tinu, even though you are young and not ready for it, I know you cherish your condition. I hope you’re not thinking negatively of it now.
Mimi: Let her talk.
Tinu: *[Stands up and turn around]* Look at me, it seem like my life is in a mess. I carry the guilt of the three of us.
Mimi: *[Placing her right hand on Tinu’s right shoulder reassuringly]* Tinu, it’s not ok for you to think and feel the way you do. It could have been anyone of us in your condition. *[Stands by side Tinu’s left shoulder]* Remember we’re all in this together so we’re all in this condition together.
Tinu: My friends, its really disturbing. A month after our entrant examination, I’ll be relieved of this condition. *[Pulling on Anniel and Mimi to sit on the bed with her]* My parents have abandoned me, Anniel is going away to SA, and I’ve to be in the university.
Anniel: I can appreciate how you feel, Tinu. In your condition you need your mum but she sparingly communicate with you.
Mimi: You definitely must go to the university for you’ve done so much not to actualize it.
Tinu: I’ve gotten enough saved up that can carter for my university education for the first two years but what happens after that is what I don’t know.
Anniel: Tinu, I promise I’ll speak to my mum so that she can arrange something with my dad. You might end up not even using up your savings at all.
Tinu: Anniel, your family have been wonderful to me since they allowed me move in with you. Truly, there hadn’t been any difference in the way they’ve treated both of us. And you want to bring this up with them again? I feel it will be too much.
Anniel: Tinu, leave that to. You just take good care of your condition.
Mimi: Tinu, you’ll be just fine. Be rest assured.
Tinu: It’s a big challenge managing my condition and it will be worse off when my condition changes from this while in the university.
Mimi: *[Stepping away from the two and tuning around]* Tinu, you’ll not have to manage anything worse if we can just come up with a very good plan.
Tinu: Do you have such a good plan?
Mimi: *[Tapping her temple with her fingers]* I can’t think of one right now. Why don’t three of us give some thought to it. Am sure our brains won’t find that difficult. Or what do you girls think?
Anniel: Petfect! *[Stands up]* Mimi, remember this Saturday it will be your turn hosting us to read. So we’ve got three days to come up with a plan.
Tinu: Both of you just made it appear I really will be fine. Thanks to both of you anyway. I must say that my head is void of thinking on any plan under this condition not to talk of a very good one.
Mimi: Don’t border. Just allow Anniel and I to do the thinking.
Anniel: Tinu, it’s friendship for good times and for bad times.
**[The trio did a little more reading before Mimi had to take her leave. As much as they read a little more, there minds were pondering what the “very good plan” will be. Even Tinu who thought she cannot give thought to it did ponder on it. They’ve gotten till there next scheduled reading rendezvous to come up with a “very good plan]**