Its Not My Fault By Andule Mwakipunda

Feb 13, 2024 | 2023 Competition, Short Story Competition, University Prize | 0 comments

Ndaicha sat in her bedroom, her eyes fixed on the rain drops sliding down the windowpane. She was lost in thought, her mind replaying the events of the day. It had been a day like any other until a moment of carelessness had turned everything upside down in her mind.

Earlier that morning, she had been rushing to get ready for school. Her backpack lay open on the floor, textbooks spread about. The clock on her wall had ticked louder with each passing second, reminding her that she was running late. In her haste, she had knocked over a glass of orange juice, its contents spilling on to the kitchen floor.

“It’s not my fault,” she muttered to herself. She had been trying to justify her actions, even though she knew she should have been more careful. Her mother’s voice echoed in her mind, “Ndaicha, you need to be more responsible,” she echoed.

As she stared at the rain outside, Kracie couldn’t help but wonder if that same excuse would work now. The incident at school had been far more serious than a spilled glass of juice.

Ndaicha, complained to herself.

The school bell rang, signaling the end of the day. Ndaicha gathered her things and headed for the exit from the classroom. As she walked down the hallway, she noticed a group of students huddled together, their voices hushed. Curiosity got the better of her, and she approached to see what was going on.

Mockingly, there, on a bulletin board, was a picture of herself. It was a candid shot taken during her unfortunate mishap that morning, orange juice splattered across the kitchen floor. Below the photo was a caption in bold letters: “Class Clown of the Day: Ndaicha.”

She felt disgrace and her face flushed with embarrassment. Ndaicha knew the school had a tradition of poking fun at students for their mishaps, but she never thought it would happen to her. The other students giggled and pointed as she hurried past, her heart sinking with every step.

“It’s not my fault,” she muttered again, but this time it held a different meaning. She didn’t ask for the orange juice to spill or for someone to capture that moment. She couldn’t help feeling unfairly singled out.

Over the next few days, the teasing continued. Students would mimic her spill, and every time she heard her name mentioned, laughter followed. She found herself dreading going to school, fearing what new humiliation awaited her.

She started absconding for classes, for fear of being mocked with her fellow students and making fun of her.

One evening, Ndaicha decided to confide in her best friend, Kracie. They had known each other since kindergarten, and Ndaicha hoped Kracie could provide some advice or comfort.

“I can’t take it anymore, Kracie,” Ndaicha said, her voice trembling.” They won’t stop making fun of me, and it’s not fair. I didn’t choose to be the ‘Class Clown.'”

Kracie listened sympathetically, her brow furrowed with concern.” I know it’s tough, Ndaicha, but maybe you should talk to the principal or a teacher about it. They might be able to help.”

Ndaicha considered Kracie’s suggestion. The next day, she mustered up the courage to visit Principal Makwana’s office. She explained the situation, how a simple accident had turned into a relentless cycle of humiliation. Principal Makwana, a kind-hearted woman with a warm smile, listened attentively. “I’m sorry you’re going through this, Ndaicha,” she said.” No one should have to endure such treatment. We’ll put a stop to this teasing immediately.”

Principal Makwana called an assembly the following week, addressing the issue in front of the entire school. She spoke about the importance of empathy and kindness, reminding the students that everyone makes mistakes. Ndaicha watched as the atmosphere in the room gradually shifted. Some students who had previously joined in on the teasing began to feel remorseful.

Slowly but surely, the teasing subsided, and Ndaicha was able to return to a more normal school routine. It wasn’t easy, and there were still occasional whispers and giggles, but the worst of it was behind her. She had learned an important lesson about facing challenges and seeking help when needed.

Months passed, and the incident gradually faded from everyone’s memory. Ndaicha became more careful and responsible, but she also understood that sometimes, accidents happen, and they shouldn’t define a person.

One sunny afternoon, Ndaicha sat by the same window where she had watched the rain before. This time, she was smiling, her mind filled with thoughts of the future. She realized that the events of that fateful day had shaped her in unexpected ways, making her stronger and more resilient.

As she looked outside, she thought about how she had faced adversity and, with the support of her friend, Kracie and Principal Makwana, emerged from it stronger than ever. Ndaicha had learned that it’s not always about whose fault it is but how you handle the challenges that come your way.

As the school year came to a close, Ndaicha’s life had transformed in more ways than she could have imagined. The incident that once brought her shame became a source of strength. She had learned to stand up for herself and had discovered the power of seeking help when needed.

The summer arrived, bringing a welcome break from school. Ndaicha spent her days exploring the woods behind her house with Kracie creating lasting memories that would bind them even together. They talked about their dreams and aspirations, and Ndaicha shared her new-found determination to make a positive impact on the world.

In the following school year, Ndaicha became involved in various clubs and volunteer activities. She found joy in helping others and inspiring kindness in her peers. Slowly but surely, her reputation transformed from the “Class Clown” to someone known for her resilience and compassion.

One day, as Ndaicha walked down the school hallway, she noticed a new student sitting alone at a table in the cafeteria. It was clear that the girl was feeling lost and out of place. Ndaicha approached her with a warm smile, striking up a conversation that would lead to a new friendship.

As the years passed, Ndaicha’s life continued to be filled with ups and downs, but she faced each challenge with determination and grace. She realized that while some things were beyond her control, she could always control her response to them.

“It’s not my fault,” she whispered to herself one last time, not as an excuse, but as a reminder of the journey that had led her to become the person she was meant


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