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TALE OF A SHY GUY (EPISODE 21)

Friday, 20 April 2018






I slept off 15minutes after
Sharon left my room,
without having dinner. I
woke up 5:30am the next
day. I quickly prepared for
lecture. I made sure I had
breakfast before leaving home.
I got to class just exactly when
our first lecture was about to
begin. I located an empty seat
at the back and sat down. I
stole a glance at Sylvia, to see
if she was staring at me, but
she wasn’t. her attention
seemed to focus on what the
lecturer was saying. I made up
my mind that moment to
approach her immediately
after lecture and clear things
up. lecture continued and I
tried my best too to pay
attention to what the lecturer
was saying.

Immediately lecture ended,
Sylvia stood up and left the
class before I could even
approach her. I stood at a spot,
wondering why she’s behaving
this way. is she mad at me?
I left the class to look for a
quiet place where I could sit
alone and clear my head of all
worries. the faculty garden
was the only place I could
think of. it is always deserted
during school hour. I located a
seat at the far-left and sat.
Just immediately I settled
down, I saw Sylvia walking
towards me from a distance. I
heaved a sigh of relief
immediately I saw. I will use
this opportunity to explain
myself to her. I need to clear
things up. I sat down patiently
for her to approach me. she
got to me and stretched a book
to me without looking at my
face.
“Sylvia I………”
“take this book, it will help
you a lot” she cut in
immediately.
“I wanted to give you this
when I came to your place
yesterday, but since you were
busy, I just had to take it
back” she said, still not looking
at my face.
“Sylvia I…….”
“take it now. I have other
things to attend to” she cut in
again.
I collected the book from her,
and she walked out on me
immediately, without sparing
me a glance. I stared at her
retreating figure for a while
before turning my gaze back to
the book she just gave me. ‘
secrets of the age’ was boldly
written on the book cover as
the title. I stood up two
minutes later and left the
garden.
I left the school immediately
after lectures for that day and
went home.
I took the book Sylvia gave me
and busied myself with it. I
was marveled by what I
discovered, after reading just
four pages. I dropped the book
and took my phone from my
bed. I dialed Sharon number
and she picked after the
second beep.
“hello Christian” she said
“hi Sharon, can we suspend
today tutorial. I won’t be
around this evening” I said
“where are you going to?” she
asked
“I’m actually going to see
someone” I responded
“okay, no problem” she said
“thanks very much. we will
continue tomorrow” I said
“okay” she responded.

I ended the call, took my wallet
from my table and left my
room immediately.
20 minutes later, I found
myself standing at Sylvia’s
door. I knock softly on the
door and waited patiently for
her to open her door. she
opened the door a minute later
and froze when she saw me. I
could see the surprised look on
her face.
“what are you doing here?”
she asked
“Sylvia let me explain” I said,
not even sure of what I wanted
to explain.
“Christian I don’t know what
you want to explain. you owe
me no explanation for your
action” she said softly.
“Sylvia what you are
thinking……….”
“Christian” she cut in
“stop disturbing yourself. I’m
not thinking about anything”
“but……..”
“Christian” she cut in again
“you have a speech to deliver
next week. focus your
attention on that and stop
disturbing yourself over
nothing”
I seemed not to understand
why she was preventing me
from saying what I have in
mind, but I just had to remain
silent since she didn’t want me
to speak.
“okay, I will take my leave
now. thanks for the book. I
really appreciate it” I said
I waited to see if she would
respond but she didn’t. I
turned and left her place
immediately.

I got back home exactly
6:45pm. I lay on my bed and
tried to think of a way to make
Sylvia listen to what I have to
say. I know she’s angry with
me. if not, she would have
listen to what I have to say.
I heard a knock on my door
few minutes later. I quickly
turned my gaze to the door. I
wasn’t expecting anyone. I
already told Sharon that I
won’t be around. so definitely,
she won’t be the one at the
door. I stood up from my bed
and walked to the door. I
opened the door to see Sylvia
standing at the door. I stared
at her open-mouthed. I never
expected to see her standing at
my door. I left her place not
quite long and she was already
at my place. I thought she was
angry with me.
“Sylvia” I managed to call
“please come in”
she didn’t move an inch from
the spot she was standing. she
just kept staring at me. I stared
back at her, not knowing what
to say next. she brought out a
book from her handbag and
gave to me.
“add it to the one I gave you
before. it will help you
overcome shyness.” she said
“thank you very much Sylvia.
you are one in a million” I
said
“make sure you read the book”
she said
“I will surely read it” I
responded
“are you busy now?” she asked
“no, I’m not busy” I responded
quickly.
Even if I was busy, I would
have suspended everything I
was doing just for her.
“okay, today is the school
praise night. different
fellowship in school would
gather together to sing in front
of a large crowd. I will also be
singing in tonight’s event. I
want you to come and watch
me sing.” she said
I didn’t allow her to speak
further. I rushed into my
room, took my wallet from my
bed and rushed out to meet
her.
“let’s go. I’m ready” I said
immediately.
“thanks” she responded
We left my place and headed
straight to the school.

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