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TALE OF A SHY GUY (EPISODE 22)

Friday, 20 April 2018





I and Sylvia left my place
and headed straight to the
school. I was amazed by
the large crowd I saw
when we got to the school
amphitheatre. The stage was
set for the event already. I
couldn’t believe that such an
event is happening in school
and I was not aware. what
then have I been doing in
school. so if Sylvia didn’t ask
me to come along with her, I
wouldn’t have realized that
such an event was holding in
school. I stared at Sylvia in
amazement.
“how can such a big event be
holding in school and I’m not
aware of it” I said to Sylvia
“why will you be aware, when
you are not a member of any
fellowship in school” she
responded.
“yes that’s true, but I should
have heard it from people” I
said
“how will you hear it, when
you don’t associate with
people. Don’t worry, after
tonight’s event, you will join
the fellowship I belong to.” she
said.
“wait, will you be performing
in front of this large crowd?” I
asked.
“yes of course.” she responded
“you just have to watch me
sing.”
“okay” I responded.
“just look for a place to sit,
while I go and meet my group.
the event will begin any
moment from now” she said
“okay” I responded.

Sylvia went ahead to join her
group, while I located a seat at
the front and sat down.
we waited for the next 20
minutes before the event
finally began. The cool and
soul lifting songs that were
sang by the different groups
that performed on stage, could
make one forget his worries. I
watched as Sylvia and her
group sang with so much
enthusiasm. they didn’t even
bother about the number of
eyes that were staring at them
on stage. will I ever be
confident enough to stand on
that stage just like them.
when the event ended, I waited
for Sylvia so that we could
leave together. she came to
meet me 30 minutes later. I
could see smiles on her face.
“how was my performance?”
she asked with smiles.
“wow! Sylvia, you are gifted. I
didn’t know you sing this
great. your voice too is
awesome.” I said
“thank you very much. I’m
glad you like my performance.
it means a lot to me” she said
happily.
“you’re welcome” I said
“okay, let’s start leaving” she
said
“okay” I responded.
we left the school and headed
to our different home.
I got home and lay on my bed.
I rested for thirty minutes,
then took the books which
Sylvia gave me and busied
myself with it. I got so
engrossed on the book, that I
read it till 3:am. I was amazed
by what I discovered. the book
highlighted a step by step
procedure on how to overcome
shyness. I really need to
overcome this by all means. it
has hindered me from doing
things I wished to do. I made
up my mind that moment that
I would follow the guidelines
in the book to overcome
shyness. I will start putting
what I just read into practice.
little by little, I might
overcome this.
I finally slept off around
3:30am, after much
deliberation on how I would
overcome shyness.
I woke up by 8:15am. I didn’t
have to rush this time,
because my first lecture was
by 10:am. I prepared breakfast
and also got ready for school. I
ate and left home exactly
9:30am. I got to school just
when lecture was about to
begin. I located a sit at the
back and sat down.
immediately lecture was over,
Sharon stood up from her seat
and walked towards me. she
sat beside me when she got to
me.
“hi Sharon” I said immediately
she didn’t respond. we sat
quietly for a while before she
finally spoke.
“what’s going on between you
and Sylvia?” she asked.
I froze immediately I heard the
question. I didn’t know why
she asked such question. I
didn’t even know what to
respond. I only stared at her
open-mouthed.
“I don’t understand” that was
all I could say
“something must be going on
between you two, for her to
behave the way she did
yesterday. If not, she wouldn’t
have left your house just like
that” she said.

I was confused. I didn’t
understand what she was
trying to say. what is she
talking about?
“Are you dating her?” she
asked
My heart paused immediately I
heard that question. while I
was still trying to recover from
the shock her first question
placed me in, she unleashed
another one.
“I…. I…… I…….I…….” I tried to
speak but couldn’t.
“so you guys are……..” she
wanted to speak further but
suddenly stopped.
I realized she suddenly stopped
speaking because she saw
Sylvia approaching us. Sylvia
walked to us and stood beside
me.
“hi Sharon” she said to Sharon
“hi Sylvia” Sharon responded.
Sylvia shot me a glance and
smiled. I could tell from the
look on her face, that she
noticed, Sharon stopped
speaking because she was
coming.
“Christian are you busy?”
Sylvia asked me.
I couldn’t find the right reply
to give. I didn’t know whether
to answer yes or no. if I say
no, Sharon might get offended,
because she was actually
having a conversation with
me. if I say yes also, Sylvia
might get offended.
while I was still thinking of the
best answer to give, Sylvia
finally spoke.
“it seems you are busy. I
wanted to have a word with
you, but since you are busy,
we can talk later.” she said
Sylvia turned immediately and
left. Sharon watched her until
she was out of sight before she
turned to face me.
“Christian you have not
answered my question. Are
you dating Sylvia?” she asked.
Not again, I thought she would
have forgotten about that.
I didn’t respond. I just kept
staring at her.
“Christian why can’t you
answer my question. there’s
nothing difficult about it. it’s
just a yes or no question” she
said when I didn’t respond
I took a deep breath and stared
at her.
“no, I’m not dating her.” I
finally responded
she heaved a sigh of relief
immediately. I didn’t
understand why she did that

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