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TALE OF A SHY GUY (EPISODE 23)

Friday, 20 April 2018





I stared at Sharon,
wondering why she
heaved a sigh of relief
when I told her that I’m
not dating Sylvia. she didn’t
ask any more questions. she
just stared at me for a while
and spoke.
“okay, you can go and meet
Sylvia now. it seems she has
something important to tell
you” she said
“okay” I said and stood up.
I walked out of the class to
meet Sylvia, but she was no
longer in the faculty premises.
Just when I was about leaving
the faculty premises, I saw
Mustack walking towards me
from a distance. It suddenly
crossed my mind that I was
supposed to start practicing
what I learned from the book
Sylvia gave me. The first
guideline I want to put into
practice was how to approach
ladies. The book highlighted a
step by step guide on how to
approach ladies. I will only
follow the guideline in the
book and see how it goes. I
pray things work out fine.
Mustack got to me and we
shook hands.
“Christian how are you?” he
asked
“I’m good and you”
“I’m good too” he responded
“are you busy?” I asked
“no. any problem?” he asked
“not really. I just want you to
follow me to the faculty of
engineering. there’s this
particular lady I saw in that
faculty. she’s just too
beautiful. i haven’t been
myself since i saw her. I want
to go and woo her” I lied
Mustack laughed out loud
immediately. he looked at me
like I just said something
funny.

“you want to go and woo a
lady from the faculty of
engineering. when you can’t
even speak properly with
ladies in your department.
please be serious jor” he said
“so you think I can’t woo a
lady. let’s go to the faculty of
engineering and I will surprise
you” I said
“you and I know that we will
only be going there to waste
our time, because you can’t
even approach a lady.” he
responded.
I was annoyed by his
response. I brought out my
phone and gave to him.
“if you can approach and talk
to the first lady we see when
we get there, and I don’t do
the same to the next lady we
would see, then you can have
my phone.” I challenged him
He stared at me with
seriousness.
“are you serious about this?”
he asked
“I’m very serious” I
responded.
“you mean I can take your
phone if you can’t approach
any lady when we get to the
faculty of engineering.” he
said.
“yes” I responded.
“wow! that means I won’t have
to buy another phone. I will
just replace my old phone with
yours. should I give you your
sim card?” he asked.
“why?” I asked
“because the phone is now
mine” he responded.
“I will shock you. just wait and
see” I said
“you seem so confident. let’s
go then. I will be very happy if
you can walk up to a lady and
speak confidently with her” he
said.
The truth is, I’m not as
confident as I made it look. I
just have to believe what I
read from the book Sylvia gave
me. I had already memorized
the steps. I just pray it goes as
planned.
“okay let’s go” I responded.
We left our faculty and headed
straight to the faculty of
engineering.
After walking round the
faculty for five minutes and
couldn’t find any lady,
Mustack started complaining.
“why will you have to bring
me to this faculty, out of all
the faculties in school. we all
know that ladies don’t study
engineering courses. The ratio
of girls to boys in this faculty
is 1:99.” he said.
We walked for a while, before
we saw a lady standing beside
a tree at the faculty garden.
Mustack turned to face me.
“I will approach that lady and
speak to her. I might even get
her contact if possible. If you
can’t do same to the next lady
we will see, then you won’t get
your phone back.” he said in
serious tone.
without waiting for my
response, he turned and
walked to the lady. I watched
from a distance as he
approached the lady and stood
beside her. Just after few
minutes of speaking with the
lady, I could see her smiling.
I waited for the next ten
minutes, before Mustack
finally left the lady and walked
back to me.
“what did you say to her?” I
asked immediately he got to
me.
“don’t ask me. just know that
you won’t be getting your
phone back if you can’t do the
same” he said.
“did you get her number?” I
asked

“no. she said she can’t give
her number to stranger. she
seems to be proving difficult
to get. I will get back to her
later. I like ladies that always
prove difficult to get. let’s
continue with our reason for
coming here first.” he said
“so what’s next?” I asked like I
didn’t know.
“are you asking me? you
approach the next lady we see
and speak with her. if you
can’t do that, you will lose
your phone” he said.
“okay where should we go
next?” I asked
“let’s look in those classes to
see if any lady is still in the
class” he said, pointing to the
faculty building.
“okay” I responded
We went into the faculty
building and search from class
to class. we later saw a lady
sitting alone in one of the
empty classes. the lady seemed
to be engrossed in the book
she was reading that she didn’t
notice our presence. we
watched her from the door for
a while, before Mustack finally
spoke.
“it’s your turn now. walked up
to that lady and engage her in
a conversation.” he said
“Mustack please let’s look for
someone else. that lady seems
to be busy and won’t like to be
disturbed.” I pleaded.
“that was not our agreement
bro” he said.
“that lady won’t pay attention
to what I have to say, because
she’s busy. let’s just look for
someone else.” I insisted.
“no. we have already agreed
that you will speak to the next
lady we see. you better go and
speak to her, or you won’t get
your phone back” he said.
I took a deep breath.
“okay, I will walk up to her
and start a conversation with
her” I said
“good” he responded.
I entered the class and slowly
walked towards her. she didn’t
even notice that someone was
in the class with her, because
she was too engrossed in what
she was reading. I got to her
and stood beside her. I wanted
to say ‘hi’, because I believe
that’s the first thing to say
when you approach a lady, but
I just have to remain silent
and follow the guideline in the
book I read. According to what
I read in the book. when you
approach a lady who seems to
be busy and don’t want any
disturbance, you don’t have to
distract her by saying “hi”.
Just sit quietly beside her and
wait until she notice your
presence.
I followed the instruction from
the book and sat quietly beside
her. she looked up from the
book she was reading when
she realized I was sitting
beside her. she stared at me
for a while and turned her
gaze back to the book she was
reading. I didn’t stared back at
her when she stared at me. I
just kept staring into air with
an expressionless look on my
face. that was also the
guideline from the book.
she shot me a side glance after
a while, maybe wondering why
I chose to sit beside her out of
all the chairs in the class, but I
pretend I didn’t notice. she
seemed to be distracted
already.

I have to proceed to the next
step from the book. According
to the book I read. ‘don’t try to
distract a lady with words,
when she’s busy. let your
presence beside her, act as her
distraction. when she is
distracted, you can now say
hello.’
“hi” I finally said
“hi” she responded
I made sure that I maintained
eye contact with her. that was
also the instruction from the
book I read. A lady can easily
know that you are not
confident speaking to her, if
you can’t maintain eye contact.
“I hope I’m not disturbing you.
I saw that this is the only quiet
place I can read without any
disturbance, that was why I
came in” I said
“oh, not at all. you are not
disturbing me” she responded.
“you’re an engineering student
right?” I asked
“yes” she responded.
“I always admire ladies that
are studying engineering
courses.” I said
” so what course are you
studying?” she asked
“Economics” I answered
“oh, I have a friend in that
department” she said
“what’s her name?” I asked
“a guy actually” she said
“oh. I see. what’s his name” I
asked
“Frank” she answered
I really couldn’t believe that I
could keep a conversation with
a lady for this long. All to
sylvia for the book she gave
me.

“so what engineering course are you
studying actually?” I asked
“computer engineering” she
responded.
“wow! I initially wanted to
study computer engineering
while growing up. I just had to
change my mind because I
realize I don’t have passion for
it” I lied
“computer engineering is an
interesting course” she said
“so what made you chose the
course?” I asked.
“I have passion for it” she
responded.
I took a side glance at the door
and saw Mustack peeping from
the door.
I turned back to face the lady
beside me with smiles on my
face.
“I have lecture in the next ten
minutes. let me leave now so
that I will get to the class on
time” I said
“okay” she responded
I stood up, took just two steps
away from her and turned
back to face her.
“sorry, you didn’t tell me your
name” I said
“I’m Precious” she responded.
“okay precious, I’m Christian”
I said
“okay Christian” she
responded.
I turned and walked out of the
class with smiles on my face.
the first thing I did when I
came out of the class was to
collect my phone back from
Mustack.
Everything I just said to that
lady in that class was exactly
what I read from the book
Sylvia gave me. I was so happy
that I could approach a lady
and start a conversation with
her.
I left the faculty of engineering
with just one thing on my
mind, and that was to explore
more.

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