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TALE OF A SHY GUY (EPISODE 24)

Friday, 20 April 2018






I left the faculty of
engineering
with just one thing on
my
mind, and that was to explore
more.
I didn’t go home immediately
after lectures for that day. I
went to a place called garden
of eden around the school and
sat on a seat beside a tree. I
really couldn’t state my reason
for going there. The garden is
always filled with people who
want to relax their mind after
lectures. I sat quietly, staring
at ladies, trooping in and out
of the garden. I kept admiring
the beauty of God creation.
My phone suddenly started
ringing. I looked at the screen
and realized the call was from
Sharon. Then it occurred to
me that I was supposed to
tutor her. it was already
6:15pm and I was still in the
school. I picked the call and
placed the phone on my ear.
“hello Sharon” I said
“Christian where are you? I’m
at your place already” she said
“okay, just wait for me. I will
be with you in the next ten
minutes.” I said
“alright be fast. I have been
standing here for close to ten
minutes already” she said.
“I’m on my way already” I
said.

I ended the call and stood up
immediately. my phone rang
immediately I stood up. I
looked at the screen and
realized the call was from
Sylvia. I picked it up
immediately.
“hello Sylvia” I said
“hello Christian, how are you?”
she asked
“I’m good, and you?” I asked
“I’m good too” she responded.
“you said you wanted to have
a word with me earlier today,
but when I came out of the
class after I have ended my
conversation with Sharon, I
didn’t see you.” I said
“yes, something came up and I
had to leave school early. don’t
worry, we will talk when we
see in school tomorrow” she
responded.
“okay, I will talk to you later.
let me quickly rush home” I
said
“are you not at home already?”
she asked
“no, I’m still in school. I need
to get home quickly because
Sharon is already waiting for
me” I responded
“Sharon is at your place
already?” she asked sharply.
“yes she is at……….”
“talk to you later” she cut in
and ended the call immediately
without allowing me to
complete my sentence.
I dropped the phone in my
pocket and left the school
immediately.

I got home to see Sharon
standing beside my door. the
first thing she did when she
saw me was to give me a tight
hug. I froze at the warm
feeling I was getting. her
action caught me by surprise. I
never expected to get a hug
from her. she has never
hugged me before and I see no
reason why I deserved a hug
from her now. she held on to
me tight and I didn’t know if I
was supposed to hold her back.
After a while, she freed me
and stared into my eyes.
“where have you been?” she
asked
“I went to get something from
the vendor down my street” I
lied
“okay, let’s go in” she said.
I unlocked my door and we
entered. I locked it from inside
by fastening a bolt to the hook
on my door. we went to my
bed and sat down. I waited for
her to bring out her notebook
so that we can start the
tutorial, but she didn’t. she
just sat quietly on my bed,
staring into space.
My door suddenly opened and
we turned our gaze to the door
to see Sylvia already inside my
room. she paused at the
entrance when she saw us. we
fixed our gaze on her and she
stared back at us with
remorse.
“actually I…… I……….. I……. I
thought……” she stammered
“I actually thought…..” she
paused
“I’m sorry. I should have
knocked”
while she was trying to
explain herself, I kept
wondering how she got in. I
thought I locked the door. it
suddenly occurred to me that
same thing happened the last
time she visited. I locked my
door from inside and she
opened it from outside. I
wanted to ask her how she got
in when the door was locked,
but chose not to ask because
she might give a different
meaning to the question. I also
thought she already told me
that we will see in school
tomorrow when we spoke on
phone. why is she here all of a
sudden. all these and other
questions were on my mind
but I chose not to ask.
she closed the door and walked
slowly to us.
“hi Sharon” Sylvia greeted
Sharon.
Sharon only waved her hand
without saying anything.
Sylvia walked to my bed and
sat down beside me.
“Christian you know we were
supposed to have a discussion
today in school but couldn’t
because I left school early. I
will just wait for you to finish
up with Sharon so that we can
have our discussion” she said
and immediately lay on my
bed.
Sharon stared at her for a
while before she turned to face
me.

“Christian let’s start our
tutorial please” she said
I could see the look of
disappointment on her face
when she said that.
“okay, let’s start then” I said
she gave me her book, and I
began immediately.
After ten minutes of teaching,
I noticed that she was not
paying attention. she just kept
staring into air. her mind
seemed to be somewhere else.
“Sharon” I called to bring her
back to reality
she turned to face me
“”you have not been listening”
I said
she didn’t respond. she just
packed her books back into
her bag and stood up.
“let’s continue another day”
she said and walked to the
door.
she walked out of my room
and closed the door behind
her. Sylvia suddenly sat up
with smiles on her face
immediately Sharon left. she
stood up from my bed and
walked to the door.
“where are you going?” I asked
“home of course” she
responded.
“I thought you said you have
something to tell me” I said
“I will tell you when we see in
school tomorrow. let me leave
you for now so that you can
prepare the speech you will
deliver next week” she said.
shiver went down my spine at
the mention of the word
speech. I have totally forgotten
about the speech. I have not
even made any preparation
towards it. I made up my mind
that moment to start all
necessary preparation.
“okay” I responded.
she walked to the door and
went out. I stood up
immediately I went to my
door. I wanted to know how
she managed to enter my
room when I locked the door
from inside. I locked the door
same way I did before she
came in. I held the door knob
and turned it but it didn’t
open. I turned it again and
forcefully pulled the door and
it opened. I looked at the hook
on the door and realized it had
broken a bit and could not
hold the bolt properly. so that
was why Sylvia could get in
even when I locked the door. I
thought. I made a metal note
to get a new hook.

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