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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

I got home and freshened
up. I lay on my bed and
stare blankly at the
ceiling. The event of the
day flashed through my mind
and my mood suddenly
changed. I felt bad that I
couldn’t answer a question
confidently in class. Even
when joy approached me
nicely, I couldn’t even say a
word to her. Why am I always
like this? will I ever be
confident enough to speak
with a lady without feeling
nervous? when will I stop
behaving this way? Am I the
only one in this world with
this kind of personality? what
did I do wrong to be born with
this kind of trait? Am I cursed
or something? It seems like
i’m the only one in the world
with this trait. I have never
come across any shy guy all
my life. where did I get this
kind of trait from?

I was lost in thought.
The vibration of my phone
brought me back to reality. I
stretched my hand to my table
to get my phone. I stared into
the screen and saw that it was
an unknown number. My
heart missed a beat when I
realized I gave Joy my number.
I sat up immediately still
staring at my phone. I quickly
rehearsed a few words I would
say to her when I pick the call.
I took a deep breath and placed
my hand close to the green
button. While I was still
contemplating on whether to
pick the call, it suddenly
stopped ringing. it started
ringing almost immediately.
My phone suddenly became
too heavy for me to hold. I
needed to pick the call. I won’t
allow my personality to drive
away someone who seems to
care about me.
I summoned all the courage in
me to pick the call. I placed the
phone on my ear and said “hi”
in the nicest way I could.
“Guy you didn’t try at all. you
have forgotten about me. you
can’t even call me” the voice at
the other end said.

it wasn’t actually a lady’s voice. it was a
guy’s voice. I felt relieved
when I heard the voice.
“please who am I speaking
with?” I asked
“so you don’t recognize my
The voice rang a well. I knew I
have heard that voice before. I
thought for a while.
“Daniel” I called
“yes it’s Daniel. I thought you
won’t recognize my voice.” he
“wow! so it’s you Daniel. long
time” I said happily
“yeah, long time” he
“How are you?” I asked
“I’m fine and you”
“I’m fine too” I responded
“so how is school?” he asked
“school is fine”
“I hope those girls in school
are not giving you problem”
“not at all” I responded
“is this your number”
“yes this is my new number. I
said I should call you, since
you don’t want to call me”
“Daniel you know that’s not
true. if I had your number, I
would have called you” I said
“okay o, I just said I should
hear from you”
“you did very well. I’m very
grateful. I will save your
“okay then, we will talk later.”
Daniel said
“okay, thanks for the call”
I ended the call and stared at
my phone screen with smiles
on my face. it was good to
hear from Daniel. Daniel is my
childhood friend and a very
good adviser. I placed my
phone on the table and lay on
my bed.
Just immediately I placed the
phone on the table, it started
vibrating again. I took the
phone from the table and
picked the call without looking
at the caller.
“hello Daniel” I said into the

“Christian” the caller called
I froze when I heard a lady’s
voice. I slowly removed the
phone from my ear and stared
into the screen. The number
was different from Daniel’s
number. I slowly placed the
phone back on my ear. I could
feel my heart pounding in my
“hello” I said calmly
“Christian how are you? This
is Joy”
“Joy. how……. how are you?” I
“Christian you don’t sound too
well. should I come over to
your place?”
“No, no” I cut in immediately
“I’m not at home”
“where did you go to?” she
“I’m in the hospital”
“hospital!” she exclaimed
“is it that serious?”
What did I just say? I couldn’t
believe I just told her I was in
the hospital. I quickly took
back those words
“no Joy, I mean I went to get
some drugs from a pharmacy.”
“okay, how is your body” she
“I’m fine now. I will call you
back. I’m on a busy road right
now” I said
“okay” she responded
I ended the call and took a
deep breath. I lay on my bed
and didn’t know when I slept

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