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TALE OF A SHY GUY (EPISODE 6)

Wednesday, 18 April 2018






All of a sudden, Mustack
and the lady stood up
and was walking
towards me. My heart
kept pounding fast as I
wondered what they might be
coming for. They got to me
and sat down on the available
seat beside me.
“Christian this is Kate. she’s
also a student of our school.
she’s a micro-biology student”
Mustack introduced her to me
immediately they settled down.
“Kate this is Christian, my
coursemate” he continued
“hi Christian” Kate said,
stretching her hand to me for
a handshake, with smiles on
her face.

“hi Kate” I shook hands with
her, making sure that the
smile on my face was visible.
Mustack and Kate continued
their conversation from where
they stopped, leaving me out
of it. He must have brought
her to our table so that it
would not look like he had
forgotten about me. I thanked
God that they didn’t involve
me in their conversation,
because the lady beside me
would have noticed that I was
shy from the way I would
speak. I only sat down quietly,
listening to their conversation,
trying to see if I could pick
one or two lines from what
Mustack was saying. so that I
could use it on a lady when
I’m in difficult position. I tried
to take note of the things that
made her laughed out loud.
All of a sudden, Mustack phone
started ringing. he brought out
his phone and stared into the
screen.

“I’m sorry, give me a minute”
he said to Kate.
“okay” Kate responded
He stood up and walked out of
the bar, leaving me alone with
Kate. my heart started
pounding fast immediately
Mustack left.
Why must his phone ring
now. I blamed the caller who
chose to call him at the wrong
time.
I knew I was supposed to
engage Kate in a conversation
until Mustack returns, but how
was I supposed to do that?
how will I start? what will I
say? my mind was even blank
as I sat alone with her.
While I was still trying to
come up with how I would
start a conversation with her,
she took her phone from her
bag and busied herself with it.
I heaved a sigh of relief and
thank God for bringing me out
of my predicament. At least
her phone would keep her
busy until Mustack returns. I
prayed silently that she should
not stop whatever she was
doing with her phone.
All of a sudden, she dropped
her phone in her bag and
faced me. what I prayed for
not to happen was finally
before me.
I took a deep breath, trying to
summon all the courage I
could. I tried my best not to
show that I was nervous,
because it would be more
embarrassing if she realizes
I’m a shy guy.

“so you are an economics
student?” she asked
“yes” I responded
“that means you will be very
stingy” she said
I wanted to correct the
statement she just made. I
wanted to tell her that
economist are not stingy. We
only try to put our resources
to the best use. we only try to
be economical. I wanted to tell
her that we only try to
maximise satisfaction from
our limited resources, but all I
could say to her was “that’s
not true o”
“what’s not true?” she asked
“are you saying that you are
not stingy?”
“no, i’m not” I defended
myself
“we would see about that” she
said
I really didn’t know what she
meant by ‘we would see about
that’, but I was not going to
start thinking about it, because
my head was full already.
“okay” I responded
“I’m a micro-biology student.
you know my faculty right?”
she asked
“not really” I answered
“it’s very close to the faculty
of engineering. just opposite
Gtbank” she said
“wow! it’s even close to my
faculty. that means we would
be seeing each other often” I
said
I liked the way our
conversation was going. I was
not nervous. maybe because
she was doing most of the
talking.
“sure” she responded
just immediately, Mustack
came back and sat on the seat
he was previously occupying. I
heaved a sigh of relief when I
saw him. atleast I was able to
engage Kate in a conversation
until he returned.

“I hope I didn’t keep you
waiting” he said to Kate
“not at all. Christian had made
sure that I didn’t get bored”
she said
My face curved in a smile
when I heard that, and I gave
myself a thumb up for doing a
nice job.
“good. I like that” Mustack said
“we will start leaving now. I
have something to do at
home” he said to Kate
“okay, no problem” Kate
responded
Mustack stood up and I stood
up immediately with him
“okay Kate, see you later in
school” I said
“see you too” she responded
“let me have your number”
Another lady asking for my
number. I don’t like giving my
number to ladies, because I
usually don’t have anything to
say when they called. she gave
me her phone and I typed my
number. i gave her back her
phone when I was done.
we left the restuarant
immediately.

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