The following week, I made sure that I woke up very early in order to get to school on time. I knew I had a lot to cover. Sharon gave me her notebooks for me to go through all what was
thought in class the previous week. I didn't go home immediately after lectures. I had to cover what was thought the previous week before going home. I located an empty class where I could sit alone and go through all what was thought the previous week. I busied myself immediately.
After 10 minutes of reading, I heard someone calling my name. my heart missed a beat when I realized it was a familiar voice. I prayed silently that it shouldn't be who I was thinking. I slowly raised my head to see Sylvia standing at the door. my eyes widen in shock. How did she find me here? what is she even doing here? I thought Mustack told me that he didn't say anything to her. so he lied to me. what will I do now? how will I get out of this. what will she do or say this time? I'm finished.
She started walking towards me. her every step increased my heartbeat. I thought of jumping out through the window but decided against it, knowing fully well that I might injure myself if I do that. since I had no other idea of what to do, I only fixed my gaze on the floor and awaited what would befall me. she got to me and stood beside me.
"hi Christian" she said
I slowly raised my head to see if she was actually the one standing beside me or not, because I was expecting her to start barking immediately she get to me.
"can I sit?" she asked, pointing to the available space beside me.
I didn't respond. I just kept staring blankly into air. what is she trying to do this time? I thought.
"can I sit?" she repeated when I didn't respond.
I nodded and she immediately sat beside me. she fixed her gaze on the book I was holding without saying a word. I was uncomfortable having her by my side. After a while of deafening silence, she finally spoke.
"Christian I actually..." she paused
"I don't even know how to say this right now" she continued
"I don't have any excuse for my action the other day. I really don't know what came over me. I left home very angry that day, because someone offended me. I was so angry to the extent that I was having headache. I just had to unleash the anger in me before it chokes me. that was why I got mad at you when you only try to pay my fare. I'm really sorry. I just hope you can forgive me. I have always wanted to apologize all this while but was scared you might get mad at me. I'm very sorry. please forgive me" she pleaded.
I didn't respond. I just kept staring into air. The fact that Sylvia, who I thought was actually coming to descend on me, was actually apologizing, made me surprised.
She placed her hand on my shoulder and stared into my eyes. I couldn't stare back at her. I fixed my gaze on the floor.
"Christian please forgive me. I'm really sorry" she said
"I have forgiven you" I managed to say.
I had to say it, for her to stop boring hole on my body. her closeness was making me very uncomfortable. I was not even angry with her in the first place.
"I know that didn't come from your heart" she said
"I have forgiven you. I was not even angry with you." I said
"I don't believe you. Okay if you have really forgiven me like you said, let me invite you to my place for dinner tonight. if you accept, I will know that you have really forgiven me" she said
'Your place' i mumbled to myself. She wants to put me in a tight position now. why can't she just believe that I have forgiven her. now, she's inviting me for dinner. I had never been comfortable having a lady in my room. going to a lady's house might be disastrous. how will I politely turn down her request? that's one of my problem. I don't know how to politely turn down a lady's request. I always agree to all their request, no matter what it cost me.
"do you accept my invitation? she asked
"okay" I nodded
"thanks very much I'm really grateful." she said
"okay" I responded
"I can see you were busy before I came. let me leave you, so that you can continue with what you are doing" she said
"okay" I responded
she stood up, carried her bag and left.
I couldn't continue with what I was reading. I parked my books and left the class. I went straight home to prepare myself for the dinner in order not to embarrass myself in her house.
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