“Back to school”
As the holidays continually diminished in number of days left, my focus increasingly shifted to the myriads of unfinished elements of the necessary and sufficient conditions required for graduating. My performance at last terms examinations was not particularly impressive and I had already made a resolution to out perform my course mates in the next dispensation and contests of intellectualism.
As things were turning out with my academic development I realized that the supermen of my class and contemporaries in school were those who were shining in their school work. Call me a budding chauvinist if you like my increasing dissatisfaction was as a result of some girls in my class scoring higher grades than my self. I was particularly peeved by Gloria. She was very attractive but self effacing and I had this long wish to secure and make her friendship my exclusive preserve. She was also very intelligent and I had this conviction that my plan will only succeed with her when she learns that I can out perform her in at least some of the joint courses we were taking.
Unknown to me was the fact that Gloria had intuitively known that I was crazy about her and had pretentiously been avoiding me. At what point this had happened I didn’t know but I eventually realized that she always had this eye catching dressing up while sitting herself at a vantage position for the benefit of my view in the large lecture auditorium. Eventually things came to head when I had a challenging confrontation with one of our course mates who was making aggressive overtures to win Gloria’s love. I felt very bad after that incident and lost all hope of ever being closer to her. Out of embarrassment I started avoiding Gloria . I changed my schedules of visiting the cafeteria and other non academic activities. Then to my pleasant surprise one day, Gloria and I ran into each other and for the first time I had the privilege of watching an unknown side of her manifesting. She told me firmly that she had noticed my persistency at avoiding her and that it wouldn’t have mattered except that she is aware of my interest in her and her interest in me. Now what else is there for me to say than to gallantly invite her out to the beginning of a very long friendship that would eventually span the length of a life time.