BY J J MORIASI
I can feel that she is not satisfied; she keeps on asking if there is something troubling me. I then reassure her of my wellness and bring up another topic. We talk and laugh it out only to come to the silence again. I try my best to conceal it but in vain. She is now very sure there is something amiss. She asks more boldly now. â€œIs there something you want to tell me?â€
I stammer and frantically fumble for a word to calm the situation. I claim the daily stress from school has been eating me up. She politely reminds me that I had already mentioned that. My snappy come backs arenâ€™t working no more. I have been cornered. I either have to tell a very believable lie or the truth.
I get a better option and ask her the same question. She denies and says there is nothing troubling her. I ask more questions to turn the tables but she is smart. She reminds me that I am the one, who had called her, but it was already 50 minutes and I had not even mentioned anything worth noting. It was getting late into the night and it was high time I spoke my heart out.
I scratch my head with both of my hands but it does not help. I am truly cornered now.
I open my mouth but there is no word coming out. She is waiting, getting impatient and restless. â€˜Whatâ€™s up?â€ she asks.
I say okayâ€¦.okay. I tell her to be quite as I narrate the whole story. I feel like she already has a clue. From the way she had been talking is as if she was fully aware of my next words. So, I carefully construct my sentences like a seasoned architect. You never get a second chance to give a first impression, I had never spoken towards the direction I was just about to, it would be a first and time was of the essence. Just as I had said the first two syllables of the first word to my first sentence, she hangs up. Whhaaat!! No, it canâ€™t be, it must be the battery. Is it the charge that died. Immediately, I get a message top up your credit!
..to be continued…
JJ Moriasi studies communication science at Marmara University in Turkey, to read more of his experience visit this “>LINK