CONVERSATION - EPISODE 1

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"Hi Maureen,” Donald called to her. “Hello Donald.” “So have you had time to think about wh...


"Hi Maureen,” Donald called to her. “Hello Donald.” “So have you had time to think about what I said last time?” “Yes, I have.” “And???” “I am afraid, it is not going to happen,” Maureen said shaking her head apologetically. “Why is that?” Donald asked, unfazed. He was bristling with confidence. “I am not sure I am your type?” Maureen replied, trying hard to be polite. “What is my type?” Donald asked. He had asked Maureen out some weeks back and she asked for some time to think it through. This afternoon Donald wanted to get to the root of the matter. “I am not sure how to describe it…” “You should admit that you don’t know my type Maureen. If you don’t like me, please tell me so. Don’t tell me you are not my type, because you don’t even know my type. We are first year students, so there is no way that you’d know my type. Why don’t you tell me the real reason why you would not want to be my girlfriend?” “Donald, I am not really sure that you and I would be compatible.” “You are still saying the same thing. You can only find out by giving me try. Compatibility is not something you judge from a distance.” “But if it does not work out, things would become awkward between us.” “They don’t have to, if we go slowly at first and take time to know each other.” 

“You all say the same thing but along the line, you rush things faster than an airplane.” “There you go again making an assumption. You are judging me through the eyes of other guys that you know. You cannot use the same yardstick to measure all guys. We are all different. I once had a girlfriend who cheated on me. How would you feel if I said that all girls were cheats?” “But you know what I am talking about. It is hard to go slowly if you care about someone.” “Are you saying that you care about me but you won’t even give me a chance?” Asked Donald. “No, you profess to caring about me, so I doubt that you’d take things slowly.” “Because men don’t take things slowly when they are in love…not that every human fails to take things slowly if they are in love. That is another assumption on your part, but you were careful to mask it. If you have problems taking things slowly when you are in love and you want to admit that to me, then I will buy it. It is not every man that has the same problem, my dear.” 

“I can really see the lawyer in you Donald. I am not sure I am your match when it comes to arguments. Please let this slide.” “Okay, tell me you don’t feel a thing for me. Tell me to my face that I don’t even exist in your world.” “Of course you exist in my world. You are my classmate and I can say that you are my friend.” Donald smiled. “I can see the lawyer in you too, Maureen. I am not talking about friends and classmates. I mean affection. Do you feel any affection for me? I know you are an honest person, so I am confident you won’t lie about this.” “I can’t really say Donald. I don’t know you well enough to answer that.” “But I feel something for you. Something very beautiful…Something unique. Don’t you want to find out what that is? What that might transform into?” “I have to feel something for you for a start.” “So you are saying you feel nothing for me?” “I haven’t said yes or no to that Donald. Don’t put words in my mouth.” “Well, you are standing a few yards away from me, so I don’t see how I can put words in your mouth. Are you accusing me of trying to kiss you already?” Maureen blushed. “Of course you know what I meant,” she answered. “How am I supposed to know?” 

“Of course you know.” “So, would you go on a date with me? That is a perfect way to find out if we have any form of compatibility between us.” “I will think about it.” “That is unfair. I am  no longer asking you to be my girlfriend. I am only asking for a date. Just look at your schedule and say yes or no. Come on, you don’t have to be difficult.” “But don’t you have a girlfriend Donald?” “Has anyone told you that I have one?” “I mean…everyone ‘kinda’ knows that. That girl, what is her name, Wendy; she is always hanging around you.” “Wendy is my friend and not my girlfriend.” “Would you say that to her face?” I think she is standing over there. Would you want us to go there right now so I can say it to her face?” “No, I don’t want that sort of drama,” Maureen pleaded. “So, what do I need to do convince you that Wendy is not my girlfriend?” “But she is always hanging around you. I am sure she feels something for you. Besides, she is not the only one.” “So where is all this coming from? A while ago you said you were not my type. Was that based on the girls you see around me?…who are just my friends, or is it based on the fact that you think I have something to do with them?” “Both.” “What I am hearing is that you feel something for me Maureen, but you are unwilling to express it because of other girls.” 

“I did not say I feel anything for you.” “Well, that can be deduced from your statement.” “You can deduce anything you want Mr. Lawyer. I said no such thing.” “Okay, I have no girlfriend. I know Wendy might like me, but I have made no efforts to encourage her. I am sure she may have said something along the line of she and I being together. If she did, that is not true. I also know that Enem hangs around me and so does Chinwe. They are just friends.” “Now the names are coming to the fore. What have they found in you to make them flock toward you like sheep?” “I told you they are just friends.” “But you and I know they fancy you.” “So are you afraid I might be promiscuous or are you afraid to declare an interest in something that you might want that no one actually owns?” “You are very…” “Very what?” “You have a lot of confidence in yourself, so I can see why those girls would flock to you.” “And you are not one of them right?” “Yes, I am not.” “But I am not talking to them right now. I came here to see you. To talk to you. Should I be punished for being friends with girls? For being nice?” “How am I sure you have not…” “Go ahead and say it…you wonder if I have slept with them.” “You said that, I did not.” “But you thought of it.” “Not really.” “I see that in your eyes, you are lying. You are not a good liar. Please don’t lie. I am being honest with you here.” “It is likely that you have slept with some of them, ‘Mr. Confidence’.” “And I am standing here telling you the truth. Look at me Maureen, I really like you. You are the one I want. Please stop imagining things that don’t exist.” 

“I don’t want drama. Those other girls are drama queens. I don’t want anyone to start talking about me because of you.” “So you will walk away from me because of what someone else thinks or might do?” “I don’t like drama Donald.” Maureen began to slowly walk away, but Donald followed her. “Please Donald, let’s end this. I am not your type.” “There you go again. Just look me in the eye and tell me that you feel nothing for me.” “I can’t do that because I am not obliged to do so.” At this point, one of Donald’s lady friends, Chinwe was walking by and Donald called to her. “Hey Chinwe, how are you today?” “I am fine Donny, thanks.” “Can I ask you something?” “Sure Chinwe said. Maureen was getting uncomfortable as she wondered what Donald was up to. Chinwe was busy sizing Maureen up; staring intently at her – scrutinizing her. “You remember when I told you that there is a girl in our class that I might fancy?” Chinwe nodded affirmatively, still sizing Maureen up. “This is the girl.  I can’t stop thinking of her.” “I see,” Chinwe said. “I hope she feels the same about you,” Chinwe said with a hint of sarcasm. “I am sure she does. Thanks for your time,” Donald said. Chinwe left, still sizing Maureen up. 

“Why did you do that?” Maureen yelled. Because I wanted to show you that she is not my girlfriend. Among them all, she is the one who has been very forward towards me…Or the most forward and I told her I had feelings for someone else.” “You didn’t have to do that. Did you see the way she was looking at me?” “Are you afraid of that? It is a free world Maureen. You can’t shy away from what you want because someone looked at you in some way.” “Everyone does not have your confidence Donald.” “It is more about taking short, little steps toward what you want and where you want to be. You don’t grow by doing nothing. Yes, I saw the way she was looking at you. How long are you going to run from people like that?” “I am not running from her!” “Then go on a date with me.” “ Okay, I will do it!!!” “Yes!!!” Donald yelled punching the air with a clenched fist. “Don’t go getting ideas yet. It is just a date.” “I know Maureen and I will cherish every moment of it. I have been dying for you since the first day I set my eyes on you.” “I can’t say the same about you, I am afraid.” “You don’t have to, my dear. I know you will get to know me well with time.” “That is if someone does not break my head with a stick soon,” Maureen teased. “No such thing will happen,” Donald assured her.

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