I got down from the bus lost in my thoughts when I missed a step. The next thing
I knew was that I was lying flat on my face on a busy road with crowds of people
milling all around me.
I was so stunned that I didn't react for a while. I
came back to myself when a voice said, 'Aren't you planning to get up for
today?' A hand reached out and pulled me up. I got up shakily and looked up to
see this handsome man in front of me. Oh, my goodness, did I have to fall flat
in front of him?
The handsome young man said that he was Victor and he offered to get me a
drink as I still looked rather shaken. I accepted in a dazed manner. What was I
thinking of? I was accepting a drink from a stranger! He got me a packet of
sugarcane juice and the chilled drink helped me to shake off my confusion. I
thanked him gratefully. I told him that I was late for my extra classes and had
to rush off.
The next day, I followed my usual routine of school activities and household
chores. After that, I got ready to go for my accounts tuition in the city
centre. I wasn't looking forward to it as I was rather weak in this subject. The
idea of spending more time on the same topic didn't appeal to me. Furthermore,
my friends said that a new tutor was coming in, a man who was known to be very
strict and fussy. Who needed a fussy tutor?
I made it on time for my accounts class and sat down in the back row. I
usually preferred to sit at the back of classes as I didn't want the teachers to
be calling on me to answer questions. Teachers should ask the students who knew
the answers and not plague students who didn't!
When the tutor entered the class, I had the shock of my life! It was the
handsome stranger from two days ago. I was quite stunned. I managed to sit
through the class and could not wait to get away. I think my face was red from
The next day, I encountered the tutor right at the entrance of the class. He
teasingly asked me if I was going to fall at his feet again! I told him, 'Not
likely!' and went to my usual place in class. The good part of this relationship
is that I really paid attention in class and I ended up doing very well in
accounts. I actually got a distinction for the subject. Victor and I have become
good friends and I am glad that my little misstep has brought me a good friend.