cont from (part 4)
“I want you to know,” Olise began shakily licking his lips and shuffling his feet, “that I have no excuse for tonight. I’m sorry. I’m not here to tell you why I didn’t come, because it makes no difference now”. He paused and sucked in his breathe of air. I’m here to tell you that… well, that I’m sorry. I know that doesn’t fix things up, but all I can do tonight is tell you that I realize how wrong and cruel I was. I guess I didn’t think about that earlier, or I wouldn’t have done it”.
“It’s alright”, Peace mumbled, looking at the floor.
There was a long awkward silence, and then Olise continued: “there’s something I want to ask though. I know you think I’m a real- well, I’m not and I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to avoid me and never see me again, but I would like to show you tonight isn’t a good example of what I’m like. I think I’m better than that, and I’d like to prove it to you. I would like to take you somewhere, somewhere nice and show you that I’m a lot better than what you probably think I am. I know I don’t have any right to ask you out, but I’d like you to give me another chance. I won’t blame you if you don’t want go. I’ll understand if you say no”.
Olise couldn’t remember the rest. He didn’t know how he finally ended up in the car, but he was there and he felt good. He was even looking forward to next weekend, and he was determined that it would be a memorable one.
When he arrived home, the light in the living room was still on, and as he came in the door, he found his father still reading. At least the books were still on his lap, but Olise guessed that his father hadn’t read much. The blur in his father’s eyes was his evidence to that. His father looked up as he came in.
Well, Olise announced humbly, “I did it “. His father smiled. “I knew you would. I’m proud of you. it took a lot of courage, but you’ll be a better person for having gone.”
They were both silent for several minutes, each contented to be alone with his own thoughts. Finally his father sighed. “You know that boy I told you earlier? ” he asked. Olise nodded. “Well, he forgot about the girl – for a little while anyway. He smiled. After his study and a two year mission, he saw her again. She had changed. He chuckled, leaned back, and stared up the ceiling. She had removed her braces and glasses, and her complexion had improved. She wasn’t the same girl. In fact he didn’t even recognize her at first. He wanted to ask her out, he didn’t dare, she was in demand. Finally he built up the courage and asked her out. Along that she wouldn’t remember that night five years earlier. She did though, but she accepted anyway. She told him later – after they were engaged to be married – that it was because he had gone to her home that evening to apologize that she accepted his date later. She said she knew how much courage it must have taken and she always respected him for that. “
Olise smiled and glanced slyly at his father. “I know who the boy be now “.
“Which boy?” his father asked with mocked surprise.
“The boy you are talking about “.
His father smiled, pushed himself to his feet, steeped up to his son and put his arms over his shoulders. “Yes, he said with a smile, “I think you know am”.”Na him marry your mama”