cont from (part 1)
Olise slammed his fist hard into the mattress. If he had not just listened to Smarts’ persuasions, Olise thought. If he had just said no rather than having toyed with the idea as he had done and finally succumbed to Smarts’ coaxing.
For almost fifteen minutes he sat on the edge of his bed, his conscience refusing him any peace. finally he stood, opened his door, and returned to the living room, where his father still sat reading.
“you might as well know it. I didn’t pick her up”, Olise blurted out, as though he was challenging his father to chastise him, ground him, anything to appease his conscience. His father looked up but didn’t answer. “I didn’t want to go”, Olise argued. “Smart didn’t want to go either, so we stood them up. They shouldn’t have asked us. I hate these girls’ choices of movies. You are always stuck with someone you’d never pick in a thousand years “.
“Like the girls are most of the time? ” his father asked with a wan smile.
“That’s different. It’s a boy’s job to ask, if the girl doesn’t want to go she doesn’t have to”.
His father took a deep breathe and stared down at his opened scriptures. “all she has to do is stand the guy up. Is that what you mean?” he asked softly.
Olise picked his lips. “no, she can, well she can tell him when he calls.”
His father set his books aside. “couldn’t you have done the same thing with Peace? ” he asked in the same quiet tone.
“She has no business asking me”, he retorted searching for some justification. “nobody told her I wanted to go. she hardly knows me. And she is as homely as a mud fence- glasses, always on cardigan… and she is only a junior”.
“does any of that give you the right to hurt another person, to break a promise? “
“I didn’t promise”.
“didn’t you accept the date?”
“but I didn’t promise. I didn’t promise I would”.
His father took a deep breathe. “My son, a person doesn’t have to say everything with “I promise” to make a promise. When a person says he will be at a certain place at a certain time, he has made a promise. If he fails to appear, unless there’s a very good reason, he has broken his promise in the lord’s court – in the long run, that is the only one that counts”.
Olise looked at his father and then at the floor. He pushed his hands into his pockets and shifted his weight from one foot to the other. He knew his father was right. His own argument was just a hasty attempt to clothe a wrong in nice way. “Okay, I should have gone”,
Olise admitted begrudgingly. “I’m sorry”.
“I told Peace I was sure you would come. I told her that you we’re not that kind of young man that would let a person down, that you were true to your words”.
“Look, dad, I said I was sorry.”
His father nodded his head. “I know you are sorry, Olise, but I don’t deserve the apology. I wasn’t stood up. I guess I’m a little disappointed, but I’ll get over that because I know you. I know that you didn’t do this maliciously. I accept that. I doubt you’ll ever do anything like that again. But, Olise, someone has been wronged. Someone has been hurt”.
“Oh, it’s no big deal. It was just a boring movie. There will be another one sometime. She can ask someone then -someone who wants to go”.
to be continued ….Cheers