Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Fiction, continued...

Headnote : The opening part of this story can be read in the post of 30 September 2008, here -> Part 1.

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A Bingo Straight To The Heart (Part 2)

Sheffield, England – Winter of 1990

During our student days, me and my three housemates were Scrabble freaks and we play the game for hours on end almost every Saturday. It was the winter break and I was in the final year of my Accountancy course. Aida is two years my junior, studying Civil Engineering, the only Malaysian girl taking up a technical course out of the twenty Malaysian girls studying in Sheffield at that time.

Aida stayed in a rented flat a few streets away from our house and she and her housemates often join us on our Scrabble sessions. On one particular Saturday afternoon just before Christmas holiday that year, Aida as usual, turned up at our door for a Scrabble session, but this time without her girl friends. Instead she had brought along her classmate, Johari.

“Hi guys!” chirped Aida in her ever-present jovial voice as soon as she stepped into our hallway from the cold outside. “This is my friend, Johari. I hope you all don’t mind me bringing him along. Dee and Ann are away at some friend’s place so I’ve invited Joe to join us.”

It was the first time we were having a male visitor in the house and Mei Lin, my housemate who had opened the door, looked at me for a sign of approval. Aida’s friend had already stepped into the hallway and it would have been very discourteous and awkward to turn him away.

“No problem. Please come on in,” I replied.

“All right!” Aida exclaimed, smiling widely as if she had struck the winning lottery or something. “Joe, this is Kak June, that’s Mei Lin and over there is Anita and Nooraini,” she continues to introduce us.

“Hello,” Joe said. “I hope this is not too much of a trouble. Aida thought that you guys may need an extra hand at the game and has asked me to come along.”

“No trouble!” I said, “You are most welcome to join us.”

I wasn’t sure if I was entirely truthful when I said that at the time.

... to be continued.

4 comments:

U.Lee said...

Hi Old Stock, wow, you had girls for housemates? Ha ha.
You know, I never played any board games, Monopoly, scrabble, whatever....I did play snakes and ladders, but that was before I learned to play poker, ha ha.
I would always have a deck of card with me, in school, wherever, even today there's a couple of decks of cards in my car....
but I don't play big stakes, maybe max .50 cents....play for coffee money and donuts, ha ha.

Bet you must be good at scrabble....no wonder you're very eloquent in your postings....like your style.

And so many girls there with you....
Kalau tuan pergi ke bendang,
jangan petik buah rumbia,
Tuan laksana bulan yang terang,
Chahya liput serata dunia.

You keep well and have a nice day....kalu ada senang, pop over, best regards, Lee.

Oldstock said...

Hi Lee,

Nice pantun... you have to give me some time to reply back in pantun form too... heheheh.

Err... the story is fictional, so the `me' in the story is not actually me. Mana ada peluang nak ada housemate perempuan masa student dulu... nanti tak boleh concentrate nak belajar :-)

Thanks for popping over. You take care.

Patricia said...

Hi Oldstock,

I finally got round to reading your second segment - and I realise that your protagonist must be a girl! Am I right? That puts a strange new twist on everything - and I have to go back and read the first segment again! Naughty you - but this is too cool!

Good job!

Pat

Oldstock said...

Hi Pat,

Hahaha... I was wondering who'd be the first to notice that I'm writing from a girl's point of view.

When I first started to write this years ago, I wasn't sure if I could pull it off. But I just tried anyway... nothing ventured nothing gained, as they say. Let us see, shall we?