Monday, January 14, 2008


I’ll never forget the moment when I first met him. It was a fine evening and the streets were not as crowded as usual. Ayu and I were talking and enjoying our coffee and snacks at the El Diablo Coffee Shop. The place has always been a favorite place for us. We like to sit together and exchange ideas there. First, it’s very cozy. Second, the prices are reasonable. Last but not least, we have the freedom to sit and chat as long as we wish.

At the coffee shop that night, there were only Ayu and I. The others were busy working on our next play “The Screaming Heart”.

I told Ayu I was going to have a job interview the next morning. Ayu was spiritedly talking about how I should prepare myself for the interview. “You should kiss your ponytail goodbye and have your hair cut short, Sekar. It’ll make you look neat and professional,” Ayu said.

Suddenly, a shy good looking young man stepped in. Ayu and I looked at each other naughtily. Ayu whispered, “Are you thinking what I’m thinking?” I whispered back, “Of course.” Then we started to stare at the shy good-looking young man. Believe it or not, it worked. He was standing near the salad bar. Realizing that there were two girls staring at him, he started to blush and look awkward. He was very self-conscious. We wouldn’t stop staring at him until he got to the counter to get his coffee. It may sound strange but we burst into laughter when the guy spilled his coffee and dropped his cup. Ayu shouted, “Oh, poor baby!” “Let mama clean your lovely shirt!” I yelled. Then we ran to the rest room and continued laughing. The shy good-looking guy paid his coffee and left the Coffee Shop.

The awful thing is, we didn’t regret what we had done. Funnily enough, we felt satisfied. We thought we had done the right thing. We thought we were only trying to get even because usually guys like to make fun of girls. How stupid . . .

After the interview, I used Yahoo Messenger to talk to Ayu.

Sekar: BUZZ!
Ayu : Hi Sekar. How was your job interview?
Sekar : Horrible.
Ayu : Why? You didn't get the job?
Sekar : No... I did!

Ayu: Congratulations. What's so horrible about it?
Sekar : Do you remember what we did at the cafe last night?
Ayu : Yeah, but what does it have to do with your new job?
Sekar : It may sound weird but ....
Ayu: Spill!
Sekar: He was the one who interviewed me this morning. He said I didn't hafta apologize 'coz he forgave me already.