This week I'm going to post a few excerpts from Love-Shy. As I mentioned last week, the protagonist Penny discovers that there is a boy at her school who is suffering from love-shyness. But she doesn't know which boy! So she sets out to interview them all.
Eye contact: Yes.
Overt signs of shyness: No.
ME: Hi, Jamal.
JAMAL: Hey. Wait, why are you pointing your phone at me?
ME: It’s a Dictaphone app. So. What do you think of this Tchaikovsky piece?
JAMAL: Um. It’s okay. A bit tricky with the key-changes. Why are you pointing that at me?
ME: Do you have a girlfriend?
(SUBJECT SHOWS SIGNS OF DISCOMFORT)
JAMAL: Um. Why do you ask?
ME: Just making conversation. You seem like a nice guy.
JAMAL: Oh, Ms Darling is here. We’d better pay attention.
ME: So I’m taking that as a no. Why? Do you struggle talking to girls?
JAMAL: She’s banging her baton on her stand. I think she wants us to start.
ME: Have you ever kissed a girl, Jamal?
JAMAL: Look, do you think we could talk about this later? We’re supposed to be tuning.
ME: Am I making you uncomfortable? Does talking to me make you feel anxious?
JAMAL: Well, now that you mention it, you’re being a bit—
MS DARLING: When you’re quite done there, Jamal.
JAMAL: Sorry, Ms Darling.
Verdict: Not love-shy.
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