CAUGHT OFF GUARD

He’s the studious type although he has a tendency to wing things when slothfulness hits him. Good for him that his mental astuteness gets him through with flying colors. She, on the other hand, is far from assiduous but she’s not the type to shirk responsibilities. She just takes her time and readily faces the consequences like a child accepts sweets.

He reads although he’s a not a bookworm. She doesn’t read that much and is more partial to brushing up on news about her favorite Korean boy bands.

But, every now and then, both never fail to surprise her.

“Miss, what book shall I read next? I’m almost done with The Invisible Man,” he said, iPhone in hand, ready to search for my suggestion.

Trying to hide my joy, I replied nonchalantly, “Pick up Pride and Prejudice and The Animal Farm. You might like them.”

 Mozart rang through the air – a new text message came in. It was from her asking for a book recommendation – classic at that. She was at the bookstore and wanted to buy a book. I knew she already had The Picture of Dorian Gray.

“Pick up Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird or Great Expectations,” I texted back.

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