*So, S-kun, you wanted to meet to practice English, but...you...haven't really spoken any English. What should we do about that?* I ask as I nibble on my sandwich. *Should I do or say something stupid to make you less shy?*
S-kun doesn't respond, so we both kind of sit there for a while in awkward silence. I figure me pointing out that he's being shy made him feel more shy.
"ACTUALLY,"He blurts out, "I wanna move to the US and work there to improve my English but I would have to meet a person who can support me first cause I don't have money." And then he stares. He just stares at me silently for a good five minutes.
I laugh nervously and say ".....Sorry, can you repeat that in Japanese?"
S-kun suddenly looks at me oddly, and finally, in English he says, "You can't help?"
I switch to Japanese just to make sure he understands what I'm saying. *It sounds like you're saying you don't care about who the person actually is, as long as they have money. That's what I'm understanding from what you said. If you tell me in Japanese, I can translate it correctly for you.*
"Okay!" He says cheerfully. Then in Japanese: *I wanna meet a rich person who can take care of me in the US because I want to learn English there but don't have money. * After a pause he added *A girl is better. American girls now are obsessed with Japanese guys, right?*
Awkward silence. Then he continues *Don't your parents own a house in Tampa?*
Another awkward silence before I finally say, "Hey, you know, I'm kinda hungry," and apparently that was enough to make him forget about the previous conversation we were having. At that moment,
Times like this make me think back to the days when all the guys I knew were shy towards me and thought about half the stuff they were going to say. I think these guys that say too much are the reason I find myself leaning towards the silent type this time around. Lol.