Date 27 Jan 1984 8pm - Escape
He didn't know where he was going He just wanted to get away. As far as possible. As fast as he could.
He ran past the steps that led down to Scott's Picnic Food Court towards Dynasty Hotel. He could feel his red hot face even now. Even with the unusually cool evening breeze.
He should have trusted his gut. He shouldn't have let his guard down. Nor allowed his emotions to get the better of him.
He turned the corner and headed towards Lucky Plaza. The pavement was thick with human traffic. Yet he had never felt more alone and alienated. He couldn't believe the whole class was in on it. How could they just sit there and enjoy his humiliation?
He pounded past Promenade Shopping Centre in the direction of Peranakan Place. So the whole thing had been a sham: the accident, the friendship, the date.
Blind! That was what he had been. Hoodwinked by a smooth-talker. A snake charmer. A court jester on a throne of lies.
He dashed past Centrepoint in all its elaborate Lunar New Year decor, crossing over to Orchard Point and almost colliding into a Toyota Tercel.
I deserved it. It's my punishment for being unfaithful to Tom. Why would anybody be interested in me in the first place?
By this time he was sweating profusely. The tropical humidity and his impromptu excertions had done him in. He slowed his pace to a crawl and sought refuge in the recently opened Printemps, allowing the refreshing air-conditioning to provide some respite.
He walked among the brightly-coloured apparel in a daze, not noticing that tears were now streaming freely from his hazel eyes.
He found himself in the men's toilet and stared at his reflection. Seeing only his flaws. After a long time, he turned on the tap, scooping palmfuls of running water and splashing into his face, knowing he could never wash away his imperfections.
Photo courtesy of Ministry of Information and the Arts
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