The Eaghams Weekly: Short Story: Ajaz

Note from the author: This short story is about Ajaz, a perceptive young man who encounters an older woman in her forties who feels slighted by Ajaz’s perceived intelligence. It’s a true-to-life story, that many readers will certainly relate to.

To continue reading the interconnecting short stories of the characters by clicking the title links embedded in the text of this blogpost. Little John, Timothy, Joe Bloggs. Enjoy! 

A kind woman by the name of Loretta was in the reading group that the two brothers Little John and Timothy, Joe Bloggs and Ajaz had attended. Whenever Ajaz came into the room, she suspected the cunning wiles in him, something his intelligence included, she had sold people on who she was as being kind, whilst simultaneously sneering and nonchalant. She had to get by in the world. It wasn’t that Ajaz was cunning – just more intelligent. He didn’t choose to play it that way, so they both didn’t get on, both distrustful of each one for trustfulness, other for the usual wiles. Most people she interacted with were just a little less smarter, it so happened to be. She wasn’t out meeting everyone like a savvy entrepreneur, she was in her forties, and sticked to the pubs she knew best.

She looked at him like a rabbit in his headlights, but he didn’t care to catch her out, no more than she thought she might be found out. He averted eye contact just because, he knew her wiles though they were not strictly his own.

He became the source of her interest until she sorted out what she kept from herself and others, from a kind of coquettishness, not as brazenly stoicin a defiant look at her own qualities. He was on an even keel, whilst she was stirred by the slightest interruption. Although she was very attentive, the pint sized character.

She always considered what she liked from her sizing up of others where the criteria and measurement didn’t work for the whole world, her people. She was thirty years his senior. She got it right about people but there was a kind of deferral to others that wasn’t always necessary in creating her own style and mood, she would need to pay attention to what she was thinking and writing in her diary, not others’ perceived thinking.

When she got imbalanced she would completely forget herself and read into others to the less of her own sense of self, in a phrase she was easily influenced by others by her perception of others, it was still all very subjective though her thought she was looking and sizing things up, it wasn’t objective. She would blow things out of proportion.

There were intelligent people in all walks of life, but no one knew this woman like Ajaz – they hadn’t met her. He would peer from his glasses he wore, half way down his nose, wearing an honest silver chain bracelet and ring, thick in it’s earthiness and plainness.

Ajaz in his youth had been notoriously jealous of Michael, a middle aged man who was pleased with himself, or perhaps it was the joyous equanimity that he sought in his tumultuous youth, where he was emotionally out at sea and dissatisfied with himself more than his lot in life.

He wanted to futher himself without really positioning himself in what he currently was. So he leaned inside a dream of Michael’s life, his footing in life steadfast, deliberate over deliberating, with patience and and quickness of wit and a certain poetry of meaning.

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2. Actor Dude
3. Boy from Bath
4. David
5. Imitiaz
6. Agnieska
7. The Workplace
8. Jack and Joseph
9. On Motivation
10. Angela
11. The Deep Sea Diver
12 After The War
13. Nigel, Samantha and Luke
14 James Changzhu
15. Ali and Some Books
16. Joe Bloggs
17. Naveed and Rupesh
18. Lionel
19. Abdul
20. Ajaz
21. Mr Jameson
22. Little John
23. Adventures of Zhi Xin
24. Dave and ‘Jim’
25. Timothy

The EaghamsWRITER BIO: Zubyre Parvez (BA hons) studied English Literature at Hertfordshire University. He writes song lyrics, poetry, short stories, reviews, and articles for The Eaghams Blog. His poetry won runners up in a competition judged by Simon Armitage and Margaret Atwood. His poetry has been published in Kobita. His articles have appeared in The Epoch Times as a journalist for the newspaper. He has worked for New Tang Dynasty Television as a journalist. You can catch up with his tweets @theeaghams

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ARTIST BIO:The Eaghams aka Zubyre Parvez is an Urban Indie singer songwriter from London. His song The Roots was played on BBC 1Xtra by DJ Excalibuh. He has collaborated with artists such as Mr Hectic and Jason Air formerly of Island records. He has played at The Garage, and various open mics.