He smiled warmly, “It’s my pleasure. Shogo, you don’t need to thank me since you’re my friend. I am very happy that you’re staying at my apartment, and you can stay at my apartment as long as you wish. As I told you, I have some friends, but I have only a few real friends whom I can trust with all my heart, my brothers (Jorge and Javier), Luis, and you. It’s very difficult to find good friends, too. But I am lucky because I have true friends and thank God for that. Shogo, I hope that next year I’ll find a good girlfriend, and everything is going to be ducky.”
I nodded, “I hope so, my friend.”
“I wish you could find a good girlfriend, and for me, that I can start writing a book. Next year will be a decisive year for us.”
“Yeah, I think so, I really hope so…. Shogo, you want another coke? I am little hungry, I’m thinking we should order pizza.”
“Idiot, you just ate dinner at the apartment, ha-ha-ha…. Anyway, I like pizza. Let’s order them.”
He called a waiter to order them.
I inquired, “How is Luis? I haven’t seen him for a while. Why didn’t he come to the party last Friday? Has he been busy?”
His face became serious and replied, “Shogo, of course, he wasn’t busy. He has nothing to do, man. He doesn’t have friends. He is always alone.”
“Why then, didn’t he come to the party?” I was perplexed.
“Because I didn’t invite him.”
“Why, Gerardo? He is one of your best friends, and you said you can trust him, so what happened?”
He lapsed into his thoughts for a while. And then he replied, “Nothing special, man. I just don’t understand him sometimes, you know. He has a very strange character and is a very weird person. You know, Shogo, he’d had no friends before I met him. We were attending the same university then. After we became friends, I introduced all my friends to him. I introduced you to him as well, remember? All the girls, who he knows, are my friends. I’ve introduced them to him. I’m not saying he has to appreciate me for introducing my friends to him. I don’t care about such trivial things because he is my friend; however, I simply don’t understand why he behaves condescendingly to me whenever I ask him a small favor. He had been totally alone before I met him. Believe me, he had no friends, and he had been alone in his whole life.”