.'courage'. meaning; 'the ability to do something that frightens one; bravery.' 'strength in the face of pain or grief.' Ekanem feels that the 'love and marriage' story of her life is fast approaching its closing chapters. She cannot fathom why her younger colleague, Steve would be the one to pursue her the way she had always wanted to be wooed. He is everything she hoped for in a man but is too afraid to reach out for. Society can be a bitch as she well knows by firsthand experience.