My neighbour saw me with my boyfriend in a mall...

The reason I’m writing to you is my neighbour spotted me and my boyfriend in a mall last week. I’m worried he’ll tell my parents that he saw us together. I don’t speak to him but he shares a good rapport with my family. Moreover, my parents think highly of him as he’s an engineering student. Should I go ahead and tell him not to reveal anything to my folks? I’m confused and worried.
— Pratiksha

Illustration/ Satish Acharya

Dear Pratiksha,
You say he saw you last week and if he had told your family about it, someone would have asked you about it. So in this scenario it is best to keep quiet. Do not go and tell this neighbour to keep mum. He may have forgotten about the incident and by telling him, you are only reminding him. It is best to keep quiet and let things be. Only if you are questioned, then say so. I suggest you gather courage and tell your parents that there is someone special in your life. This time you were saved but next time you may not. 

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