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Henzel was sad to know that none of his brothers are willing to help him. He knew if he is gonna ask his sisters’ help they will surely inform Elizabeth about his marks.
He was helpless. Tearfully, Henzel went to his room.
After minutes, Lorenzo walked into Henzel’s room. What Lorenzo saw was Henzel wiping his tears.
“Henzel, were you crying?” Lorenzo asked.
“No, I was not”
“Come on, why do you keep lying?”
“Okay, I told you the truth once, and did you helped me?” Henzel sounded sad and angry at the same time.
“Is this something to cry about? Henzel, look. There is no one perfect in this world. Everyone has their own drawbacks. But that mustn’t stop you. Failing in an examination is not a big deal.”
“It’s so easy for you to say. But I’m sure dad will be mad at me if I tell him that I failed. I just scored 5 out of 50.”
“Your teacher wants to meet your guardian because you failed very badly in a test, and you are afraid to tell dad and mom because they will not be satisfied with those marks. Right? Lorenzo asked.
“Yes,” Henzel said.
“I’ll talk to dad.”
“No,” Henzel said, “No please. I don’t want him to know about my marks.”
“Hmm... Okay. Wait! Why don’t you ask Benno’s help?”
“Ask Benno to come with you to the school.”
“Will it work out?”
“Come on, we’ll work it out.” Lorenzo walked out with Henzel.
“Where are we going?”
“To Benno’s house.”
“Isn’t he with you?” Henzel asked.
“Yeah he was, but then his mom called him, and he left.”
Henzel and Lorenzo walked and entered a small compound that had a one storey house in the center.
“Benno, you in there?” Lorenzo asked knocking on the door.
“Lorenzo!!” Benno came running and hugged him.
“Hi, Benno!” Henzel greeted him.
“Benno, we need your help,” Lorenzo said.
“What is it, Lorenzo?” Benno inquired.
“Aren’t you free tomorrow?” Lorenzo asked Benno.
“Yes, I am.”
“Okay, tomorrow you have to go with Henzel to his school and act as his father. Act like a cool dad. The teacher will say that he is scoring very poor marks, and you must tell her that you will take care of him. Okay?”
“Act as a cool father? What about a cute father?” Benno asked with a smile.
“Lorenzo, you still think he can handle it?” Henzel asked Lorenzo gesturing to Benno.
“No, not a cute father. Act as a cool dad. I will buy you a big bar of chocolate if you’ll play this role properly.” Lorenzo told Benno.
“Wow! A big bar of Chocolate! Okay. By the way, when is this acting?”, said Benno.
“When is your open day?” Lorenzo asked Henzel.
“In the evening,” Henzel said.
“Okay, I’ll come with you in the evening,” Benno said.
Happily, Henzel went off with Lorenzo