FOREVER TOGETHER

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Jackson drove the car into the car porch and got off the car and walked away angrily.

Henzel walked in after him, sadly.

Susanne saw both Jackson and Henzel going in. She went over to Elizabeth who was in the garden.

โ€œMom,โ€ She called out.

Elizabeth was watering the plants. โ€œWhat is it?โ€ She asked.

โ€œIs there any problem between Henzel and dad?โ€ Susanne asked.

โ€œProblem?โ€ Elizabeth was confused.

โ€œI donโ€™t know, but I saw dad and Henzel. Henzel looked doomed and dad was angry I guess.โ€

Elizabeth went over to Henzelโ€™s room. She saw him crying with his head covered by the pillow.

โ€œHenzel, what happened?โ€

โ€œMom, dad will scold me,โ€

โ€œFor what?โ€

Just then Henzel heard Jackson calling his name. He walked down to the hall with Elizabeth.

โ€œTell your mom about your marks, Henzel,โ€ Jackson said.

โ€œWhat is it, Henzel? Tell me. I wonโ€™t scold you or anything. Whatโ€™s with your marks?โ€ Elizabeth asked.

Henzel stayed silently.

โ€œHe scored 5 out of 50. Isnโ€™t that a great thing?โ€ Jackson asked angrily.

Elizabeth was astonished to hear his marks.

โ€œAnd, you didnโ€™t asked Bennoโ€™s favor, huh?โ€ Jackson asked Henzel who was staring down.

โ€œHenzel, look straight,โ€ Jackson shouted.

Henzel was weeping this time.

โ€œYes, I asked Bennoโ€™s favor.โ€ He admitted.

โ€œFor what?โ€ Jackson asked.

โ€œTo act as you.โ€ He said wiping his eyes

โ€œSpeak clearlyโ€ Jackson ordered.

โ€œI got the lowest mark in class and the teacher said that she wants to meet my guardian. I donโ€™t wanna tell you both about my marks. I donโ€™t wanna get scolded. So, I asked Benno to come and act as my father in school.โ€ Henzel said in between weeping.

Elizabeth stayed with an opened mouth.

โ€œNever ever dare to do such Damn things like asking anyoneโ€™s help for such impersonation. You are not courageous, then better donโ€™t create problems that are way bigger than what you can handle. Understand?"

Henzel nodded his head.

"As a punishment, you are in charge of the house chores for one week. I want to meet that Benno first. Where is Benno? BENNOโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€, Jackson called out.

โ€œHeโ€™s not here, I guess.โ€, Elizabeth told in order to avoid a big issue. But alas! Elizabeth failed in that since Benno came downstairs.

โ€œYes, Jackson. Did you called out for me?โ€, Benno asked Jackson with a smile.

Elizabeth was totally fed-up on seeing that.

โ€œCome here.โ€, Jackson ordered Benno.

Benno approached Jackson, โ€œWhatโ€™s the matter?โ€

โ€œDid you promised Henzel to attend his school for the meeting?โ€

โ€œYes! He wanted me to come to his school and attend the meeting. But alas! At that time, I and Lorenzo were blocked in a traffic jam, so I could not attend the meeting with his teacher.โ€, Benno said sadly.

Jackson was very angry with him.

โ€œIf you still wanna keep that usual smile on your face, you may leave for now.โ€, Jackson told Benno.

Benno said, โ€œBut, Whatโ€™s the probโ€ฆ.โ€.

On hearing that, Elizabeth pulled Benno out from there with her.

โ€œBenno, you better leave right now and come after a day, or Jackson will be mad at you.โ€, Elizabeth said and left.

Benno understood nothing but left.

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