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Henzel was about to burst out of tears.

He, avoiding everyoneโ€™s gaze, went up to his room, locked the door, and sat on the bed expressionless. After a while he found himself crying soundlessly.

โ€œWhy didnโ€™t you guys include him?โ€ Elizabeth asked the others.

โ€œWe didnโ€™t noticed his absence,โ€ Lorenzo said looking down.

All the others were sad. They felt bad that they totally forgot about Henzel. They tried to talk him out of it but he refused.

It was almost afternoon, and still, Henzel didnโ€™t came out of his room. Unaware of what happened, Leandro and Ruth, who had left, returned back home.

In order to alleviate Henzelโ€™s grief, everyone decided to go out together as mentioned earlier.

โ€œHenzel, get ready, we are going out!โ€ Elizabeth said knocking on his door. There was no response from Henzelโ€™s side.

After everyone were ready to go, Jackson came and knocked on Henzelโ€™s door again. โ€œHenzel opened the door, right now.โ€

After minutesโ€™ silence, he opened the door for Jackson

โ€œGet ready, we are going out,โ€ Jackson said.

โ€No, I am not coming,โ€ Henzel said looking down.

โ€œWhy?โ€ Jackson asked.

โ€œMy exams are starting and I am heading to Abel.โ€ Saying this Henzel walked downstairs washed his face and walked out of the house with a bag on his shoulder.

โ€œHe seems weird?โ€ Ruth asked.

โ€œNo, itโ€™s just he is concentrating on his studies. Come on weโ€™ll go.โ€ Joanna said.

When they returned that night, they found Henzel nowhere.

Nervously, Elizabeth called Abel and asked if Henzel was at his house and he said it had been a while since he had left.

โ€œAbel said that it had been a while since Henzel left his house,โ€ Elizabeth told Jackson.

โ€œWeโ€™ll wait. Maybe heโ€™ll be here within minutes.โ€ Jackson said.

After minutes, Henzel was back. He just walked into his room.

โ€œWhy is he acting strange?โ€ Ruth asked.

โ€œNothing, itโ€™s just heโ€™s angry with me because I scolded him for failing in his exam,โ€ Jackson said.

The next day, Leandro and Ruth were leaving for Leandroโ€™s house in California.

Before leaving Ruth wanted to see Henzel, but unfortunately, he hadnโ€™t opened the door.

โ€œHenzel,โ€ She called leaning towards his door.

He didnโ€™t replied.

โ€œHenzel itโ€™s me, Ruth. I am leaving to California. I just wanna see you before leaving,โ€ Saying this she stayed silent hoping that he will open the door. But he didnโ€™t. โ€œFine, Iโ€™ll just go,โ€ Saying this she was about to walk away when she heard the sound of a door opening.

It was Henzel.

As soon as she saw him, she ran and hugged him crying very badly, โ€œI am gonna miss you Henzel,โ€

Henzel said nothing but pushed her away after seconds, โ€œDonโ€™t miss the flight, go! Happy Journey,โ€ Henzel went back inside his room and locked,

Ruth walked away sadly.

And so, they both headed to California.

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