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For days, Henzel was not seen out of the room often. He came out only to go to Abel’s house or to school.
“Why isn’t he talking to us?” Asked Drake. The O’Brien children (Drake, Lorenzo, Joanna, Martha, Susanne) have all gone for a walk. But Henzel was not with them. It was then Drake raised this question.
“Didn’t we really ignored him? It made him very sad. Poor Henzel” Susanne said.
“We can’t leave it like this. We are the cause of Henzel’s grief. We got to solve this problem.” Martha said.
Their dog Rufus was accompanying them in the walk. Joanna was controlling him by the chain tied around his neck.
“But how?” Joanna asked.
“What is his favorite thing?” Lorenzo asked.
“Candy and chocolates,” Susanne said.
“I am talking about his wish. Like, he has been longing to do something. So, if he has any kind of wishes like that we’ll let it happen. We’ll make his dream come true.” Lorenzo smiled.
“Wow! It’s a good idea bro,” Susanne said.
“But we need to find out what his ambition or wish is,” Drake said.
They continued to walk thinking about Henzel’s wish.
“He Loves Saudi Arabia. Also, he watches too many Arab cinemas. Maybe we can arrange a trip for him to Arabia.” Martha said.
“Impossible!” Drake said.
“Why?” Susanne asked.
“You know, he is still a little child for mom and dad. They would never agree to this idea of sending him to Arabia just to make him happy. They would rather prefer Henzel staying here with his grief instead of going to Arabia all alone to be happy.” Drake said.
After a while’s thinking, Joanna came up with an idea, “What if he is going to Arabia on a study visa instead of visiting visa?”
“You mean?” Lorenzo asked.
“What if he’s going to Arabia for his further studies? We’ll have to arrange food and accommodation for him plus admission to a college.” Joanna said.
“You are so brilliant!” Martha remarked.
They walked over to a nearby net cafe.
“Rufus, stay here. Don’t go anywhere. Okay, sit, sit.” Joanna instructed and Rufus obeyed her. “Good doggy,” Joanna patted on his head and walked in with the others.
They seated themselves around a computer. As Drake was sitting in the center he was the one who operated the computer.
He searched for five-star colleges in Arabia and found several. All five chose five different colleges for Henzel. Joanna took out her phone and dialed the number of the college which Martha chose.
The authorities said that they are a complete Arab school that functions only for the education of Arab citizens.
At last, they went with the college chosen by Lorenzo. King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University.
Joanna contacted them and had a conversation with the vice-principal of the University.
Joanna : (In Phone) Okay sir. Yeah, we’ll contact you later. Okay, thank you, sir.
She hung the call.
“What is it? Do they have a vacancy?” Lorenzo asked.
“There is a vacancy. But since Henzel’s result is not announced, they asked us to contact them later when his result is out.”, Joanna said.
“But we will not be here when the result is announced. Not only that, dad will take care of his admission soon after his result comes out. Then our efforts will be in vain.” Martha said.
“They will give us admission before the announcement of the result if we really want, but on one condition. We have to pay them, twice as much as the donation that everyone normally gives there.” Joanna said.
They all thought for a while whether this is a right decision. Then Lorenzo spoke, “Jo, call them and tell them we need admission and that we will give the enrollment fee they ask.”
The siblings together arranged admission to the university for Henzel and kept it a surprise for him. They kept it a secret.
Gradually, Martha, Susanne, Drake, and Joanna left Beverly back to their colleges.