FOREVER TOGETHER

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At the Oโ€™Brienโ€™s house. EVENING

Henzel searched for Lorenzo everywhere but in vain.

โ€œMom, I am hungry.โ€ Came a voice from the dining area.

It was Lorenzo. Henzel ran up to Lorenzo.

โ€œLorenzo, here you are!โ€ Said Henzel. โ€œWhere were you?โ€

โ€œOut with Benno,โ€ Lorenzo replied.

โ€œCome on, come with me,โ€ Henzel said dragging Lorenzo away.

โ€œIโ€™m hungry. Let me eat something.โ€ Lorenzo said.

โ€œOoh, we donโ€™t have enough time. Come on.โ€ Henzel went to the garden with Lorenzo.

โ€œWhat is it?โ€ Lorenzo asked.

โ€œAre you free tomorrow?โ€

โ€œYes, I am,โ€ Lorenzo said.

โ€œCan you come to my school?โ€

โ€œFor what?โ€

โ€œUhm.. my teacher wishes to see you.โ€

โ€œWhy me?โ€

โ€œI donโ€™t know, maybe she just wants to meet the heartthrob of Beverly, Lorenzo Oโ€™Brien.โ€

โ€œYeah, itโ€™s a truth. But somewhere you are lying.โ€

โ€œUh... Okayโ€ฆ I performed very badly in my examination and she want to talk about it to my guardian. And I donโ€™t want dad and mom to know about it.โ€

โ€œI donโ€™t have time for these silly things, Henzel. It would be better if youโ€™ll go call Drake.โ€ Saying this Lorenzo left.

Henzel then walked up to Drakeโ€™s room and knocked on the door.

โ€œDrake, u in there?โ€

There was no response from Drake. Henzel knocked again but still, Drake didnโ€™t answered.

Losing patience, Henzel pushed opened the door. Drake was in there with his headphones on.

โ€œDrake!โ€ Henzel shouted taking away the headphones from his ears.

โ€œWoh! Henzel! What is it? Why are you screaming my name?โ€

โ€œOtherwise, you wonโ€™t hear me.โ€

โ€œOkay, what is it?โ€

โ€œDrake, I scored very bad marks in Biology, and now the teacher wants to see my dad. But I canโ€™t tell dad that I failed an examination. Heโ€™ll kill me.โ€

โ€œSo?โ€ Drake asked.

โ€œSo can you come to my school as my guardian?โ€

โ€œHmโ€ฆ sounds okay.โ€

โ€œReally? Okay. What you have to do is, accompany me to my school tomorrow and act like my father.โ€

โ€œWhat? Father? You mean as Jackson Oโ€™Brien?โ€

โ€œYes!โ€

โ€œSorry Henzel. I am helpless in this case.โ€

โ€œBut why?โ€

โ€œIf dad comes to know about this thing, then Iโ€™ll be done for playing as Jackson Oโ€™Brien.โ€

โ€œNo Drake. I assure you, dad will never know about this.โ€

โ€œSorry Henzel. Better you go ask Lorenzo.โ€

โ€œI never guessed you were a coward,โ€ Henzel said angrily.

โ€œDid I ever said that I am a coward?โ€

โ€œThen why are you afraid?โ€

โ€œOkay, I am not afraid. I donโ€™t wanna help you. Thatโ€™s it!โ€ Saying this, Drake stomped off.

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