Mary and her friends walked towards the front gate. Lydia knocked on the gate and a man peeped. The man opened the gate and saw three girls standing in front of the gate.
“How may I help you young ladies?” the man asked.
“Well, we are Bella’s friends, we came to pay her a visit,” Lydia said.
“Oh!” the man said and opened the small gate wide for them, they stepped inside the house. “You ladies are gorgeous,” the man said.
“Thanks,” they said in unison and stared around the house.
“She has just returned from school an hour ago, why didn’t you go home together?” the man asked
“Erm…” Mary who was so poor in lying was searching in her head for what to say.
“We had some assignments that we had to do at school,” Lydia said and the man nodded. The three girls walked towards the house.
“Mary, what do we do now?” Kitty asked.
“Just watch,” Mary said and knock gently
Bella who had squatted over Owen to kiss him jerked up at the sound of the knock on the door. Owen was fast asleep.
“Dad, who could that be?” Bella asked
Lennox stood up without answering and went to the door, he opened the door and saw Mary, Kitty and Lydia.
“How may I help you?” Lennox asked.
“We are Bella’s friends,” Mary said and Lennox opened the door widely for them to enter.
Bella, who paused on what she was about to do, was still squatted on Owen’s body. She stood up abruptly and Mary quickly went to where Owen lay.
“What did you want to do with him?” Mary asked.
“Erm…” Bella try to speak but she couldn’t. She kept looking at her father
“Well, as you can see, he followed Bella here and he fell asleep,” Lennox said and Unknown grunted from the corner of the room where he sat.
“Please don’t hurt him,” Mary pleaded.
“Do we look like murderers?” Lennox asked.
Mary and her friends helped Owen up, they carried him with all their strength outside.
“Dad, are we gonna let them go like that?” Bella asked. Lennox sighed and looked at Unknown. Unknown bowed his head and Lennox sighed again heavily. “Dad, do something, this is a great chance. You can do it father, get Owen back here forcefully and let me kiss him.” Bella said.
Lennox stood up without saying anything and went to his room.
Mary and her friends walked through the gate ignoring the gate keeper, who was surprised on seeing them carrying their mate who was sleeping out.
Mary and her friends helped Owen inside the car and drove home.
Early in the morning at school, Mary stepped down from her car and slung her bag pack on her shoulder, she checked her wrist watch. It was five minutes to 8 am. She couldn’t go to the class to drop her bag in her locker, she went straight to the school assembly hall.
Every student went to the school assembly hall every morning from 8:00am to 8:40am
Mary saw many students forming lines already, she walked towards the line of students who were in her class. She sighted Kitty and lydia who were already lined up, she walked towards them and greeted them, squeezing her way between them.
“You are a little late today,” Kitty said.
“Yeah, Owen spoilt my mood,” Mary said.
“How? What happened after you helped him home yesterday?”
“I left him inside the car to call his mum so she can help me take Owen to his room,” Mary said and paused.
“We are listening,” Kitty said.
“Before his mum and I could come, he had opened his eyes. He spoke in sign language, asking how he got here. His mother who didn’t know much about what had just happened, spoke to him to enter the house first before we started entertaining his questions, he obliged and walked inside. His mum asked me what happened in his presence and I explained everything. His mum thanked me and hugged me for saving him,” Mary said and paused.
“How then did you lose your mood?” Lydia asked.
“Owen didn’t believe me, he said I didn’t want him to speak. He asked why I was stalking him, he told me in sign language me to stop stalking him and focus on my life,” Mary said.
“Oh my!” Kitty exclaimed.
“Owen said that after what you did for him yesterday?” Lydia asked.
The assembly order of programmes commenced till it got to the point where the principal of the school would give his speech.
“Good morning ladies and gentlemen,” the principal greeted.
“Good morning sir,” every student echoed.
“Welcome, I would not waste much of your time today. I have few announcements to pass and I would like you all to pay rapt attention,” the principal said and every student focused their attention on the principal.
“Firstly, I was informed that some students went a student’s house to spy on her. I would like those spying students to come out and explain how they got the girl’s house address in the first place,” the principal said and every student laughed and murmured.
“Spying students…jobless students…Some people don’t even focus on their lives…People really have problems…Can’t wait to see the pigs that call themselves spies,” the students kept murmuring and saying different words.
“Seven Mary and her friends, Kitty and Lydia, can you please come out and explain what you went to do in Lennox Bella’s place yesterday?” the principal requested.
Mary’s heartbeat increased as she heard her name being called all of a sudden by the principal. She looked at her friends and her friends who were very scared looked at themselves like someone was about to pass a death sentence on them.
“What do we do?” Lydia said with a shaky voice.
“I don’t know, I’m confused ” Mary said
The student kept twisting their heads, anticipating to see which class those students were from, many of them were waiting to see the spies
“I’m waiting,” the principal said.
Mary and her friends stepped out of the assembly of students and marched towards the podium where the principal stood. The student laughed with contempt on seeing them.
“Let’s be quiet please, let’s hear our spies out?” the principal said with contempt. “Tell us why you went to Lennox Bella’s place yesterday?” the man asked.
“Actually, nothing really,” Mary said sluggishly.
“You will be penalised for going to another student’s house without informing her. How did you get her house address in the first place?” the principal asked.
“Erm…we searched through the school’s blog,” Mary said.
“Oh. Why?” the principal asked.
“Nothing,” she replied.
“Alright,” the principal said and ordered the three of them to be detained as punishment.
Mary, Kitty and Lydia were taken by Mr. Thomas to the detention room. Mr. Thomas was the teacher that delayed Mary and her friends when they planned on going to Bella’s house. Mr. Thomas was working for Lennox and Unknown, he also had a spy who was a student. It was that spy that monitored everything being said by Mary and her friends.
Lennox called Thomas after Mary had left with Owen to tell him that Mary finally came to help Owen and he didn’t want to do anything negative as at that time; Lennox reasoned that behaving like a good man before Mary was best for him.
Lennox reasoned that he needed Mary to trust him. If Mary could trust him, and if he told Mary that she was not the right lady, she would believe without thinking twice.
Mr. Thomas who was angry at Mary and her friends for going to Bella’s house even after he had delayed them, went to the principal and twisted the actions of Mary and her friends’ going to Bella’s house to help Owen.
Mr. Thomas told the principal instead that they went to Bella’s house to spy on her. That was why the principal decided to reprimand them publicly during the school assembly.
Thomas was happy that Mary and her friends were called and disgraced publicly in the assembly hall. He was happier that he is the one in charge of detaining them.
Owen and Bella were sitting beside each other in the class. Owen was confused, he didn’t know who to believe. He reasoned that either Bella was the right lady or Mary was the right lady.
He prayed to Zeus to help him know who the right lady was. The first period’s teacher came and taught. Then it was time for recess.
“Owen,” Bella called as she turned her head to him. Owen looked at her. “Are you alright?” Bella asked. Owen nodded. “Can we stroll out?” Bella asked. Owen shook his head. “Why? Did Mary tell you lies yesterday?” Bella asked.
“What do you mean?” Owen asked in sign language.
“Mary came when I was about to kiss you and she stopped me, she didn’t want me to kiss you.”
“If you kiss me and I can’t speak, what would I do?” Owen asked in sign language.
“Don’t worry about that, you will speak,” Bella said and smiled.
“If I kiss you and I can’t speak, that means I will be dumb for the rest of my life. If that happens, then it means you deceived me. I will also take something from you that you will never be able to get again, till you leave this earth,” Owen said frankly in sign language.
Fear engulfed Bella’s heart, and her heart skipped and she remained mute. Owen kept staring at her.
“Kiss me now,” Owen said in sign language.
“Kiss?” Bella said.
“Yeah,” Owen said in sign language and grabbed Bella’s head.
Bella disengaged from him immediately. She was scared of what Owen said. She was scared of what Owen would do if she kissed him and he did not speak.
“Why did you disengage?” Owen asked in sign language. Bella shook his head and turned her face, fear could be easily seen in her face. “Then you are not sure if you are the right lady or not,” Owen nodded and smirked. He turned his head away from Bella and kept smiling mischievously.
She does not seem to be right lady, could it be Mary then? If it is not Mary, then who? Owen thought.
The next lecture commenced and Owen paid rapt attention. The bell for long break rang and Owen walked out of the class ignoring Bella. He walked to Mary’s class, Mary and her friends had being discharged from the detention room. They were now sitting in the class trying to recover from the shame they were put through in the morning. They hoped that the school academic activities would end and they would go home to relax.
Mary, Kitty and Lydia placed their head on their locker; they were not sleeping but they were sad, they have never imagined themselves being disgraced like that.
“Mary,” someone called.
Jude again, Mary thought and refused to raise her head.
“Mary,” the voice called softly again.
Mary twisted her body slightly. This does not sound like Jude’s voice, it sounds like Owen’s voice, but what in the world will Owen be doing here? Mary thought
“Hey you, what are you doing in our class, what do you want with Mary?” Jude said from his seat as he walked towards Owen who was standing in the front of the locker of Mary and her friends.
Mary heard Jude’s voice and raised her head up, she was surprised to see Owen, her mouth was partly opened.
Owen ignored Jude and faced Mary. “Mary, if you believe you are the right lady that will kiss me and make me speak, follow me to one of the relaxation rooms and kiss me, but if I do not speak, I will hurt you,” Owen said in sign language.
Kitty and Lydia who did not understand sign language gazed at Owen in surprise as he kept using his hand to communicate. Jude stood still with a dropped mouth, watching Owen speak in sign language.
Mary’s heart skipped a beat, she became scared. She immediately became wary. She remained mute even though her mouth was partly open. Mary mustered little courage and stood up, she signalled for Owen to follow her to the relaxing room upstairs.
She moved and Owen followed
“Where are you following her to?” Jude shouted, talking to Owen. Owen ignored him and continued walking behind Mary. Jude jogged towards Mary and Owen.
“Jude,” Kitty called.
Jude paused and looked back. “What? ” Jude said.
“Nothing, but please respect yourself, ” Kitty said
“What the heck? That dumb boy hates Mary, he treats Mary with contempt and now he thinks he can tell her to just follow him anywhere,” Jude said.
“Jude, come, I have something to show you,” Lydia called.
Jude went to Lydia hurriedly with his schoolbag always slung across his shoulder.
Lydia signaled to Kitty, and Kitty understood what Lydia meant and pulled Jude’s bag off his shoulder. She successfully pulled it from Jude’s shoulder before he can even fight for it. Kitty took some steps backward and laughed, Jude went closer to her to collect her bag, Kitty quickly threw it to Lydia.
Lydia grabbed it and laughed, Jude left Kitty and jogged to collect his bag from Lydia, and Lydia threw it before he could get to him.
“Please give me my bag,” Jude pleaded after the bag had been tossed to and fro by Lydia and Kitty.
“Promise us you would not search for Mary and Owen,” Lydia said.
Jude panted heavily and pressed his palm on his knees as he bent. He was tired. Lydia threw his bag at him and he caught it. He pulled his tongue out at them and pressed his eyes wide.
“I’m gonna search for where Owen followed Mary to,” he said and ran out before Lydia and Kitty could move closer to him.
“Just the two of us are here now, kiss me and let me speak,” Owen said. He stood opposite Mary, their bodies were standing so close to each other.
“I believe you will speak, I’m sure I’m the right lady,” Mary said and moved her lips closer to Owen’s lips.
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