“Did you also notice some strange sounds?” Owen asked in sign language
Mary nodded her head and stared around.
“It seems someone is watching us,” Mary said. Owen nodded. “What do we do now?” Mary asked Owen.
“We need to figure out with the person is,” Owen said in sign language.
“How?” Mary asked.
“I’m gonna pretend as if I’m dying, then you call for help, wherever the person is, he or she will show up,” Owen said in sign language.
“I get,” Mary whispered.
Owen pretended like someone losing consciousness. All of a sudden, a guy came towards Owen and Mary. He was wearing the same uniform as Mary and Owen which implied that he was a student, his backpack was slung across his shoulder.
“What’s happening here?” he said as he moved closer to Owen who was falling gently to the floor. He wrapped his right hand quickly around Owen and helped him up, Owen maintained a closed eye allowed his body to go limp so that the guy would not suspect. “Call the ambulance quick,” he said as he looked at Mary, who was dumbfounded and surprised, as she wondered who the guy was.
“No, he will be fine,” Mary said and held Owen at his left hand, she helped Owen to stand upright.
Owen coughed all of a sudden, and the guy sensed that he had regained consciousness. Owen opened his eyes and rubbed his face.
“Ask him why he is spying on us,” Owen said in sign language facing the guy. He thought that there was no way the guy would understand sign language.
“I understand what you just described, I also understand sign language, my grandfather taught us because he is a dumb too,” the guy said and took some steps backward and smiled.
“What’s funny? Why are you spying on us?” Mary asked.
“I ain’t spying on you. My name is Charlie, I checked Owen up in his class, I wanted to invite him to our club, but I was told that he isn’t in the class and since there is a rumour in the air that something is between Owen and Mary, I went to your class and saw that you were not in class. I asked your friends Kitty and Lydia where you went and they said that they did not know. Also , I asked If Owen came to their class, they said yes. I knew at once that the two of you went somewhere together. I then decided to search for where you guys were, that was when I met Jude stretching his neck with a gloomy face. I asked him what was wrong and he said he was searching for where Owen took you to, I smiled and since that was what I was also looking for. I joined him in the search, he suggested that we come to the relaxing rooms, we came here together and we stood by the glasses at the window peeping to see what you guys were doing,” Charles said.
“You mean you came here with Jude?” Mary asked while Owen stood watching, he was astonished. Charlie nodded. “Where is he?” Mary asked.
“He ran downstairs immediately he heard you scream for help,” Charlie said.
“Why would he run?” Mary asked.
“He said he doesn’t want you to know that he’s here,” Charlie said.
“Then why are you telling me?” Mary asked.
“I’m honest, I don’t lie,” Charlie said
“What is the club all about?” Owen said in sign language.
“It’s a basketball game club,” Charlie said.
“I am not interested,” Owen said.
“It’s a special invitation, it’s an honour, just be a part of us, you have the right to participate in anything we do in the club or refuse to participate. It’s your choice,” Chalie said.
“So, it’s more of an honour than the usual invitation?” Owen said in sign language.
“Yeah, you are gonna be a special member,” Charlie said.
“I get, I’m in,” Owen said in sign language smiling.
“Mary, are you gonna join too?” Charlie asked.
“Am I gonna be a special member too?” Mary asked.
Charlie smiled. “It’s not as if we are looking for members, we just need well-respected students in our club, I mean the smartest students,” Charlie said and smiled.
“So I’m not smart?” Mary said.
“I didn’t say that,” Charlie said raising his two hands in the air like someone surrendering, but he was rather mocking Mary.
Mary grunted and twisted her body, she moved closer to Owen. Owen looked at her wondering why she moved closer to him. “Shall we?” she asked Owen.
“Do what?” Owen asked in sign language.
Kiss, Mary muttered in her heart but she couldn’t say it out. Owen moved away from her
“Owen, we having a meeting after gym hour,” Charlie said.
“3pm right?” Owen asked in sign language.
“Yeah,” Charlie replied.
Owen walked away to his class. Charlie took some steps forward, but he turned back when Mary called him.
“Yes?” Charlie replied to Mary’s call.
“I will like to join the club too,” Mary said
“No qualms, come to the meeting, but you ain’t gonna be a special member,” Charlie said.
“I know,” Mary replied softly.
Charlie walked away and left Mary at the entrance of the relaxing room. Charlie walked to Owen’s class. Just when Owen was about to sit, he saw Charlie. He was astonished. He sat down and watched Charlie as he walked towards him.
“Hi” Charlie said to Bella, who was sitting beside Owen.
“Hi,” Bella replied.
“I want to have a talk with you,” Charlie said
“Alright,” Bella replied humbly.
“Can we talk outside? It’s a little confidential,” Charlie said.
“It’s alright,” Bella said and stood up.
Bella followed Charlie as he stood and walked out of the class.
“Hi Bella,” Charlie greeted again.
“Hi,” Bella returned.
“Yeah, I know, I just called you your name, we actually decided in our club to speak to the most brilliant students in school, we want then to join the club.”
“What’s the club all about?”
“It’s a basketball club”
“I love it, I like to play basketball,” Bella replied.
“Is that a yes?” Charlie asked.
“Not really, I do not have much time, I’m a busy type” Bella replied.
“You are gonna be a special member, you can choose to either participate or not”
“You mean I can choose not to come to meeting or go to the basketball court if I do not feel like?”
“I like that, yes, I’m in,” Bella said.
“Thanks.” Charlie said
“We are having a meeting by 3pm today, I would like you to come.”
“I don’t think so,” Bella said.
“It’s alright, that means only Owen will come.”
“You mean Owen is coming?” Bella asked.
“Yeah, why asking?” Charlie asked.
“Nothing,” she replied.
“You know what?” Bella asked.
“What?” Charlie asked.
“I’m gonna try to come,” Bella said.
“Oh really?” Charlie asked.
“Yeah,” she replied.
“Alright,” Charlie said.
“Can I leave now?” Bella asked.
“Erm… actually, I don’t know how you will feel If I say this, but you are beautiful,” Charlie said.
“Erm… well, as the basketball leader, I think you should have my number.”
“You might need my help.”
“What sort of help?” Bella asked.
“Erm…” Charlie tried to say.
“You know what?” Bella said.
“I will rather give you my number, you can give me a call when you have an important information to pass,” Bella said.
“You seem so happy, is giving you my number a big deal?” Bella asked.
“Oh, not at all.”
Bella called her mobile number for Charlie, he wrote it down, thanked her and left.
All the members of the basketball club were present, Owen and Bella were also present. They were sitting side-by-side, Mary sat amidst the ordinary basketball members.
“Today is a bit special, I thought getting Owen and Bella here would be a great task, but they simply made it easy for me, they accepted my offer without giving me any stress,” Charlie said while sitting as he stared at the members sitting. “Apart from Owen and Bella, who joined us today as special members, we also have Mary here with us, she is just joining today, can we welcome her?” Charlie said and everybody cheered Mary.
Mary waved her right hand in the air, she said hi and bowed her head slightly as she smiled.
“Yes!” someone exclaimed from the entrance. “Mary! Awwn,” he said as he moved closer to where Mary sat. “Who brought you here, you are fragile and beautiful, I do not want any hard work for you. Tell me the person that brought you here and I will deal with the person,” he said.
“Jude,” Mary uttered.
“Yes dear, I watched you enter this place after the gym. At first, I thought thought that you wanted to greet someone here, so I waited outside for you, when I realized that someone might be delaying you, I had to peep, only for me to discover that you are sitting and listening to what this boy was saying,” Jude said pointing to Charlie.
“Jude!” Mary called. Mary was embarrassed and wished that Jude would leave.
“Mary, I think you should go out with your boyfriend,” Bella said and smirked.
“What the heck! He is not my boyfriend,” Mary said defensively.
Owen smiled. She saw Owen smiling and folded her arms, she shook her body like a kid as she maintained her stare on Owen.
“Can you stop looking at Owen and focus on your boyfriend? Please excuse us, you are disturbing us,” Bella said and smirked again.
She had always been finding a way to torture Mary emotionally, she got the perfect one here.
“Shut your mouth, big eye,” Jude said abusively to Bella.
True enough, Bella’s eyes were a bit bulging, but she was beautiful. Lennox’s eyes were also bulging, so she had inherited the trait from her father.
Bella felt bad and closed her little big eyeballs, tears formed in her eyes but she tried hard to prevent them from rolling down her face. Bella bowed her head, her heart were wrecking with pain, it was like a sword was literally piercing it.
“Jude, I think you need to leave,” Charlie said while others watched.
“I guess you brought Mary here with your seductive voice, Mary isn’t staying here,” Jude said confidently. Mary bowed her head slightly in frustration, she wished that Kitty and Lydia were present, they would had helped her deal with Jude. “Mary, do not mind them, let’s go. There is nothing in basketball, there are better game clubs that fit you that you can join, not a basketball club.”
Mary sighed. She looked up and saw Owen’s hand around Bella’s neck.
“What!” she shouted suddenly.
Bella who had been bowing her head in pain, but was enjoying Owen’s arm around her neck raised her head to see why Mary yelled.
Mary walked abruptly towards Owen, she imagined herself removing Owen’s hand from Bella, but she reasoned that everyone would know that she had feelings for Owen, and the students will start spreading the news all around.
Mary stood before Owen and Bella, she closed her eyes tightly. She knew she must not act irrationally, she opened her eye and walked back to her seat sadly.
Everyone stared at her wandering why she behaved that way.
“Mary, what’s wrong?” Jude asked.
“Jude, please leave, I joined the club willingly,” Mary said sullenly.
“Why would you?” Jude said painfully, he squeezed his face hard and stared up. “I will leave, but I will wait for you outside, even if the meeting takes a hundred years,” Jude said and walked out.
Charlie sighed. “Can we continue the meeting?” Charlie asked the members. They nodded.
Mary stepped inside Owen’s house sluggishly, she was pained that Owen and Bella went home together. She wondered why Owen would come to her to kiss him and yet suddenly started showing some sort of feelings for Bella.
Maybe Bella used voodoo on him because I do not trust that girl, she is a black witch, she thought.
“Dad! ” Mary yelled happily when she saw her dad inside Owen’s living room. She ran towards her dad and hugged him. Her dad hugged her gently and smiled. “Dad, you look cuter,” Mary said looking at her dad from head to toe.
“Thanks my daughter,” Seven said.
Owen’s parents sat and smiled and watched Mary and her dad greeted each other happily.
“Mary, we should start going home,” Seven said.
“Dad, today?” Mary asked.
Seven nodded and smiled. Mary’s squeezed her face and suddenly her gaze met Owen’s, who was stepping downstairs from his room to the sitting room.
“Mum, dad, I can speak…? Please let—”
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