“Jude! I wish I can love you, I really do, but I can’t. My mind is made up, I can’t help you, you ain’t the one I love, I’m sorry,” Mary said standing before Jude and rushed out of the class after confessing the truth to Jude. Kitty and Lydia followed Mary outside, they stood beside her without saying a word.
Jude was devastated, he felt like burying himself alive. Thomas patted Jude on the shoulder as he watched Mary rush out.
Feathers, the class captain came towards Jude. Thanks goodness I ain’t in love. Feathers thought in his heart. He was the only guy in school that had never fallen in love with anyone till date.
At that horrible moment, when the atmosphere was tense and Jude did not even know how to stand up, the shame overwhelmed him that he felt that he was literally bound in a sack. When he heard the bell for signalling end of recess, he stood up because he has no choice, the lecturer would soon come. He managed to find his way to his seat, the crowd of students scattered and went to their various classes.
“Charlie, you know what? I like you. You are handsome, and that’s why I’ve been giving u attention,” Bella replied Charlie.
Charlie couldn’t believe his ears, he was confounded that Bella would say such a thing to him. “You mean you like me?” Charlie asked.
“So that means we are boyfriend and girlfriend now?” Charlie asked nervously.
“What is wrong with you?” Bella asked. The happy expression on Jude’s face dropped to a frown. “Can you even think at all? I’m saying I naturally like you, you are talking of boyfriend and girlfriend. Tell me, are you so dumb? have you ever been in a relationship? Is that how you propose to a lady? You know what, I’ve entertained enough of you, bye!” Bella said and walked away.
“I thought she said she likes me,” Jude said to himself helplessly as he walked back to his class.
“That was what happened,” Bella said to Lennox. She had just narrated what happened between her and Charlie to her dad at home.
Lennox smirked. “Bella, guys are very tricky, remember you are on a mission, once you fall in love, you will be too weak to defeat Owen,” Lennox said.
“I know that, I ain’t gonna fall in love with anyone, I know it makes me weak,” Bella said.
“Good! Is the spell still working on Owen?” Lennox asked.
“Yes, dad, but dad, it will soon expire,” Bella said.
“I know. When it does, you cast another one on him,” Lennox said.
“Dad!” Bella exclaimed.
“What is it?” Lennox asked.
“You know I must not cast another spell on Owen, it will make him lose his memory,” Bella said having pity on Owen.
“That is his fate, we just have to do what we have to do to save our temple,” Lennox said
“Dad! Isn’t that unfair?” Bella asked.
“When did you start having pity on Owen, are you falling for him already?” Lennox asked. Bella shook her head. Lennox sighed, stood up and walked away from Bella
“Do I really like anyone? my heart is like a stone. Why can’t I love? how do people feel love? Charlie is not bad, but I know I do not love him, what is this thing called love? or have I being enchanted since birth never to be able to fall in love?” Bella muttered to herself.
Star and Mary decided to check on Owen to know why he did not come down for dinner since he came back from school. Mary gave a gentle knock on his door, and when they noticed that the door was not locked, Star twisted the knob and entered together with Mary. They were met with the sight of Owen on the bed with his head resting on his palms like someone in a deep thought.
Owen didn’t notice that anyone entered, he had been thinking about Bella for days and he did not know why, he showered after he came back from school, and like a blind man who received his sight, his heart was suddenly lightened, his understanding suddenly opened and he disliked Bella immediately.
Owen did not understand why he had been liking Bella only to suddenly dislike her. He may not know much about love, but he knew what it meant to like someone.
The very thought of Bella irritated him, he wished that he would never see Bella again but he knew that it was impossible.
“Owen!” Star called and Owen started.
“Be calm,” Star said
Owen sat up on the bed, he was resting his back against the wall with his legs stretched across the bed.
“What is wrong? You seem to be lost in thought, more so, you didn’t come for dinner, why?” Star asked.
Owen sighed. He knew that if he explained how he felt to them, they would never understand. He thought of how they would react if he told them that he liked somebody today and disliked the person tomorrow. He resolved to keep the matter to himself. Owen shook his head.
“You don’t wanna tell me?” Star asked.
Owen sighed and lowered his head.
His mother took a step forward and he realized that his mum may pressurize him to start pouring out all that had made him disturbed. He had better find a way of stopping the woman. “Please leave, I need to rest,” Owen said.
Mary arched her brow. “Owen!” she chided.
Mary’s sweet voice penetrated through Owen to his soul, he closed his eyes as he heard her voice and he felt a kind of relief that no one could understand. He opened his eye and realized that Mary and his mother were gone.
He wondered why Mary could not stay, Mary would have made his night, he would have chatted with her and made her feel very happy. He regretted how he had treated Mary so far, he knew that he could not have done what he did to Mary then ordinarily, a force pulled him to do it and he can not help it.
“Make sure you cast the spell on him today and make him loose his memory,” Lennox said wickedly.
Bella nodded and went to school, she felt very sorry for what she is about to do to Owen
She walked inside the class and saw Owen sitting diligently in his seat.
“Bobe ariaqum sifolis,” Bella said as she faced Owen.
Owen stared at her wondering what she was doing.
“Bobe ariaqum sifolis,” Bella cast the spell on Owen again and Owen kept staring at her like a dummy.
Bella knew that Owen must show some sort of reaction for her to know that the spell was working, but Owen seemed not to be affected.
“Your spells will never work on him again, you wicked Bella,” the voice of a student sounded from behind her.
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