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BY RUTHIE LEE

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~•~• june’s pov continues •~•~
Maria Li walked and stopped in front of us and I swallowed hard when she smiled at all of us.
She’s so pretty and she’s just like how I imagined her to be in real life, I might cry. I looked at her not knowing I’ve smiled my life away.
“hi. . Everyone” she said and her voice is just like I thought it would be, calm and angelic ..
“I don’t have much to say, but I heard about your competition and I just wanted to wish you all good luck, work hard and don’t give up, always fight for the best” she said and everyone clapped.
“that’s all I have to say” she smiled and was about to walk away when someone from the back shouted ,“we love you Maria Li!!” it made Maria Li turned and stare at the two hundred and one teenagers in front of her.
“I don’t know how that is but I love you too” Maria Li said and I glance back. Maybe I’d see that person, I thought, feeling a bit angry about Maria Li loving back that person.
Maria Li said no more before walking out and Mrs Mitch took over. Giving us more advice on the competition.
“Maria Li is goddess” a girl said beside me telling her friends.
“hmn but I still wished it was Daniel or Ricky Goodman” her friend said and she shrugged.
Ricky Goodman I know I’ve heard that name before. Who is he? .
“Daniel’s not talented” Travis who stood beside me said to the girls and they rolled their eyes at him.
“what do you know? Mind Your Own business” one of said angrily and Travis held his hand up surrenderlike and turned away.
“so you like Maria Li?” Travis asked.. Trying to start a conversation with me.
“yeah, more than anyone” I replied.
“how about Daniel, let me guess you love him more than your life?” Travis scoffed and I gave him a weird look.
“no I don’t, Daniel is great at singing and especially dancing but I don’t just see myself liking him that much, I like him but not the way I’m ready to kill myself for him” I explained.
“wow, I’ll add you in my own private world Guinness book, the first girl I’ve ever met who’s not a die hard fan of Daniel” Travis said and I laughed.
“please, she’s just pulling your legs, if Daniel should walk through that door, I’m sure she’ll be the first person to jump on him” one of those girls said Folding her hand making Travis and I turn to her. “you’re just saying that cause that’s what you’ll do, I’m not really a fan of Daniel”. I said to the girl.
“tell yourself that again, have you ever gone to Daniel’s concert? No!.have you meet Daniel in real life no. That’s why you’re talking shit, cause you know nothing about our Daniel” she stated angrily. Gaining a little attention from the people close to us
“hey take it easy there miss, it’s not a fight” Travis said to the girl but she ignored him so I talked.
“for your information miss, I’ve been to Daniel’s concert, met him in real life and I’ve even touched his guitar, so don’t act like you know it all” I said and she and her friend laughed hysterically.
“you’ve met Daniel and touched his guitar, in your dreams?” the girl laughed harder with her friend, I wanted to tell her about meeting Daniel but laughing like this she won’t believe me, no one would. So I just let it go.
“you’re going to let them laugh at you like that?” Travis asked looking at the girls angrily.
“leave them, it’s useless talking to worthless people” I muttered to Travis but he just looked away not saying anything, when I faced by front I was surprised when I saw Mrs Mitch calling out number.
Why is she calling out numbers? I asked myself.
Because of this two crazy girls I didn’t get to listen to the advice she was giving them.
“excuse me! Why is she calling out numbers?” Travis asked a girl in front of us.
“we’re getting our number tag for tomorrow” the girl replied and Travis and I both nodded at the same time. Travis suddenly looked up and breathed out a sigh of relief when Mrs Mitch called the number ten and a girl answered.
Mrs Mitch got to the number twelve and Travis answered moving towards the front to get his number tag and he later came back with a paper like material, pinned to his shirt with the number 12, written there.
“wow number twelve good for you” I said looking at his number.
“oh yeah, I was among the first top twenty people who heard and signed in the competition first, what’s your number?” he asked.
“two hundred and one” I replied and his brows arched.
“really? Everyone’s being wondering who’s the last person that made the competition from 200 to 201 and that’s you” Travis said and sighed and looked forward, “looks like I’ll have to wait till forever to collect my number tag.” I mumbled and he chuckled.
“yeah bummer”.
After getting to the number thirty seven, Mrs Mitch told the people who has gotten their number tag can leave and start to get ready for tomorrow. While the rest can stay behind, Travis was the only person I talk to among the hundred of people in here and I was starting to get comfortable with him, but then he left after Mrs Mitch made that announcement,
So we just came today to get our number tags, but it’s okay, we can use today to get ready for tomorrow. If the competition were to start today I might faint.
*. .
Finally she got the number one hundred and ninety one and I could finally start to breathe, it’s been an hour, after calling nine more numbers she finally called the two hundred and one and I know many eyes followed me as I walked up to get my number tag.
*
Everyone starts to go home and when I walked out of the vast room, I saw Travis outside talking to his “friend” Cassie, I’m not sure if they’re friends, but as long as they know each other and they also talk to each other, why won’t they be friends.
“you going home now?” Travis asked as I was about to walk pass them.
“yeah,i need to start getting ready for tomorrow” I said tiredly.
“well okay, I wish you good luck” Travis smiled.
“good luck to you too” I smiled and walked away hearing as Cassie tells him not to be nice to me that she’d already warned him, that this is a competition.
.
I walked down the stairs not caring if I get tired from taking the stairs, cause the elevator’s full and I can’t wait any longer, as I slowly take the stairs my phone starts to ring and I quickly brought it to my face, to see that it was Erick calling. And with no hesitation I answered the phone.
“Erick..?” I said lowly into the phone.
“hey June, wow it’s been ages since I’ve heard your voice and I saw your missed calls” he said and I sighed. “have you not been with your phone?” I asked, I’ve stopped walking and I rested my back on the wall.
“where are you, your voice is– are you at DH?” he asked.
“yeah. Are you too?”.
“no I’m at home,” he said and a wave of disappointment suddenly wash my sudden happy mood.
“you’re enjoying yourself alone at home right?” I said and smiled in a teasing
“enjoying myself. Yeah I wish. I just sneaked up to take this call, can’t you hear the way I’m talking and breathing at the same time?” he said and I don’t know if he’s pretending to breathe and talk when he said that or I just heard me talk breathlessly after hearing him say that.
“well…. why are you talking like that?” I asked.
“my dad got me a dance lesson teacher, and dancing is not me, my dance teacher said my body’s too stiff and I think I’ve gotten eighty percent of all the bone in my broken, so just pray for me” Erick said and I laughed hysterically.
“don’t worry keep practicing and you’ll get better in time” I blurted trying to get him hyped.
“my dad said there’s no time and I agree, also with my dad and my dance teacher, my body’s too stiff and I barely move” Erick said and I heard a voice calling his name.
“maybe you’re not gifted with dancing, but sure hell you’re the best when it comes to singing” I said and I could feel his smile.
“thanks.. That made my day” he mumbled from the other side of the line .
“so just keep working hard you’ll get there” I adviced he scoffed.
“I should be the one saying that, anyway I have a surprise for you” Erick said.
“a surprise?”.
“you’re still inside DH right?” he asked.
“yeah” I replied
“good, can you go to the relinquished studio, the one we went the first day you came to DH l have a surprise there for you there” he explained and I smiled, couldn’t help the happiness that bubbled up in me.
Who doesn’t like surprises.
“well I’m on my way” I said as I walked up the stairs and I heard his small chuckle from the phone.
The elevator that was full minutes ago had already become empty and I walked in happily going to the last floor.
Finally I got to the last floor and Erick has been talking to me since then on the phone, and when I got to the last floor I announced and he muttered good. Still talking to Erick I walked though the immense hallway and finally got to the deserted studio, I looked sideways before turning the door knob, pushed the door open and walked in, I stopped on my tracks when I saw Daniel inside the studio, in a white transparent shirt, he was swearing profusely and his shirt was glued to his body showing his abs.
“can you close the door and come in” Daniel said and I closed the door immediately not realising I’ve been standing and staring.
“sorry.” I apologized.
“I left my dance teacher and I just don’t want anyone to know I’m here” Daniel said. Am in a room with Daniel Anderson again coincidentally, and who the hell’s going to believe me if I tell the tale.
“is that Daniel?” Erick asked from the phone.
“yes..” I replied lowly
Daniel muttered something and I didn’t know if it was for me or himself. But I didn’t bother to ask him.
“so I’m in here and where’s the surprise?” I whispered to Erick
“look at where you sat the other day” he said and my eyes moved to where I sat that day and I saw a yellow parcel on the chair making me gasp a little.. I Walked up to the chair and glance at Daniel who was way focused on his phone, good. He’s not watching me!.
I walk to the chair and grabbed the yellow packaging, “hold on” I said to Erick before taking off the wrappings and my head tilted when I saw a box with a portable computer tablet drawn on the box and opening and peeking inside the box, I saw the real tablet.
I picked up my phone and said into the phone. “Erick?” I called.
“yes.. I’m still here” he said cheerfully
“I don’t get why you bought a tablet for me” I said.
“oh that’s not for you June, that’s for Augie, you think I’ve forgotten about him, he’s a lovely and lonely child who needs technology , I’m not sure he knows what they call television” Erick said and I sighed.
“of course he knows, this is just going to spoil him even more and he doesn’t needs this at all he has me, grandma and Ella” .
“oh June, you worry too much, you’ll be way busy getting ready for the competition you won’t have time for him, and your grandma has nothing to say to Augie, she’s older. And Ella even though they love each other so much, Augie still can’t understand her so give the child a break June, stop being so motherly, I mean even the modern mothers knows what best for their children, you’re acting like the mothers from the nineteenth century”. Erick blurted.
“for your information, I don’t act motherly I just care about him too much and of course I am his mother!” I said dramatically.
“wow. So I was right you’re Augie’s mom! So you’ve been lying to me.. Okay no more lies who’s the father?” Erick said in a stupid but serious tone and I wished I could reach his neck and squeeze it through my phone.
“Erick, you play too much, you play with everything, just go back to your stupid dance lesson, I hope your body never gets flexible” I said and he laughed.
“well guess what?!! Saying that, i just got flexible and if Daniel and I were to be in a dancing competition I’ll beat up his ass” Erick added with a small laugh.
“in your widest dreams, Daniel’s going to….. I paused when I noticed I’m talking about Daniel and he’s behind me, I slowly turned and I saw him staring at me curiously, I bowed apologetically and turned to my front
“I’ll talk to you later” I said into the phone and hang up.
I grabbed the Erick so called surprise and head for the door. Just as I was about to go Daniel called me. Well that’s not my name but I’ll take it
“July!!” he called.
“it’s June” I turned giving a faux smile
“oh yeah sorry.. I.. I just want you to tell know you saw me here” he said and I nod, I knew he had more to say but I didn’t know why he didn’t say it. “don’t worry I’m not tattle tale” I mumbled as I walked out of the studio.
*
I took a bus home and when I got home, it was at exactly 3:pm and after checking on my grandma and seeing her sleeping with Ella sleeping beside her too I breathed out a sigh of relief and after resting too, I started to practice by singing my voice out for tomorrow thinking of songs to sing, I finally decided on soaring high by Maria Li. After practicing for some time Augie walked into the house and happily gave me a hug..
“what’s that.” he asked referring to the tablet on the table. Dang it! I forgot to put it away,
“it’s.. It’s yours..” I said, I cannot lie to the poor boy.
“mine?!” he asked befuddled.
“yes, it’s yours” I said and knelt down to take the tablet and I pull it out of the box and handed it to Augie who couldn’t take his eyes off it already.
“Erick bought it for you” I said and he smiled happily taking it from me.
“wow Erick’s the best! My own phone, it’s bigger than yours” he said happily
“you like it?” I asked.
“yes!!!!!”
“you can play cool games on it and you can also watch cartoons on it” I said and his eyes almost popped out, “Really?” he asked and I nodded with a smile.
“okay.. How does it work?” Augie asked still grinning from ear to ear wanting to sit down.
“no. No..” I said taking the tablet from him. “you’re not going to get distracted by this, first take your bath do your homework and comeback to take it from me” I said and he quickly stood up, nod happily and ran inside with his backpack.
“hey don’t just pour water on your hair okay, I can tell if you didn’t shower!!!!” I yelled and turned back to the phone, I turned it on, set everything and I quickly fixed a password. Surprisingly there were games installed in the tablet already, and after everything was set, Augie came running into the living room with his backpack, his hair was wet water dripping down on to his changed clothes and I sighed angrily.
“you haven’t started using it and you’re behaving like this” I said grabbed a towel from our hamper beside the wall and I dried Augie’s hair. After that we both worked on his homework and he was pretty excited when I showed him how to use his new tablet.
**
It was nighttime, Augie and Ella had watched different kind of shows for kids and are still watching it. My grandma was with them for a while before going inside to nap.
While I laid outside and watched the stars thinking about the competition tomorrow, and after a lot of thoughts I started to feel sleepy and I head inside, I took the tablet from Augie and told him its enough for today, we both went to bed that night, with different feeling in us and I know mine was nervousness. *
*
*
The day of the competition, no one had to tell me to get ready cause I started to feel all jittery and hyped when I got to from my bed and after getting Augie ready for school and eating breakfast with him, I got dressed too and I felt like I was on top of the world when I walked out of the house and made my way to DH….
Well my psyched and hyped mood died when a hundred of teens stood beside me with instruments some with mini sized piano and majority of them with guitar and some were also warming up their voices, I felt low, I felt timid and I suddenly wished I could disappear.
Why didn’t I bring any instrument! I thought.. ‘you can’t even play anyone’ my subconscious remind me and I sighed.
Okay maybe I should try warming up my voice, I thought and when I tried to even say anything I couldn’t hear my voice, oh no.. Nervousness is taking over me.. I started to breathe in and out like a pregnant lady having contractions and I heardy a familiar laugh behind me.
“Travis” I said when I turned.
“you nervous?” he asked.
“am afraid so.. But not really I mean. I.. ” I stopped talking, I can’t lie but I really don’t want anyone to know I’m nervous, they’ll use that advantage..
“you don’t have to pretend you’re not nervous, let me tell you a secret” he said and leaned closer to my ear.
“I think I’m the most nervous person here, I am nervous as hell” he said and stood straight. I chuced and he widened his eyes at me.
A woman came and made an announcement but my mind wasn’t where she was cause I was trying to get a hold of myself cause I could already hear my heartbeat.
Everyone starts to move out of the room and I followed them regretting why I didn’t listen to the announcement.
We all stood outside the hallway and suddenly the woman who gave the announcements I didn’t listen to came out and told the first (number one)person to walk in the room we all just came out, with her, and the girl happily grabbed her guitar and walked in. Three minutes later she came out looking dull and my heart start to race.
“June! You’re nervous. Don’t be” Travis said to me making me flinch and I nod even if I can’t control it.
The second person went in and she came out with the same expression. The third person, he had a smile on his face and when he came out he started to talk to his friends about something.
“you know if you’re nervous, you’re always welcome to hold my hand” Travis said and I looked up at him, he reminds me of Erick so much, and I miss so much.
“no thank you” I smiled
“hey. .. Don’t be that kind of girl” Travis said and held my hand clasping our fingers together. “no Tra.. I tried to oppose but he ignored me by looking away.
I let him be and held his hand tighter, the number got to number seven and the girl didn’t last a minute she walked out of the room and walked away angrily.
I’m number two hundred and one and they’re still in number eight, I still have like a lot of time so there’s no need for me to panic.
They got to number twelve and Travis quickly let go of me.
“wish me luck June” he said and I smiled at him. “good luck” .
Travis went in and later came out looking like himself. No expression.
“how did you do?” I asked.
“I think I tried my best,” he replied.
“well let’s just hope for the best” I added and he nods.

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The number moved up to twenty and my nervousness had already start to die down, many people had left with anger people who knew they didn’t tried, Travis stayed behind, cause they were still asked to stay behind to know if they’ve made it to the top forty, but some who knew they didn’t have a chance left already.
*
They got to the number forty seven and Cassie, Travis friend went inside with her guitar, she came out later smirking.
“She did pretty great” Travis smiled.
“really? How did you know?” I asked
“that’s Cassie best face expression, did great, and when it comes to something like this, she’s pretty confident in her self” Travis tells me and I nod. I have to be pretty confident in myself too.
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Finally after hours of waiting they finally got to the number two hundred and the girl came out crying, and as they called my number, my heart almost jumped out of my chest.
I walked into the room and in front of me was a table and behind those tables were three unfamiliar faces with fierce looking at me. Two female and a male.
“and you’re June Peterson.. Is that right?” one of the woman said and I nod.
“okay June.. show us what you got” the woman said and I turned away to clear my throat and then I looked back at them.
Have confident in yourself June. I tell myself and I breathed out heavily before starting..
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Flower Boy Episode 55 ( finally together )

By Oyebamiji Samue

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Anthony’s POV

I blinked my eyes and cursed my mind. What sort of a horrible imagination is that. why in the world will I shoot my Nancy

I bowed my head when I couldn’t stand the terrible sight again, he’s my father and he had done something terrible in the past

If this is a way of him learning his lesson, it’s alright by me. I just can’t keep watching . He and Romeo killed innocent men . I think it’s good they go through pains

I keep breathing painfully as the screams of my father keep penetrating heavily into my ears

“I’ll confess , please” I heard my father say

“Good” Brandon said and Nancy left them

I raised my head and watched my dad and Romeo worn out as a result of the pains they had gone through at the hands of Nancy

They killed Nancy’s parent, she has all the right to punish them too

Brandon placed his hand on record and signaled with his head for Romeo to start

“Evil is bad. I’d lived all my life believing evil is good, I have no conscience I must say. I sent Noel to kill Donna’s family two years ago. He planted the plane crash that happened and caused the death of the family I had issues with which is Steeves Scot, the owner of the second largest record label then and other innocent men” Romeo confessed and swallowed

Brandon signaled for my dad to speak

“I’m ready to go through the consequences of what I’d done in the past. I was sent by Romeo to kill Steve Scot and I orchestrated the plane crash too ” My dad said and Brandon stopped the record

He did some stuffs to the record and after few minutes , the cops entered and without uttering a word , they handcuffed my dad and Romeo and led them out

I thought I’ll cry but tears isn’t coming from my eyes

Nancy walked sullenly towards the exit of the room

“Donna” I called and she paused

I stood and walked closed to her and hugged her from behind

“I do not deserve to be your girlfriend again, I slapped your father and punished him right before you” She said feeling unworthy

“You a strong lady, I like your tenacity and sagacity . I ain’t moved. I love you” I said and turned her romantically to me

“You forgive me?” She asked shyly

“Yes I do. I’m happy you took proper revenge for your family, the government are gonna judge them rightly and accordingly” I said

“I’m the loser here , I loosed Nancy for real, even though I loved her , I give it up from today ” Brain said with tears pouring from his face and walked out with Scot

Williams walked closer to us and smiled at us

“Nancy, I’m glad you are strong enough to fight for your parents, enjoy your new relationship with your lost love. Romeo is down, Brian has given up , no more enemies, have all the fun” Williams said and walked out with Brandon

I raised my head and stared at Anthony

“Flower boy, you hated ladies cus of me , you stood and keep loving me even when it is obvious that I’m dead . A man like you is scarce . I love you so much Anthony” she said

” I Love you too” I replied and placed my lips on hers

We kissed

 

💙 Epilogue 💜

( Let’s have fun )

Edward’s POV

“Dear, don’t you think it’s high time we find where our son is” my wife said

Tears poured from my eyes

“Stop crying Ed” My wife said and I cleaned it with my palm.

For Brian to leave King’s empire, I sacrificed my eye. My eyes was removed and I’d become blind since then. Even if we find Brian, I’m not gonna be able to see how his face looks like

“Where do we get started ?” I asked my wife

“Visit Nicholas of course ” my wife said

“In the prison?” I asked

“Sure, we will request to see him and I’m sure they’ll grant us our request. We gonna thank him for taking care of our son all this while and ask about the whereabout of Brian” my wife said and I nodded

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“I really feel pathetic for Nicholas , just when his musical school is hitting the whole of America, his wrongs in the past caught up on him and now he and Romeo will be spending the rest of there days at the cell ” I lamented

“We do not know our fate too neither do we know King’s fate ” my wife said and I nodded

He held me by my left hand while I held my rod walking with my legs and my sense

King had given us freedom since we are now his retired assassin

My wife drove us in a car out of King’s empire and after what looks like one hour, we arrived at a building I have no idea how it looks like cus I can’t see

My wife spoke with some personals and after series of processes, we were led to a place

My wife made me sit and I sat

“Dear, this is Nicholas ” My wife said and I arched my brow

“My good friend, I’m so sorry for your predicament ” I said

“Oh! I’d accepted my fate already. How come you are blind?” Nicholas asked

“You know none of us or our children are to leave King’s empire ? I pleased with King for Brian to leave the empire , he agreed on one condition which is to donate my eyes. And I obliged ” I said

“Aw! So sorry! ” Nicholas said

“Thanks so much dear , Thanks for taking care of our son all this while , We really appreciate ” My wife thanked Nicholas

” You welcome” Nicholas replied

“Where is Brian presently ?” My wife asked

“He should be at the house I built for the flower boys ” Nicholas said and I nodded

Nicholas described the house for us and we mourned his predicament a little and left the place to the flower boy’s place

“We there ” My wife said as he brought the car to an halt outside the house

We both stepped down

Edward’s wife POV

I saw two boys entered flower boys house , I held my husband and we both walked closer to them

“Hey” I called and they turned

“What! Mum! ” Brian shouted happily in amazement and hugged me tightly

I received the hug and tears poured from my eyes

My heart pricks and guilt overwhelmed me when I realized that I snatched him from his real mother

“Mum” He called again and cried

Tears poured from my face not just because I’d missed him so much but because I stole him and told lie for my husband that he’s our son

A car drove towards us and paused and three people came out

Two males and a female

“Mum, meet Scot, my friend” Brian introduced me to the boy standing beside him and I took my gaze off those that just arrived to the boy I saw with Brian whose name is Scot

“Hi Scot” I greeted him and he smiled

“Thanks for coming for Brian” Scot said and I nodded and took my face back to the new set of people that had just arrived

They walked closer to us while the lady just keep smiling, I wonder why

“Brian, I still love you despite all you’ve done for me, we in the same record label and we have a lot of songs to sing together in the future ” The guy said

“Anthony, I’m so sorry for all I’d done too, enjoy your relationship with Nancy” Brian said and I noticed that the guy called Anthony is the perfect definition of handsomeness

“Meet my mum” Brian said and Anthony greeted me while I retorted his greeting

“Meet my girlfriend, Donna” Anthony introduced the beautiful lady beside her

We exchanged pleasantries and something caught my attention in her eyes

There is a thin white line at her eye ball , I keep staring into her face even after we had exchanged pleasantries

My heart keep beating in fear, I quickly turned at Brian and looked into his eyes, he had the same tiny white line at his eyeball

“Are you confused ?” A guy asked

“Excuse me?” I asked the guy

“I’m Brandon, I’m a robot. I knew what you saw so I asked if u are confused, let me help you solve your confusion ” Brandon said and brought out some picture

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“Check this pic out” He said and handed over some pics to me

They were the pic of the woman I stole Brian from

“Have this too” Brandon said and brought out some documents from his briefcase and handed it over to me

I read through it and noticed it was DNA text result confirming that Donna and Brian are brothers and sisters

“Brian, Nancy , who is now Donna is your sister ” Brandon said and I arched my brow

” I carried out a DNA text on everyone when I was just reasoning if anyone is connected in any way, I was stunned when I found out that they are from the same mother and father. I have no idea how they got separate that they didn’t even know themselves again” Brandon said

“I do. It’s all my fault” I said and sniffed

“I stole Brian from his real mother and made him our child” I said

“I thought as much ” Edward said and cursed under his breath

“Edward I’m sorry” I turned at him and pleaded

He bowed his head painfully not saying anything

“It was all because I was barren then and Nicholas needs a child seriously , that was why I stole Brian on the very day her mother birthed her ” I said and everyone expressed their amazement

“You mean to say I loose my eye cus of another person’s son” Edward said

“I’m sorry” I pleaded with tears pouring from my face

“Dad, don’t talk like that, I know you loved me and I really love you too dad, I will never forget you” Brian said

“The sacrifice I made for you to be free then was that I donated my eyes , king removed it” Edward said and cried loudly

“Dad, I’m so sorry about that ” Brian said and walked closer to Edward and hugged me tight while Edward keep crying like a baby

” Brian disengaged from his dad and turned at Donna. Mum, you stole me from birth from my real mother? And I happen to be the real brother of Donna . What! You my sister for real ?” Brian asked Nancy while Nancy keep staring at him without expressing any emotions

“I’d done negative things to hurt you all this while, I’m happy I’d not kiss you nor do anything intimate with you. Could that be the reason why you only find comfort in me , you liked me and I know that. But you can’t love me cus we blood. I think the Love I have for you is either lust or infatuation, cus If I truly Love you, I shouldn’t be against whatever makes you happy. I’m so …so ..so..sorry Donna” Brian said and cried

Donna walked closer to Brian and hugged him

“Our parents got bombed in a plane crash, I never get to see them or know whom they are ” Brian Lamented and cried hardly as he huggs Donna tightly

The atmosphere became emotional as I turned my teary eyes at Scot and saw Scot cleaning tears off the corner of his face

Anthony watched the brother and sister hug and he maintained a pitiful and pathetic expression

” Guys, I think I’ll have to leave your life at this junction” Brandon said and Karen walked in sadly

“Karen ” Brian called as Karen walked closer to them

“Why you sad?” Brian asked

“My dad will be spending the rest of his life at the prison and I can’t have Anthony too . I’ve lost everything and I’m leaving this house ” Karen said as he walked inside the house

“Friends, before I leave , I will like you to know the real me ” Brandon said and pulled off the facial mask on his face.

Omg!
What the hell!
Jeez!
My goodness!

Everyone exclaimed as I stared around wondering why they were all surprised

” Larry! ” Nancy called

“Yeah, I have to pretend like a robot to help ya’all. I’m done with my mission. I have no feelings for Patricia, I just don’t like the way flower boys treats ladies. Ladies are to be treated with respect not to be hated no matter what our past hold” Larry teaches as we all listened

Karen walked closer to us ready to walk away while another girl entered

She ran to Donna and tears poured from her eyes

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Why is this girl crying ?

“My Love for Scot made me do what I did. I was the lady that pretended like Karen just to get Anthony confused. I know I betray you, I’m sorry. But Scot propelled me into doing it” The girl pleaded

“Patricia, forget it , we are not perfect, I forgive you. ” Nancy said and hugged Patricia

They disengaged and Patricia turned at Scot

Scot bowed his head feeling guilty while Karen walked closer to him and hugged me tight

“Don’t leverage on my love for you and propel me to do what is wrong again” Patricia said as she hugged Scot tight

“Thanks for…” scot said and cried as he hugged Patricia tight

“Thank for forgiving me, I’m sorry” Scot pleads while Patricia nodded

“I Love you” Scot confessed

“I Love you more” Patricia said as he kept crying loudly like her head was swelling as a result of Scot’s love confession

Karen took few steps outside with her luggage

“Karen” Brian called and she turned

Brian walked closer to her

“Mum , is she beautiful ?” Brian asked

“Very pretty” I replied

“Karen…can we start up something…like love” Brian said while Karen bowed her head

“I smell like a fish, I’m not your type ” Karen said and Brandon walked closer to them

“I made you start smelling like a fish cus you disliked Nancy, I mix the drink you ordered for at the school cafeteria with a chemical that will make you keep smelling like a fish as long as it dissolves with your blood. But don’t panic, I’ve gat the solution here with me” Brandon who is now Larry said and brought out a chemical from his briefcase

“Drink this” He said as he stretched the chemical in a sealed glass to Karen

Karen collected it pathetically and opened it and drank it

Brain moved closer to Karen and hugged her

“Am I still smelling like a fish? Karen asked pathetically

” love can’t make me perceive that. You smell nice ” Brian said

“It only take thirty seconds for you to stop smelling like a fish and the thirty seconds is gone now. have all the fun” Brandon said and took few steps out

“Hey Larry, everything seems to be calm and settled now , let’s have some fun before you leave ” Anthony said ordered for us all to follow him inside the room

He set the keyboard and sang while we all dance

🎼🎹🎹🎼

Goodbye to you my trusted friend

We’ve known each other since we were nine or ten

Together we’ve climbed hills and trees

Learned of love and ABC’s

Skinned our hearts and skinned our knees

Goodbye my friend it’s hard to die

When all the birds are singing in the sky

Now that spring is in the air

Pretty girls are everywhere

Think of me and I’ll be there

Chorus:

We had joy, we had fun

we had seasons in the sun

But the hills that we climbed

Were just seasons out of time

🎹🎼🎼

We had joy, we had fun

we had seasons in the sun

But the hills that we climbed

Were just seasons out of time

🎹🎼🎼

I ain’t proud oh!

I love ya’all

Can we start a new story now title Billionaire Boys ( BB )

A girl from a poor home who was privilege to attend school of nursing at North Carolina was given a six month project, she is sent to live with two cruel billionaire boys who are identical twin

This Billionaire boys has killed three of their previous girlfriends and even killed their own mother

The girl is sent to examine the cause of their cruel behaviour by going to stay and live with them for six months

What’s the girl’s fate ?
Who could the girl be to one them? 🌝
What if they both fall In Love with her🤣🤣
How in the world will she identify them cus they are absolutely identical? 😍

 

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Travis and I walked out of the room we had performed, feeling Happy that we’ve passed this round.
As we both walked through the hallway, my phone starts to ring and I was surprised to see an unknown number on my screen.
“is it Erick?” Travis asked with a teasing smile.
“no.. I don’t know” I said looking at the screen.
“well answer it” Travis said raising the phone to my ear and I quickly answered it.
“hello..?”
“June.. Wow grandma… she answered” I heard Augie’s happy voice and Ella happy bark
“Augie?” I called happily.
“June! Grandma showed me how to make a phone call and we decided to call you” Augie yelled and I laughed.
“you don’t have to yell, I can hear you clearly” I giggle.
“it feels like you’re so faraway that’s why I’m yelling” he said still yelling and I laughed. I remembered putting a password on the tablet and immediately I said,
“I know I fixed a lock on that phone, how did you open it?” I asked.
“grandma unlocked it for me” he said.. “Ella stop.. Grandma please get her away from me” I heard Augie’s voice said.
“what is Ella doing?” I asked sternly.
“nothing.” Augie quickly replied.
“Augie…!!” I called
“she’s just licking the tablet screen and my ear, grandma said she wants to talk to you” Augie said and I rolled my eyes.
“I think it’s time Erick takes back Ella”
“no.. Please, Ella’s my best friend, I don’t want her to go, Erick’s gone already, you go out everyday and come back late and grandma is always alone in her room, so I have no one but Ella” Augie said lowly and I sighed.
“you.. You know what! Give grandma the phone” I said and waited for a second before I heard my grandma’s low voice say, “hello?”.
“hey grandma, how are you?” I asked.
“never been better” she replied and I smiled.
“good to hear.”
“how is the competition, hope you’re making us proud” my grandma asked in her most soothing voice.
“yes I am, I made it through this round and the next competition is next week Sunday,” I ended my explanation with a tired sigh.
“well honey, I give you my blessing, you’ll be successful with whatever you do” she said and I smiled. “thanks grandma.”
“oh where’s Erick? Is he there?” my grandma asked.
“no, Erick’s at home… He’s busy” I said hesitantly not knowing why.
“oh, I really wanted to talk to him, I missed that kid” my grandma poured and I could feel her smile from my phone. I looked up and saw Travis looking at me. I almost forgot he’s here.
“well grandma, no need to say it all on the phone cause we’re done here and I’m going to be home any minute” I said.
“are you sure?” she asked.
“pretty sure” I tell her.
“okay honey, but don’t worry you can take your time” she said and I smiled. “okay bye.”
I hanged up and sighed happily.

“lemme guess, family?” Travis asked as we started walking again, and I nod.
“your family knows Erick?” he asked again.
“yeah,” I smiled.
“he was everyone’s favorite when he lived with us” I said recalling the days he lived with us.
“he once lived with your family, why? Were you guys betrothed or what?”
“betrothed? What? No way!” I said and he laughed.
“I was just joking” he mused.
We both got to the elevator and we got in with two other girls and I recognized one of them, the girl who screamed when we were told that we’re going to dance. We all remained quiet in the elevator waiting for it to the reach the first floor and after waiting for what seems like eternity, the elevator stopped and opened.
And immediately someone screamed Daniel’s name making the two girls fly over Travis and I and running in the direction Daniel’s name was called.
“some girls.” Travis scoffed which made me laugh.
.
We both walked outside DH, saying our goodbyes I asked.
“what instrument will you be playing on Sunday?”.
“oh, I can only play the piano a little.. so yeah I’m playing the piano, I don’t have one but, my cousin has one and I’m gonna practice a little with him and decide on the song that’ll be easy for me to play” Travis explained and I nod.
Good for him he has a tutor, I don’t have any instrument neither can I play one. And worst of all I don’t have someone who’ll lend me or teach me. Dang it.
“well good luck, and good bye” I said and giving him a faux smile, cause I was too jealous. He’s got a piano and a tutor.
“goodbye” Travis said and we both went our separate ways.
I took the bus home and I got home by six pm. Augie welcomed me with a hug whi’ve Ella licked my leg. Eww.
I met my grandma preparing dinner and I took over telling her rest.
During dinner I didn’t know I had a worried look on my face until my grandma told me, and I had to tell her I was actually worried and it’s about the stupid instrument stuff.
“isn’t Erick a singer, doesn’t he have a guitar or a piano, you can learn from him.” my grandma said.
“Erick?” I pondered.
Yeah Erick, why didn’t I think of him, he’s a pro when it comes to music, I should totally ask him to help me out, I just hope he’ll be less busy before Sunday.
“you’re right grandma, Erick is perfect.” I breathed a sigh of relief.
“and you need to focus and practice hard, you have only two days to learn whatever you’ll be playing” my grandma advised and I smiled. “I know gran, have you forgotten how sharp my brain is, I learn things within a blink of an eye” I bragged and my grandma laughed hysterically.
**
During nighttime, I laid on my bed looking at pictures of Maria Li on my phone. It’s been ages since I’ve admired her from my phone like this, I smiled when I remembered I’ve seen her in real life. She’s so pretty.
I was surprised to come across Daniel’s pictures on my phone, I smiled softly when I remembered when Annie took my phone from me and put all Daniel song and pictures.
Annie. Missed her.
That night I slept soundly hoping tomorrow would be great.
The next morning I woke up and to my surprise the sun shone very brightly into my room, and the sun doesn’t shine into my room until it’s one in the afternoon. I quickly grabbed my phone and gasped loudly when I saw the time “12:49”.
I overslept like so much, what am I even dreaming about. How could this be. I paused and stopped panicking when I realised that it actually doesn’t matter if I wake up late or early cause I have nothing to do.
I breathed out and laid back on my bed, but quickly got up again when I remembered I have to think of a I need to play, and the instrument I need to play and learn. But this is torture, how can anyone learn to play any kind of instrument in two Days.
I slowly crawled out of my bed and slowly walked to my bathroom, I brushed my teeth took my bath and before I knew it I was eyeing the odd cloths in my closet.
Everything in my closet looks old and gloomy but who cares, I’m going over to Erick’s, I mean he’s seen me in my worst clothes.
Minutes later I was pulling a pair of denim shorts up my legs and I wore a yellow T-shirt. Like the only good shirt I have.
I let my hair fall over my shoulder and after dressing up, I ate breakfast, well brunch, alone and told my grandma I was off to Erick’s.
I grabbed my phone and took my heels to the bus stop.
I got to my stop and trekked to Erick’s house, good thing I remembered and sang his address in my head.
I got to the street and remembered the familiar houses and I breathed out a sigh of relief when I saw Erick’s house and it looked even more bigger than the last time I came here.
I walked to the front of the door and I could hear music playing from the inside.. Well actually it’s just some kind of a beat, cause it had no voice singing with it.
I pushed the doorbill and sighed,
How is anyone going to hear me even that kind of music is playing so loudly.
I kept pushing and pushing and ousting the doorbell but no one answered so I angrily, made a turn and head to the living room first window,
I touched the glass window and smiled when I saw it wasn’t sealed to the building, with all my girly strength, I pushed the window up creating an open space for me to pass to get into the house, I must find every possible way to learn how to play that guitar.
I squeezed my self into the space and before I knew it, I landed into the living room.
The music became loud and I turned and shut the window. I endured the loud music bursting the whole house as I look around, I slowly climbed the stairs following the path where the music was coming from. And it let me to a room at the end of the hallway.
The music became loud as I got in front of the door, I knocked heavily on the door but no one answered, I sighed and banged the door heavily and the music stopped. I heard the door clicked and the door opened revealing Erick who was sweating profusely.
“June?..” he called surprisingly but in a happy tone.
“how did you get in here?” he asked.
“through your window, I’ve been ringing the door bell for hours” I said and he smiled, “sorry?”
“Frederick, who is that? You can’t have any distractions you’re doing a great job, come back here and let’s continue” I heard a man’s voice say from inside and Erick turned and moved inside while I trailed behind him seeing the man who seemed strange with his little feminine body and heavy beard.
“too bad Vishnu, we’re done for today, don’t you see I have a guest” Erick said to the guy and I looked away when he glowered at me.
“fine. I’ll leave I’ll make sure to tell your father about this” the man Viju or whatever his strange name was, said and grabbed his bag before walking out of the room.

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“let me guess you’ve been dancing?” I asked as we both walk out of his dancing room.
“yeah, and I’m getting better, I think” he said and I laughed.
“you think?” I repeat his words.
“well let’s just forget about that and talk about you! What are you doing here, cause it’s shocking, like mind blowing” he asked as he grabbed a bottle of water from his drawer when we entered his room.
“I need your help” I tell him sitting on his Comfortable bed.
“with what?” his brows arched.
“our next competition we’re going to use an i–
“instrument?” he interrupted.
“h–how di-d you know?”
“June, DH will be now few years from now, how can I not know what’s going on in my future industry” .
“it’s still under your father’s name and you’re still a trainee, so put down your ego” I said and he laughed.
“so.. What song will you be singing?” Erick asked.
“I have no idea, I came here to learn how to play a guitar since you’re good with it, but now that I’m here I don’t think that’s possible cause how can I learn it in two days”. I said and let out an angry groan.
“don’t worry, learing from me, you can be a pro in two minutes” Erick said and I smiled rolling my eyes.
“yeah right?”.
“I’m serious, think of a song you want to sing”.
“uhhh.. Second chance?” I said.
“a lot of people are going to be singing second chance you have to choose another song”. Erick tells me.
“uh.. Okay?..”
“you know what, I have to shower, think of a song first and then I’ll teach you how to play the tone and note” Erick said, Smiled at me and Walked out.
‘what a life saver’ I breathed out lying on the bed.
I stared at the ceiling thinking of a song, I think of all the Maria Li’s song i have on my phone but I shook my head passed them.

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After thinking for some time I got up from the bed and smiled, deciding to sing Erick’s song. And immediately Erick walked in, wearing a sweatpants and a black shirt, his hair was wet and some were glued to his forehead while some were falling down releasing droplet of water that stained his black shirt with darker dots.
He’s gorgeous.
“so have you think of a song yet?” he asked and I smiled.
“you.” I said.
“what happened to me”. He asked pointing to himself.
“i–i mean I’m going to sing your song” I said.
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T. B. C
By RUTHIE LEE

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are you crazy. What are you doing?” I said moving away and looking straight ahead to see Travis singing and staring at us.
.
“look singing Travis is even feeling embarrassed for you standing up there cause of your juvenile atitude” I said and he rolled his eyes before looking at Travis who’s tone suddenly became High when he got to the chorus, he sang there beautifully and I couldn’t help but smile as I watch his nose get red from singing to high.
“June!” Erick said and snapped his fingers in front of my face making me flinch.
“what?” i asked.
“so I’ve been talking to myself for ages now?” Erick asked.
“you know I was paying attention to him and yet you were still talking to me.” I said and his jaw dropped.

Erick said nothing as he faced Travis and fold his arm angrily. Travis was pretty good I’d say, and finally he ended the song and gave a small bow before dropping the microphone and walking down the stage.
As the judges scribbled something down on their papers, Travis walked up to us and stood in front of Erick.
“uhm.. This is my sea–
“your what?.. I’m sorry but this seat is already taken” Erick said and Travis glanced at me before backing away and sitting on the empty chair beside Erick making Erick sit inbetween us.
“how did I do?” Travis asked leaning out from his seat so he could clearly See Me.
“you sang like you had a glue stuck to your throat” Erick said before I could reply and I shook my head at him,
“Erick.” I called and he turned to me. “what?.. I’m saying the truth” he smiled, while Travis sighed and turned to his front without saying anything.
To break the awkward tension I leaned out and smiled at Travis “you did great Trav” I said and he smiled while Erick turned to me.
“you’re impossible” he repeated my word and I almost laughed “see who’s talking.”. I smiled and he nods and looked away.
The Next contestant was called and a girl walked to the stage confidently.
Erick didn’t talk to me after that, he was just busy with his phone, his head down and his phone on his thigh, his cap covered most of his face, but not from my angle of view, cause from this angle I could see as his black hair fell to his neck and some strand of hair on his ear, his eyebrows were worried and so as his breath, his lovely eyes stared at his phone with anticipation and he just shut his eyes every now and then, making his eyelashes fall on his bottom eye lid like strained rain, his lips weren’t happy and his ne— I paused when I caught Travis staring at me from his seat and I quickly looked away shyly, cause he caught me looking at Erick and I cannot believe I’ve been studying Erick.. Gosh I am unbelievably stupid.
I turned to glance at Travis to see if he was still looking at me but he wasn’t and I breathed a sigh of relief.
Everyone gasped and I suddenly looked up to see what happened and I saw the girl on stage coughing. What in the world happened to her.? I asked no one but myself.
A woman walked up to the stage and helped the girl down before handing her a bottled water and she was in tears cause she knows she’ll not make it to the next round.
The judges with their mean faces called the next person and a boy stood up and I watched him walk to the stage, I thought Travis was the only boy cause this place is filled with so many girls.
**
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After waiting and listening to different kinds of voices, they finally got to two hundred and one.

“it’s your turn” Erick tells me.
“I know” I said as my breathing hitched.
“it’s okay, just breathe calmly and you’ll be fine” he said holding my hand and giving it a light squeeze.
“just imagine you’re singing to just me”.. Erick said calmly
“yeah sure thanks..” I said and quickly got up from my chair and Erick slowly let of my hand..
Every eyes followed me as I walked to the stage, and as I climbed the stage I took the microphone and stood in front of the stage.
Here I go.
The guitar starts to play.. And I breathed, when the piano starts to play I placed the microphone under my mouth and glance at Erick who gave me a teasing smile that warmed my heart.
And then I start to sing .
🎤 .slowly getting there
It’s just how we’ll get up
Sleeping soundly,
It means we’re already near…
Waking up and suddenly loosing the motivation to keep going..
The train of life was struggling forward cause the track of dreams have been broken.
My once useful youthful heart have been stained.
I need to ignore the thorns beneath my feet and throw away the chains of restrains..
We all need to.

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Chorus: Wake up!!!…
Wake up
.
My voice rose High as I got to the chorus and I tried hard not to close my eyes as the the first judges told me in the first round, but I couldn’t help but shut my eyes when I got to a higher part and my eyes opened when the song ended, I breathed out softly and dropped the microphone.
I walked down from the stage and moved some stand of my hair back, I hope I did great.
I got to my seat and I couldn’t help but smile when Erick and Travis welcomed me with a smile.
“you did great.” Erick said to me as I sat down.
“you think.?” I said with a shrug
“oh you certainly did” Erick smiled and I breathed out a sigh of relief, Erick glance at his phone .
“anyway I have to go home I have practice, I just came here to see you sing, I know you’ll make it to the next round, even the final round.” Erick said and I smiled.
“thanks Erick” I beamed.
“no need to thank me”. He said shoving his phone inside his pocket and I know he’s about to leave.
“Reach for the stars June” Erick breathed and gave me a surprising kiss on the cheek before standing up, adjusting his cap and walking away before I could utter any word.
I just froze and watch him leave with my mouth opened, until Travis tapped my shoulder.
“you’re drooling” he said taking over Erick’s seat, well which was once his seat.
“w-what?” I said touching my lips but he laughed. “I was joking”.
I rolled my eyes at him and looked away. .
The three judges started to pass papers and talk amongst themselves and everyone starts to murmur.
Travis and I stayed quiet, we just watch the judge do their stuff and before we know it Cassie stood up from her seat and walked up to us, she sat beside Travis and breathed a sigh of relief.
“what are you doing here?” Travis asked her.
“truthfully, I don’t know I’m just as nervous as everyone” she said and Travis rolled his eyes. “so you’re nervous and the only way you’ll be calm is by sitting with us?”
“shut up Travis!” Cassie snarled.
Travis ignored her and turned to his front, and slowly the judges got up from their seats and walked to the stage. Immediately one of them grab the microphone, every where became silent.
“I just want to say, good performance everyone,” the lady judge started and her voice kind of shook the whole room cause it was thick and scary.
“you all gave a wonderful job but not everyone will make it to the next round” the woman said and I breathed in and out heavily, I hate that sentence.
“calm down June, your boyfriend even told you that you’d make it to the final round.” Travis said with a smile.
“boyfriend?.” Cassie laughed, “someone like her having a boyfriend? I bet he’s just toying with her”.
I ignored Cassie’s word and Turned to Travis. “he’s not my boyfri– you know what just forget about it and let’s hope for the best, it’s what we always do, hoping for the best” I said and he smiled.

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“apparently, it’s supposed to be twenty participant passing this round, but unfortunately we got sixteen passing this round” the lady judge said and everyone gasped.
“this is ugly to hear” Cassie said biting her lip.
The other woman took over the microphone holding a paper in her hand and with her loud voice she begin.
“the contestants making it pass the rounds are number, 12.. 27..
Travis and I turned to each other happily as his number happened to be the first one to was called.
“congratulations..” I smiled and turned to the woman on the stage as she continues to call the numbers.
“36.. 47.. 57..58 ..”
“ahhhh… ” Cassie screamed excitedly as she heard her number and giving Travis a hug.
“get away from me.” Travis said angrily removing her hand from his body. She rolled her eyes at him and gave me a “i-passed-and-you’re-a-looser” kind of look but I just ignored her.
“and lastly number 200 and 201…” the woman said and I smiled happily.
“I made it” I tell Travis.
“I know I heard, congratulations” he laughed. The people who didn’t hear their numbers sadly walk outside remaining the successful sixteen of us.
“everyone move forward” the woman on stage beckoned and every one did, leaving their seats and standing opposite of the stage.
“you all made it pass this round, congratulations.. But just know the next round won’t be easy, you’re all going to perform three times before reaching the successful ten. And the next round you won’t just be singing, you’ll be dancing too.”
“dancing!!!!?” a girl screamed as the woman explained .
“if you have any problem with that, the door is that way” the woman replied rudely.
“but my body’ has stiffened already” the girl said and I smiled cause her word reminded me of Erick.
“I don’t care miss” the woman said and continued with what she was saying before.
“We must see how good your body is towards dancing, we’ve heard your voice enough, and now we need to see how good your voice is while dancing.. And the first next round is this Sunday and this is what you’re going to do”. The woman explained and a piece of paper was placed in her hand by her paper. And she stared at it before reading.
“you’re all to sing any song of your choice, using your own instrument, and you cannot sing without an instrument, and that instrument must be played by you. Once again congratulations DH is hearing your calling” the woman said and walked away with two of her judge partners walking away with her.

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“finally.” I breathed out.
“yeah finally, this is way harder than I thought it would be” Travis said and I nod agreeing with him.
“so.. Do you dance?” Travis asked.
“well… I don’t– I pause as I recall my self dancing Maria Li’s dance steps perfectly on my bed
“I think I can manage.. How about you?” I asked.
“you didn’t need to ask, cause I was born to dance” Travis said and did a break dance with his hand which made me laugh.
“lucky you” I beamed.
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T. B. C
By RUTHIE LEE

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