What Belinda had in mind for her date…
… definitely didn’t involve a basket ball.
– Can we go somewhere else…?
– Huh? You don’t like it?
– Wanna go to the movies?
– That would be perfect!
Josh gallantly paid for the tickets, which convinced Belinda more deeply that he was definitely boyfriend material.
They had chosen an action movie.
“You know… huh, if you are scared or something, you can, huh… snuggle into my arms. That’s… really not a problem…”
– Oh… that’s good, because I think it’s a very scary movie…
“I’m so scared…”
– Huh, then I’d better… do something, like…
“… kiss you…?”
I’m not sure they understood what the movie was about.
And later that day, as everyone was gathered around the table for dinner… Belinda made her announcement: “I have a boyfriend!”
– A… boyfriend?!
– Don’t worry, mum. I know who he is and he’s okay.
– Yeah and after all, that kind of thing happens when you’re 16. Congrats, Belinda!
– Thank you, uncle Jacob. I knew you’d understand.
– I’m not your uncle, but whatever.
– So, did you kiss?
– Yes… at the cinema.
– Mum, do you kiss the people you love?
– Huh… yes. At least, you want to kiss them.
Emily, who had heard the whole story in details from Belinda, was very much relieved. It seemed like Noah hadn’t lied and that his brother was harmless enough. She could now allow herself to be happy for her friend.
A few days had passed. Emily was looking for her music teacher in the deserted halls of the academy. She went logically to the music room.
But when she opened the door, she instinctively apologized. “Oh! Sorry…”
Noah dismissed her with a wave of his hand. “Go away. We’re busy.”
The girl was Fei Wong. The type of girl Emily hated the most: haughty, flirty and immature. Besides being the youngest in high school.
– Pfff, I thought she’d never close that door. Who was that?
– It doesn’t matter. I’ll lock the door now to make sure we’re not disturbed anymore.