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 Season 7

Episode 5

(An unexpected discovery (3)

Hearing his thoughtful words, Rebecca Lin beamed and playfully giggling remarked,"Well, I know that,"  and tucked her arm into Lawrence's as they continued walking down the sidewalk again.     

After taking only a few steps, Rebecca Lin unexpectedly asked,"Lawrence?"    "Yeah?" replied Lawrence Chu.   

  "Are we a couple?" asked Rebecca Lin hesitantly.     

With a brilliant smile, Lawrence Chu answered her question by asking,"What do you think?" The sun shimmered down on Lawrence Chu, and Rebecca Lin was bowled over at how his already handsome features were somehow even more charming.   

"I think so? I mean, well, we hang out and do stuff together like couples do,"  Rebecca spoke in a shy, low voice.    

 "Then, I guess we are,"  agreed Lawrence, flashing her an approving smile and basking in happiness while he pondered, 'I don't know what's happening, but, seeing Rebecca's smile always brings me the greatest joy and comfort. In my eyes, she is an innocent and lovely girl.'    

"Do you think it's puppy love?" she wondered out loud.     

"I dunno. I suppose,"  he said shrugging.     "Lawrence! Are you teasing me?" she asked indignantly.    

 "I dunno. I suppose,"  he playfully replied.     

He walked Rebecca Lin to her gate, and then looked at his watch thinking, 'It's still early! If I meet Mike now, we can play basketball for two hours.   

Lawrence Chu took his phone out and called Mike Yu right away.     

"What can I do for you, Mr. Hero? Are you done with the pretty girl, and have some free time for your friends now?" The sarcastic words carried through the phone into Lawrence's ear.     

"Hey, I have time to shoot some hoop now, where are you?" asked Lawrence Chu. He got straight to the point, to see if Mike Yu still wanted to play basketball.  

   "Really?" The tone in his voice told Lawrence that even though Mike was delighted, he was also surprised and skeptical about whether the invite was real. "Tell me where you wanna meet, and I will be right there!"    

"How about we meet at the court near my place in an hour?" asked Lawrence Chu.    

 "Cool! It'll be more fun if there are more of us, so, I'll call Jason and Ben and let them know, okay?" Mike Yu suggested. 

  "Yeah, whatever,"  replied Lawrence Chu, rolling his eyes at the receiver as he clicked to end the call.     

Half an hour later, carrying his backpack, Lawrence Chu got to the basketball court. He saw Mike Yu and two other boys waiting around. The four of them were acquainted with each other for they were studying in the same class.    

 "You're late!" snapped Mike Yu.     Lawrence tossed his bag under the basketball hoop as he shouted,"Geez, shut up and let's play!"   

 "Ooh, looks like Lawrence is about to kick Mike's ass!" Jason taunted smirking.  

   "Ha! It's redundant how much Mike boasts!" Ben quipped playfully.     

"Ben! How dare you tease me? How about I let you see how good I am out on the court? That'll shut you up!" Mike bit back. After hearing Mike, Ben threw in,"Right! I'm gonna block your shots, you'll see!"  

"You wanna go? Hey, your funeral! It's on, let's go!" Mike confidently countered.  

   The four paired off into two teams and chased the ball up and down the court blocking and dodging with agility to toss the ball into the hoop. All four loved playing basketball, and as sweaty and exhausted as they were getting, they were laughing and enjoying out maneuvering each other to score.   

  They were having so much fun. It seemed to become dark in the blink of an eye.     

Panting in between words, Mike managed to say,"Guys, I need a break! I am wiped out! I quit,"  inwardly he complained, 'I can't hold out any longer. 

This happens every time I play against Lawrence! He gives me such a hard time, and always beats me. I'm done with it.' 

  "Okay,"  Lawrence agreed and said to the other guys,"That's it for today. Let's take a short break before we leave." He casually dribbling the ball a few times before letting it drop and bounce slower and slower, till it stopped as he spoke.

   "Okay,"  they replied.     

The four of them sat in a row, gulping down the bottled water they each had.  

   "Lawrence, how did you get so good at basketball? I can't take it. It's not fair!" 

whined Mike dissatisfied with how the game went. The more he thought of how embarrassing it was out on the court, the more pissed he got at Lawrence. 'He didn't let up on guarding the hoop against my shots for even a second! It was like he had it out for me! How could he treat me this way?' he silently complained.   

  "Come on, Mike, you know Lawrence isn't just a good student, but, an excellent athlete!" Jason teased.   

  "Yeah, yeah, and don't forget how popular he is with the girls,"  Mike sighed adding,"Why doesn't anyone in the class like me?"  

The smile vanished from Jason's face at Mike's revelation. He glanced at Lawrence silently sitting silently next to him, and frowning thought, 'I want to tell him, but, should I? If I know him as well as I think, he will very likely get pissed at what I tell him.'    

"Jason, did you wanna say something?" Mike asked. Noticing Jason's hesitant expression prompted Mike to ask.    

 Jason's face grew flushed,"N-o-no, n-nothing at a-all,"  he stammered.     "Pssht! Stop acting like a girl and just say what's on your mind!" urged Mike prodding Jason.    

 Three sets of eyes stared expectantly at Jason as he sat there red-faced thinking a moment or so longer before finally deciding to share what he knew. Taking a deep breath, he faced Lawrence staring into his eyes and began,"I'm not sure if I should be telling you this."    

"Come on and spit it out, already!" Mike pushed. He asked himself, 'This isn't like Jason. He isn't secretive like this. I wonder what's going on?' Mike didn't like people who kept secrets.   

"It's.. ummm... It's about Rebecca,"  Jason's voice trembled as he spoke.     A sudden silence fell over the basketball court.     

There was a perplexed expression on Lawrence's shocked face and he asked himself, 'What's wrong with Rebecca?'  

  Looking at Jason and scowling, Lawrence demanded,"What about Rebecca? Tell me, now!"  

  "Do you remember the day you and Mike went over to the canteen for lunch? It was two days ago, and I stayed behind? While I was sitting there, in the classroom, I saw Rebecca and Dan Huo eat together, who was from the other class,"  Jason warily imparted while reflecting, 'I have to be very cautious with my words. What if Lawrence gets annoyed? He could do anything if he was pissed off! The Chu family is so powerful and rich in the city. He could probably raze the city to the ground if he wanted.'

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