Jared replied calmly, “None of your business, dude.”
Mr K was very curious “Are you feeling a bit guilty for asking me to delete others‘ posts, huh? You didn’t sponsor that college student, did you? I get it, man. Men have their needs, and you’re at that age But if Mamie ever finds out, she’ll be heartbroken”
As Mr K rambled on, Jared suddenly looked up, an icy glare in his eyes, “You got a lot of free time, huh? How about I hook you up with a gig in the tech department?”
Mr. K immediately became wary, “No way, man I’m a free bird. I can’t bear the 9 to 5 life. Have got to bounce now, but if you need me for stuff like this in the future, just holler. I’m your guy.” With that. Mr. K swiftly exited Jared’s office, laptop in tow
Jared looked at the post Mr. K had found It was a student profile.
The name on the profile was “Jenny”
Jared pondered for a moment, then sent the entire profile to Agnes.
Agnes was spacing out in the library when she received the message.
She spent a long time staring at the information Jared had sent.
Her heart felt like it was being slowly cut open with a blunt knife.
Coincidentally, she received a message from Jenny at that moment.
Jenny: “Did Elton come to see you?”
Agnes didn’t respond.
After a while, Jenny sent another message, “Please, stop bothering Elton, okay?”
Agnes was furious when she saw this message.
Agnes quickly shot back a message: “Did you post the rumour on the campus forum that I’m being sponsored?”
Jenny replied instantly, “No. Despite our recent disagreements, you’re still my best friend in my heart.”
Agnes felt sick reading this.
Agnes immediately forwarded the information Jared had sent to Jenny.
Jenny didn’t respond for a long time.
Several hours later, late into the night, Agnes received a message from Jenny..
“Let’s meet at the Willowbrook Junior High School playground at 3 pm tomorrow. We need to settle things.
The next day was a weekend. Agnes slept in as she didn’t have classes.
She wasn’t planning on meeting Jenny.
But Jenny had the pictures of her and Elton, and she needed to get them back.
Agnes wanted to know what Jenny meant by ‘settling things‘.
At 3 pm, Agnes arrived at the Willowbrook Junior High School playground on the dot.
Willowbrook Junior High School was where she and Jenny had studied.
They met in the first year of junior high and were desk mates for three years.”
Agnes didn’t want to dwell on the past. She had taken care of Jenny, who came from a poor background and was often bullied, with all her heart, only to end up like this.
Jenny was already there.
Jenny was wearing a long white sweater, looking pure and beautiful.
She was no longer the girl people used to make fun of, and she was no longer the Jenny Agnes knew.
When Jenny saw Agnes approaching, she went to meet her.
Jenny said, ‘Agnes, I didn’t expect you to be on time.”
Agnes replied, “What do you want from me today?”
Jenny suggested, “Agnes, it’s been a while since we’ve been back to school. Want to take a walk?”
With that, Jenny turned and walked away.
Agnes hesitated for a moment, then followed.
They went to their old classroom, Class 1 of the first year. Even though it was a holiday, the classroom door wasn’t locked. Jenny sat down at a desk, her fingers tracing the surface, “Agnes, look, this is our desk. You can still see the marks you carved.” Agnes went over. It was indeed their desk. The corner of the desk had a small inscription, Agnes and Jenny, best friends for life.” Agnes remembered carving that inscription with the tip of a compass on a summer afternoon.
Back then, Jenny was upset because she was being bullied. She cried, saying she had no friends and no one liked her. So Agnes told her she wanted to be her friend and that she would always like her.
And then she carved that inscription. Looking back, all she felt was a pang of heartache.
Jenny gently traced the inscription, lost in thought, “Agnes, do you know that you were the first person who truly treated me as a friend. Do you know how happy I was? I really thought we
could be friends for life.”
Agnes remained silent.