The next day during lunch break, Sbu and Airtime found Songezwa sitting by herself on one of the benches next to the school’s playing field.

“Hey, look, we’re sorry about yesterday,” said Sbu. “I’m glad to see you at school.”

“Don’t get used to it,” said Songezwa. “As soon as I get a job, I’m leaving. I only came today because it was easier than having another fight with my mother.”

“Songezwa, why didn’t you come down to say hello after the football match?”

“I’m sorry,” she said. “It was too much. I didn’t want to have to explain what was happening.”

“Well, don’t worry. We’re your friends. We can handle whatever you tell us,” said Airtime. He thought about it for a bit, and then said, “As long as you don’t count how we acted last night.”

Sbu shared his lunch with her, and Airtime managed to get her talking.

He told her the whole story of Adelle and the cellphone, but Airtime-style, which meant that everything he said was out of proportion. For instance, in his version, he fought off a whole pack of angry police dogs at the party all by himself, the Hyena guy was the Hulk, and Sbu had been promised a trip to Hollywood by Adelle herself if he solved the mystery of the phone.

After Airtime’s story was over, Sbu had to tell the whole story again, accurately.

Songezwa enjoyed the Airtime version, and even laughed in places, but Sbu’s version of the story got her curious. Finding Adelle was exactly the kind of problem she enjoyed solving.

After the story, Sbu asked her if she had any ideas.

“Hmm. Well. I’ve got one idea that might work,” said Songezwa. “It’s a long shot, but it’s worth trying.”

“What is it?”


WHAT DO YOU THINK? What do you think Songezwa is going to do?