Chapter 2: A strange man

"Who goes there?"

"Oops. Sorry to disturb you, miss Charlie Ann. Please, ignore me."

"Who're you?"

"I'm sorry. Please don't get mad at me."

"I'm not mad at you, please come out now."

"No, Miss Charlie Ann is mad at me."

"Now, I'm starting to get scared."

"Oh no, little john didn't mean miss get scared."

"I won't be scared if you show yourself."


"Why not?"

"Little John, afraid. Miss shall be frightened by my looks."

"Why would I be?"

"Because, I look like this!" as he said that, he jumped out with a scary Halloween mask. "Baaa!"

"Uh-huh? that wasn't scary at all."Charlie said with a sleepy face.

"Oh wasn't it? But was my delivery good?" said the guy.

"Yeah, it was a bonzer, and the voice, it was cute."

"Thanks mate! Why're ya here anyway?"

"Oh nothing, just wanna be alone for awhile. Looks like I disturbed you."

"Oh, no. not atoll. Please, be my guest."

"Okay, I'm Charlie by the way, guess you already know me."

"Oh yeah, we been classmates since grade school."

"Oh my god, I'm so sorry. I don't really remember you."

"Nah, it's okay. But you might know my folks. They been your nanny yonks ago, when ya still an ankle biter."


"Yeah. Heard a lot 'bout ya."

"Uh-oh. Like what?"

"Nah, you could really say she's a dinkum. She said you were a beaut, and she wasn't lying."

"What else?"

"She also said that you were such a ratbag!"



"I don't wanna hear anymore."

He laughed aloud, "You are funny. And you understand my strine!"

"A bit."

"Not bad, for a pom."

I laughed too. "What's your name by the way?"

"I'm Leslie."

"But that's—"

"Yes, I know a gal's name, isn't it unique?" then he laughed once again.


Just then, the bell rang to end Lunch.

"Oops, gotta go."

"Me, too. Where's your next class?"

"Uhm, it's in Algebra. Yours?"

"We're the same!"

"Great! Let's go there together."

"Love to." He said as he took my hand and dragged me to our next class. "you know, you're the only friend I have in this school." He said as he pushed the down button by the elevator door.

"Huh? Why?"

"Because, the only friend I have during grade school transferred to another school."

"Really? Oh, no worries, you have a friend now don't you?"

"Yeah." Just then, the elevator arrived. Nobody in it. Then I pressed third floor.

Then we went to our room. We were late, but Ma'am Jane considered. We sat together at Algebra and chatted all through out the hour.

My next class was English, where Jenny and I are classmates.

And after English, Physical Ed. Like I always say, save the best for last. PE is my favorite subject. Leslie, James and I had PE together.

After I dressed up at the ladies' locker shower at the corner of the gym, Leslie was waiting for me by the door.

"Hey, Char," greeted Leslie.

"Hi. Were you waiting for me?"

"Yup, I was thinking if... you could help me with something."

"And what's that?"

"Come, follow me." He said as he grabbed my hand, dragging me.

"Hey," I complained.

"Sorry," then he let go of me.

"What is it about anyway?" I asked as I tried to keep pace with him.

"We're here." Then he suddenly stopped.

"Okay," I looked around me. We were at the school's parking lot. "Why're we here?"

"I need to warn you," he said facing me with a serious face.

"Uh-huh. About?"

"be careful at choosing your friends."


"people are not always human."

"okay? You're getting creepy."

"they are not what you always think they are."

"uh-huh. Like,…you?"

"no, I have come forth this body with an intention to warn you miss charlie ann Anderson. I don't mean any harm."

"what do you mean? Like someone's planning something on me?"

"I don't know."

"okay, leslie, you're cute guy, but you're also weird. Bye," I turned around and started to leave him alone. He was really trying to piss me off.

"ugh. Oh, what happened? Where am I? I was w/ Charlie…then…I'm here. Oww, my head hurts."

"That's it! mr. Leslie! I would like to warn you that I am not friendly when I am pissed off! And now is your last chance. If you're trying to the same thing that you did back at the rooftop, you better stop," I said angrily, staring at him with my work-of-art scary eyes, and my annoying fake smile.

"look, Charlie. I'm so sorry. Whatever I did when I was unconsciously telling you stuff. I honestly don't remember anything. Sorry, sorry, sorry," he said folding his hands in front of him and

bowing back and forth.

"all right, whatever. You're forgiven," I said, "but…"


I guess he could take a little consequence. Well. "Nah, never mind. No harm was done. You're forgiven," I said as I started for the cafeteria. I was actually getting hungry. Our carpool won't be around until 2 o' clock. It's still 1 o' clock.

"Thank you Char!" he said as he took my arm.

"Yeah, yeah. Stop thanking me!" I said brushing his hand off my arm. "or else," I threatened. Then I continued for the cafeteria.