TITLE: Sacred Academy - Ch 2 Part 2 (Oct 22, 2014)
By Amy Davey
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Mr. H finalized the lesson by going over the different methods of healthcare the tribes used.
“…Two Sonowal Kachari villages located in the urban fringe of North-East India, use what is called Magico-Religious practices to cure many diseases. They believe evil supernatural forces inflict these diseases and so they attempt to appease these evil forces by offering prayers and sacrifices to them so they will be healed…. RINNNGG… Ok ladies and gentlemen, we will pick this up tomorrow, please write down your weekly assignment before you leave. Thank you.”
After copying down her assignment for the week from the chalkboard Liz quickly packed up her books and headed out of the classroom. Cassie was waiting for her at the door so they could walk to their next class together.
“Hey, how’s it going?” Cassie asked casually.
“Not bad, you’ll never believe what happened to me last night”
“Oh yea? What’s that?”
“I think my Mom may be caught up in something … I dunno… something bad anyway… something she has to keep from my Dad at least.”
“Rea - lly?”
“Well, I don’t know for sure yet, but I followed her last night and she went to some guy’s house. I don’t know him, but I’m gonna try and find out who he is on the internet today.”
Cassie gave her a look that said she was more than curious about this juicy new mystery.
They reached the computer area in the library, found seats next to each other and began to boot up their computers as the class filed in behind them. After what seemed a fairly long awkward pause Cassie turned to Liz and leaned in closer so she could speak to her without everyone overhearing.
“So, can I help you look it up?”
“Well, there is only one address Cassie, don’t you think it would be kind of dumb for us both to look it up?”
“Oh yea, right, I guess you’re right.”
Cassie turned back to her own computer looking hurt and Liz immediately regretted her words.
“But…. Maybe you can help if I don’t recognize the name or something…” she tried.
“Yea, ok” She replied still sounding hurt.
Liz wanted to apologize, but their teacher Mrs. Ellsworthy had just begun speaking and she knew there was no way she was going to chat in Mrs. Ellsworthy’s class. Everyone knew her as Mrs. ‘Hells worthy’, and she came by that name honestly, anyone who had crossed the line in her class had sure wished they hadn’t. Liz knew she could get caught but she had to know, and she couldn’t risk looking it up at home, Tommy was pretty nosy and he would love the chance to use blackmail against her. Mrs. Ellsworthy lectured the class on the birthing of the internet and how computers were networked world wide originally for scientists to share information.
“The general public got hold of it and it exploded into what we now know as the World Wide Web…” She continued.
Afterwards she asked the class to perform a lab assignment so they could test the different abilities of the internet. They were given a sheet of paper and asked to perform particular searches to find a set list of items on the internet. Of course this didn’t include an address for a man in a subdivision across town… but Liz thought it was a perfect cover. She kept an ear out for Mrs. Ellsworthy as she paced down each aisle like a drill sergeant monitoring her troops. Keeping a separate window up with her assignment searches, she flipped back to searching the address in another window when Mrs. Ellsworthy was on the other side of the room. Finally, 194 Talisbury Rd. displayed on the screen and Liz checked the name of the resident. ‘R. Kale’ was printed in small grey letters beneath the larger heading ‘Personal Information’.
“R. Kale, who is that?” she whispered under her breath.
“Who?” Cassie whispered in reply.
“R. Kale, that’s who showed up at that address, do you know him?”
“No, never heard of him.”
“Hmm...” Liz was deep in thought and almost missed Cassie’s urgent tapping on the desk letting her know Mrs. Ellsworthy was on her way to their end of the room. Just before she reached Liz’s computer she switched the screen.
“Better hurry up young lady, there is a time limit for this assignment you know.” Mrs. Ellsworthy scolded over her shoulder noticing she was still on the second item.
“Yes, ma’am” Liz replied and began pecking away at the keyboard.
The rest of the day Liz went through the paces in each of her classes but she couldn’t get the name R. Kale out of her mind; or the sinking feeling in her gut for that matter. For the remainder of the week Liz watched her mother for clues, but found none. She asked Tommy if he knew the name Mr. Kale, but he didn’t. Starting to get frustrated, Liz decided to go to the mall with Cassie that weekend. She wanted to get her mind off of this whole thing before she went crazy.
As Cassie and Liz browsed from store to store looking aimlessly at the clothing, she attempted to chat with Cassie to keep her mind from racing.
“So are you going to the dance next Friday?” Liz asked, even though she knew the answer, Cassie always went to the school dances.
“Yea, of course I am. What about you?”
“I haven’t decided yet. Are you going with anyone?”
At that Cassie smiled as if she had just won the lottery and was trying to keep it a secret. “Well, I was asked by Sebastian Wallas, Benny Thompson, and Leonard Shauffer,…” she made a face at the last one, “… and then, Tony Baxton asked me out yesterday, he is so cute!” she squealed.
“Wow, so yea, I guess I know which one you’ll be choosing eh?”
Cassie nodded dreamily. Another few minutes went by and neither of them spoke. Finally as they began the journey home, it was Cassie who broke the silence.
“So, you never told me what happened with that guy you were looking up on the internet, the one your Mom was going to see.”
“I still don’t know who he is, it’s driving me nuts” Liz tried to hide the frustration in her voice.
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