โ€“ So what are you up to tonight? - he asked again.
Haechan sighed
โ€“ Unfortunately nothing... I am working till 7 today. Of course I don't say that you can't have fun tonight...
He emphasized "you" loud enough for Chenle to understand that there is no chance to leave Haechan alone at the coffee shop
โ€“ Than we will help you so you can finish earlier - said he in a conciliatory manner.
Mark almost choked on his drink

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โ€“ You want me to stay here the whole evening and wash the dishes while Lucas and Taeyong are having fun!?

Chenle grinned.

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โ€“ They can help us with the dishes too!

Haechan laughed out loud and nodded
โ€“ Exactly, Lele! There is a lot of work here.
Mark gave his friends a mocking look
โ€“ You are awfully misled, guys. I am going to meet Taeyong and Lucas somewhere. so you can wash the dishes unmolested. See you tomorrow.
He stood up quickly and left the cafe. All the girls followed him with their eyes
Chenle arched his eyebrows.
โ€“ Mark-hyung's so lazy!
Haechan looked at him reproachfully
โ€“ Don't talk like that about hyung! You know how hardworking he is! He always does the half of your homework.
Chenle felt bad because of his own words and proceeded to the kitchen
โ€“ Come on, hyung! I am helping you today...

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หœโ€*ยฐโ€ข. Meantime Mark was waiting for Lucas and Taeyong in the local commercial street.

"They really make too great demands upon my patience!"
He looked irritably around himself. A strange figure at the door of the nearby supermarket attracted his attention. It was a short girl with very long blonde hair, all dressed in black. Her face was covered by the peak of her black hat
"Black skirt, black t-shirt, black hat, covering her face... Is this the latest fashion or what?", wondered he.
The girl entered the shop.
โ€“ Aaah, I also need to buy some food. I will wait for those slouchers at least half an hour more!

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Mark followed the girl

He looked around for her but she had already disappeared between the stalls
"Whatever... Maybe I will see her at the pay-desk. Let's buy some cookies now!"
The way to the cookie stand went trough the whole supermarket. Before reaching it, Mark saw the "black" girl. He stopped to examine her strange looks once again. At that very instant she put two packets of noodles in her black backpack and after looking cautiously around her, proceeded to the next stall. Mark slapped his forehead.
"Confound me for a fool! She hides her face just 'cuz she is a shoplifter! It should have crossed my mind immediately!"
Mark was a little bit disappointed. He expected something more mysterious.
"Meh... I must tell the cops or something, but it's not worth the efforts. A girl can't cause much damage. She won't make up a clean sweep here... Also she looks so small and feeble. Although she is a girl, I almost take pity on her."

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With hands full of cookies, he returned to the pay-desk without noticing the "black" girl who lined up behind him...

to be continued...