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Marco- The Great Guitarist:Episode Seven

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Marco- The Great Guitarist:Episode Seven

                                              ENEMIES OF KNOWLEDGE FOX
It was now morning,Marco had finished saying his morning prayers with the bible Elizabeth gave to him. He prepared and went to work. He was working at Explicit shopping mall,one of the biggest supermarket and shopping mall in that town. He decided to pass through Owen’s house and gave him the flashdrive.Owen was already preparing for school that morning. He was home alone as his parents travelled yesterday on a business trip.
    “Hey! Man this flashdrive contained the software that I told you about,”he whispered.
    “Wonderful! Can I have a look?”Owen asked.
Marco brought out his laptop from his bag and booted it. He  inserted the flashdrive into the drive and it dsplayed.
   “Its voice activated,you can ask any question either by typing or by using your voice.”Marco explained.
     “Wow!I’m totally astonished.”
     “Yeah! This software is worth billions of naira,”he boasted.
    “What!” Owen interjected.
    “That white woman you see over there is called the expert advicer.”
    “Expert advicer?” Owen queried.
    “She advices you based on your queries or questions,”said Marco.
    “Wow! Awesome.” He applauded.
     “Please can I have a cup of cold water?”Marco asked.
     “Yeah sure.”
He went inside and brought him a cup of water
He ejected the flashdrive and gave it to Owen when he returned.
    “We have been friends for long,I can only trust you now. I didn’t install the software on my laptop’s main memory because It’snot safe.my grandpa and auntmade me a slave in my father`s house.I’m being beaten and maltreated in my father`s house.”He complained bitterly.
Owen tried to put wool over Marco`s eye
   “Haba! That is wicked,don’t worry friend. You can aways count on me buddy,”he reassured.
He took the flashdrive from Marco and he embraced him.
    “Buddy I think you dropping out of school is a good idea,” said Owen.
    “However, I feel free now. No more assignments or homeworks. I have never liked schooling anyway.now I want to follow my dreams,”he said.
    “Hmm!Marco De Guitarist,”he hailed.
   “Yeah bro!”
    “Alright see you later buddy,”he bidded Marco goodbye.
Marcoran off to work.
Sales were normal at the Explicit shopping mall,but Marco wanted to do something extra-ordinary. He wanted to increase sales twice its present margin, so that he would be rewarded. He had access to all the customers data,warehouse data and inventory.
He took a close check at the database and he scrutunized the sales records.
 He discovered a strange pattern in the database.
He discovered that most women who came to  purchase sanitary pads,most times ended up buying antiseptic soaps together with the sanitary pad. Meanwhile most men who came to purchase audio CDs,sometimes ended up buying both the audio CDs and batteries.
    “Why this purchasing patterns?” He thought as he scrolled through the database.
Well I’m not interested in stuffs like this,I hate calculations. He thought anxiously as he scratched his head.
He was only interested in getting a promotion from a sales boy to something better. He attended to some customers.
After closing hours,he walked passed  his Owen’s house only to discover  another strange occurrence. All the entrance doors were locked and there was a dead silence in the compound. He could only hear the birds, chirping and flapping their wings from one tree to another tree. He could have called Owen on phone but his aunty had confiscated his mobile phone. So he waited for sometime but it was getting dark and no one surfaced.
He walked home and meet Elizabeth waiting for him at the entrance of the gate.Mr.Ade and Aunty Charity had stopped her from entering the compound.
     “Hey! How are you doing?”Marco asked.
      “I’m fine,how was work today?”She asked.
        “Great! What are you doing outside?” Marco queried.
      “Your relatives stopped me from entering the compound,” she complained.
     “Jeez! This is wickedness,” he decried.
Elizabeth was just staring at the ground without saying a word.
      “Argh! I have been quiet for too long.It’s time to fight back,”he threatened.
   “No, you don’t need to fight back. It will only make things worst my dear. I do not want any troubles,”she begged.
    “Alright if you insist. I have gotten the password to that flashdrive and I discovered that it was my late father’s invention,he said.
What invention is that?she asked
    “It is called the`knowledgeFox’. It was invented by my father and developed by KIMSOFT(his dad’s company name)for libraries and other research institutions. It is worth billions of naira.”
He brought out another flashdrive and handed it over to Elizabeth.  She grabbed it without hesitation.
     “You are the only one I trust now and you know how much I love you. Please keep it safe until I have contacted a buyer for it,”he said.
     “Alright I will,she said with a warm charming smile.”
      “See you later dear,”she ran off.
     “Okay bye,”said Marco.
      “Nevertheless, please remember we have a rehearsal tomorrow evening,”he said.
   “Yes I do rememeber,”she responded.
He was reluctant to enter his father’s house. The physical and psychological torture that was lavishly displayed on him by those babaric relatives where surpressing him. He stood outside the gate for some minutes before he went into the compound. He went straight to his room upstairs only to discover that aunty Charity had heaped another clothes for him to wash despite the fact that the domestic washing machine was operational.
Often, he would sneaked out with the clothes and gave them to Elizabeth to assist him in washing them. He hardly believed that AuntyCharity whom his father had done so much for could be this wicked to him.
The annoying part was that he was given such large quantity of clothes to wash without any food. He called Miss Panda on the intercom.
    “Bonsior Miss Panda,”He greeted.
    “Bonsior,”she replied.
    “S’il vous plait,je suis faim(please I’m hungry),”he said.
    “Okay une minute(Okay a minute).”
    “Please bring me your telephone also,”he begged.
    “Alright,”she answered.
She secretly brought the food and and the telephone unknowingly to her that she was seen by Aunty Charity.Marco thanked her and he took her phone. He dialed Owen`s phone number but it wasn’t connecting. It was now very clear now that Owen can not be trusted. He had failed the test. We should be careful with the kind of friends we choose.Marco had switched the original flashdrive with another dummy empty flashdrive, which has the same color and design as the original flashdrive. He had quickly ejected the original flashdrive and inserted the fake flashdrive when  Owen went to get him a cup of water. That was the same test he had given to Elizabeth.
     “I never would have imagined that my own friend will betray me because of money.I’m sure he absconded with the worthless flashdrive. He is really a dummy,”he laughed carelessly.
     “Young Marco,anything bothering you? Miss Panda queried.
     “No thanks,you are dismissed,”he said.
     “Okay thanks,can I have my telephone back?”
      “Yes,you can.”He replied.
He ate his food slowly.
He was eating very slowly because he disliked the food that Miss Panda smuggled for him. Suddenly an idea came and he shouted.
   “Eureka!”
He booted his laptop computer and launched knowledgeFox on it. He typed in some questions concerning what he had noticed today at the supermarket`s database.
He got this display below:
He got the needed advice from the knowledge foxand he was happy.He was advised to reduce the price of one item whenever a customer is purchasing two related items. Customers would prefer to buy two items instead of one because of the discount. Owen hadgone on a wild goose chase while  Marco was busy counting his blessings. Soon Marco would be smiling to the bank.
Miss Charity was now aware that Miss Panda usually smuggled food to Marco`s bedroom. She threatened to fire Miss Panda if she contine to feed Marco.
Irrespective of all these challenges at home,Marco slept that night with a smile onhis face. He was amazed at his best friend`s greed.

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