Ethan Rom

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Chan had almost finished his preparations when he heard Ethan's grandad howling for the teenager to come back.

Friday, 22 June, 2012, 12:00am

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Ethan and Grandad stared at the floor, too ashamed to respond.

'Did you really think I believed our money was coming from gung gung's website?' Mum demanded. As a cover, Ethan had created a non-functioning home page purporting to sell Grandad's stock online.

Mum looked at the pair and shook her head. 'So what exactly have you two been up to?'

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

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Before heading off to the kitchen to make more tea, Mum introduced their visitor with a smile her son couldn't quite fathom. 'Ethan, this is Mr Chan. This is the man who has been paying for your scholarship all these years.'

8 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

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There was now no denying the fact - it had gone. Although Ethan knew he had returned home last night without it, he had just ransacked his bedroom for the third time in the self-deluding hope that his new phone had somehow slipped from his pocket as he had undressed.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

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A sudden screech of reverb from Sam's amp drowned out Maya's efforts to explain to Ethan why she was leaving.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

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Sam and Jenny stood in the corridor of St Jude's International School staring at the school fees invoice in disbelief.

'Man! Do Mum and Dad pay that much for us as well?' Jenny asked.

18 May 2012 - 12:00am

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Usually, Ethan was no more resistant to school holidays than your average student. However, this Easter break, Maya had spent two weeks in Bali, Indonesia, with her family, condemning Ethan to 14 days of gnawing insecurity and doubt as to the constancy of her feelings towards him.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

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Ethan gasped as the hood slipped from the head of his long-time pursuer, revealing that person to be ... No, not a thug hired by the ruthless property developer looking to oust grandad from his shop, nor someone connected to the hackers that had attacked the shamefacebook site. Neither was it his old enemy from the housing estate, Tam Wai-hung, or the jealous Kieran O'Shea.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

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When Grandad and Ethan got to the hospital, they were relieved to find Mr Wong already sitting up in bed.

Now, as they watched, he gazed out across the ward for a few moments before slowly shaking his bandaged head. 'I'm, sorry. I just can't remember whether I was pushed or I fell. It all happened so quickly.'

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

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Without slackening his pace, Ethan wrenched his mobile from his pocket, jabbed the unlock keys and ... groaned. As so often, the battery was dead.

He slowed, cursing his luck, before a bellowed 'Stop!' sent him darting down an empty side street.

'Don't run,' Ethan told himself, at the sound of footsteps echoing behind him. 'Don't let him know you're afraid.'

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

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Sweating and breathing hard, Ethan collapsed into a seat on the minibus. He had run half-way to Grandad's shop before he'd thought to call Jenny. Her text had consisted of just one word, 'Emergency!', and a panic-stricken Ethan had immediately put two and two together.

10 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

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It was just an infinitesimal drop in the ocean of zeroes and ones that sloshed relentlessly back and forth across the internet, but that day one short sequence of electronic pulses represented the first HK$3,000 to flow into the shamefacebook bank account.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

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It was the end of the first day of term back at St Jude's International School. Groups of students were still swapping tales of their skiing trips and beach holidays in Bali or Australia, as they headed for the gates where their families' drivers were waiting.

By the banks of lockers, Ethan watched as Maya made her way through the throng to join Keiran O'Shea at the main door.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

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They stood in silence, all eyes fixed on the laptop screen. But, despite the thousands of hits on their pre-launch video, no one was visiting the site now it had gone live.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

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Ethan, Sam and Jenny raced from the dai pai dong to the building where Grandad was meeting Mr So.

Seconds before they had listened in horror as Grandad apparently walked out after he had rejected the deal Ethan had set up.

The trio scanned the lift lobby of the building and the street outside.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am