“Did you know that teachers have feelings?” Mr Garcia asked.
Mr Garcia was our principal. He was an old man, who was aging and probably didn’t need the stress this job came with. If you asked me, I would say that he probably needed to retire
He had a quaint, cosy, little office which kind of reminded me of a therapist’s office. Almost as if to make you confess to your wrong doings. It was covered in pastels. I wouldn’t have pegged him for a pastel kind of guy.
“No, sir. I thought they were made out of cotton stuffing or consisted of an on and off switch.” Raven’s response dripped with sarcasm.
“What you girls did back there was unacceptable. Ms Sutherland is a human being as well and did not deserve to be treated like that. Would you like it if people viewed you based on your shortcomings? I don’t think so.” He responded paying no mind to Raven’s sarcasm.
“Listen, I expected this from Jones. But not you, Hall. You’re new, I figured it at least take you a few weeks to grow a pair and become like the rest of ’em.” He looked at me with concern in his eyes.
I looked down to my lap to avoid a repeat of the events that got us here in the first place. If you haven’t noticed, I tend to laugh when things get too serious, or awkward.
“I don’t want to have to do this, especially since it’s the second day of school...” Mr Garcia sighed.
“Then don’t do it.” Raven stated blankly.
“Well, unfortunately I have to. Both of you have detention this coming afternoon at 3. Report to room 357 with Mr Sanford.”
“What!” I groaned. If I hadn’t laughed, I wouldn’t be getting detention. Great going, Ms ‘I’m-so-confident-now’. You couldn’t have kept your confidence for another time.
“You heard me girls. What a shame that my first detention had to go to you girls. Now if you will excuse me, I have another matter to attend to. I’m sure you noticed the three boys sitting outside my office. Actually, if you could call them in on your way out that would be great.” He stood, signalling the end of our meeting.
I grabbed my bag and was the first to exit the door. Raven followed
“He is ready to see you guys now.” I said, standing outside Mr Garcia’s office door.
The boys stood and walked towards us.
“You girls wanna wish us luck?” Reid asked before entering the office. He asked both of us, but his eyes were trained solely only on mine. For some weird reason this made me feel funny inside.
“Cause we are definitely going to need it...” Liam chimed in from the side
“Nah, I don’t think so. Maliyah, unless you wannna...” Raven turned to me waiting for my response. I responded keeping my eyes trained on his.
“I’m pretty sure they’ve got this handled.” I stated, walking out the office not giving them a chance to respond. My shoulder slightly grazed Reid’s as I walked past him to the exit. Raven quickly followed.
“What class do you have now?” I asked, trying to change the subject knowing raven was going to want to talk about it. We were walking to our next classes.
“I think I have EGD, in the A block, what about you?” she said shuffling in her bag to make sure she was correct
“I have English, with Hopkins. I don’t know where it is, but I’ll figure it out.”
“Ok, Mal. I’ll see you at lunch.” She said absentmindedly before heading down a passage to her left.
I headed down an opposite passage, to my next class...hopefully.
I was kind of looking forward to this class, since I really enjoyed reading and understanding different pieces of literature. I just hoped I wasn’t going to be late.
After a few moments of pacing around I stumbled upon my class. I was a bit early, so I waited for the bell to ring. I was about to play candy crush, when the bell rang.
I guess I wasn’t that early.
The class poured out at the sound of the bell. I waited for most of the class to exit before stepping in and finding myself a seat.
English was actually quite great. We didn’t actually learn anything. That is partly my fault. I asked our teacher if it was actually wrong to date your brother or sister if you weren’t having sex with them. I wanted to see her take on the issue.
This ended up in a debate that lasted the whole lesson. The whole class gave their thoughts and opinions on the issue. It was actually a fun debate.
Just a disclaimer: I don’t want to date my little brother.
Lunch came and went. I got the occasional stare, but I hadn’t seen Liam, Nate or Reid for the rest of the day. Kind of weird because yesterday I saw them literally everywhere.
But it’s not like I cared where they were anyway. I had gotten through the rest of my day, and now I was heading to detention with Raven. I considered telling my dad about detention, but that would have stressed him out even more.
Apparently, we just had to write out a certain sentence out however many times the teacher said. Then you were free to go. That was so much better than my previous school which made us sit and stare at the wall during detention, FOR A WHOLE 3 HOURS.
It seemed that Raven and I were the only ones who had detention. Mr Sanford was waiting in the class and had already written our sentence on the bored.
“Afternoon girls. Thank you for being on time. Your sentence is I must learn to respect Teachers and Faculty, do what is asked of me, nothing more, nothing less. Write this out 100 times and your free to go.” He explained.
He went to sit behind his desk. He put his feet up on the table, leaned back, took out his phone and put his earphones in.
I got out some paper and started writing. I wasn’t going to sit here till 6pm for detention. Raven did the same.
The class was silent. The only sound you could hear was our pens writing. I kind of liked this silence. It was oddly satisfying
I heard laughing in the passage. Which was surprising because it was 4 o’clock. I looked up and there at the door was Reid, Liam and Nate.
What were they doing here? Why were they still at school? Raven was probably thinking the same thing as she looked up at the sound of voices.
“Nice of you to join us boys. I was about to mark you absent.” Mr Sanford said dryly without looking up.
I guess we weren’t the only ones with detention.
The boys entered the class and sat down. Reid sat behind me, Nate to the left of me and Liam behind Raven.
“You know the drill, don’t have to tell you much, do I?” Mr Sanford asked nonchalantly.
“Yes sir.” Liam replied. Except they didn’t take out any paper or pens. They just sat there. Reid staring at me, Liam at Raven and Nate at the ceiling.
Why the hell were they staring at us?
I knew they wanted a reaction, but they weren’t going to get one from me. I’m not sure about Raven though because she seems to give in pretty quickly.
I put my head down and continued writing. I was at 50 sentences. I can’t believe it took an hour to write that sentence 50 times. I thought that I would be done by now, but I guess not.
Whilst was writing I felt a tap under my seat. I ignored it. I felt another. I ignored it again. Then I felt another and another and so forth. It wouldn’t stop. I was trying my best to ignore it, but it was getting more and more irritating by the second. He knew this, so he did it even faster.
“What the hell do you want?” I turned around and glared at him.
“Nothing.” Reid replied.
“Then stop kicking my seat.” I whispered.
“I don’t know what your talking about Hall.” He put his hands up in mock surrender.
“First off, the name is Maliyah. Second, stop kicking my chair.” I said sternly. I don’t know why I told him to stop calling me Hall. I kind of liked it. I finally had a nickname from someone other than my little brother.
I turned back to my desk and continued writing. He didn’t seem to understand what I said the first time, because he continued kicking my chair.
“Are you deaf, or are you just stupid?” I said loud enough for him to hear. It’s like he was trying to make me mad.
“Neither, unfortunately.” He smirked at me.
“I’m pretty sure I asked you to stop kicking my chair.” I turned around to look at him.
“I’m pretty sure I told you, I’m not kicking your chair.” He replied.
“Stop playing dumb. I know you are, Reid.” I glared at him.
“Ok, fine. You got me.” He put his hands up in mock surrender.
“What do you want anyway?” I questioned. “Or are you just being a pain in the ass for no reason?”
“I was wondering if you wanted to come to our party this Friday?” He asked. Was he trying to embarrass me by making it seem like he wanted a loser there? He didn’t look like he was joking though.
Why would he want me to go to his party? He doesn’t even know me. Plus, I’m the new girl. Aren’t I supposed to be weird and have no friends? This school is really weird.
“Why?” I asked blankly. “Why would you want a new girl, who isn’t even that pretty, to go to your party. Aren’t there like standards or something?”
“Why? Because I want you there. Secondly, you’re absolutely beautiful. Don’t ever put yourself down like that. Got it?” He looked me straight in my eyes.
“Whatever...” I looked down at the floor, as the blush rose to my cheeks.
“Promise me?” He lifted my face so our eyes could meet. An emotion appeared on his face, but it was gone before I could say what it was.
Why was he so concerned? Its not like we’re close or anything.Maybe... Stop reading into this Maliyah. He was just being a decent human being.
“Ok... now will you stop staring and get your finger off my face.” I said expectantly
“Oh yah, sorry.” He jerked his hand away from my face so fast you would think it shocked him “So, are you coming or not?” he asked trying to change the topic.
“Maybe, I don’t know.” I turned back to my desk.
“She’s coming.” Raven stated as if to say there was no room for arguing. I looked at her. She winked at me in return. This girl seriously was something else.