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Chapter 13 - Catching Feelings

Mr Enrique

It bled my heart that anyone could endure such bullying in school, let alone, at all.

The way I have looked at Jasmine struggle since she began school here made me realize that indeed she was built strong. I have looked at that student excel, even when she was fighting against all odds.

But these days, especially now, I have been looking at her with a different pair of eyes.

I have been paying keen interest in not just her grades, and this is worrying me.

I am her teacher. I am a few years older than her, and teacher-student relationships are forbidden.

I could lose my job if I even tried to get involved with this broken teenage girl.

She isn’t only very beautiful, but she is also very intelligent, even while being very vulnerable.

I have seen the humiliation. The way she is always last in line. Probably Jasmine has adapted to the meanness that is often bestowed upon her.

It is almost as if she accepts the naysayers and their constant negativity.

I want to show Jasmine that she can become whomever or whatever she wants to become, and live her best life.

But how am I going to do that? I have no clue. All I know is that I feel that I need to protect her. I try so hard to hide my feelings.

I wanted to beat the life out of those students who were constantly bullying her. There is a side of me that wants to kiss her every tear away. There is a side of me that wants to love Jasmine. My student.

It takes quite a bit from me to pretend that I don’t have any feelings for her. I struggle with just being around her.

But there is a part of me that breaks whenever I realize that all of the things I feel must remain hidden, possibly forever.

But I cannot be selfish. This is not about me.

This is about saving the life of a young woman who obviously needed my help. One who is most likely on the brink of collapse.

So, for the duration of her tenure in this high school I will ignore my feelings and try to be as professional as possible.

Besides, what are the possibilities of me and Jasmine having anything without anyone knowing?

And why on earth am I thinking about that? My pedophilic ways have just been brought to my attention.

I need NOT concentrate on this sweet, pleasantly plump student and ensure that my assistance towards her is not selfish.

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