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Chapter 16- She's a Kid

Mr. Enrique

I allowed the hot water to hit my head hard. I stood directly under the shower, taking in deep breaths as my muscles relaxed. They were so stiff after Jasmine’s outburst a few minutes earlier.

“Sir, I want to be at school. How am I going to see you?

These words kept playing in my head like a stuck record. I opened the shower much wider. Somehow the water was helping to calm me down.

Jasmine isn’t helping me much.

I got out of the shower and got ready for work. At least I won’t be seeing her today. I have already decided to collect all her notes and take them to her in the morning when we go walking.

I have been thinking about her dizziness. Her mental state, given all she is going through.

I have also been thinking about the way her sportswear hugged her thick thighs, and the way her hips swayed when she walked.

What a beautiful woman.

Child, Carlos. She’s a 17-year-old child.

I have to constantly remind myself of the reality that faces me.

Besides, I have a girlfriend. Even if she’s thousands of miles away in med school, we’re still maintaining our relationship.

I got dressed and was on my way to work. The traffic was bumper to bumper. I was late. Usually by that time I was already in the teachers’ office.

Blame it on Jasmine. Because of her, my shower was much longer than customary.

My face turned like a flint when I packed into the school’s parking lot. That’s because I saw Jasmine. I thought I’d instructed her to stay home. Why is she here? This child!!!

When she spotted my car, she hastened her steps, but I had already seen her.

Besides, I am her second period this morning. Surely, she can’t hide under her desk.

I made my way to my first class. I saw Jasmine packing stuff in her locker. I intentionally ignored her.

“Carlos,” she whispered.

I stopped momentarily.

“I thought we had an arrangement,” I spat.

“I told you…I wanted…Needed to see you…staying home would be punishment,” she replied.

I walked away, not even looking back at Jasmine.

The brazenness of this child.

By the second period, I had my class with Jasmine. I tried hard not to look at her. The entire class was given an assignment to complete.

I was pleasantly surprised that Jasmine aced it. She has always been very intelligent. But with what she was going through, I wasn’t sure how it would affect her grades.

As soon as the bell rang, everyone grabbed their backpacks and rushed to their next class.

Jasmine nonchalantly gathered her stuff, making sure she was the last to leave my class.

She walked past my desk without saying a word. I caught sight of her curvy behind, swinging up and down with every step she took.

I laughed and shook my head. This child has got me sprung.

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