Charlotte Mercer, please report to Principal Blackburn’s office. Charlotte Mercer
to Principal Blackburn’s office.”
Static crackled, then the PA system cut out. I could feel all twenty-two heads turn, but I kept my eyes on my paper and gripped my pencil just a little tighter. Even Mr. Mason stopped taking the derivative on the board and glanced over his shoulder at me.
I forced myself to keep writing. Move along, nothing to see here.
As it was, the minute class was over I’d be fielding questions about what she’d done. Like I knew.
Mr. Mason went back to the...