Chapter 1 – Michael Stevenson
I am not a lazy person; people just don’t get it. Whenever I have something very important to do, I do it immediately to avoid the consequences, and look where that got me, detention; fourth time this week. It seems that Michael has been messing with my computer again and deleted all my schoolwork as a “prank”. That idiot thinks he’s the funniest person in the world, and according to my classmates, he is! Well, at least for me and Jennifer, and sometimes Liam. When the due date arrived, I had nothing to submit and instead I’m the one getting in trouble. Next time I see that Michael, things are gonna get ugly.
“Anthony, Mr. Bowman is waiting for you in his office”
Once I start walking down the hallway, I spot Michael leaning against the wall staring back at me with a big smirk. Once I reach Mr. Bowman’s office, a teacher closes the door behind me.
“Anthony, take a seat. So, what’s been going on?”
Mr. Bowman, the school superintendent asks me an obvious question in a desperate attempt to make me confess for something I didn’t do
“I’m not exactly sure, I thought this was about the late assignment, but things seem to be more serious than for it to be just that.” I reply.
“14 Missing assignments, abusing phone privileges, prank calling random parents; what didn’t you do?”
“I have been using my phone certain times during class and I admit, that was wrong; but I’ve never prank called anyone…?”
I might’ve done one tiny little thing, but I swear, it’s the only thing I have done. Thanks to Michael’s father being the school principal, they look at Michael as this principled, well-behaved kid who wouldn’t hurt a fly. They just haven’t seen his other side; he surely does a great job of hiding it.
“It must’ve been Michael; I couldn’t think of anyone else doing such a thing.”
“I think I have had enough of your shenanigans; you’ll be serving the rest of your week’s lunch time in detention. Look, I’ll make a deal with you. If I see you in my office one more time, you’re suspended. Take this as a warning.
Ok, maybe I have had a rough history but that’s way too much! Its no use arguing over it, It would just make things worse.
“And don’t forget to hand in your assignments by Monday!”
And I must do that too.
“Well, how did it go this time?”
Jennifer stands in front of me with her arms crossed.
“What do you think? Didn’t you see the way he looked at me?”
Once I saw Mr. Bowman’s expression, I knew I was as good as dead.
“Maybe we should talk somewhere else; I don’t want to be anywhere near that guy.”
“Anthony why are you always getting in trouble? It almost seems like you live in his office.”
“Don’t ask me…”
I have no idea what I do that gets me into these situations, maybe its because of
“Look, please try to get out of trouble. At least until the trip.”
Jennifer has a point; I can’t afford not going to the trip. Ever since we were young, we were constantly told about the infamous trip to Berlin that the 11th graders would go nearing the end of the year. Its been our dream ever since we were little and if I would get suspended, I couldn’t live with myself.
“And don’t be late for class. And don’t forget to do the American Civil War presentation, I don’t want to end up doing it all like last time.”
So much stuff to do. If I don’t do my part, Jennifer would probably start hating me again.
“Yes! Ok, geez…”
Jennifer glares at me in confusion and walks away.
That could’ve gone better.
“What? Did Mr. Bowman catch you snoozing again?
Liam, my long-time friend stops me in my path
“You look tired, did you get any sleep last night? It looks like you’re going to pass out!”
“no… My sister kept slapping me with a pillow. It was for a ‘science experiment'”
“Maybe I caught you at a bad time, lets talk during lunch.”
“I have detention…”
“After school it is. Plus, we still have to decide what we’re going to do in Berlin.”
“LET ME HAVE MY COFFEE.”
“Mom I’m home.”
“Hey Anthony, how was school today?”
“What did you do?”
“What did you do in school? We aren’t paying for nothing.”
“Hey Liam, how was JENNIFER today.”
“We’re not starting this again.”
“You talk about her all night, and you kiss her mwah mwah”
“Kaitlyn, go to your room. show some respect!”
What was that about?
“I made you dinner sweetie, I left it on the counter.”
“I hope you have a great trip tomorrow sweetie; you mean the world to me!”
“Mom, it’s only a week, I’ll be fine.”
“I know, I won’t be able to give you a proper goodbye since you have to get up early.”
“I know you will, that’s why you’re my big boy!”
“And you’re flying FIRST CLASS! You’re getting the full package!”
“I’m just teasing, I hope you have a wonderful trip”
“HA! Momma’s boy”
“Kaitlyn, apologize to your brother! I’m sorry she’s been like this these days, she’s been having some school related issues ever since she started kindergarten.”
” Tell me about it”