“How come Gene’s all scary-moody again?” Tracy sat in the Math classroom, but had her Social Studies book open. Lisa had never seen her act so studious. Tracy paused to wave her pencil in the air. “I mean, just because he’s got his nose all bent doesn’t mean he has to growl at me.”
“Um… Tracy? Math is going to start soon. Are you sure you should be working on that?”
“Yeah! I got an A minus on the last test, and it was worth almost half our grade. But we’re talking about Gene here, right? I mean, what’s with him? He won’t tell me anything.”
“Wait. You’re getting an A in Social Studies, and a C in Math, and we’re in Math, but you’re working on the paper for Social Studies? Even if it’s due tomorrow, you could just do it after school. We only have one more period after this.” Lisa sat on top of her desk and kicked her heels. They had at least two more minutes before she had to sit properly. Plenty of time for kicking heels, not so much for answering Social Studies questions. “Seriously, how do you justify it?”
“You don’t understand. If I lose my A in Social Studies, then Mr. Gordon won’t let me doodle and stuff in class anymore. But in Math, it’s just a grade. As long as I get at least a C, there’s no problem. Right?”
“Is that true?” Mr. Foster stopped in the doorway and looked at Tracy.
“What? Oh! Mr. Foster. Sorry.” Tracy quick put her Social Studies stuff away.
“Is it true that Mr. Gordon will let you doodle if you keep your grades up?”
“Sure. Anything I want, as long as it doesn’t disrupt the class. But he’s really strict-like on the grades.”
Lisa thought he would say something more, but he kind of just went, “huh” then went to his desk like they hadn’t even said anything.
“The point is, I’m getting fed up with him. He wouldn’t even let me into his room last night, and all he wanted to talk about was some guy that Mrs. H kissed.”
“Oh! Is Drew back?”
“No. That’s the other thing Gene wanted to talk about. Who is this Drew guy, anyway?”
“It’s Mrs. H’s lover. I only met him a few times, but he’s really cool. Well, maybe a little strict, but you know he loves Mrs. H. a lot and he gets along great with Ben. But Ben said there’s some kind of problem, so he might not be the same when he comes back. But he’s coming back, and that’s what’s important.”
“Then why was she kissing someone else?”
“I don’t believe she was.” Lisa got off the top of her desk and moved to the seat as the bell rang. “Sounds like a bunch of hype to me.”
“Hype? The hype is what everyone keeps saying about this Drew dude.” Tracy got her math book out.
“Oh no, that isn’t hype. That’s legend.”
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