With Drawn: Part 3 — Connect Away

Mystic Island Middle SchoolContinued from: With Drawn: Part 2 — The Principal’s Office

Principal Cooper was walking down one of the school’s hallways. He was glancing into the different classrooms that he walked past. His shoulders seemed even more hunched than usual, as if he was cringing in anticipation of having to deal with some student’s misbehavior. The principal heard someone calling to him. The person was calling, “Excuse me, Principal Cooper.” The principal cringed slightly more, and then he turned around to see who belonged to the voice.

It was John Berkley’s voice, and now John was trotting down the hall toward Principal Cooper.

This time, Principal Cooper didn’t just cringe, his shoulders drooped noticeably. This was because Principal Cooper thought of John Berkley as being self-important and boring. The principal said through gritted teeth, “What can I do for you, John?”

John said, “I hear that Jacob Grist got a detention today.”

The principal said, “I’m not sure why word of Jacob Grist’s detention would travel so quickly, but yes, that is right, I gave Jacob Grist a detention.”

John said, “Let him serve it with me.”

“Why?”

“He tends to relate well with me. This will give me a chance to talk with him. You know, man to man. To connect with him.”

Principal Cooper regarded the art teacher for a moment before chuckling to himself. “Fine,” the principal said to John Berkley, “Connect away.”

Continued in: With Drawn: Part 4 — A Mouse in a Maze

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