Continued from: With Drawn: Part 38 — Home of the Assholes
Bobby McGinn was a student in Jacob’s grade at the Mystic Island Middle School. Bobby was tall and spindly, looking like he could be easily broken. This frailty made him prone to injuries, although many said that he was a hypochondriac. This means that people thought he was making up the injuries, or that his brain was tricking his body into thinking that he had injuries. This is why, when Ms. Dell was passing out the math test they were going to take that day, she was not surprised when Bobby raised his hand.
Ms. Dell said, in a tone that was very much like a groan, “What is it, Bobby?”
Bobby said, “Um, Ms. Dell, I can’t take the test today. I didn’t get the chance to study last night. My grandmother was sick. I had to spend most of the night in the hospital waiting room.”
Many people suspected that Bobby’s hypochondria extended to invented injuries and sickness for his family as well.
Ms. Dell’s response to Bobby was in a tone that sounded like she was being sympathetic to his plight, but she was, in fact, being sarcastic. She said to Bobby, “Gee, it sounds like your family is having a lot of bad luck lately, Bobby. Wasn’t it your brother breaking his leg the night before the last test?”
Ms. Dell used this sarcastic tone because she did not believe Bobby was being truthful, and she wanted him, and all the other students, to know that she knew he was a liar.
But it turns out that Bobby’s grandmother really was sick with pneumonia, and his brother really did have a broken leg.
Bobby said, “But I really was at the hospital last night.”
Ms. Dell said, “Now, Bobby, have you ever heard the story of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf?’”
“The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ is a children’s story about a boy that keeps telling people that there is a wolf coming to their village. This causes all the people living in the village to panic and run about. But it turns out that there is no wolf, the boy made the whole thing up. The boy found this prank he played on the villagers to be hilarious because he loved watching the people run around all crazed and frightened. Anyway, the boy pulls the prank so many times that when a real wolf does show up to the village, and the boy cries for help, no one believes him, and the wolf eats him up, yum, yum. The story is to illustrate that liars get what is coming to them. Yum, yum.
Asking someone if they know the story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” is a polite way of calling a person a liar.
So when Ms. Dell asked Bobby McGinn if he knew the story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” she considered the conversation about Bobby’s sick grandmother to be over, and Ms. Dell continued to pass out the math test.
While Ms. Dell was placing Bobby’s test on his desk, Bobby glanced out the classroom door. He was the only student in the back row, and he had the only vantage point to see the hallway outside the room. What Bobby saw out in the hallway was what looked like a very large wolf staring at Ms. Dell. Ms. Dell did not see this because her back was to the wolf. The wolf’s snout curled from its long fangs, saliva dripping from its lips, and Bobby shakily raised his hand, calling, “Um… Ms. Dell?”
Ms. Dell groaned again, saying in her sarcastic tone, “What is it now, Bobby? Did your grandfather break a hip?”
Actually, Bobby’s grandfather had recently broken a hip, but that wasn’t what Bobby was raising his hand about. He was actually raising his hand because there was a large wolf eyeing Ms. Dell like a juicy T-bone steak.
Bobby said to his teacher, “Never mind.”
Continued in: With Drawn: Part 40 — Lockdown
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