Chattering students filled the halls of Saigonohi High School after the final bell, eager to escape campus before the heavy gray clouds above carried out their implicit threat. The pairs of students assigned class duties for the week worked quickly to get their chores done, having no more desire to linger than their classmates had shown.
From the second floor in class 3-A , Sakura Takeshi watched the boy assigned to work with her greet his friends by the school gate. He pointed back towards the school, sending the group into a laughing fit as they headed down the street. Had he told them that she'd bought his lie about needing to go medicate his sick cat? As if she was that stupid. She's known he was lying before he even finished spinning the tale. It wasn't even creative, just another spin on the same old story.
Of course, Sakura wasn't supposed to be there either, but mistakes happened, especially with new and substitute teachers who didn't know she wasn't supposed to be assigned duties. And every time, her "partner" skipped, claiming they had a doctor appointment, a dying relative, a pet needing care, or some young sibling they had to pick up. She just nodded and let them leave. Better than being stuck working with them anyway. It is easier to snub people if they aren't actually there. Pretending she didn't hear their attempts at social banalities, like she had in middle school, was a much bigger a strain.
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Collectonian wrote:She just nodded and let them leave. Better than being stuck working with them anyway. It is easier to snub people if they aren't actually there. Pretending she didn't hear their attempts at social banalities, like she had in middle school, was a much bigger a strain.
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