Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The consequences of being a jerk

(Restart Story)

You leap up from your chair and jog towards the door exiting the classroom. You hear Colin behind you saying “yeah you better run” as you leave. Once outside, you see Mr. Anderson attempting to comfort Natalie, who is clearly a wreck. Anderson whips around as soon as he notices your presence.
“What did you do to her?!” He glares at you, his arms on your shoulders. He’s about six feet five inches tall, and so he looks rather imposing staring down at you.
You stammer. “I…I...don’t know. I was just trying to be tough. I was tired of people like Colin making fun of me…I just want to see if she’s ok”
He releases you from his grasp and places his hand on his forehead, clearly annoyed.
Natalie speaks up in the background, her speech interrupted every so often by tears.  
“Mr. Anderson...I…I need to go.” She starts walking away briskly in the direction of the school’s office, probably so that she can call her parents to take her home. You feel terrible, having caused all of this with your rudeness towards her friends. Colin and Rick may seem like jackasses, but perhaps you would have been better served seeing where a little bit of niceness got you. For the rest of the school year, Natalie and her friends ignore you, and you are constantly associated by the rest of the people in your grade as the guy who upset a girl so much that she had to be taken home. Better luck next time.

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