After the fire drill incident, Miss Noel was really nice to me. She must have told some of the other teachers because when I saw some teachers in the hallway, they were friendly.
“How’s it going there, buddy?”
After a while, I wished they didn’t notice me in the hall. It was a little weird.
Our science project was going well. We were collecting lots of data. Mr. Gardner let us work during class to test subjects (our classmates).
We kept “meeting” online during the week.
I found out that Lindsey played basketball and is thinking of running cross-country next year.
In math class, which we were also in together, the teacher announced an online math competition.
Each night, I completed as many problems as my parents would let me stay online for. After about a week, Lindsey and I were the top two players. One day, she would be ahead. The next, it would be me.
In school, I would ask her if she planned to be online that night. She seemed annoyed that I was asking.
I told her I wanted to win. She sighed and asked if I would just drop it, like she was kind of mad about it.
I wanted to win, but I didn’t want her to be angry with me.
So each night between that day and the end of the competition, I played, but I didn’t obsess over playing until I had the high score.
Lindsey won in the end.
She had a huge smile on her face when the teacher announced it in class the following week.
I didn’t feel that bad about losing either.