The Black Cat
Published by Christina Neely at Smashwords
Copyright 2013 Christina Neely
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I scrambled to gather all my papers from the floor of the crowded hall.
I had never been popular in school; in fact, I got picked on nearly everyday. I tried to drown out the sounds of my classmates’ laughter as they walked past on their way to class, but it was difficult. You would think I would be used to it by now. I suppressed the tears as I finished gathering my scattered belongings. The loud ringing of the bell vibrated through the halls signaling the start of class.
If I’m late again my teacher will send a meeting request to my parents to discuss my tardiness.
Mr. Johnson, my math teacher, was already in the middle of attendance when I reached the door. I watched from the hall as he began class by instructing everyone to solve the problem on the board. After an internal battle I decided to head to the roof, leaving math studies to the rest of my classmates.
The janitor keeps the main staircase to the roof pad locked, but a few months ago when I was hiding from some bullies in the janitor’s closet, I found a weakened spot in the plaster wall that connects with the staircase leading to the roof. With a quick glance I confirmed there wasn’t anyone else in the hallway. Silently, I slipped into the janitor’s closet. Using my cell phone as a source of light I made my way to the back where the hole was concealed. I expertly slid through the hole then pulled my backpack through, my shoes made a soft thudding sound as I walked up the stairs.