The Spring Dance: Part 5

When it was announced that the dance would most probably have to be cancelled due to the cheerleading squad’ unlooked for success, Jenny immediately headed to the school administration, having in mind to volunteer as the de facto organizer. It so happened that Robert was in the principal’s office at that very moment, being yet again berated for some small prank or another.

Life, every now and then, is kind enough to bestow upon a lucky few of us a moment of clarity, brilliance, genius if you will. It is my firm belief that such moments are the work of a higher power as they seem to weave the very fabric of destiny and therefore of life itself. It is also my firm belief that the principal was graced with such a moment at that precise point in time for he decided, then and there, just as Jenny was talking to the vice-principal within earshot, that Robert would also be “volunteering” to help organize the dance alongside Jenny.

Jenny’s face could not have contorted with more disgust and repulsiveness as it did when the principal made the decision. While she was thrilled to be able to save the dance, she also dreaded having to work with Robert. For his part Robert was mortified. He could not stand wasting his time on a dance. He begged the principal to reconsider, to find any other form of punishment. When he realized that, in the principal’s mind, that matter was closed, his anger and frustration welled up to the point where his entire face was bright red. As the steam seemed to rise from his forehead, he understood the precariousness of his situation; the principal threatened to hold Robert back from graduating and to force him to attend summer school if the dance did not go off without a hitch. It was then that Jenny’s facial expression somewhat softened with the principal asking her to report on Robert’s behavior. She would be the deciding factor in the outcome not only of Robert entire summer, but of his entire life.

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The Spring Dance: Part 4

Although there was little occasion for Robert and Jenny’s paths’ to cross, after the incident, Jenny did all she could to avoid Robert. While beforehand she thought Robert’s looks were kind of handsome, she now did everything to avoid him. Robert had never really paid much attention to Jenny before then, except to think that she was kind of cute whenever they would pass each other in the school halls. After he had completed his masterpiece though, he began to detect a hint something unpleasant as their eyes locked albeit if it was only for an instant.  He could not be sure if that something was there before, but it was definitely there now. He brushed it off though with casual indifference, thinking that she must be one of those boring, stiff people that could not appreciate a good laugh. The kind of person he detested.

The school year progressed quite quickly and before the townsfolk of Royceville realized it, the snows were melting and tiny buds could be noticed on that iconic maple. Robert was still getting into trouble on a weekly basis. In fact, the principal had assigned himself the arduous task of setting Robert straight before graduation when the youth would be leaving his power and influence forever, especially after that water balloon debacle back in the fall. Alas, regardless of the many detentions and suspensions that he doled out to the prankster, nothing seemed to make a difference. What truly frustrated the principal was the fact that Robert was clearly an intelligent young man with the grades to prove it. The principal knew however that Robert put no effort into his studies and that good grades came easily to him. He would often console himself by thinking that things would change in college if Robert did not shape up.

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