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The First Day Of High School
I wrote this to lilfluff's second prompt "The first day of school."

“But I don’t want to go!”  It was the students first day and he had to go back to his old school.

“You don’t have a choice.”  His mother pointed to the door.  “School starts today and you have to be there.”

“But what good am I going to do?”  He had doubts.

“Surprise yourself,” she said wryly.  “Now go!”

After he got off the bus he trudged in the school gate, glad that none of the students seemed to be around yet.  He’d been assigned an office/staffroom earlier in the week but it was a one person space and so rather lonely, even if with his being the only member of his department it made sense for him to be on his own. There was still morning assembly to be gotten through, the principal was going to introduce him to the school.  He’d hated morning assembly when he’d been at school because it had meant being cooped up next to Gerry Manderson and Tom Nevis, unable to escape.  Actually being called on at Assembly had always been worse and the sheer inevitability of what was going to happen was weighing him down.

Inevitably the headmaster, Mr Stokes, said, “And this year we are joined by Mr Simblet who, in line with the Department of Education’s revised curriculum requirements, will be teaching Defensive Magic.  He will also be taking on the anti-bullying program."  Yesterday Miss Hotchkiss, who’d run the program last year, had almost been in tears when she’d done the handover to him.  If he could save her from those tears, then he would have accomplished something this year.  The little English teacher simply hadn’t been able to handle some of the school’s recalcitrant problems, and he suspected that there were things she hadn’t told him, but thanks to her he was ready for the projectiles that sailed out of the Year 9 section of the assembly.

Instead of hitting him, the objects began to orbit him like small moons.  “Ah.  George Manderson, Ben Nevis and Timothy MacDool.  Thank you for volunteering for your first week’s detention so early in the proceedings.”  He smiled.  It was a tight smile he’d learned well after leaving school.  “You will report to my office within five minutes of the bell commencing recess or we will commence your detention with remedial navigation and timekeeping.”  As the noisome objects orbiting him burst into flames and turned into fine ash he added, “You do not want to make me come looking for you.”

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“And this year we are joined by Mr Simblet who, in line with the Department of Education’s revised curriculum requirements, will be teaching Defensive Magic. He will also be taking on the anti-bullying program. I think you mean to end the quotes there.

/laughs/ Teacher dosen't want to go to school. And why. :-) Awesome.

Oops - thank you, it's fixed.

He hated high school and was bullied...

I got that feeling. And now he gets to deal with the bullies!

But will he go too far??

Too far? From the point of view of the school's discipline policy, the bullies' point of view or their parents'?

His own point, I think. Will he reach a point where he's going "shit, what am I doing?"

I hope not. I think he will stick to school policy.

We'd hate for him to join the trope of 'No Defensive Magic teacher lasts long'. :)

I bet his mom got good at that type of speech while he was in school =(

So, is this a new universe or is it from the winged cat world?

-Friendly Anon

I think it's more the universe where the university students were being required to do magic courses.

Remedial navigation and timekeeping?!?

Well, if they can't find hos office and/or they can't tell the time so as to be on time, their skills in that area must need work, mustn't they?

Yeeeees, but ... clearly my understanding of detention is lacking.

If he's going to be stuck with them while they are inconvenienced, then they can learn things that will make them more bearable. Or learn that it doesn't pay to play dumb to avoid punishment.

I *like* how he handled this. Surprised himself, did he?

Anticipatory dread and learned responses did not help.


We'll see how I go with the rest of the prompts. :)

Why are all your magic teachers male?

That's a good question. I don't know why that seems to be my default setting - I shall have to keep it in mind and try to do something different next time.

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