Lucy was aghast, she just couldn’t see a way out of this mess, and despite all of her maturity her sense of what was reasonable in the circumstances was beginning to desert her.
“I don’t think there’s much you can do Luce.” Replied Becky “Unless you can find a way of getting out of Moss’s lesson, and that’s only going to happen if you can go home. You know she NEVER lets anybody skip her class, and I saw the way she looked at you then.”
Lucy shuddered, yep she’d seen the look too. She was hoping she’d imagined it, but it seemed not. Becky was right, she HAD to find a way of getting to go home. What she needed was some time, some space to think. There was only about 20 minutes left of this class, then 40 minutes of lunch break, that wasn’t nearly enough time to come up with a masterplan, and besides she needed to eat and ‘hang out’ with the girls at lunch.
Surprising even herself, Lucy put her hand up to attract Miss Jenkins attention.
“Ah Lucy, I see you’ve decided to join us in the lesson again!” Remarked the teacher, with a hint of sternness which was countered by a friendly smile. “I’m sure whatever you’ve been daydreaming about all morning is far more important than my history discussion, perhaps I should give you a quick test just to make sure you really don’t need to listen?” Again, this was delivered with a twinkle in the eye, and Lucy relaxed a little.
“I have been listening, honest miss” remarked Lucy, charming as ever. “I was just wondering, could I please be excused to go to the toilet?”
There was almost an audible gasp around the classroom. Nobody ever asked to go to the toilet in class, they knew it wasn’t allowed and anyway, they were all in year 6 now and didn’t need to go during lessons, they were all old enough to wait until break and lunchtimes. They’d certainly never expect Lucy to ask!
Becky turned to look at Lucy in shock, what on earth? In return, Lucy just smiled meekly but with a mischievous glint in her eye a she did so. What was she playing at?
“I’m sorry Lucy, but you know the rules. It’s not me who decided them, the head and deputy told everybody at the beginning of the year that nobody was allowed to be outside of their classrooms during lesson time. I think we should be able to trust you to nip to the loo and back without causing any trouble, and I’m sure we can, but I’d get told off myself if you were seen. Anyway, there’s less than 20 minutes to go until lunchtime now, I’m sure you can wait until then, can’t you?”
Lucy’s heart sank with those words. Whilst it’s the that she hadn’t been to the toilet since before school that morning, preferring to spend her break time gossiping with her friends on the playground, that wasn’t really the issue – she often didn’t use the school toilets at all, waiting until she got home. More of the being ‘cool and grownup’. No, this request had been more about getting out of the classroom for a few minutes whilst she tried to come up with a plan to go home.
“I’ll try” Lucy answered, trying to find a balance between sounding sad that her request had been turned down and making out that she wasn’t sure she could ‘hold it’ whilst at the same time conscious that she really didn’t want to look like a baby in front of her classmates. Who knows, maybe miss would change her mind, it was a long shot but worth a try.
Becky looked even more shocked as she nudged Lucy and asked in a low voice “What’s up Luce?”, with a worried undertone.
“Shh, it’s nothing, just trying to get out of here for a bit to see whether I can come up with something to make sure I miss the next lesson. There’s got to be a way of getting sent home without being in trouble for it, and definitely without being ill”. She pulled a face, making it clear to Becky that she’d even considered making herself sick, but had quickly ruled that out.
“Oh, right. I guess that makes sense. I thought you actually wanted to go and use the smelly toilets then, haha. But be careful, maybe its better just to get in trouble for the homework and miss this one sleepover if you have to? Don’t risk getting into even more bother, it’s not worth it.”
Lucy considered this, but to her it really WAS worth it. Becky had no idea what kind of trouble she’d be in at home if her parents got called because she’d failed to do her homework twice. And this sleepover was going to be the social event of the year, everybody was going to be there, she just couldn’t miss it. Deep in thought, some strange ideas started to surface in her head. No, she couldn’t resort to that, could she? Was it really worth THAT??10
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