Here Comes Trouble

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Jul 6 2015, 02:59 AM #1

Date: October 15th, 2012
City: Battle Creek
State: Michigan
Synopsis: Ben tries to behave for school, but it doesn’t work out the way he thought it would.

“Mr. Braeden, can you hold on a minute? There’s something I’d like to talk to you about.” The math teacher looked pointedly at the teenager, her face all screwed up in the very unreadable ‘strict’ adult way.

Ben froze in place while the rest of the students filed out to go to the next class they had before lunch. Taking a deep breath and readjusting the strap to the backpack he had half-strewn across his back, he slowly forced himself to turn around to face his doom. “Whatever it is, Ms. Ted, I swear I didn’t do it!” His heart pounded in chest as the words blurted out of his mouth before he could stop himself. “…At least not on purpose.”

A little surprised at the reaction, Ms. Ted raised an eyebrow and stood up from her desk. For a moment, only silence could be heard as Ben tilted his head in confusion.

“Take a seat, Mr. Braeden.” The teacher gestured to the row of students’ desk at the front of the class room. When she could see hesitance, she repeated the request. “I said take a seat.”

“I don’t get it.” He obeyed, dropping his stuff on the floor beside him. “What did I do that was so bad?” Every part did not want to be there, but at the same time he figured he should know what got him into trouble and why his mom was going to kill him. Had Wyatt said or did something that he was paying for now? The guy was being more of a jerk than usual even for a Monday. Ever since Ben got home from being gone since before the end of the last school year and ended up being tortured in August, he was trying to be on his behavior. It wasn’t just because he was legendarily grounded or that his mom already had one blow up after she found out that Jo had taken him to the shooting range or that he was still having these nightmares like some little kid.

It was because there was a part of him that wanted to do well and prove to everyone he was fine, bouncing back from everything better than ever.

Ms. Ted gave him a slow smile and perched herself the edge of her desk. “Nothing.”


Then everything started to make sense. His teachers were well-aware that he’d been missing for a few months before the school year had begun. As a result, he’d been watched over for various problems from academic to social and so far there didn’t seem to be many red flags. Parent-teacher conferences were right around the corner, but Ms. Ted didn’t want there to be shock if his went longer than some of the others nor be sweating bullets about some of the stuff that was going to be said. In general, they thought he was a good kid and progressing fairly well. She didn’t go in depth with him, but by the time five minutes were up and it was time for Ben to leave with his hall pass he was feeling pretty good.

“Oh. And Benjamin?” Ms. Ted asked, hovering outside her door just before he went off.

Ben looked back at her. “Hmm?”

“Try to stay awake more in my class, okay?

The thirteen year old just nodded and grinned, teasingly. “You mean there’s more to math than six being afraid of seven because seven ate nine?”

With that, he joined the stragglers in the hallway and for the moment he wasn’t worrying about ‘dumb’ school.