Short Story: Unprincipled Part C

The third part of my short story. Please note that this is only a part of the story and a rough first draft to boot. It will all be compiled into an edited, completed short story when all is said and done. This is to make sure I’m being held accountable for my 30 day writing challenge!

Unprincipled cont.

“That you are,” Lucy said. “I’ll get out of your hair.”

Lucy sidestepped around Victor with the laptop securely within her grasp. Victor continued his stride towards the principal’s office. At the end of the corridor the door was already open. Victor stuck an arm through the space and knocked on the wooden frame.

“Come in Victor,” said Matthew Edwards.

Victor ambled into the room, confused at how his identity was so easily guessed. “How did you–”

Behind the work desk Edwards sat back in a tall, leather chair. One finger lay on his temple under his white fringe.  “It’s your knock. A solid two hits. No one around here has a knock like it.”

“Is that a compliment ?” Asked Victor, finding a seat in front of the desk.

“Take it however you like,” said Edwards. “Now I assume you’ve come to speak to me about the position?”

Victor pulled the crumbled sheet out of paper out from his dress pants. “Shakespeare has done it again.” He handed it over to Edwards.

“Are we still keeping that little dirt bag in school?” Said Edwards, barely scanning the apology. He crumpled up the paper and made a shot for the waste paper basket across the room. It bounced off the rim and onto the floor. Edwards waved it off.

“I’m afraid so. We have to see that fire starter through at least another week.”

“Rats. So, have you had some time to think about taking my place?”

“Sir, it’s all I’ve been thinking about.”


“And yes, I want to be principal. Always have.”

“Now, now, don’t be too hasty Victor. As I said before, it’s not a promise or an offer of placement. You are however a very important candidate.”

Victor squirmed in his chair. “There are other candidates?”

“Of course. It’s a well sought after position didn’t you know?”


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