Short Story: Unprincipled Part E

The fifth 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.

Victor left the hackneyed principal to his paperwork. He drove out of the school grounds and retired to his one person apartment in the city. He spent the evening cooking a pasta meal and gulped it down in front of the television, wondering how long it would be until he was principal.

Weeks passed.

Edwards assured Victor time and time again that his successor would be announced in due process. Victor was impatient and reminded him every chance he got. Besides school and Vice Principal life, nothing was special about those few weeks. Surprisingly Troy Keller stayed out of trouble. He still paid little attention in class, but it was a far cry from his toilet burning days.

Life still got to Victor. A day earlier he tore apart an inkjet printer when it refused to take print orders. Even today he snapped a student’s set of plastic rulers after a girl in maths class decided she was now a professional drummer. Little did Victor know his day was about to get a whole lot worse. In the same maths class he was helping relieve, the loud speaker sprang into life. Victor was well familiar with the system and had communicated messages, including  listing those on detention, Troy Keller included, many times before.

It was Edwards. “I have an important announcement I would like to share with the school,” the voice paused appropriately.  “It was going to wait until Assembly today, but teacher training has thrown a spanner in the works. As most of you are well aware, I am moving on from this school. I am retiring. Over the last few weeks I conducted an exhaustive search of a suitable replacement–”

“I have found my replacement. It is none other than our very own–”

Victor held his breath.

“Head of Information Technology, Ms. Lucy Williams.”

Victor exhaled. Had he misheard? Had Edwards botched up the announcement?

Edwards continued. “Lucy has proven herself in an important field within the school and will undoubtedly do an excellent job as your new Principal. I wish to thank all the members of staff who applied for the role. Their applications were unfortunately unsuccessful, but may you go on serving the school in all the ways you know best.”

The intercom cut out.

“Is this some kind of sick joke?” Victor shouted aloud, to no one in particular.

The kids in the maths class stopped doodling in their grid papered school books and changed focus over to Victor, whose temples were now bulging an unsightly purple.


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