About half an hour later, the mechanic arrived, and the whole situation was quickly resolved. Arnold took a shower, scrubbed his shoes clean, and all as well.
Except all was not well. As Arnold left the shower, and began drying his shoes, he realized that his eyes were tearing up. Until now, he’d been in a sort of daze, a state of disbelief. Now, in the calm of his house (Arnold’s parents come home late at night), the day’s events hit Arnold like a brick.
Why? Why did these things have to happen to me? This is so unfair.
From being seen with his pants down, to licking Steph’s shoes, to the whole cousin fiasco, Arnold felt as if the whole world was plotting against him to cause him as much embarrassment and humiliation as possible.
Beep Beep. The sound of his phone ringing jolted Arnold out of his depression. Pulling out his phone, he realized he’d gotten a text from Cindy.
-Hey Arnold! This is Cindy. Your first assignment is ready! This year we’re going to introduce an “interview” section to our paper, where we interview students about whatever! You’re going to be in charge of that section, but first you’re going to be the first one to be interviewed! Let’s meet tomorrow during homeroom in room 1-10, that’s the newspaper office btw.
And so, the next day Arnold found himself inside the newspaper office. On the left side of the room were two large square desks with computers on top. On the other side of the room was another large desk with two chairs on either side. Sitting on one of the chairs was a smiling Cindy, and sitting on the other was Arnold.
“I’m glad you could make it. I know this is taking up your homeroom time,” said Cindy.
“Don’t worry about it,” said Arnold. I’m actually glad I don’t have to go to Homeroom now.
“Okay, that’s great,” said Cindy, taking out her phone and placing it on the table. “I actually connected my phone to our school speaker system. So in a moment when I turn this app on, our interview is going to be broadcasted throughout the school.”
“Wait, wait, wait. Broadcast? Right now? Isn’t this for the newspaper?”
“It was, but then I realized doing interviews would be so much better if everyone could hear it, rather than read it. I got the principal’s permission too, which is why I’m able to do this. It’ll sort of be like a school radio program.”
“Um, I don’t know if I’m comfortable with-”
“Okay, let’s begin!” said Cindy, tapping her phone. “Hello, students of Fort Nor. This is Cindy, vice president of our school’s newspaper. Today we’re hosting our school’s first live-interview! I have here, across from me, Arnold from class 2-08. Welcome, Arnold.”
“Uh…Yeah. Hi,” stammered Arnold, who was still trying to wrap his mind around what was happening.
“So, Arnold. How did your first day of school go?”
“Uh. To be honest, not so great.”
“Why, what happened?”
“Um. I guess I’m just not getting along with my classmates very well.”
“Can you go into specifics?”
“Uh. It’s kind of private.”
“Come on Arnold. Everyone’s listening; let’s not bore them. Tell us what happened. For example, did you leave a bathroom stall with your pants around your ankles and a girl walking by happened to see you?”
Arnold froze. What the hell- Wait, this means she remembers me. She definitely remembers
“Well, Arnold? You’re awfully quiet- don’t tell me that actually happened!” Cindy laughed.
Arnold licked his lips as he tried to maintain his composure. Wait, wait. Let’s think this through. What if by some miracle, she brought up that example by pure coincidence?
Arnold forced out a smile. “O-of course not.”
“Really? Because a girl did see you in the boy’s bathroom yesterday. With your pants down.” Said Cindy.
“That’s ridiculous,” said Arnold, trying to play it off.
“Well, strange thing. I can confirm that it actually happened. Because I was that girl,” said Cindy.
What the fuck. Why are you doing this?!
“I saw your penis, Arnold,” said Cindy.
“Anyways!” said Cindy cheerfully. “We’re all out of time today. That concludes our first interview! I hope you guys liked it! Enjoy the rest of your homeroom.”
Next Chapter Release Date: 1/26/15