TITLE: Our Father who art in high school
GENRE: Quirky Young Adult
A middle-aged woman leans against the counter staring at a crossword puzzle. She taps her pencil against the empty squares as I let out a polite cough announcing my arrival. It does no good, she’s busy trying to find a ten-letter word meaning: to wish good health.
“Gesundheit,” I say hoping to speed things along.
“Well bless your little pea picking heart,” She fills in the letters in the squares of her crossword puzzle. “How may I help you?” She has such a pleasant voice.
“I’m new here, my name is Maurice Almighty.” Her smile quickly turns to a frown.
“We have been expecting you.” Her tone turns rude as if she turned a switch. It could only mean one thing; my permanent record beat me here.
The woman lifts horned rimmed glasses from her face and stares at me with the naked eye.
“Mr. Allen, He is here,” she speaks into the intercom. She doesn’t say my name, just He with a capital H and that says it all.
“Have a seat.” She points her pencil towards a wooden bench.
I wiggle on the uncomfortable bench, which makes my left butt cheek go numb. She does not take her eyes off me for a second and doesn’t attempt to conceal her distrust. Let off a few plagues in school and that s*** follows you, trust me.