Shannon O'Reilly (Chapter 3, page 1 of 13)


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Chapter 3

Friday was Shannon's favorite day of the week. It signaled the end of a week and the end to the bullying and tormenting from her schoolmates. The day was divided into eight periods and she marked off each one in her mind as the day wore on. The trouble that day began in homeroom, as it frequently did.

A new substitute teacher was already seated in the homeroom before the morning announcements began. The teacher had bluish-colored hair and old-fashioned horn rimmed glasses that framed the wrinkles around her well-weathered face. She was dressed in a dark purple cardigan sweater and had fastened a large fat-cat pin near her shoulder. The cat on the pin was resting comfortably on a small pink puffed pillow. The rest of her outfit consisted of a navy blue skirt, brown leotards and brown orthopedic shoes. At first Shannon merely dismissed her as another obstacle to be avoided during the course of the day. It was standard procedure for the students to totally ignore substitute teachers unless they needed a pass to go somewhere in the building.

The first bell rang and the substitute teacher in Shannon's homeroom started looking for the remote to the television set that hung from the ceiling by her desk.. While she was looking in every drawer of the desk for the remote, a loud blasting noise from the television filled the room, instantly startling awake anyone who was the least bit sleepy. The exception was a student named David Jackson who slept through every class regardless of the noise level. This was a tactic that troublemakers used when they had a new substitute. This teacher, however, wasn't swayed by their mischief and merely walked up to the TV and used her pencil to lower the volume. Unfortunately the volume quickly went up again, thanks to the boy who had it hidden in his desk. That's when the trouble began.

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