Mrs. Pearl continued, “I have been given both the responsibility and pleasure of informing you of some news. Just last week our headmaster, Dr. Welch, was offered a chance to work alongside some of the most celebrated minds of our time in his field of Paleontology, and he accepted their offer. Consequently, he has resigned his position here at Narthex Academy as headmaster, effective immediately. We are sad to see him leave, but we wish him well as he pursues this opportunity of a lifetime.”
She paused to take a breath.
“That brings me to my next announcement. Left with an open headmaster position just one week before school began; it looked as though we were going to start the school year without a headmaster for the first time in Narthex’s 256 year history. I am happy to say that is not the case. A man who has been a friend of Narthex Academy for a long time, and was up until very recently the Headmaster of Chalmers Academy in Connecticut, has accepted the position.”
Did she just say Chalmers Academy? My mind entered a thick haze of confusion. But how could he have been the Headmaster of Chalmers Academy? Unless…but, wait…there’s NO WAY…! I suddenly felt nauseous.
Mrs. Pearl had continued talking while I was breaking out in a cold sweat. “…but, enough about his accomplishments and qualifications. We are confident that once you get to know him, you’ll see that his dedication to students is what makes him a great asset to a school such as ours. It’s with pleasure that I introduce your new headmaster…”…but, enough about his accomplishments and qualifications. We are confident that once you get to know him, you’ll see that his dedication to students is what makes him a great asset to a school such as ours. It’s with pleasure that I introduce your new headmaster…”
NO. NO. NO! My mind was nearly shut down with panic. This can’t be happening.
“Please welcome Dr. Simon Wragg,” Mrs. Pearl said. The room broke out into polite applause.Wragg,” Mrs. Pearl said. The students applauded.
I froze. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t breathe. I looked toward the doors of the gym. Could I run out of this room unnoticed? Doubtful.
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