Mr Wareham

“May I smoke?” I ask politely.
He says, “no, smoking on school grounds let alone in a classroom is a suspendable offence.”
I light my cigarette and draw back on it slowly, without breaking eye contact. He coughs ever so slightly and looks at his desk. We sit in silence for a good chunk of time and i stub my cigarette out on the windowsill before he starts with the questions.
“Lisa, why do you lie?”
“I don’t”
“Did you do it?”
I lean over his desk so that he can see down my blouse. His temples pulsate.
“No” I breathe
“Yes you did, there are witnesses”
“Then why did you ask me if I did it?”
“I wanted to see your reaction”
I walk to the window and flick the cigarette butt off the sill.
“So… how did I do?”
I spin around and accuseingly ask, “Mr Wareham, did YOU do it?”
I cross my arms
“Well, I’m not convinced”
“Why did you do it Lisa?”
I see Hayden’s car pull up in the carpark, and I perch myself on the edge of the window. I look back at Mr Wareham.
“I didn’t, Mr Wareham”
“Lisa, why do you lie?”
“Because it makes you more interesting, Mr Wareham”
I slide off the ledge of the window into the garden and walk towards Hayden’s car. Mr Wareham leans out the window red faced and nostrils flaring. I hear him shout.

“Lisa! Come back here, we are not finished!”

I smile and wave at him before getting in the car. ‘See you Monday’ I think, stroking my thigh beneath my school skirt.

Continue on to Part 2

Mr Wareham

Melissa Vowell

Slacks Creek, Australia

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