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Good Behavior Part 1

Xiao Dan

“And what did Principal Gagnon say?”

“That I must’ve misheard. And that I shouldn’t eavesdrop on the boy’s locker room.”

Xiao Dan’s feet kicked the pebbles and the red and orange leaves on the bridge. Her arms were crossed across her chest and she stared at Matilda. Matilda, who was watching the rushing river water below them, back straight and chin held high.

Xiao Dan didn’t know what she expected. Maybe some screaming. Possibly tears– a lot of tears.

But, then again, that was how Xiao Dan reacted. Some people, like Matilda, were more composed.

Or, maybe Matilda was getting ready to slap Xiao Dan.

Xiao Dan wouldn’t blame her.