“Sorry, Sister Carmencita. I didn’t see you.”

“Rushing to class, Heather?”

“Yes, ma’am!”

“You show much promise.”

“Thank you, Sister Carmencita. I really enjoy my classes.”

“That’s not what I’m talking about.”

Heather stops walking, almost afraid to turn around.

“Tell me, child. What made you do that?”

“I’m not sure what you mean, Sister Carmencita.”

“I’m sure you do.”

Heather hesitates, wanting to choose her words carefully, but not admit to anything. What if she got suspended? Or kicked out? She might finally be placed with a family, but if she messes up now, that could all be over. She silences her thoughts and turns toward Sister Carmencita, “Am I in trouble?”

“Far from it. In fact, you could not be in better company. You will find you’re among family here if you so decide.”

“Family, Sister Carmencita? But I don’t have a family. My mom and…” Heather rambles.

“Go to class. And look for changes to your schedule next week.”

“Yes, Sister Carmencita,” Heather uneasily replies; unsure what to expect.

“And, Heather, from now on I will be watching over you, not watching you. Do you know the difference?”

Heather looks at her inquisitively. “Yes. I think so.”

“Good.” Sister Carmencita reassuringly places her hand on her shoulder and adjusts Heather’s collar, pinning a small gold filigree umbrella on her left lapel.

Heather reaches the end of the hallway just as the bell rings. Before going in, she looks back toward Sister Carmencita, touches the pin on her collar and smiles. Sister Carmencita returns the smile and walks away. Heather enters the classroom, taking a seat two rows over from Jonathan who upon seeing her, immediately blushes.

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