Standing outside the Principal's office door Mildred tightened her grip of my hand as she knocked on the door then she realised that she's been holding my hand for too long which was against the school rule so she let go
internally i was infuriated but i couldn't do anything but stand still as i awaited the punishment headed my way all the while thinking if someone was actually planning against me as my circumstances kept getting worst
"Who's there?" someone from behind the door inquired in a rather calming voice
"Its Mildred sir, Mildred Stacy, can i enter?"
"Yes" The principal replied with the door between them
Mildred opened the door slightly and just enough for her head to pass through and make her physical identity recognized then she opened it fully putting me in full display.
The principal looked at me "Is anything the matter Miss Mildred?" he asked wondering why a kid was brought to his office 10 minutes after the school started
"Yes sir, actually there is a bit of an issue" Mildred said before she entered into the office and stood by the black leather guest chair "earlier today this young lady was caught using a fowl word towards another student in the hallway" she pointed at me with a slight head movement in my direction
The principal took a look at me then he netted his fingers together and rested his arms on his desk "so you brought her to me, for what, for punishment?"
"Ahh!" The principal exhaled and lowered his head a little letting escape a half smile afterwards then he raised it back up with a sharp inhale
"What word did she use anyway?"
"The F-word sir" Mildred replied
"Sigh.... OK don't worry about it, i'll handle this. You can go back to class now Miss Mildred"
Mildred exited the office giving me the stink eye as she passed me by the door and i was asked to enter into the office. I walked in wearing an expression of disdain which I left at the door because i still had to maintain the appearance of an innocent 10 year old.
I walked over to the desk and was asked to sit which i did and while sitting opposite the Principal i felt extremely uncomfortable, was it my height decrease? The emotions of Amanda slipping through to me? The guilt from being caught or fear of my mission being a burst.
I couldn't tell but all i knew was that i felt extremely uncomfortable. My thoughts sounded really loud and clear in my head. The ticking of the clock behind me really echoed in the office.
The ten seconds of awkward silence as the Principal looked through some documents felt like my real punishment. I hated when the hosts emotions flooded and influenced me but this was the strongest of such experience I had ever gotten being how emotional little girls are.
"Miss Amanda..." the silence was broken by the principal as he closed his last document
'oh thank God, another second and i would have gone insane' I thought
"In your records it states that you are the class president of your class and also member of the disciplinary team and as such i expected you to know about the school's strict rules on the usage of vulgar slangs"
With both palms on my lap "I do sir" i replied
"OK, so you know that I have no other choice than to purnish for your actions even if you have been an examplanary student until now"
"Good, well because of the day being a half school day and all i can't really suggest detention after school and postponing the detention to tomorrow doesn't really make sense for something you did today so with no other options i am going to have to call your father to come pick you up. That should be the appropriate punishment" The principal said and gently pushed the files he had in front of him to the side
He picked up the landline on his desk next to a stapler and made the call. It didn't go through for the first and second tries but thirds time's the charm because Brian picked up
"Hello?" asked Brian
"Hello, is this Mr Brian Nevel, father to a young Miss Amanda Nevel?" Asked the principle
"Yes, this is he"
"Alright... I am Paul Constantine, Principal at Frenzy Prime Primary and Secondary school" he changed his grip of the telephone from his right hand to his left the same with the side of his head the speaker was
"OK? Is Amanda hurt!?" Brian panicked
Paul laughed a little to calm Brian down and ease the tension "No Mr Nevel, your daughter is fine. Well miss Amanda was actually involved in an incident with one of the other students here in school so we would like if you could come pick her up as she has been sent home for the day"
"Wait, Mr Paul, did she do something wrong?"
"Actually Mr Nevel, it seems one of her teachers caught her using a vulgar slang earlier today in the hall which is against the rules and the word in particular was the F-word. So Mr Nevel, as for my earlier request we would like if you could come pick her up. We know you are a very busy man but regardless."
"Oooh, OK, i'll be on my way"
"Thank you and as for Amanda she will be outside my office waiting for you, thank you" Paul ended the call then looked over at me and told me to wait for Brian by one of the chairs outside his office.
I got up and went outside. After thirty minutes and the boredom from waiting i rested my head on lap and couple minutes later I heared heavy footsteps. I opened my eyes and saw a pair of expensive black Italian boots in front of me.
I raised my head and it was a familiar image but blurred because my eyes were still trying to adjust to the light which they did in time, it was Brian standing right in front of me
"Come on Amanda let's go" he looked disappointed
Brian went into Paull's office to first of apologize on my behalf and then inform him of our leaving then he came back out and we headed out with him in front and me behind with a five feet distance between us.
"I'm sorry dad, because of me you had to leave work early. I don't know what came over me but i promise i will never say such a word ever again" i tried to kill the tension in hopes of still being taken to Brian's workplace
"Don't worry about it, i was almost done with what i was doing anyway"
Brian had this philosophy that no one can truly give you the scolding you deserve than yourself. That when a mistake is made and you realised the part you played in it then the guilt felt was more punishment than anyone could give
We got outside and stood by the car "Are we still going to your work place, hunh dad?" I asked
With the driver's door half way open Brian looked at me "Of course, we still have our father and daughter day to get to. Common, get in"