He was starting to wonder how Shari was doing on the test when he
felt another sharp pinch under his arm. At least Winfred wouldn't be mad
about him acing an open book test if he had the book. He grabbed the
book that was being shoved against his side with a smile and opened to
the Civil War time-line page that was giving him trouble, placing his
finger on the date of the second battle at Bull Run. Just then the book
slammed shut on Pauly's finger so that he had to wiggle it free.
Pauly sat there with his mouth hanging open but no words coming out.
His ears were so hot it felt like someone had slapped them. Miss Winfred
sat down in her desk with a thump when she saw Pauly still sitting in
He winced when Shari brushed past him, leaving the classroom. She hadn't said a word to defend herself, but he could tell by her slumped shoulders that she was upset. He rushed out after her, ignoring the classes' awkward silence.
He wasn't sure what to say so he just walked beside her, staring at the ground.