I walked further into the room and sitting down on the chair next to me was Austin. He was slumping against the chair with his legs propped up onto the principals desk as if he didn't give a shit about a single thing in the world. I frowned, not exactly knowing why he was here. I made my way to the empty seat that was next to him and sat down.
"Legs off my desk Mr Costello." The principal said.
Austin sighed and dropped his legs onto the ground. "Why is she here?" He nudged his head towards me. "Is it everywhere I go now, she's with me like seriously I see her everywhere."
"Stop complaining Austin. I called her in here for a reason." The principal glowered at him.
Austin leaned back into his chair and shrugged. "All right. Well get on with your reason."
"Teachers have told me today that you haven't been writing or doing any work in class." The principal said.
"So?" Austin shrugged.
"So, I need you to tell me what is going on." The principal said. "Its only your first day at this school. Don't mess up your opportunity of being a good student."
I rolled my eyes. Austin was already a bad student as far as I could tell.
"Nothings going on." Austin said plainly.
"Then I want you to stop being a stubborn child and start to cooperate." The principal sternly said.
I sat down looking back and fourth at the principle and Austin while they talked. While doing that I thought through the things that happened throughout the day. In the morning when the car almost ran me over because of a stupid leaf, Austin saved me but what I hadn't really observed was the way how strained his face looked when he looked at the note I was showing him that said 'I am mute'. Including this morning in Roll Call class, Austin was on the first page for the whole time which confused me. I mean either he was just choosing not to read like the idiot he is or... My eyes widened at the thought as my fingers typed onto the keyboard. Was I seriously that stupid to not have realised?
"You're those type of people who can't read" I piped in.
The principal faced me. "I was assuming it had something to do with that."
"Then why didn't you mention it?" I frowned.
"I didn't want to say it until I was sure." The principal confirmed.
Austin looked at me as if he didn't think I'd find out. "I can read." He muttered.
"Oh really, you can read?" The principal asked him.
"I clearly just said I can read." He growled under his breath.
"Hes lieing." I said, not caring if Austin got pissed or not. "He didn't even read the first page of his book in Roll Call class."
"Stop typing on your stupid computer or I will break it!" He hissed. "The noise when you type on the keyboard is already annoying enough."
I was taken aback by his words and bit my lip.
"Alright, thats enough Austin." The principal told him. "I'm going to just grab a book alright, hold on a sec." The principal stood up from his chair and went to the back of the room as Austin and I sat in silence. Well even if I wanted to speak no sound would come out so I was technically always silent. The principal came back with the book a small book in his hands and tossed it over to Austin. Austin quickly caught it and gave him a look that said 'what-the-fuck-do-you-expect-me-to-do-with-this?'.
"Read it." The principal said as if he read Austins mind.
The book was Romeo and Juliet it seemed but I had no idea why the principal chose that book. Austins face went stone still for a second and I saw his jaw clench as he swallowed. Haha, I saw his adams apple! Ok anyways. Shut up Naomi. Oh god, I'm retarded. Austin opened the book up slowly a-
"No, read the title." The principle told him.
Austin closed the book shut and looked at the front cover that had the title. I saw his face geting a bit red and he started to sweat a bit. Ew. Anywho, I knew that I was right about him not being able to read but I forgot what the thing is called if you can't read. I watched him as he opened his mouth to speak.
Austin snapped the book shut and slammed it onto the table. "Fine! I can't read or write!"
The principal sighed. "You're illiterate."
"Oh wow, you figured it out." Austin murmured.
I turned my head to the principal and gave him a questioning look.
"An illiterate is someone who can't read or write or it could be only one of those." The principal explained. "The title was Romeo and Juliet."
I never knew that people who couldn't read or write were called illiterates. I mean, how would they do work and read things. It must be very hard. Harder than my life.
Austin grunted. "Yeah, I'm illiterate so what?"
"I think we've figured that out already." 'The Lucifiers' voice played.
"Naomi." The principal shot me a look.
I mouthed a 'sorry' to him and looked back to Austin.
"Ok. Heres what we'll do." The principal randomly said. "When the teachers told me about you Austin, I was already guessing that you probably had a problem with reading and writing. I brang Naomi here because out of the whole school you both have problems for example, Naomi is mute and you're illiterate. I thought over recess that maybe you should both help eachother out, like, I can put Naomi in all your classes Austin so she can write for you and with your reading, Naomi can type down on her computer communicator whatever you want to read."
I just sat there, blinking at the principal. Was he serious? I didn't even want to do this. There were plenty of other girls around the school who were already gawking at Austin so why couldn't the principal just choose another girl?
"What would I get out of this?" Austins voice broke me out of my thoughts.
The principal smiled. "It'll be easier for you to handle your problem if Naomi helps you."
I think Austin considered it for a second because he frowned and looked to be in deep thought. "I'll think about it, but doesn't mean I'll say yes." Austin concluded and got up, heading towards the doorway.
"You think about it Austin. But don't take too long because you'll be failing in every subject if you handle this by yourself." The principal said as Austin left the room.
"What about me? What do I get out of this?" I typed and played after Austin left the room.
"Have you ever felt like you don't fit in because of being mute?" The principal asked.
I nodded with my head bowed down. The first year of highschool I felt extremly nervous because I was mute and sure, I had 'The Lucifier' with me but that didn't make me feel any better that I was mute and not normal. But later on I realised being normal was boring and I liked myself for who I am. It didn't matter what people thought of me.
"Well Austin might just feel the same way you have before so I think you should help him. Think about it and come back to my office when you've made a decision." The principal smiled at me.
I nodded and stood up from my chair. "Thank you." I smiled.
He nodded and I walked out of the office, back to my classroom. The class wasn't over yet by the time I went back since we still had around twenty minutes 'till the next period. When I walked into the classroom the mean teacher who accused me of lieing welcomed me into the classroom and the students all looked at me as if I was going to type down and play what the principal was talking to me about. Psh. I sat at my seat and for the rest of the lesson I just zoned out of the teachers boring lesson, not actually listening to anything except my mind telling me that I should agree to help Austin.
This wasn't much so I'm sorry but the chapters later on are going to get interesting and you haven't met all the characters yet that are in this story. Anyways, thanks for reading this far! Hope you've enjoyed it! Xoxo.