The Calm Before the Shooting (StoryADay)

He stood at the school, contemplating what he was going to do. He had been bullied and abused for far too long and now, someone was going to pay.

The kids at this school would never forget what he was going to do.

No one was going to stop him, not even a teacher. He was going to do the deed, and they would have no choice but to accept his deed.

Disability

She couldn’t wait to go to high school. But she was diagnosed with Asperger’s.

In response, her parents refused to let her go to school. Instead, she had to live in a home for disabled people and never got a chance to experience life at high school.

To See or Not to See (StoryADay Post)

She was going blind at the age of 18. While most kids were looking forward to graduating from high school, she was instead staring at a future full of complete darkness. The doctors told her parents that there was no way that her sight could be saved; they would have to deal with having a disabled child.

With that, her parents gave up on her having a life after high school. There was no way that she was going to be able to live her life now.

But she wasn’t giving up just yet, not when she could still see. She wanted to see the sights of New York while she still could, before her sight went away forever. But she had a decision to make: did she really want to see everything she could before going blind forever, or did she want to stay home and await the inevitable?

A Secret Pearl (StoryADay)

In Chevalier's fictional account, the characte...
In Chevalier’s fictional account, the character Griet is the model for Vermeer’s painting. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Peter Rasputin, ninth grade English teacher at Harrison Creek High School, was keeping a terrible secret. If anyone were to find out what that secret was, it would destroy his reputation.

He had fathered a child when he was only 14 years old. And not just any child; it was one of his students, a girl named Pearl Tanner. Pearl, who many students called “Pearl the Alien” until Irene Haughton forced them to stop. Pearl, who was once friends with a girl named Tanya Shinnok.

Pearl, who didn’t even know she was her teacher’s daughter.

Peter had kept that secret about Pearl for many years, fearing that his reputation would go down the drain if anyone found out. He knew he should tell a therapist about that secret, but who trusts therapists these days? What would he do if Gemma Challoner got her hands on that story and exposed it to the rest of the city?