Marked Absent

Miss Robertson's School Room 1913

Miss Robertson’s School Room 1913

She had been so sure she could do it. Her empty desk, right in the front row, was a sad testament to just how wrong she had been.

The star pupil had had that starlight flicked out, like a candle hissing softly between licked fingers.

She had been so sure she could spit her chewing-gum furtively into the waste-paper basket under the desk next to hers. Now she stood forlornly at the back of the class, where she had been sent to Think About What She Had Done.

Miss Robertson, meanwhile, was in the Ladies’ Room, trying to get chewing-gum off a blue gingham dress.

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This was written, to the above prompt, for the Flash! Friday micro-fiction contest.

The photo is from the National Archives Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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