"Nah. I just saw your face." Mandy kicked her feet a little, going back to looking at the floor. She sniffled a little and wiped at her lip, smearing blood across her face. She sniffed a again.
"If anything thing is wrong with it, it's because of you." He said, glaring. Aaron just sat there. The girl couldn't go five minutes without starting something.
((So sorry for not being here! D: I was still getting things together in my new place...))
"You hit me first, pal." Mandy shot back. She pulled her knees up to her chest, compacting her small form onto the chair.
"Can you both just pipe down for a couple of minutes? It's not going to help us if the principal comes out and we're still fighting." Aaron said. Jed stuck his tongue out at Mandy and turned around in his seat.
Mandy halfheartedly glared at Jed. She curled up even tighter on the chair, staring at the scuffed toes of her boots and trying hard not to look over at Aaron and cry.
((Would you like to do the principal or do you want me to do it?))
((Would you do it? And sorry for vanishing. Things are kinda unsteady right now.))
((No problem. We all have those times.))
The principal, a tall, stately woman, came out of her office. "I would like to see you all, in my office. Now," She looked a bit tired, as if she had a lot of stuff to get to and knew she was no where near done.
Mandy sighed and hopped down from the chair. She felt even smaller next to the principal, but tried not to show it as she moved slowly to the office.
Aaron, refused to look the pricncipal in the eyes, and Jed just sat there with a goofy grin on his face. 'Now," she said slowly, "I want you three to tell me, in your own words and one at a time, what happened. Maddy, you may go first."
"It's Mandy." Mandy corrected quietly before continuing. "And this is all his fault." She said, pointing at Jed. "I came around the corner after classes were done and he was harassing Aaron. I tried to get him to stop, but then...then he hit me."
"Not true." Jed said, " I would never hit a girl until she hit me first. These two," he pointed Araron and Many, "Came up and started sayingall sorts of things, then Mr. Grumpy over here started throwing punches. His girlfriend joined in pretty soon after."
"You liar!" Mandy cried out, jumping up and glaring at Jed. "He slapped me across the face, just like...just like..." She bit her tongue hard. The truth had come so close to slipping out, slipping out right here and now. "He just...He hit me first. He was messing with Aaron."
"It's true," Aaron said, glaring at Jed. "He hit her first." Just as the principal prepared to respond, one of the teachers from earlier came in. "Alright, we've interviewed some of the kids. Here's the reports," she dropped them on her desk, muttering about too many males in the school. The principal put on her glasses and quickly scanned the page. "Well. Aaron, Mandy, I want you to stay in here for a few minutes. Jed, go back to class."
"What?! You're letting him go?!" Mandy demanded, jaw going slack. She glared at Jed, turning her gaze from him to the principal and back again.
The principal sharply turned her head towards Mandy. "Young lady, I will only ask you once to sit down. Yes, I'm letting him go. I wanted to talk to you alone. I'll talk to him again later, but I felt it important to be alone with you two. Now, the reports are very contradictory. Some say Maddy hit, others Aaron, and yet more say Jed was. Since the majority say it was either you or Aaron or hit first, I'm going to ask you defend yourselves first before I make my decision."
Mandy scowled and sat down again, crossing her arms tightly over her chest. She turned her burning gaze to the floor as she pulled her knees up into her chest, folding herself on the chair.
"He slapped me..." She whispered weakly.
"Yes, dear, you said that. What reason would he have to slap you?" she said.
"I told him to leave Aaron alone. He was harassing him, along with a bunch of other kids." Mandy responded with a huff, looking up to meet the principal's eyes with a cool, steady and sincere gaze.
"Alright. Look, I honestly don't believe you two started much of anything. Of course, for fighting, I have to punish you so I'm keeping you after school for dtetention. Jed, I'll put him in another room and add two weeks on to his sentence." She made a motion for the two kids to leave.