As the school year ended we heard whispers that teacher Hannah was transferring to another school. I felt sad, because we all really liked her.
Summer vacation didn't seem quite as good when we faced the fact that at the end of it we wouldn't be welcomed back to school by Hannah. A few weeks before school started we heard who would be taking Hannah's place. LV's sister Lydia. I wasn't sure what to think about that news. I really liked Lydia and wondered if LV would have to be nicer to everyone now or if Lydia would stick up for her kid brother.
School started and I was pleased to see that Lydia made LV stay after school everyday to help her straighten everything up before she went home. It seemed so nice to be able to walk home from school without worrying about having to put up with LV.
The fall days were beautiful and we soon were settled in a comfortable routine with our new teacher. With weather so beautiful recess was usually spent playing baseball. I still hadn't learned to really enjoy recess but had found my own little niche in baseball. They bent the rules a little bit teacher Lydia was the pitcher and I got to be on first base no matter who was up to bat. I was pretty good at it and always felt a little smug when I helped get someone out.
There were a few boys who were really good at playing and they hardly ever made an out. So when the day finally came that I managed to get LV out I was especially happy. He looked thoroughly disgusted and walked over to Eli a little second grade boy who practically worshipped him and whispered something to him. I didn't pay too much attention to them and focused on the game we were playing until I felt something slip into my hand. When I looked Eli quickly ran away and I just as quickly dropped the nasty horse _______ that had been placed in my hand. LV stood there laughing and I felt disgusted knowing that he had gotten Eli to do his dirty work. Our truce was about to be broken and I vowed to get even with him somehow.