Miguel's Journal




Entry #16: Like a flash of fire...


I was feeling pretty good about things when I walked into school today. Things were cool with me and Dee and everything. Even Marita was being nicer to me than she had been since I broke up with Flora. I remember thinking about where Dee and I could go during lunch. It was a nice day so maybe we could get some food at Mikko's Deli and eat outside. Like a picnic or something. So you see that proves wasn't looking for trouble or anything. But right after I put my stuff in my locker and headed for the gym I saw Juan laughing with a bunch of guys and everything changed inside of me.

I have been pissed at Juan since that creep tried to molest Dee but I have decided to just keep cool about it. Not especially because I wanted to but because that's what Dee wanted. Besides, Dee took care of things with him, and she made him look real small in front of many witnesses, so I was thinking that maybe I could just let it go at that. You know, since he had already been publicly humiliated.

But that's not the way it was going to be. Because just as I was about to open the gym door, Juan pushed me. You see? Even though I wasn't looking for any trouble, Juan was. Then when he make this crack about Dee and him and the way he said it made it sound like he had had sex with her or something and that she was begging him for more! Well, that did it.

I don't even remember much about what happened next. I wasn't thinking anything I was just feeling, you know? Just feeling this rage inside of me, shoot through me like a flash of fire and then the next thing I knew I was on top of Juan and punching him in the face again and again. I remember hearing all these people around me. Yelling and cheering. I remember hearing some girls screaming. And then someone grabbed me. It was Mr. Henson, the PE teacher. He's a big guy. One strong dude. Used to be a linebacker on his college football team. And he's still in excellent shape. He just lifted me off of Juan and pinned me to the wall...and he was barely putting any muscle to it at all.

Juan was yelling some crap about how I started it. How he had been socializing with his friends and out of nowhere for no reason, I jumped him. He told Mr. Henson that he had no idea what any of it was about. And the guys he was with backed him up. Henson asked me why I hit him and I just didn't want to get into it. You know? So I didn't say anything.

The next thing I know I was taking my books and stuff out of my locker and leaving school 'cause I had been suspended for two days for fighting. Great! What am I going to tell my parents?

As I walked outside I looked up at the sky. It was still clear but a chilly wind had started blowing. Probably wouldn't have been a good day for a picnic anyway.




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