“Hello, can I help you?” he said.
“Yes, you can, as a matter of fact. I’m a kindergarten teacher at Bella Gray Elementary, and I’m here about the case.”
“Ah, here to turn yourself in, are you?”
“No, I’m not. I have evidence.”
“Well, let’s see it.”
I held up the gloves. “I found these gloves in my sweater pocket after school today. I put my own gloves on at the house before I touched them so my fingerprints wouldn’t get on them. They belong to the principal.”
“Very interesting,” he said. “Come to my office for a moment.” I followed him to the office and was getting really excited. He totally bought it. I couldn’t believe I was actually going to get away with this. I was actually going to be able to frame Jenny.
When we got to the office, he put rubber gloves on and took the principal’s gloves. “Thank you for putting your own gloves on. That will help from making yourself be more suspicious.”
“You’re welcome. I would hate for my name to become higher on the list of suspects.”
“I would imagine so. I will get this to the evidence lab. I will let you know what has become of this.”
“Thank you,” I said. I left the lab feeling really satisfied with myself. I was going to walk away from this case free. I would spend a good part of the summer in Texas, and then I would be able to come back to the school next year nobody suspecting a thing. I could change schools, even, if I wanted to. I probably wouldn’t be able to kill again. A murder at every single place I work? Yeah, that would look too suspicious. I probably wouldn’t be able to get away with that eventually. I thought about this all the way home. I was really excited about the idea that I would murder a child and get away with it.
I was so glad that school was over. No more of, “It was probably Jennifer,” or “I just know it was Jenny. She did make the call, you know.” There was also, “Sheila hates those kids, it was probably her.” This was always followed by, “Kevin and Benjamin do too, you know.”
My head would spin with names being thrown around. Nobody was safe. I decided to send out a Facebook message to everyone. We should have a group Skype session to discuss this.