This week’s episode features Chapter Twenty One of Black Brick. Here is an excerpt from the show:
I paused outside the door to the classroom, not wanting to go in. We were ten minutes late, and my inclination was to skip it altogether. Shannon shrugged her shoulders as if to say that the decision was mine. There was a world of difference in her appearance now versus several days ago when I’d rescued her. Much of that was due to makeup, but it was nice to see her doing better even though she was keeping her distance from me. The scar was scabbed over and unfortunately it was wide enough that I figured she’d have a hard time covering it up with makeup. Perhaps a plastic surgeon would be able to do something about it for her.
Nothing would have made me happier than to skip class, but I didn’t want to give Beltran any additional reasons to be upset with me. He’d been furious that I’d gone after Shannon alone.
I opened the door and walked in. Heads turned our way, and I immediately thought better of it.
“Mr. Chever,” Peck said. The entire class turned their attention to us. Kris smiled and gave me a little wave. Normally, Shannon would have bristled at the attention, but she didn’t react. “I haven’t seen you in some time. Have you been well?”
“Been visiting family.”
“Well, I’m glad you’re here because I haven’t had a chance to follow up with you on our topic last time. Did you read the articles I sent you?”
I remembered that he’d given me a personal reading assignment at the end of the last class I attended, several weeks ago. Peck had sent the email, but I had never opened it. Enough had happened in the meantime that it felt like months had passed.
“Never got around to it,” I said sitting down beside Shannon at the back of the class.
“I see. Please have the reading prepared for next time.”
I nodded my assent and pulled out my tablet and stopped paying attention.
“She’s looking at you again,” Shannon said a few minutes later. “It’s time you did something about this.”