13: In hiding

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In a room where

people unanimously maintain

a conspiracy of silence,

one word of truth

sounds like a pistol shot.

~ Czeslaw Milosz

¶¶

The school's hall was crowded with students at every corner, all waiting for the orientation to begin.

Extracurricular activities that Thursday afternoon had been scheduled for an orientation, specially for the new students. Turns out all these had been announced by the principal that morning, but Isabelle had heard none of it as she was focused on dulling the snide comments from the students.

No matter the angle she looked at it, it still made no sense that Olabisi and her friend wanted to beat her up for slapping Joel. She had, after all, stood up for the girl. But as it turns out, the two upheld Joel's self-esteem than theirs.

“Let's sit here,” Emily said, snapping Isabelle out of her thoughts.

The seat Emily had picked was at the back of the hall, and Isabelle wondered how she'd see the speakers at the front of the hall.

“Isn't this too far?”
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