A knit cap and a fancy hat are piled atop boxes and books on a teacher’s desk.
KC: Why does she look so sad?
FH: She just had lunch.
KC: It was that bad?
FH: I couldn’t have been, she hasn’t reached for the cookie jar yet.
KC: What do you think it is then?
FH: Well, when she came back from lunch, did anything happen?
KC: Nothing out of the ordinary. We just walked up the stairs past some students.
FH: Were the students rude?
KC: Not particularly.
FH: Were they loud?
KC: As loud as students are when they’re going on vacation.
FH: Did they say anything to her?
KC: Some did, others didn’t really.
FH: Maybe she’s sad because it’s over.
KC: Maybe she’s sad because it’s not over yet.
FH: Think, Knit Cap, I can’t bear to see her so miserable.
KC: You know, she was saying hello to her girls and to the younger students, when she just got quiet.
FH: That could be it! What happened at that moment she got quiet?
KC: Some boys came down the stairs.
FH: Did she say hello to them?
KC: She started smiling, but they were scowling, so she just walked past them.
FH: Do you think she feels bad for ignoring them.
KC: Probably. She always feels bad when she thinks she’s been mean to someone.
FH: But did the boys deserve it?
KC: Probably. They hit puberty and went from amiable kids to raging animals.
FH: So maybe she’s sad that she’s leaving, but the kids don’t seem to care.
KC: But they are kids, what does she want from them?
FH: She knows that they are just kids, but maybe she doesn’t want to feel like she’s wasted a large chunk of time.
KC: The boys are just trying to be cool, to assert their manliness.
FH: You think she did the right thing to ignore them?
KC: I think she shouldn’t worry about it. Since when should a teacher greet her students first? They should have said, “hello teacher.” Not the other way round.
FH: Well, anyway, she still looks down.
KC: Maybe it’s the bad coffee?
FH: Or the lunch. You didn’t tell me what it was.
KC: A blob of white rice and 3 spicy side dishes.
FH: Yuck. I think that’s it.
KC: You know, I think it’s all those things.
FH: Look, she’s getting up.
KC: Where’s she going?
FH: To the loo, maybe?
KC: Oh, she’s making a cup of tea.
FH: Hush, do you hear that?
KC: She’s humming.
FH: That’s a good sign.
KC: Pipe down, she’s coming back.
FH: She looks fine to me now.
KC: Thank goodness, I was going to feel her stew in it all the way home.
Pair of gloves: Can you two keep it down? We’re trying to take a nap!
FH: Gee, some people.
PoGs: Hello! Quiet, please.