Avoiding explaining the unexplainable.
Early the next morning in Ms Kirk’s office, Davina sat in an uncomfortable high-backed wooden chair staring at Ms Kirk’s contorted features. Without saying a word Ms Kirk whacked the palm of her hand with the cane. The whacking tempo increased as she began to pace. ‘So…’ Whack! She pressed her lips tightly together and made a sucking rasp. ‘So… you say you don’t know what happened.’ The cane sliced through the air. ‘One minute you were asleep and then there was a blast of wind… And all the windows smashed at once?’ Smack, smack, smack! Went the cane. ‘Then how do you explain that God awful noise then?’ Ms Kirk leaned close to Davina’s ear. Swipe! The tip of the cane made a breeze close to Davina’s face.
With a flinch, Davina then shrugged. ‘I don’t know. I was asleep. Maybe it was the wind?’
‘Davina you are a terrible liar! I don’t know why you’re being so loyal. You do know that as soon as the others get in here they’re going to grass you up. Then you get all the punishment.’ Whack. Whack! Ms Kirk slammed the cane on the desk. She place both hands on either side of the wooden chair and leaned in close. ‘This is your last chance. What happened?’
‘Do you mind if I go and do the gardening now?’ asked Davina with a sigh.
Ms Kirk slammed her fist on the chair arm. ‘Davina you will answer the question!’
‘I was in bed, asleep.’
‘I don’t believe a word of it!’
‘Look Ms Kirk the truth is – neither you nor I want me here. That’s obvious. The sooner I get into that line up, the sooner I’ll be out of your hair.’
‘So you do want to get out of here? That’s a good sign. But tell me one thing… how come my home was fine until you turned up?’ Ms Kirk stood upright and folded her arms.
Davina shook her head, ‘Ms Kirk I told you I have no idea what’s going on and I want to get on with my chores.’
‘Go, but I will be watching you. There’s something peculiar about you and I don’t like it! I just can’t put my…. now go!’ she said flicking her fingers in the direction of the door.
Davina turned to leave.
‘Oh and Davina no name… If you have any memories as to who you are, you will tell me won’t you?’
‘Yes Ms Kirk.’
Davina slipped out of the dingy room into the corridor. The queue of disobedient girls extended as far as she could see. As Davina passed, she glanced cautiously at them; whispers and murmurs travelled the line. Davina clenched her fists as she walked. She wouldn’t allow them to get her into trouble. She intended to escape. But how?
On the way to the garden, Davina noticed Rose at the very end of the line. When she passed, Rose shot her a look of apology. It meant nothing. Rose had betrayed her and that was it!
There was a tingle on Davina’s neck. Something was wrong, she glanced over her shoulder and noticed Ms Kirk stood by her office door watching. She has seen the interaction and was smiling triumphantly to herself. ‘So… Rose if you would like to come to the front of the line and step into my office. Tell me in your own words what happened with Davina. I know I can rely on you.’
Rose stood up, glanced at Davina and walked the length of the line to the office with her head down. It was all over, the betrayer had no loyalty! Davina had to escape!