Destiny by Hannah Cho Chapter 2

Republisher’s Note: This is a great high school story. There are a couple of places that could have used a little editing, but it’s a lovely story.

Author’s Note: Thanks to those of you who posted your comments. It means so much and I hope that you all will enjoy this chapter. My confidence in writing is growing and hopefully it’ll continue to grow so I can keep writing. As always, comments are great. -Hannah

Destiny by Hannah Cho Chapter 2

“Principal Manning!” gasped Michelle.

“Indeed I am, Ms. Bauer. The question at hand is what are you doing here on a Friday night after hours and why are Mr. Lewis & Santos with you?” inquired Mr. Manning.

“Um I can explain….you see…. um…. Bill here left something in the counselor’s office and so Danny and I just came here with him to look for it,” stammered Michelle. She poked a dumb-founded Bill on his side to coroberate her story.

“Is that so Ms. Bauer? Because to me, it looks like the three of you were breaking into the counselor’s office computers. You do know that’s a federal crime and the consequences for it are quite severe?” Mr. Manning said with a stern look.

“Yes sir, but you see we weren’t breaking into the computer per se, it was more like we were scanning for information,” Michelle said trying to cover her tracks. “Wouldn’t you agree, Danny?” she said through clenched teeth.

“Forget it, Michelle. Look Principal Manning, this was all my doing. Michelle and Bill had nothing to do with it, they just came in here to stop me,” said Danny.

“Why is he covering for me?” thought Michelle. Suddenly her respect for Danny rose to a new level. She had always held deference for him because of his many talents, but now it was like she was actually starting to like the guy. Michelle flashed back to lying on top of him behind the file cabinets a few short minutes ago. The intensity, steamy atmosphere and images of Danny’s hardcore body caused her to blush. These new amorous feelings startled Michelle. She was usually the girl that every guy wanted to have, but never could get. She guarded her heart with a stone wall that she only broke down the wall and allowed access into her heart for a very few select people like Bill, her life long best friend. And now, she was slowly starting to open her heart to her sworn rival. Of all the guys in Springfield High School, Michelle Bauer was actually starting to develop a crush on Danny Santos. She shook her thoughts away and realized the serious situation she was in. Michelle knew she couldn’t let Danny suffer punishment all by himself. It wasn’t fair and she wanted the satisfaction of knowing that if she indeed became valedictorian, it wasn’t because Danny got caught breaking into the counselor’s office.

“Mr. Santos, correct me if I’m wrong, you’re telling me that you alone committed this act of breaking and entering school property?” asked Mr. Manning.

“Yes sir, that is correct,” Danny said.

“No, he’s lying!” Michelle said as she came forward. “I’m just as guilty as Danny is Mr. Manning. Bill didn’t do anything wrong.”

“What are you doing, Michelle?” Danny whispered fiercely in her ear.

“The right thing,” she whispered back.

“Very well then. Mr. Lewis, I will let you off the hook this time. HOWEVER, consider this your one and only warning. If I ever catch you doing any more stupid and illegal acts, you will suffer the consequences,” he said.

“Thank you so much, sir!” said a grateful Bill.

“And as for the two of you,” said Mr. Manning as he looked in Danny and Michelle’s direction. “Since this is the first time either have you been caught breaking school regulations, I will not suspend or expel you. However, I will sentence you to 3 months of community service. The two of you will work together, side by side, everyday after school for 3 hours and every weekend for 5 hours. I understand that there is a rivalry between you two. Know that I really don’t care if you don’t like each other. You WILL work together because you WILL do this assignment and you WILL get along. I will be monitoring your progress and personally contacting the supervisors at the community center, which you will both volunteer at. If during this time should either of you commit any act that goes even the slightest bit against school rules, you will be suspended and not allowed to walk with your class at graduation. Both of you are skating on very thin ice and consider yourselves extremely lucky that I’m letting you get away with just community service. Do I make myself clear?”

Danny and Michelle nodded in astounded silence.

“I said, do I make myself clear?” Mr. Manning said more loudly.

“Yes, sir,” both of them said quietly.

“Well then, you should all be getting home now. Let this be a lesson to the three of you. Never try a stunt like this again, because you WILL get caught,” Mr. Manning said as he left the office.

“Well, Manning sure blew some steam there,” Bill said with a sigh.

“Yeah,” Danny said. “Well, I should be going now, the state swim finals are tomorrow morning.” He grabbed his car keys and started walking out the door.

“Hey Danny!” Michelle yelled. He turned around to look at her. “Um, thanks for trying to cover for me earlier.”

He stared back at her with a new look in his eyes. No longer were they full of rivalry and competition. In place were a set of chocolate brown eyes saturated with extreme intensity, passion and desire.

“No problem,” Danny said as he flashed her a smile. Michelle smiled back at him.

“Well, I guess we better go too,” Michelle said. “Come on, Bill.”

As Danny and Michelle walked out of the school and into their cars, they both took one last long look at each other. Bill observed their faces and shook his head. These two are hopelessly falling for each otherhe thought to himself.

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