After blocking my doorway with almost everything in my room, I tried going to sleep, but I couldn't. I sat frozen on my bed, every noise making me glance outside the window. When it was quiet, I glared at the clock on my desk.
When I could see the sun coming up, I got out of bed, and tried convincing myself to go to school. Shivering, I stepped outside and looked around for anything unusual.
I started my normal walk to school keeping my head down and avoiding the eye contact of the few people that were out at the time. I checked my phone, seeing Ethan's texts from last night that told me to text him when I'd gotten home. Oops.
Sorry I just saw this got home okay— going to school now.
After a long, uncomfortable walk, I got to school and headed to history class, making sure to look out for the principle. I fell asleep almost as soon as I'd sat down, and woke up what seemed to be like seconds later at the bell.
I walked to English slowly and focused all my attention on not letting my eyes close, which was hard to do because we were watching a movie on poetry. I kept my eyes open for about twenty minutes, then the emergency bell rang, and the principles voice echoed through the PA that we were having a lockdown drill.
The sounds of groans filled the room as Mr. Hanon went to close the blinds and turn the tv off.
I didn't know why anyone was upset that we'd have to stop watching that pointless movie.
"Everyone be quiet, this is a lockdown." Mr. Hanon said, sounding annoyed.
"No, it's a lockdown drill." Some idiot named Jack said.
I pulled out my phone out of boredom and scrolled through my texts with Ethan.
"Phones away please, Daniel." I glanced at Mr. Hanon and quickly put my phone away as people snickered at me and whispered, as if they'd just noticed I was in their class.
"Like anyone would text him-"
"He's so poor is that actually his phone or did he steal it?"
I closed my eyes. Nothing had changed, and it wouldn't.
"Look now he's gonna cry."
"Quiet please we're participating in a drill!" Mr. Hanon fired at them.
Do they have nothing better to do?
The drill ended about five minutes after I'd started zoning everyone out.
Mr. Hanon had a hard time getting everyone to pay attention to the movie again, so he just gave up and started reading a book at his desk until class ended. I walked over to the deserted library at the end of class and sat in the reading corner, leaning my head against the wall as I tried catching up on my sleep again.
Unfortunately, the world was not on my side today.
"Hey Daniel, just the guy I wanted to see." I gritted my teeth.
YOU ARE READING
Sixteen year old Daniel Layman has been bullied since he came out. His best friend and protector Sean, moved to Los Angeles leaving Daniel to fend for himself in Oklahoma City. Along with trying to survive every minute of hell at school, Daniel also...