“I got an A on that last paper. Couldn’t believe it. I worked on it for like a day -”
“You always get As, man. Always.” Jake shook his head.
I chuckled, “yeah. I don’t know. I don’t know how I do it.”
Jake slowed our walk until we stood just in front of the library.
“What are you doing for Jackson?” He asked.
I looked to the sky and shrugged, “writing an essay. At least…yeah, writing an essay.”
He nodded, “cool.”
Turning to head into the library he paused with a hand on the door.
“You’re gonna be the best lawyer, man. You do everything.” He sighed, “you’re gonna be the best.”
I thanked him as he disappeared through the doors. Letting out a deep sigh of my own I couldn’t quite place why my stomach had bolted together.
Walking back to my dorm Casey Jones ran up to me. Her hair uncombed, she was out of breath.
“What’s going on?” I asked
“Did you? Did,” she closed her eyes and reopened them when her breath had caught up with her words, “what did you get from Freedman?
I shrugged, “an A.”
She swallowed, “oh. Okay.”
I waited a moment and then broke down and asked, “what did you get?”
She beamed, “A plus.”
I nodded a few times. Those bolts clamped down harder and seemed to staple themselves all the way up to my throat. Casey Jones didn’t stop smiling, so I walked away.