Mrs Craig looked from lida to you and back to lida again, then nodded towards him.
“You can go,” she said to him, “with your title.”
“With all due respect,” lida said, head still bowed, “I will stay. I will not let my girlfriend shoulder this on her—,”
“Go. Tenya,” you growled, “let me be your hero for once.”
“I will not go,” he said firmly, still staring at the floor with conviction.
“Man, seriously,” you replied him, dropping your angry in an attempt to try and switch to begging him, “please?”
“For ffffruit cakes sake, bruh, just leave!”
“I am with you till the end,” lida replied.
“Dude, I’m not dying. I’m just going to talk to her.” You pointed at the principal, not even being able to bring yourself to say her name you were still so pissed with her stupidity.
Principal Craig sighed heavily.
“I will admit, I have made a mistake and have been too harsh without getting the other side of the story,” she said apologetically, “I will also admit that I am not good when it comes to receiving criticism from outsiders. My fear of the schools reputation dropping caused me to panic and lash out.”
“Don’t panic and lash out. We have your back,” you said, softening when you saw she was backing down, “if you need us to go back to the store to fix whatever then just say so…”
“No need,” she said holding her hand up. No one from the store rang, it was just one customer who was a witness to your antics.”
“I bet it was that old lady,” you scowled, “there was some old hag scowling at me when we were lining up to pay.”
Principal Craig nodded and sat down, her cue making you sit too, closely followed by Iida.
“Sorry I swore,” you mumbled, averting your eyes and scratching your cheek, “I got kinda got worked up.”
“This is the final language warning though, Y/N,” Mrs Craig said, “you really do need to hold your tongue but I understand the outburst.”
You nodded. “Yeah I’ll do my best to rein it in.”
“Principal Craig, we have news for you also,” lida added in, now that everyone was calm again, “we have come to ask permission that your sister be notified of your whereabouts and that you wish to make contact. This is the correct proceedure given the circumstances. The decision is placed in her hands whether or not she wishes to see you in return.”
“I understand,” Principal Craig said with a slightly wobbly voice, “please let her know that I am here and would like to meet with her.”
“Of course,” lida replied, bowing once again.
“Ok, well, if that’s all. Are we free to go?” you asked her, noting that she might want a little alone time after such a heavy start to the morning.
“Yes, that is she all,” she replied, clearing her throat and collecting herself as she stood up to wait until you had exited the room.
“Hey, uh… sorry about what I said about not wanting anything to do with you. That was hurtful,” you said softly to her, “I do want everything to do with you. We’re family now. I’m sorry I lashed out.”
“It’s quite alright, Y/N,” she replied with a soft smile.
You nodded and gave her a small smile before turning away while lida gestured for you to exit the room ahead of him.
As soon as the door to her office closed, Mrs Craig allowed her emotions to show, tears flooding down her cheeks.
” She’s grown so much. She’s well spoken, strong, and has someone to fight for. Far from the girl she was a mere few months ago. I’m so proud.”
“Y/N,” lida said softly to you as you walked down the hall together after exiting the principal’s office.
“Hmm?” you hummed in question, still looking
“I am most impressed and most grateful for what you did a moment ago in the principal’s office.”
“Nothing to be impressed about or whatever, I just felt really strongly about it, so I acted,” you replied nonchalantly.
“Nonetheless, I am still impressed,” he said with an adoring look in his eye.
You gave him a small closed lipped smile and a huff with small pleasure through your nostrils, heading for the lockers.
Deep inside you were still a little annoyed at the whole ‘Seiyu’ incident but pushed it to the back of your mind, allowing in a little hope that your mum would want to see Aunty Jane again.
“I really hope it worked out…”
The next day lida was very excited when he met you on the corner.
“Y/N, your mum has requested to see principal Craig! She was overcome with emotion upon
finding out that her older sister is still alive as it appears that she had been told she had passed away.”
“What?!” you gasped as you fell in step beside him, “her parents had told her aunty Jane had died?”
“Apparently so,” he replied.
“That’s so messed up, but I’m glad everything is coming out in the wash now. Are we going together to tell Aunty Jane?”
“Yes, I believe we should notify her immediately,” lida said with a small smile, “she deserves to know as soon as possible.”
“I agree.” you smiled. “Man, I hope they mend their relationship. I’d love for everything- myself included, to somehow come good. Imagine if we became a functional family again.”
“Sometimes in life, things don’t go as you had hoped… but there is always a silver lining to every rain cloud,” lida said profoundly.
“If it hadn’t been for my dysfunctional family I don’t think we would have gotten as close as we are now. So in a weird way I’m grateful for the shit that has happened.”
“Language Y/N,” lida said softly.
“Sorry,” you said, taking his free swinging hand in yours.
Once at school, you and lida made your way to the principal’s office, ready to give her some good news.
“Principal Craig,” lida greeted her as you both entered the room.
“God morning you two,” she greeted, walking back to her desk and sitting down, “what can I do for you?”
“[Mother’s name] L/N, has tearfully agreed to meeting with you. It appears that she was told you had passed away and that is why she had never tried to find you,” lida said with a polite bow.
“Oh gosh,” Mrs Craig gasped softly, covering her mouth as tears brimmed her eyes, “I didn’t know they had told her that.”