Good morning! How has everyone’s week been so far? Mine hasn’t been too exciting but I am going to hang out with a friend so I am very excited for that! But, before I do that, we do have to continue on our journey with Winchester.
Now…I know that this is a little late for school to be starting. But this is a story and I can make it school time whenever I wish. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a new Adventure with Winchester!
School is in Session
Winchester sighed as he parked his car in the school parking lot and watched his classmates start to walk inside the school. He was not excited. He was a senior this year and he couldn’t be more than ready for the year to be over already. He kind of wished he didn’t have to attend classes this year and just work with his dad at the station. Or maybe he could just skip straight to college; if only that was possible.
He slowly opened his car door and slid out of the driver’s seat. He saw some new faces as the new freshmen skipped onto the campus; obviously excited about starting high school. Some of the other students were dragging their feet onto the campus for their first day of school. West shut the driver’s door and followed suit of his fellow classmates.
West turned around to see his best friend Cory walk towards him. He smiled. “Hey dude. How was your summer?”
Cory grabbed West’s hand and shook his hand. “It was okay. We spent almost the whole summer at the lake which was nice, but there were a couple times where I wished I was back home. Like…don’t get me wrong I love the lake. But by the end of summer I was ready to be back home.” Cory shrugged. “What about you? How was your summer?”
West started to make his way toward campus from the parking lot. “It was pretty good actually. I started helping my dad with some of his cases for the police department. Nothing crazy, but just a little bit of a third party view.”
“Dude! That’s insane! You are so lucky! I wish my dad was part of the police force.”
West shrugged. “Yeah it’s pretty cool. I don’t know how much I will work with them, but I really enjoy doing it. It’s been super fun.”
The two continued to talk as they walked onto the campus. Cory talked about how boring the lake got after about a month and how he almost got in a skiing accident when a drunk boater almost crashed into him. They talked about their possible plans for college even though they were barely thinking about it. They had to finish their senior year first.
The bell rang and everyone started heading toward their respective classrooms. West and Cory walked toward their AP Calculus class to start the year off. It wasn’t West’s favorite subject, but it was a subject that he was good at. Math came pretty naturally to him so this class was going to be a breeze. They entered the classroom to see their teacher Mr. Cassell standing at the front of the room, ready to teach students everything about calculus. The boys sat next to each other, waiting for the school year to start.
The second bell rang and the morning announcements came over the intercom. West listened to see if there was anything interesting that he needed to pay attention to, but there wasn’t. Mr. Cassell started going over the syllabus for the class when the phone rang. He let out an exasperated sigh. “Really? We just started.” He walked over and picked up the old phone on the wall. “Mr. Cassell…uh huh…yeah…okay I’ll tell him.” He hung up the phone by slamming it on the receiver. “Mr. West you are needed in the office. And I was told that you need to take your stuff with you.”
Winchester was confused. He wasn’t sure what was happening and his immediate thought was something bad had happened to his dad at work. He quickly gathered his belongings and walked out of the classroom toward the office. West opened the office door and saw his dad standing there. “Bug! Good, I’m glad you made it down here. I need your help, let’s go.”
“What?” Winchester wasn’t really sure what was going on. “Dad..I’m in school. I just started class I can’t leave yet. How about I come down to the precinct when I’m done with class at 12? I’ll bring you lunch.”
“That’s not the point Bug. I need you to come now and see the crime scene to see what you can think of. We’ve been there since 7:30 am and we have nothing. Come on.” Anthony started making his way toward the door but Winchester stayed behind. Anthony turned around. “What are you doing? Come on.”
“Dad. I don’t think you understand. It’s the first day of school. I literally just sat down in my Calculus class and I would rather not leave a bad impression on all of my teachers. Can’t I just meet you there after class today?”
Anthony took a step toward his son. “Winchester. I know this is your first day of school and I know how important your studies are. But this case is more important than your education.”
He stopped and looked at the secretary who had given him a quizzical side eye. “Sorry…but..could we possibly use that conference room.”
She shrugged. “Sure…the door’s open.”
Anthony grabbed Winchester’s arm and dragged him into the small conference room. “What is wrong with you? You have spent the whole summer helping me and now you don’t want to? I know you want to do well in school but what is wrong?”
West didn’t know what to say. “I didn’t think I was going to help you after the summer was over. Like, not that I don’t like helping you or anything. But dad…you and mom have always told me that school is important. So I don’t really understand why you are wanting to take me away from school. I can help you, definitely. But can’t it wait until after school?”
The bell rang and both Anthony and West looked out the door toward the lobby. Anthony sighed and looked back at West. “You are right, you education is very important. But, the reason I need you to come with me is because Chief Dyner requested it. And…” He leaned in closer to Winchester’s ear. “Your principal was found dead in his house this morning. So I think that may be just slightly more important than school.”