a student approached me after school yesterday.
"can i have the work for tomorrow? i'm going to be out."
i saw her in the hall today, at the drinking fountain.
"i thought you were going to be absent."
"i was supposed to be in court today, but when i called yesterday, the lady on the phone told me they pushed back the hearing."
she looks like she wants to talk about it more. the halls are thinning.
"are you a witness in the case?"
she leans forward.
i know the answer before she says it; i read her eyes and i know.