Robert Chippendale

Robert Chippendale
IN the early morning light, robert chippendale, English teacher for more than 20 years at Tower High, punches in at 7:04. he will never touch the card again. he is unaware that before this day is over, Tower will be rocked by murder, spotlighted by the ten o?clock new and denounced by the general public. Dressed in a blue jogging suit, he carries over his shoulder his sports jacket and newer slacks- his school clothes- in a garment bag, which he hangs in the teacher?s locker room. Lightly jogging down the stairs to the back dorr, he pushes it open to cross the short path to the running track. He lets his mind wander. Is it too late to change his life? Season spent running in circles, starting and stopping at the same point on the track, a metaphor, he thinks, for his teaching career, now rutted like the track itself,in the soft years of familiarity. he bends down to retie his laces and notices that the air is surprisingly
mild. he does not see the face inside the red-hooded sweatshirt, the body that bowls over him over. lying sprawled on the ground Chippendale tries to find the face, the morning sun blocking his view. he certainly hears the torrent of words.
The red- hooded sweatshirt

Hey, man, watch where you are goin?. Ain?tcha heard of excuse me? hey i?m talking to you. Chippendale thinks, a morning run cancelled, an incident report to the dean a trip to the office. Not worth it, no way, not on this glorious winter?s day. The voice again: Hey man, wher you going?? You owe me an apology. you think i?m nobody?
something psychotically edgy in the voice, more of a reason to let it drop. As Chippendale gets up, he watches the red-hodded sweatshirt pick up a long thin package and head through the back door, into the school, saying over his shoulder, who do you think you are, a movie star or somethin?

Robert Chippendale

A good question, he thinks while stretching. who am i? average height
weght, no close relations. average person waiting in the movie line, single. description: light, curly brown hair; pleasant face; brown eyes. nothing special abou thim, the staff would say. A little nuts about running, but nothing outside the parameters of normalcy, even for teachers. Is he happy? who could know? eho wonders what what teachers think behind their lesson plans? He begins to run around the quater-mile oval. he thinks he hears several popping sounds, looks around, sees nothing. HE is ten yards intohis third lap when the shot rings out. He does not see, hear, or feel the bullet that exploades his brain like a star- burst rocket. He is dead before he hits the ground, instant blackness covering all.

Mike Curry

Who?s shot? What happened? Where? See anything? please stay in your rooms. Gotta get into the hall. Whaddya hear? Four people shot? Cool ! Maybe the principal got it too. Pleae stay in your rooms. Teacher?s keepin? us in. whaddya mean, where was I? Batroom, man. YOu can?t make us sit down. I;m outta here, man. Whoa, where?d all the cops come from? please stay in your rooms. Chippendale? You?re kiddin? me, man, had him 2 terms ago, bor-ing, no life to him. Then or now, ha ha. please stay in your rooms. Yeah right. HEy, maybe i?ll make the ten o?clock news. Cool !

The Note

Dear Ms. Falcone, You should leave Mr. Chippendale alone. Let him be forgotten, and me remembered. He?s not that important; I am. Hey you want to know somethin? ? Ther are other people that i can pick off, If i have a mind to. It?s really an arcae game. The one where you hold a rifle and shoot a moving mechanical bear. If you hit him, he rears up on his hind legs and you get points. i don;t know if it is still around, but my father used to take me to the carnival wheni was five or six. i tried to shoot at it and missed. i told that the rifle was heavy. ?You could hit the broad side of a barn,? he said. I couldn?t??then.

Angela Falcone, Guidance Counselor

Principal Franks, If i might say a final word to the students before the bell rings? Ladies and gentlemen, there are many people who say man is basically evil, that the eveilis part of his nature, that he cannot live without brining pain and death. When i look into your faces, i reject that belief. i see kindness, humor, and hope. I see a world
where good men are memorialized and felans are forgotten. Mr. Chippendale?s character will be remembered. His killer?s cowardice won?t. Not even for 15 minutes. This killer will remain anonimous, amorphous, attention-less. NO one will know his name. No one will know his story. NO one will know him at all. I, Angela Falcone, guarantee that. Good-bye, Mr. Chippendale, we will always love and remember you.

Mike Curry

Ms. Falcone? Can i come into youir office? That was some cool program you ran last period. I liked it; it made him sound like a famous person, a movie star or somethin? like that. I think you?re wrong though, about murderers being forgotten. Plenty of bad guys get remembered. I want to
be famous, too, one day. Maybe like in the movies, one of those guys who get to climb theoutside of buildings, or get to shoot hundreds of people, Like this one movie i seen where this German World War II guy is standingon a balcony with this big rifle, and he is pickin? off people left and right, like it?s no big deal. So cool. People were fallin? down all over the place. Hysterical, man. Why are you lookin? at like that, funny like? Anyway, I gotta get to class. Yiou seem my red sweatshirt? i swear i had it when i came in here. Okay, okay, I?ll wiat. Who do you want me to meet? IS he a new teacher? Is he gonna replace Mr. Chippendale?

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