“What do you think? Do I look like a teacher?”
Roisin was grinning in her work outfit. It was her first day teaching, and needless so say she was incredibly nervous. “Well, what do you think?”
“You look great.” Lainey gave a half-hearted grin, looking and likely feeling awful from the withdrawals. Roisin knew that all of it was gone though, even going so far as to check her room thoroughly to make sure there were none there that were hidden away somewhere. Even though Lainey asked her to throw it all away, Roisin checked future just to make sure.
“Are you sure you’ll be alright? I don’t want to leave you alone if you’re feeling awful.” Roisin worried, frowning slightly.
“I’m fine. I’ll be fine. I don’t want to mess with your first day at work.” Grinning, Lainey reached over and nudged her with her foot. “Miss Matthews… You sound like a proper teacher. I can see you being all like ‘no you can’t go to the bathroom, you should have gone at break’ and shit like that.” It was weird, Lainey never really thought that Roisin would go through with being a teacher, she always figures she would do something more… Creative. It almost didn’t feel right seeing Roisin doing something so mundane, but if that was what made her happy then so be it.
Roisin grinned at her in response, and joked. “Young lady, I don’t appreciate that kind of language in my classroom.”
“Well fuck.” Lainey responded, carrying on the joke.
“Anyway, I need to go. It’d be pretty crappy if I was late on my first day. Later.” And with that, Roisin left to go to her first day at work.
When Roisin got to the school, she had a meeting with the head of the school.
“So, Miss Matthews. You’re newly qualified, aren’t you?” The headmistress asked, looking her up and down slightly.
“Yeah, apart from my teacher training stuff, this is my first teaching job.” Smiling in response, Roisin responded as she kept her hands in her lap to keep herself from fidgeting.
“And you completed that training at our sister school, right?” The headmistress asked, clearly questioning her to test the validity of her experience.
“Right. I was helping Mrs Markle in her class.” Smiling in response, Roisin confirmed.
Nodding, the headmistress took some time before explaining. “Well, until the end of the academic year, you’ll be working in another teacher’s class, getting to know the ropes and how this school operates and how to work the programs we use here.” Giving a small smile, she explained this.
“Oh, okay.” Even though Roisin had imagined herself getting control of her own class from the first day, a large part of her was thankful that wasn’t the case. She wouldn’t even know what to start with if had to start today.
“In the new academic year, you’ll be taking over the year one class, as our dear Beatrice will be retiring at the end of this academic year. We’re sure you’ll be fine here at this school.” Smiling sweetly, the headmistress seems to have warmed up to her.
“Thanks. I’m really excited to start.” Roisin beamed, happy to have found a job at a seemingly nice school.
“We’re excited to have you here too.” The headmistress smiled in response, and then dismissed her as she said. “The teacher you’ll be working with for the next few months should be outside. I imagine you’ll get along with him well.”
Tue to the headmistress’ word, she was greeted by one of the teachers she was going to work with for the first few months.
“Good morning. It’s nice to meet you. I’m Mr Wright, or I guess you’ll probably know me better as Elliott.” Extending his hand to her, he introduced himself.
Shaking his hand, she smiled at him. “It’s nice to meet you, I’m Roisin, or Miss Matthews. But, you probably already know my name.” Laughing somewhat nervously, Roisin followed suit and introduced herself.
“It’s nice to meet you, Roisin.” He smiled at her warmly. “You’ll be helping me teach the year two class for the meantime. We wanted to make sure you were used to teaching before taking on your own class.” He explained. “One of our older members of staff is retiring after this academic year, so you’ll be taking over her class.”
“That makes sense.” Nodding in response, Roisin couldn’t help but feel incredibly anxious about teaching. Even though they were still rather young, it made her feel worried about messing up.
“You shouldn’t be so nervous. You just need to get into the swing of things, I’m sure you’ll be fine. For today, you’ll mostly just be helping out in the class and watching how I teach.” Elliott smiled at her, and then added. “So, new kid, tell me about yourself.”
“Well, I don’t really know what to say. I guess there’s quite a lot I can say.” Pausing for a second, she started with. “I’ve got a boyfriend and he’s in the army, and I recently came into some money, so I’ve started buying up properties and renting them out for people.”
“Huh, that’s pretty cool.” He smiled at her. “There’s a lot of people trying to find houses and stuff but they’re just way too expensive, you know?” Laughing slightly, he reasoned. “I guess that’s probably why you’re doing it, huh? That and a little extra money on the side I guess.”
“Yeah, it’s like an investment that can help people, I guess.” She smiled in response. Stopping for a second, she asked. “I know this is going to sound so incredibly lame, but it’s alright if I eat lunch with you in the staffroom today, right?”
“I dunno…. I’ll have to ask my friends.” He teased, and then grinned at her. “Of course you can, Roisin. You don’t even need to ask.” Elliott lead her towards the classroom where his class was.
As the two of them entered, Roisin felt her anxiety rise. Even though they were all only about seven, she felt nervous.
After her first day at work and looking at the progress on the house she was doing up, Roisin went back to the flat for the evening. She was happy with her first day of work. Everyone seemed nice, and she felt like Elliott was a great person to learn from too!
“Hey, teach.” Lainey greeted her as she came in. “How was your first day?”
“It was so great!” Roisin enthused, going over to where she was stood in the kitchen. “I met all the other staff there and I’m starting by helping out in this other teacher’s class and he-”
“He, huh?” Lainey asked, grinning. “Is he cute?”
“Lainey!” Roisin scolded. “I’ve got a boyfriend, remember?” She asked, rolling her eyes. “It doesn’t matter if he’s cute or not, he’s my colleague. Plus, I don’t even know if he’s single or not.”
“That’s not really answering my question.” She pointed out, absently taking a bite of the snack she was eating. “So, is he cute?”
Sighing, Roisin started a new topic. “I went to the new house that I bought. I wanted to see what the contractors had done with the place, and I took quite a few pictures while I was over there in case you wanted to see them.”
Shrugging absently, Lainey agreed. “Sure, why not? I’ve got nothing better to do right now.” Since giving up competitive figure skating, Lainey’s been restless, not knowing what to do with herself. Part of her has been considering going into coaching, but she really isn’t sure if she actually wants to spend that much time with kids, or could without swearing or cursing at some point. She knew that she had a habit of being overly honest, but it was never intended as mean, and Lainey had a feeling that if she went into coaching, she would likely make at least one of the kids cry, and she really didn’t want that.
“Hey, this place is pretty nice.” Lainey pointed out, scrolling through the pictures on Roisin’s phone. “It looks nothing like that shit shack you originally bought.”
“Yeah, they’ve really done it up, haven’t they?” Roisin too was impressed by the change. “I guess now all that’s left is furnishing it and then finding someone who’ll want it.” Smiling slightly while taking back her phone, she couldn’t help but feel as if this house was like her baby. For so long it’s been under construction and being done up, and now it’s nearly complete. It just needs furniture.
“So, I guess I’ll be the designated person to sit in the house and wait for the furniture, huh?” Lainey asked, giving a small grin. “I don’t mind. I’ve got nothing better to do anyway.” Sighing heavily, she kicked the air absently.
“Do you want to talk about it?” Roisin asked, concerned. “We can if you need to, and I feel like you do need to.”
“There’s not a whole bunch to talk about, Ro. About a month ago I was an Olympic standard athlete. Now, I’m unemployed and haven’t been on the ice for weeks.” Shrugging slightly, she just mumbled. “There’s not a lot left to do or talk about. I know I need a break from the ice, maybe permanently, and I just need a break in general. I guess I’m just bored, that’s all.” Grumbling that, Lainey mumbled. “I mean, I’ve done everything I thought about doing. I’ve gotten better at cooking, I feel like I’ve looked at pretty much every profile of people who follow me on social media because I was bored, and I’m just out of things to do.”
Roisin took a moment, and watched Lainey as she went into the living room. She can’t even imagine how hard it must be for her right now, and it feels like there’s nothing she can do to help her, which felt difficult.
Taking a moment, Lainey asked. “What do you want to do for dinner? I’m kinda feeling takeout, you know, to celebrate your first day.”
Grinning, Roisin looked through the menus they had collected through their time in this flat. “So, we can get Chinese, Indian, pizza, I think the pizza place has a deal on today.” She figured Lainey wasn’t in the mood to do any cooking tonight. Thinking about skating a lot has likely bummed her out.
“The good pizza place or the bad pizza place?” Lainey asked, looking over at her.
“Let’s face it, they’re both pretty crap.” Roisin laughed slightly. “I think the one that wasn’t closed for a few weeks is the one with the deal.” There was the sound of someone knocking on the door while Roisin began to order the pizzas. “Can you get that? And usual, yeah?”
“Yeah, usual.” Lainey nodded, getting up and answering the door.
When she answered the door, she was met with something, or someone, strange. It was weird, but Lainey felt like she recognised this weird person. “Hey, do I know you?”
“Oh!” The woman seemed startled by Lainey answering the door, and immediately seemed embarrassed. “Sorry, I’m sorry. I, I think I might be in the wrong place. I’m sorry, I should probably be-”
“Wait.” Lainey stopped her, holding onto her arm. “I know you, right? How do I know you?” Was she one of the profiles she’s been stalking on social media? No, couldn’t be. Lainey’s met a few people who were fans of her, and usual they freaked out a lot more than this.
“Hey Lainey, who’s there?” Roisin asked, joining Lainey at the door. Seeing the random person at the door, Roisin felt obliged to introduce herself. “Uh, hi. I’m Roisin. Roisin Matthews. Can we help you?”
Her name got the woman’s attention. “Roisin Matthews? Really?” She asked surprised, and then mumbled something under her breath.
Discretely moving to stand between Roisin and this weird woman, Lainey asked. “Who are you? What do you want?”
“Well, uhm…” The woman trailed off, and then laughed nervously. “This is likely going to sound outrageous, but, uhm.” Biting her lower lip, she closed her eyes and spoke quickly. “My name is Juniper Smith, and I think I’m your sister.”
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Anyway, speaking of the last name Wright, there was this girl in all of my classes (top set *flips hair*) and she had the same name as me, and her last name was Wright. Now, my last name starts with a W too, and this bitch was really smart but like wasn’t very nice, and it used to annoy me (because my name is literally the most popular one ever ugh) because I wasn’t even the smartest *my name* W in the class, you know? It was angering.