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The children of the Mossomin First Nation hit the drum harder and harder with each beat. Louder and louder they chanted his name.
"Grey! Grey! Grey!"
He had seen eagles soar far above his head, and today was his chance to fly. He spun the pdeals of his BMX bike a final time and looked over at his trusted confidant Andy for any sign of disapproval.
"Come on you fucking got this! " Andy shouted.
Aaron smiled and sighed slightly under his breath.
"Time to fly like the kihiw"
Putting his feet up on the pedals he began to descend down the hill. Picking up speed on the gravel road, the children's voices becoming silent as they watched the spectacle unfolding in front of them.
The speed was right. The angle was right.
Aaron hit the ramp and shot through the air, time seemingly slowing down for an instant. The Saskatchewan skies stretching for miles upon miles. The breeze through his hair soothing his very soul. Suddenly the brisk water from Murray Lake was upon him with a thunderous splash. His eyesight and hearing disoriented for a moment as he swam to the surface.
"Mr. Grey, I'm finished my exam, where do you want it?"
Aaron's day dream came to a quick halt as Becky Anderson stood across from his desk holding papers in her hands.
"Yeah, no problem Becky, I'll take them. How did you find the test?"
"Well I'm pretty knowledgeable about like all that Shakespeare stuff, so I'd say I rocked it!" Becky bragged twirling her blonde hair through her fingers.
"Becky..." Aaron cleared his throat and lowered his voice so the rest of the class couldn't hear "the exam was on Oedipus the King...not Shakespeare."
Becky's bright blue eyes went wide in a state of sheer horror for a few seconds but she almost immediately regained her composure "In that case can I have my papers back?"
"Yes, yes you may Ms. Anderson, you've still got 25 minutes left".
25 minutes later the bell at Hilcrest High School in Ottawa rang and the students filed as quickly as they could out of the building. Laughter and cheers of joy filled the hallways. Summer was finally here, and Aaron himself was excited and yet underwhelmed to see the school year come to an end. He pushed open the staff lounge door and spotted a few of his co-workers already letting off some steam. Including gym teacher Jared Wiggley sitting and in typical gym teacher fashion almost hollering at a red headed woman.
"So then he says he can't do any more push ups because he twisted his ankle on his GOD DAMN long board. I swear to christ these kids and their excuses. Oh hey Grey, what's going on?"
"Well Wiggs, I can successfully say my English kids can read real good-like after that exam."
With a chuckle Wiggley pats Aaron on the back "You know it!"
The red headed woman turns to Aaron. Another member of the Hilcrest English Department, Lacey Jones.
"So Aaron have you thought anymore about the trip abroad this summer?"
"I'm just not sure Lace. Leaving the boys for a few months..."
Lacey cuts him off "Can the she-devil not keep track of them?"
"That's half the problem, she's more than willing, and it'll just be one more thing to use against me every chance she gets. Plus they're pretty impressionable at 7 and 10."
Wiggley chimes in "AH come on, she can't be that bad! I mean you haven't met my ex-wives!"
"Maybe I'm thinking about it all wrong, they do love their mom. I mean after all teaching English in a foreign country? We could really make a difference there."
"Not to mention we are going to party the fuck up! As much partying as we can get up to in a place called...che...cheen...what was it called again?"
"Chernarus you neanderthal" Lacey giggled "It's called Chernarus"
Aaron raises his coffee mug in a cheers, the others join him.
"Chernarus here we come"