“I’m telling you the truth.”
“The truth?” the principal, Mrs. Garret questioned, quietly.
“Yes,” Alice answered, looking up at her teacher with such an innocent look on her face.
“Alice, do you know what ‘the truth’ means?”
“I think so. Doesn’t it mean, not made up?”
“Yes, exactly. So, you have just told me a rabbit stole your homework.”
“Took it. He took it. He wanted to check it for me but I forgot I had to leave for school earlier because Sandy’s mother was driving us for the play rehearsal. And, I forgot to tell Rabbit.”
“Does this rabbit have a name?”
“Yes, well, it’s Rabbit. I suppose he has another name too. I just call him Rabbit because he’s the only rabbit I ever talk to.”
“Do you talk to him often?”
“Alice, I think I want to call your mother...”
“No! I did do my homework! I promise! I can bring it tomorrow!”
Suddenly there was a soft knock on the Principal’s door. “Come in,” Mrs. Garret called, “Stay right there Alice...”
The door opened and a large white rabbit walked in, standing upright. He was carrying a piece of paper.
“Pardon the interruption, Mrs. Garret. Alice, here’s your homework. I didn’t know you were leaving for school early. I hope you didn’t get in trouble,” he handed her the paper. “I’m so sorry,” and he left.
Alice looked at Mrs. Garret, “So, can I go back to class now?”
“Yes,” Mrs. Garret said. After Alice left, Mrs. Garret sat for a long time.
Eventually the school secretary peeked in. “Are you going to your ten o’clock?”
Mrs. Garrett looked at her watch, “Yes...” she said, getting up. Then to herself, “and then directly to the town hall to submit my retirement papers.”