Jordan goes to drama rehearsal after school, to find Lien there. At debate, Brian has to put up with Jian. The young Asian man seems determined to annoy Brian.
“I’m going to start with the new kids,” he told Brian. “Think of a subject and get everyone going. Extemp in twenty minutes.”
“Yes, sir,” Brian said. “Okay, y’all. You heard the man. Gather round.”
“Why are you in charge?” Jian asked, his expression and tone nasty.
The other students stared at him, puzzled.
“You just heard the man.”
“I don’t see why you should be in charge. Are you better than the rest of us?”
“Dude, just doing what Mr. Wymore said. He’s the boss. You can join in, or you can leave. I don’t care one way or the other. Maybe you’d be more comfortable in the remedial group?” He invited with a sweep of his hand. “No one…
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