TITLE: Watch Me
GENRE: MG Contemporary
Silence is a decent shield. But as weapons go, it’s crap. So Nick Anders created three simple Rules for surviving the bus ride. It was still a nightmare but a tolerable one. He was open to refining the Rules, and there may be a need to create more.
But the Rules had worked. So far.
Nick leaned his head against the dingy window glass. Ahead, the blacktop cut a ribbon through the hills of upstate New York. It was warm for September and the leaves had not started to change. A squirrel darted across the road, dodging the front tires of the bus with only an inch to spare. Nick wondered if the dumb squirrel appeared brave because it was stupid. Or maybe its decision appeared stupid because it was brave. Either way, what was it trying to prove?
The bus announced the next stop with an ear-splitting squeal of the brakes. Nick watched the brave/stupid squirrel skitter up a tree and disappear.
For the last year, he had been working on his system for being invisible. He’d made good progress in sixth grade. But he was determined to improve his Rules this year in seventh grade.
Rule One: never make eye contact. When the bus stopped at the end of his lane, Nick climbed on with his eyes glued to his scuffed tennis shoes.
Rule Two: avoid the back of the bus at all costs.