Raven’s fat suit, hat, glasses, and fake teeth were gone. Now she was wearing the clothes she’d had on in school that day — jeans, a sweater, and a multicoloured satin jacket.
“Okay, how do I look'” she asked Eddie as she smoothed out the wrinkles in her jacket.
“You have your mother’s hair,” said Eddie, pointing to her head.
Raven smiled, flattered by what she thought was a compliment. “You know, I’ve been told that,” she gushed.
“No, no!” cried Eddie, pointing to the wig on her head. “You have your mother’s hair.”
Raven reached up and felt her head. The short, curly, grey-streaked wig was still up there all right! She yanked it off.
“Oh, okay, okay, does my hair look okay now'” she asked, smoothing down her braids.
Eddie nodded. “I’ll meet you back here after I check out my new locker. Good luck.”
As Eddie moved down the hallway, he counted off the locker numbers. But when he got to the locker that was now supposed to be his, he found a geeky kid putting his books into it.
“Is this your locker'” Eddie asked Larry.
“Not really,” said Larry pushing up his glasses and shrugging his thin shoulders.
“Mine’s on the third floor. Some big guy took it and made me come here.”
“You, too'” Eddie couldn’t believe it. This giant locker thief was out of control.
Just then, another geeky-looking kid walked up and put his books in the same locker. “Hey, Larry,” he said.
“Hey, Brendan,” said Larry.
“Wait a minute,” said Eddie. “You mean to tell me you both share this locker'”
“Yeah,” said Larry. “That guy has stolen all the good lockers.”
“Mine was right next to the snack machine,” said Brendan, shaking his head.
“This is crazy!” cried Eddie, now completely fed up. “We can’t let him get away with this. We outnumber him, y’all. We need to take some action.”
Finally, a third nerdy student approached with an armload of books.
“Hey, Leland,” said Larry with a wave. Then he pointed to Eddie. “This guy wants to get our lockers back, like you tried to do.”
Leland’s eyes widened in fear. Then he shook his head “no” to Eddie as a warning.
Eddie gulped as he watched the kid struggle with the gesture... ’cause it’s not easy shaking your head “no” when you’re wearing a neck brace.
Meanwhile, over in the history classroom, Raven was ready to confront Mr Petracelli again — this time as herself.
Continues next week
Based on the popular TV series created by Michael Poryes and Susan Sherman. Illustrations: Uday Deb