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Chapter 9: Changing the Guard
Changing the Guard
A sidewalk café on a beautiful evening in May. For Jaime, it was a perfect occasion to thank Brenda for all her help. For her, it was a chance to congratulate her star pupil on a very successful first year. Tongue in cheek, she gave him a grade of A−.
He was perfectly content with that. “You’re being generous,” he said with a smile. That done, Jaime turned to a lingering issue—the ghost of Phil Bailey.
“We’ve gotten so much done this year, why is there still so much talk about Phil? Sometimes I feel his ghost is still running the school. Is there some way to exorcise my predecessor?”
“An exorcism might work,” said Brenda with a slight twinkle, “but there’s ...