she ignores the voice at first; she’s used to
hearing someone near her get corrected on
something stupid they’ve done. it never
occurs to her that he’s talking to her.
not until he’s leaned over, pointing at the
paper and textbook. and there comes the
sudden surge frustration and anger.
“and you are?”
lydia snaps her book shut while she
twists in her chair. she could point out
that her work is always perfect,but in the
brief moment of his explanation, she had
actually caught her error–– her eye must
have slipped. but still she’s never been
corrected before. not so casually.
so while she’s angry at herself, she’ll
act offended by his presence.
he snaps his fingers back with a bit of a fumble,
clearing his throat and surveying the immediate
area to give a meek smile to surrounding students,
the librarian. he draws out a chair, takes a seat
” Doctor Spencer Reid,
I’m - uh - I’ll be teaching here
starting later this week, I
was getting a feel for the school. ”
already he’s sorely reminded of high school. the only
difference is that he’s not twelve years old and he’s
teaching instead of being taught. still, young women
at the peak of their development with unstable hormones
are, to be frank, completely terrifying.
” I didn’t mean to offend you,
I’m sorry If I did. I understand
the feeling. I’ve made more than
my fair share of mistakes reading
too fast. ”
only at, you know, 20,000 words per minute. many mistakes
can be made when not just taking in information.
“ It’s — Doctor Reid, actually… ”
he worked hard for those PhDs,
he intends to have them recognized.
even if he’s working undercover as a teacher.
and this is exactly why this wasn’t his career choice.
but the things that ruined you, loved you too
“ I have THREE PhDs, and teaching
is the last thing that I wanted to do with them. ”
“ actually - ’ x ' would be equal to negative 25.3. ”
he settles a hand at the back of her chair and gestures
to her paper, then to the textbook.
” I think what happened was while you were reading and re-writing,
you were going so fast that your eyes shifted to a different place when
you glanced back at the book - and instead of reading 14.125, you read
14.31 - which came from this line up here. ”
he points to indicate exactly which line, clears his throat.
” it’s actually a very common issue with the type of print in these books,
because of how close the spacing is between lines. but - uh. if the correct
number had been 14.31, you would be correct. your work is perfect. ”