Alex refused to look him in the eye. Jason was used to it. Alex was a regular, and usually managed to visit his office at least once a week.
"Why did you take it, Alex?" said Jason Roberts, vice principal of Adenvale Elementary School. "Where did you put it? Do you still have it?"
The boy focused on his feet. He was hunched over in the little chair, and was trying very hard to ignore the man looming over him.
"Alex, answer me. Where did you put it?"
The boy remained silent. Jason sighed and snapped his fingers. The signs carved onto the office floor began to glow orange. The chair itself began getting warm, and a small breeze picked up despite the fact that they were indoors.
"Where did you put it?"
The boy scowled and dug through his pocket.
"I'm sorry, okay?" he said, not sounding sorry at all. "Take it back. She can have the stupid thing, I don't want it anyways."
He pulled out a strange looking bauble from his jacket pocket. It was roughly the size of a golf-ball, and at first glance it could be mistaken for some kind of glass water lily. The layers of petals were all different shades of blue that seemed to be moving, flowing up and down the petals edges like running water.
Jason took the gizmo and checked to make sure it wasn't broken.
"You just sit here and think about what you've done. Mrs. Oyama's already contacted your parents. We will be having a talk about this, Alex."
"Yes sir," said the boy miserably.
Jason stepped out into the hallway where a little girl was sitting on one of the waiting chairs. She was the same age as Alex- no more than eight- and looked as though she'd been crying. The yard duty teacher who'd brought them both in sat beside her.
"Olivia?" he said, crouching down to match the girl's height.
"Yeah," she sniffed.
"Is this yours?" He held out the bauble.
"Yes!" she snatched the bauble and wiped her eyes. Jason noted that while one was a nice shade of blue, the other was a murky grey.
Without hesitating, the girl held the bauble up to her eye and began pressing it in. Instead of hurting her, the bauble melded smoothly with her face until it was absorbed completely into her skull. When she looked back up, both eyes were blue.
"Did he say why he took it?" she said, getting up.
"Well, no. But if you ask me, I think he likes you."
"Now, you'd better get back to class. Ms. Nancy will escort you," he nodded to the yard duty teacher. "I bet Mrs. Oyama is is waiting for you."
The girl grinned, showing off two missing front teeth. "Okay. Thank you, Mr. Roberts."
And the little girl ran off.
"Olive, wait!" Mrs. Nancy picked herself up and hurried after.
Jason smiled and went back into his office to wait for Alex's parents.
IT'S ON! *Ding ding*