Tales Out Of College ©2009 Shirley Ann Howard
Prequel to Tales Out Of School
A tall, light-haired man—leaning against the
shaft of a thick Doric column—was fully engaged in observing a young
woman speak. She was beautiful and articulate, intelligent and passionate.
He’d met her once before. On this day she was standing on a table in the
middle of the Student Union, protesting
He returned to the campus store the next day. Outside the entrance was a towering stack of BU newspapers with her photo on the front page. The caption underneath it read, “Sandra Scott, Student Editor-in-chief, was detained yesterday by University Police for illegally conducting a rally and inciting a riot.” The black and white picture did not nearly convey the vitality she had radiated in person.
After buying his essentials, he wound his way to the
back corners of the
“Sandra Scott,” he said in a mellow voice she’d heard before. “I saw you speaking yesterday… and wanted to let you know I agree with your position.” She locked a gaze on him and addressed him by name.
“Leonard Bachenweiler, what are you doing here? I thought you graduated.”
“I’m back as a grad student—in biochemistry. I’m surprised you remember me.” It thrilled him.
“I would never forget the first person I interviewed for the paper… and how nice you were.” She smiled. “And how you caught me when I slipped on the chunk of pineapple.” They shared a little chuckle. He added friendly to her list of attributes.
“What happened when the cops took you away yesterday?” he asked with concern.
“They threatened to arrest me on those trumped-up charges, as per the Chancellor’s orders, if I didn’t agree to squash controversial articles. My parents insisted I cooperate, so I caved, but I’m writing an editorial about it for Friday’s edition.”
Their conversation was interrupted by the throat
clearing of the other guy in the office. “I’m sorry, Donny,”