Teaching Mr. Bristle: Part Six
At the end of the school day, Malara and her friends parted
ways and walked directly to their houses. No one felt like playing a game of basketball
"I'm home," Malara said wearily as she walked
through her front door. She then immediately said in a dark tone, "Mr. Bristle
was fired today."
"I heard," Jared called from the living room
in a sad voice. "But Malara, could you step into the living room for a moment?"
"Okay, I'll be there in a second," she called
back, walking up the steps to her room. She tossed her backpack onto her bed,
then proceeded back downstairs. I wonder what this could be about, she
thought to herself.
Upon walking into the living room, a puzzled
look spread across her face. Jared was sitting in one chair, legs crossed. Sitting
in the chair right next to him, there was a blue Yurble, wearing a prestigious
"Malara, this is Dr. Reese, an old friend of
mine. He's the director of Neopia Central University, a college about a half
an hour away from here," Jared explained.
Malara kept the puzzled look on her face, and
took a seat on the couch. "Okay... What's going on?"
"Dr. Reese and I have discovered something about
your school principal, after looking through the university's files," Jared
"Mr. Shay?" Malara asked, more confused than
"Yes, him," Dr. Reese spoke for the first time.
"In his resume, it clearly states that he attended Neopian Central University,
and earned a degree required for being a principal of a school." The Yurble
took a deep breath. "But, he actually never did attend any classes at
the college, or at any other college in all of Neopia, as far as we know."
"So...he lied about going to college. I don't
understand what this is all adding up to," Malara said.
"Malara," Jared said in a somewhat stern voice,
"Mr. Shay lied about his credentials so that he would fit the criteria
for the job of principal at your school."
"He created false diplomas, recommendations,
and everything else very realistically," Dr. Reese added.
Malara gasped. "So Mr. Shay doesn't even deserve
to be the principal!"
"And we have proof," Jared said, pointing to
a long sheet of paper on the coffee table. "That there is a list of every single
student to ever graduate from Neopia Central University. He's not on there,
we checked about a thousand times."
Malara's eyes flickered with hope. "Does this
mean that we can get him fired?"
"Definitely," Dr. Reese answered, with a smile.
"And it just might mean that Mr. Bristle won't get fired after all."
"Guys!" Malara exclaimed, running towards Brick,
Cody, and Garfy. "Come with me to Mr. Bristle's room, he may not get fired after
all!" It was the next day, about twenty minutes before school started.
"What? What's going on?" Cody asked.
"I'll explain later, come on!"
The three of them tagged along behind Malara,
panting. She burst through the school door, and went directly to Mr. Bristle's
room. As she rushed into the classroom, she saw Dr. Reese and Jared were already
there, holding paperwork. A moment later, Malara's friends had entered the room
too, and the entire company was there.
"Would someone please tell me what's going
on?" Mr. Bristle asked in a confused tone.
"I second that," Garfy said.
Mr. Reese grabbed the list of graduating students
of Neopia Central University, and said to the teacher, "Mr. Shay, the principal
of this school, is a phoney."
"He created counterfeit - but extremely believable
-- degrees and recommendations from Neopia Central University, the college I
direct. But he, in fact, has never even been to college," the Yurble
Mr. Bristle's jaw dropped open. "He doesn't even
have the credentials to become a teacher!"
Cody, Garfy, and Brick all smiled together. "So
we can get him fired, right?" Cody asked, grinning.
"Yep," Jared replied. "He won't ever be seen
in a school again by next week."
"So when is he going to get busted?" Brick asked
with a yawn.
"Now," Malara said sternly, glancing around the
room. "I want us to fire him now."
Just as the Elephante finished speaking, the
homeroom bell rang. "I think we're going to have to wait until later," Mr. Bristle
Jared and Dr. Reese exited the classroom quickly;
the other students entering the room gave them odd looks.
The other students don't know about Mr. Shay
yet. They'll find out soon enough, Malara thought happily. Cody and Garfy
could read her mind, as they were thinking the same thing.
A sad atmosphere reigned over the other students,
and to their surprise, Mr. Bristle did not say a word of what had happened the
day before to them. They simply carried on the class as usual, working on their
script worksheets, keeping the talking level to a minimum.
"You look happier than I thought you'd be," the
red Pteri commented to Malara.
A smile tugged at her lips. "You'll find out
why soon enough."
Soon enough, lunch time had arrived, and naturally
every single student in the school knew about Mr. Shay's false credentials.
Malara had tried her best to keep it a secret, but in the end the positive energy
coming from her and her three friends caused an extreme suspicion among their
"When is Mr. Shay going to get fired?" a student
asked. All of the pets in Mr. Bristle's class were surrounding Malara's lunch
table in an excited huddle.
"When is who going to get fired?" a menacing
voice suddenly interrupted.
"Mr. Shay! Sir! We were just discussing about
how the coach of the local sports team is going to get sacked," Garfy said lamely.
"I don't think that's who you guys were
talking about, I'm positive I heard a Mr. Shay in there somewhere," the
Bori growled. "Would anyone care to explain?"
"Gladly," Dr. Reese said, stepping into the cafeteria
with Jared. A dead silence was achieved in a few moments.
"Who are you two? What's going on here?" Mr.
Shay asked in outrage.
"Who am I?" Dr. Reese mocked. "Why, I
thought you'd at least know that. I am the director of the university you went
The Bori's face turned pale in a matter of seconds.
Jared continued what would have been Dr. Reese's
speech, "Mr. Shay, you have lied about your education, your degree, your
everything." In front of the entire cafeteria, he pulled out the list
of Neopia Central University's graduating students. "You're not on the list,"
Jared said smugly.
"This is a mistake! A fluke!" Mr. Shay cried
as all of the teachers arrived curiously into the cafeteria, including Mr. Bristle.
"It's definitely not a mistake," Malara said,
rising up from her silent table of students. "You fired Mr. Bristle for no good
reason, and now you've been caught. What goes around, comes around, Mr.
Moments later, it had become extremely clear
to everyone what Mr. Shay really was: a fake. He was escorted out of
the cafeteria, and not surprisingly nearly all of the students followed along.
Right before the Bori exited the building, Mr. Bristle flashed him a triumphant
"Not such a big and tough guy now, are you?"
the teacher asked.
The Bori's eyebrow twitched, but for once he
had no arrogant remark to make. What Mr. Bristle said was true.
After seeing the last of Mr. Shay walk away from
the school's property, along with some security guards restraining him, Malara,
Cody, and all of the others rushed towards Mr. Bristle and crowded around him,
jumping up and down in excitement.
"We did it!" Cody yelled, then added as a side
note, "well, Malara's owner and Dr. Reese did it, but at least we did something
Mr. Bristle winked, but still he was speechless.
Too many happy thoughts were swimming through his mind at once for him to understand
how happy he was. "You guys are awesome," he said simply. "The best students
I've ever had, ever."
All of the students were dismissed early from
school that day, due to all of the commotion. A letter was sent home to the
owners of all of the pets, roughly explaining the events of that day and how
they would be hiring a new principal shortly. In the meantime, the vice principal
would have to be up to the task.
As for Mr. Bristle, well, he was pardoned and
rehired almost immediately.
A week had gone by faster than the previous one
had, and before they knew it, Malara, Cody, Garfy, and Brick were once again
at the basketball court near the school, without a care in the world. Brick
was resting on a nearby bench, while the others took turns shooting hoops.
"I'm kind of glad we gave Mr. Bristle a second
chance," Garfy finally admitted, passing the ball to Malara.
"Me too," Cody agreed. "We actually do stuff
in class now, and we have fun."
"See? I told you guys to give Mr. Bristle
a chance! He's a really awesome person, once you get to know him," Malara said,
aiming the basketball toward the hoop, but hitting a tree to the left of it
"Yeah, I guess he's okay," Brick said,
opening one eye.
"I'm only okay, Brick?" Mr. Bristle, who
had been sneaking up on them, suddenly asked. "Maybe you could try teaching
our class tomorrow," he suggested with a grin.
"No," Brick said immediately, with a laugh. "I'm
way too tired."
Cody rolled his eyes. "What else is new?"
"Well, we're getting our new principal tomorrow,"
Mr. Bristle said, answering Cody's rhetorical question.
"What's he like?" Malara asked curiously.
"It's a she," the Gelert responded, "I
got to meet her yesterday at a staff meeting. All I'll say is that she's definitely
going to make this school more, er, academically efficient in every way
that she can."
Garfy blinked, and asked, "Is that a good thing,
or a bad thing?"
Mr. Bristle laughed. "Only time will tell."
Author's note: I would like to thank Schefflera, for helping me edit this
series, and to everyone else who read it!