It’s A Dragon! It’s A Kangaroo! No, It’s A Disappearing Teacher!

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I’m the same person from the origami prank. This story involves the same teacher and, unlike the previous story, the rest of the class, as well. This story involves the same teacher – and, unlike the previous story, the rest of the class as well.

During our last ever day of high school, we have a little class party, as one last hurrah before our final exams start. Our school has a farm, located at the bottom of a small slope. The main science block is shaped like a beveled ‘L’, and located at the top of the slope, with the bottom of the L positioned parallel to the farm building, at the top of the slope. Our classroom is located on the bottom part of the L (the side nearest to the slope). The staffroom is located near the bottom corner, near a passageway that leads to the slope, granting access to the farm. The farm is fenced off, and part of the fence juts out somewhat, forming a small gap between it and the side of the building.

In addition to the main science block, there are two demountable classrooms also located at the top of the slope, outside the science block proper. If one were to look down at the farm building from the top of the slope, said demountable classrooms would block part of the farm building from view. Every other part of the area was visible in a way that anyone at the bottom of the slope could be seen from the top – except for a blind spot where the gap was located, thanks to the demountables being in the way (though the entrance to the gap itself wasn’t part of the blind spot). The farm building was also positioned in a way that gave anyone standing right in front of it a surprisingly good view of anyone walking around nearby. Keep all this in mind, because it comes into play later.

Roughly half an hour into our party, we end up going down to the farm, as our teacher had set up a pinata for us earlier. We take turns spinning around and hitting the pinata, with our teacher’s going after everyone else.

It’s while we’re taking our second turns that one of my classmates ([Friend #1]) has an idea. During our teacher’s turn, he has us sneak away, and hide off to the side of the farm building. We slowly slip away while she’s spinning around, alone or in pairs. By the time we hear her hit the pinata, all seven of us have squeezed ourselves into the gap between the side of the building and the fence, doing our best to remain still and stifle our laughter.

These next few paragraphs are a combination of what our teacher said afterwards, that which was recounted by [Friend #1] – who remained near the entrance to the gap to keep an eye on our teacher’s movements -, and what I saw myself.

Our teacher, upon realizing that we’d seemingly vanished, let out a loud huff and walked out to the front of the farm building, looking around. Seeing a distinct lack of people, she went ‘really?’, and walked back up to the classroom, thinking that we’d simply taken the opportunity to run back up. She was quite surprised when she threw the door open, only to be greeted by a completely empty classroom. She walked back to the top of the slope, and looked down – completely missing us, thanks to the demountable classrooms hiding the gap (and us) from her view. Even more perplexed (and a wee bit vexed), she went into the staff room, and asked a colleague if she’d seen any of us pass by. No dice. Frustrated, she walked out of the staffroom, started heading down the slope – and stopped dead, as she saw all of us, milling around.

You see, right after she walked into the staffroom, [Friend #1] gave us the signal, and all seven of us rushed back to where the pinata was located. We barely had enough time to take our respective places and school our expressions, before our teacher came out of the staffroom and started heading down the slope. While most of us looked up at her with expressions of shock/utter confusion (but made no move to walk towards her), [Friend #1] – along with another friend of mine ([Friend #2]) – ran up the slope to meet our teacher – who, by now, looked UTTERLY confused.

Science Teacher: “Where did you guys go??”

Friend #1: “We didn’t go anywhere, Miss – Where did *you* go?!”

Friend #2: “You just disappeared after hitting the pinata!”

Cue one very confused and weirded-out teacher, who was half-convinced that she was going mad (read: very confused because she couldn’t work out how we’d seemingly disappeared) – until another friend accidentally let slip that it was actually a prank. Not that it would’ve mattered – she would’ve found out once we’d gotten back to the classroom!

And that’s the story of how [Science Teacher] fell into an alternate universe.

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