The Compromise // Just Add Chloe

Steven, the teacher at the high school, cannot believe that his own daughter cheated on the maths test.

“I thought I’d raised her to be better than this…” Steven says. “I always said how important it is to do your own work. And now look!”

“It’s not your fault,” Chloe reassures her boyfriend. “I’m sure she’s just under a lot of stress recently. And she did study last night! I saw her.” Chloe sighs. “I’ll go talk to her. I don’t think it’ll do much good, but it’s worth a shot.”

Chloe walks up the stairs to Grace’s bedroom. Grace stiffens when she senses Chloe’s presence. “Are you here to lecture me as well?” she asks sourly. Chloe doesn’t reply.

Chloe finally decides to speak. “It must be rough having a teacher as your Dad. I bet he’s always telling you how important your grades are, huh?”

Grace snorts. “You don’t know the half of it! If only I were smart like Jacob. Cheerleading is the only thing I’m good at, and now Dad’s not letting me do that! I’m banned now.”

Jacob is Grace’s older brother. He is one year ahead of her in school.

“I promise, he’s only looking out for you,” Chloe says. “If you get good grades, then you can get into a good college and then you can get a good job.”

Grace rolls her eyes. “Yeah, yeah. I know all that! I just want to do cheerleading.”

Chloe decides to compromise. “Look, if you get a B on your next maths test, I’ll talk to your Dad. I’ll try to convince him to let you do cheerleading again. Okay? But you’ve got to study hard! For real this time!”

Grace thinks about this for a moment. A B wasn’t so hard, right? “Alright,” she eventually says. “I’ll do it! Thanks, Chloe. I’m sorry I was rude to you, yesterday.”

Chloe smiles to herself as she leaves the room. I’ve done it! she thinks. I’ve finally gotten through to Grace! 

Okay, sorry about the bad quality photos! I’m not really sure why that happened -the playset is near the window which is completely open, and it’s the middle of the day, so there’s lots of light. Anyway, that’s all for this photostory, I’ll see you for the next episode! xx

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