Wil rushed across the playground. She had to reach Joey. She did not know what Bud might do next. Suzie and Robert followed Wil.
Wil stood next to Joey. “Everybody can play,” she said.
Bud made his mean face. “I’m not talking to you, Wilhemena,” he said.
Joey edged closer to Wil. He whispered, “Yeah, everybody can play.”
“Who said, little BABY,” Bud said to Joey.
Joey’s lips trembled. “The principal, Mrs. Johnson said. She makes the rules,” he said.
“The principal isn’t here, is she?” Bud shouted.
Wil stepped in front of Joey. I have to be nice, she kept telling herself. She grinned and said, “Those are the rules. Why don’t we start up another game?”
Some of the kids started to play again.
“What do you know, Wilhemena?” Bud yelled.
Suzie said, “She doesn’t like to be called Wilhemena.”
“She likes ‘Wil’,” Joey said.
“What’s going on?”…
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