Miss MacIntosh greeted her students with a smile over lukewarm coffee. She complimented Lucy’s lost tooth and Steven’s haircut.

As the class stood for the national anthem, loud pops interrupted the music.

Miss MacIntosh slipped out of her heels and raced across the room in stocking feet. Peering out the door, she met the wide eyes of her colleague across the hall. Key in the lock, she closed her class inside.

Finger to lips, she shoved students behind her desk, into the bathroom, and yanking boxes from the art cupboard shoved sardine students inside.

Then, she faced the door alone.

Heather MacDonald is a primary teacher, former educational Literacy Instructional Coach, and author living in High River, Canada, with her husband, Jason, and their dog, Axle. She loves camping, yoga, and taking Axle for walks or runs around town. Heather has had several pieces of flash fiction and poetry published previously. Most recently, her stories “Peaches” and “Keeping Score” appeared in the short story dispenser operated by Loft 112 and Short Edition through the Calgary public library. They were also published in the anthology Tap-Press-Read, also through Loft 112. You can follow Heather on Twitter @heathermac1986.