She leaves a candy apple in his mailbox, where everyone can see it. It’s just sitting there, wrapped in cellophane and tied with a red bow, staring at him from the cubby-hole. He pulls it out and he knows the secretary sees him, and he knows everyone is going to be talking about it.
He’s flushing and he hasn’t even read her note yet.
He doesn’t read her note until he has gone back into his classroom and locked the door.
"To Mr. Ward,
Thank you for helping me set up my classroom! Hope my present doesn’t get stuck in your teeth.
She’s new. She’s new, and she is going to be the death of him. He slowly, slowly unwraps the apple, neatly folding the cellophane and putting it in his desk drawer.
He hasn’t had a candy apple in years.
He takes a bite.
It gets stuck in his teeth immediately.