UNIVERSITY - ADMISSIONS OFFICE
Lake focused intently on the typewriter as she pounded away at the keys.
All she had to do was finish this report and then she could start filing a stack
of papers that sat on her desk. She'd been working like mad for days...anything
to keep her mind of Clark Saxon and his threats. Finally, she sunk back
into her chair and let out a heavy sigh. No matter what she did, his voice
came back to haunt her. She knew he'd been serious when he said he'd ruin
her. There was no doubt in her mind.
"Well, you seem to
be all tied up with work," Agnes Martin laughed as she walked into the
office carrying her own armload of work.
"Agnes, these things have
to get done," Stephanie tried to explain.
"I guess you're
right. I don't know why Mrs. Beasley has to be such a slave
driver." Agnes let out a small laugh as she went to take her seat at
the desk next to Stephanie's. As she sat down, the weight of her armload
shifted and papers and books went tumbling to the ground. "Oh!"
Agnes winced at the mess. "And I just got all of those in
"It's okay. Let me
help you get everything back together." Stephanie rose from her seat
and knelt down to help Agnes pick up the fallen papers. Her eyes quickly
fell on several tests that had been part of Agnes' load. Stephanie
recognized them immediately. They were copies of the entrance exam...exactly
what Stephanie had been looking for. "Um...Agnes?"
"What are you doing with
all of these copies of the school's entrance exam?" Stephanie glanced
up at her with a curious look. She knew she had to be exceptionally
careful in her quest for information. "Some of these tests even have
the answers written in!"
"Would you be
quiet!" Agnes snapped as she quickly snatched the tests out of her
hands. "If anybody knows I've got those, we could all be in
"What do you mean
'we'?" Stephanie eyed her closely. C'mon, Agnes, tell me
what I want to know.
"You, me, Dane, and
that's what I mean!" Agnes straightened the papers up and slid
the exams into a folder underneath another stack of books on her desk.
"If the dean ever found out what we did, we'll all get expelled!"
course." Stephanie quickly sat back down at her desk, but kept her
eyes firmly focused on Agnes.
"I don't need to ruin my
lucrative little sideline venture." Agnes smiled slyly.
"These tests have been quite profitable."
"You make money off of
those tests?" Stephanie's eyes grew wide with honest shock and
"Well, I always work as a
campus guide during the summers. I meet lots of potential freshmen that
way. You just wouldn't believe how many of them are petrified of the
entrance exam!" Agnes giggled at the thought. "Why, it's
really not even that hard! Heck, even Dane was nervous about it.
Well, at least until I gave him a copy of the test with the answers on it for
him to memorize."
"Oh, like you didn't
Stephanie quickly realized her
fumble and fought to cover. "Um.. well...of course I knew!"
"Besides, how do you
think Sara found out where to get that copy of the exam that she gave to
you?" Agnes turned and began to start on her office duties for the
day. "Dane told her all about it. Sara came to me because you
were so nervous about taking the exam. I was more than happy to help her
out. For anyone else, I would have charged for that test, but since Dane
and Sara are friends of mine, I let her have it for free. You really should
thank me, you know."
"Oh, um, yes,
Agnes. T-thank you very much. I don't know what I would have
done without it." Stephanie was slowly beginning to tune Agnes out as
her mind began to whirl as it processed everything she'd learned.
"Just remember, the dean
can never find out about all of this or we'll all get
expelled..." Expelled! Dane cheated on the entrance exam!
If the dean found that out, he could get kicked out of school! No
school, no degree, and no law career! A sly grin slowly spread
across Stephanie's face. She had just the ammunition she needed to get
back at Dane for ruining her life!