I walk into English class and sit down. A few minutes later, the room is filled and we're waiting for the teacher to do the twenty minute talk that she usually ends up doing.
I feel a tugging on my hair, and I ignore it at first, but eventually, it starts to hurt. "Excuse me," I said, turning my head around. Instead of whoever it was who sits behind me, I came face to face with a white and orange cat - somebody's FIGURE.
"Ahh, she's cute. What's her name?"
The boy cleared his throat. "His name is Jasper." He emphasized the first word to make sure I got the message, but I didn't mind. I guess it was wrong of me to assume that it was a girl.
"Well," I replied. "He's cute."
A couple seats away, a girl snorted. "Yeah, but you're not supposed to bring FIGURES to school. Remember that time somebody brought that snake and then got it to choke somebody else? The kid almost passed out. And then there was that time that somebody insulted a girl's hair and then her horse went berserk and killed the girl's squirrel FIGURE."
"Wait, what horse?" I asked. I'd never met anybody else who'd had a horse-like FIGURE.
The girl opened her mouth to respond and then her eyes widened and her mouth slowly shut. "Nevermind."
"That was literally only one time," the boy behind me said. I jogged my memory to remember his name. Ka- that was it. "Besides, Jasper isn't distracting."
"He's distracting everybody right now."
As soon as the girl said that, I looked around and sure enough, she was right. Everybody - except for the teacher who was still doing something on her computer - was staring at the poor cat. That even included a pair of green eyes that belonged to a large bird perched on somebody's shoulder.
"You know, he's got a point. A cat won't harm anything. Neither will a bird or two," I added.
The boy sitting in front of the girl started to say, "yeah, but-" The girl elbowed him and leaned forward to whisper something in his ear. Even though he was sitting in the seat beside me, I couldn't make out what she said, but whatever it was, the boy's face turned a little pastier and he seemed to rethink what he was going to say before speaking.
"They could cause so much trouble. They could use their FIGUREs to cheat on a test or something. You just don't bring them to school."
"Well, I'd bring my FIGURE to school if I could, but she's a bit too big for the classes and then there could be people like you who're just being really rude about it for no reason."
Slowly, more and more kids began to join into the conversation, taking both sides and by the time the teacher was ready to talk, our classroom had erupted into across-the-room yelling matches. So much for English class.