Maria’s Problem Pt 3-Hamiltots Fanfic
Maria’s problem pt 3
Hercules was the first on to catch up to Lafayette.
“What’re you doin’?” he asked.
“I’m goin’ to tell him to stop, and if he doesn’t, I’ll fight him!” Lafayette said proudly. Hercules admired his friend and walked right alongside him. Laf went up to Big James and pulled on his coat, harder than Alex did. James looked down.
“I thought I told you twerps to beat it.” He said shoving Laf backwards. Laf stumbled, then pushed him right back.
“No!” He yelled. “You can’t hurt us anymore! Leave mes amies (my friends) alone!” Laf said loudly. The others stood watching their friend’s bravery. James glared at him.
“Don’t you speak French with me. You know I don’t understand!” James said, getting mad. Laf smiled.
“Oh, you don’t? Dommage, James! Je m’en fous! Casse toi! (Pity, James! I do not care! Go away!)” Laf yelled. James pushed him away again.
“Leave me alone twerp! Or we’ll beat you up.” He said motioning to his big friends. Laf looked around, only a little scared, but stood tall.
“Non.” He said bravely, crossing his arms and planting his feet. Alex walked up and joined him.
“No.” Alex said, copying his stance. One by one all the kids came up and stood next to Laf. Maria was the last to come up. She looked James straight in the eye.
“No.” She said. James glared at her.
“What did you say?” He asked, stepping toward her. She didn’t move.
“No.” She repeated louder. “Don’t hurt me or my friends ever again. Remember what momma said.” James glared at her.
“Momma isn’t here.” James said shoving his sister. “And you can’t tell me what to do.” He shoved her again. “And I told you not to tell anyone what happened!” He yelled loudly. He shoved her harder, and she fell down on the ground. Peggy ran up to her and hugged her, then turned to James.
“You’re a bully!” She yelled. James laughed and pushed her too. Angelica gasped and, without pausing, went up to James and shoved him from behind. James fell over and looked up at Angelica.
“Don’t you EVER touch my sister like that again!” She yelled protectively. The toddlers joined Angelica in standing in a line facing James and his friends. James laughed and stood up.
“You wanna fight? We can do that.” He said calling his friends over. Alex whispered something to little James Madison. He nodded and ran off. Alex ran right up to big James.
“We don’t want to fight. But we won’t ap-olo-gize for doing what’s right!” He said loudly. Eliza smiled at his use of big words, she knew he tried his best to learn a lot of them. James laughed again and he and his friends started pushing the kids away from them.
“Get outta here! Go play in the sandbox or something.” James said, grabbing Maria’s arm and leading her away. James’s friends each started pushing or pulling a kid toward the sandbox, following James’s lead. Just then James Madison came running back, red in the face and out of breath. Big James groaned.
“There’s more of you?” he said. Little James ran right up to Alex and whispered in his ear. Alex smiled. James and his big friends kept pushing the kids around, and the kids kept fighting back. Back and forth and back and forth. Until-
“What is the meaning of this?” They all turned and saw Mr. Washington standing there with his arms crossed. Immediately, they toddlers were let go and everyone started talking at once.
“It’s a misunderstanding!”
“It wasn’t my fault!”
“It’s not what it looks like!”
Mr. Washington held up a hand for silence, and went right up to Maria.
“Maria, is it? What’s going on here?” He asked her gently. Maria bit her lip and pulled at her dress.
“Well, I, uh, you see, it’s, um.” Maria stuttered. She looked at her older brother, who was staring daggers at her. The she looked at her friends, who were smiling at her.
“You can tell Mr. Washington. Don’t let James scare you anymore!” called Eliza. Maria sighed and looked at the patient teacher.
“James-kept-hitting-me-even-though-my-momma-told-him-not-to-and-we-all-went-to-tell-him-to-stop-and-he-didn’t-and-he-kept-hitting-and-pushing-us.” Maria said in one breath. Mr. Washington looked at the older boys.
“I think it’s time we went for a little trip to the front office.” Mr. Washington said, pointing to the doors. The older boys groaned, but obeyed. Only James gave Maria a fierce glare, but kept walking. Alex smiled.
“We did it!” He yelled, hugging Maria. Everyone smiled and cheered. They spent the rest of recess playing tag on the playground, when they went in from recess, Mr. Washington told them the boys had gotten sent home early, and that there would be more people outside to watch the kids from now on. Maria smiled and thanked Mr. Washington, and was invited to be in their class the rest of the day. They all talked about it for the rest of the day in class and praised each other for being brave. Even little James Madison got praised, for running fast enough to get Mr. Washington outside in time.
“Raise a juice box!” said John, holding his Sammy A’s apple juice high. The others followed suit. “To bravery!” He cried. The others smiled and copied him.