After weeks of dealing with Tom and his controlling nature, the A team were getting fed up. Stella and James especially. Before the previous semester ended, Mrs. Lark would go to them for help and tell them everything. Now the vibe was different. Tom was doing everything in his power to separate members of the A team from Lark. Being the gullible person she is, he wanted to keep her close to manipulate her as much as he could. But someone can only bite their tongue for so long. So Stella and James came to South Shore on their day off to discuss their issues about Tom.
James started off telling Lark how he felt as if they were not close to her anymore. He felt that Tom was keeping her away from them. The tutors also voiced their opinion about how they hated that Tom was bossing everyone around. Stella hated that Tom bossed her around because they were both leads. Stella just cared more about the students than the new power she had. Thus, she asked the others what they wanted to do rather than tell them what to do.
Mrs. Lark heard what they had to say but it went in one ear and out the other. She said that Tom had a lot on his plate and that they should not have to ask him if he needs help. She mentioned how they never step up to the plate to help him but they never help because he never wants the help when they do offer it. Also, both James and Stella hated doing the bitch work. They hated doing teacher work for tutor salary, therefore, they tried to avoid doing tasks that were not in their job description. Lark continued to defend her unofficial adopted child until Stella and James just remained silent about their concerns because they knew it was a lost cause.
Stella and James left the impromptu meeting knowing that things would not be gum drops and rainbows at South Shore High but they hoped that Tom would at least simmer down. Maybe if he went to school like most of the tutors, he wouldn’t be on everyone’s case about insignificant things. Wonder how Krista, the site coach, would feel about a tutor not being in school… Isn’t that suppose to be a requirement for a tutor? Observation Day was around the corner for the tutors, so what lies will be twisted to protect her baby?