So Guy, who I had accidentally called Guy (the French way) the first day of school, and was now getting made fun of for it because I mentioned how embarrassing mispronouncing a name can be, went out into the hallway to do something. I didn’t even realize he had taken off, but he made the amateur mistake of closing the door to cover his tracks without first checking to see if the door was locked...

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