Chapter 2: Substitute Teacher
Nemo was in school. He was listening to Mr. Ray's lesson about crabs.
"So, therefore, crabs can change out their old shells to fit into new ones," Mr. Ray finished.
"That was a great lesson, Mr. Ray," Pearl commented.
"Thank you, Pearl," he replied.
"Can we go to recess now?" Tad asked impatiently.
Mr. Ray chuckled. "Sure, but before that, I have something to tell you guys."
"What is it, Mr. Ray?" Nemo asked.
"Tomorrow, I have to join the stingray migration. So someone has to be the substitute teacher," he explained.
Nemo thought a bit. He then gasped. "I know! Hank can be the substitute teacher!"
"Well, that sounds like a wonderful idea!" Mr. Ray exclaimed.
"That sounds like a terrible idea!" Hank said angrily.
"Aww, come on, Hank!" Nemo said.
"Yeah, Hank! You'll make a great substitute teacher!" Dory assured.
"But I have to deal with all of these kids!"
"My friends are good, Hank. They all listen. Well, Tad talks to Sheldon sometimes during lessons. But he still listens," Nemo explained.
Hank sighed. "I don't know..."
"Please?" Dory made puppy eyes at him.
Hank sighed again. "Oh, alright."
"Yay!" Nemo hugged his tentacle.
Hank gently pushed him. "No touching please."
Nemo blushed. "Sorry."
Hank smiled. "It's okay."
Sheldon came over. "Hey, Nemo! Wanna play?"
"Sure! But first I gotta tell you something?"
"What is it?" he asked.
"Hank is gonna be our substitute teacher!"
"Really? Cool!" Sheldon smiled.
"You kids better behave," Hank said.
"Don't worry, sir. We'll be sure to behave."
"Tag! You're it!" he exclaimed before sneezing. He swam away.
Nemo giggled. He chased him.
The next day, Marlin and Dory took him to school.
Nemo swam ahead of them.
"Woah, slow down, Nemo," Marlin said.
"Yeah, we can't keep up," Dory agreed.
Nemo slowed down. "Oh, sorry. I'm just so excited because Hank's gonna be my substitute teacher!"
"We know, Nemo. You said it like fifty times already," Marlin said.
Nemo smiled as they arrived at the school.
Pearl saw him. "Hi, Nemo!"
"Hey, Pearl," he replied.
Marlin hugged him. "Have a good day at school, son."
Nemo nuzzled him. "I will, Dad."
Dory hugged him. "Bye, Nemo!"
"Bye, son." Marlin smiled.
"Bye, Dad! Bye, Dory!" Nemo swam to his friends.
"Alright, kids," Hank began, "it's time for a new lesson."
"What are we learning about today?" a kid asked.
"Snails," Hank answered.
"Boring!" Tad said. "I wanna play!"
"You'll play after the lesson," Hank said.
"No! I wanna play now!" Tad yelled.
Hank glared at him. "Listen to your sub! I said you'll play after the lesson!"
Tad stuck out his tongue at him. He touched Hank.
"Don't touch me!" Hank pushed Tad away from him.
Sheldon and a boy fish kid crept up on Hank.
"Boo!" they yelled.
"Ahh!" Hank screamed, inking at the process.
The whole class laughed.
"That was hilarious!" Pearl exclaimed, laughing.
"Yeah!" a girl fish agreed. "Classic!"
Hank was super angry. "That's it! You guys will have no recess today!"
"Aww!" they groaned.
"You're mean, Hank!" Tad commented.
"No, I'm not! You won't listen!"
Tad frowned. "Can we have recess back?"
"Not until you listen," Hank replied.
Hank began the lesson.
After the lesson, Hank decided to let them have recess back.
Hank looked at Tad. "Hey, is everything okay?"
"I don't deserve to have recess time. I was being bad," he said.
Hank placed a tentacle on his back. "Tad, you deserve to have recess time. Even though you was acting earlier, you still listened to the lesson. It could've been a lot worse."
Tad smiled. "Thank you, sir." He swam away to play.
Sheldon and the same boy fish came up to Hank. "We're sorry for scaring you, Hank," Sheldon said.
"Yeah, we're very sorry," his friend said.
Hank smiled, patting their backs. "It's okay. Now go have some fun!"
They smiled and swam off to play with Nemo.
Hank watched happily as the children played.
"Being a substitute teacher isn't so bad after all," Hank admitted.