Mitchell and his friend Bill Collins tried to be the last in line, so they would get to walk farthest from the teacher, but Bernadette, who had no partner, ended up there instead. […] Miss Colby had to tell Sarah Smith to walk with Bernadette. […]
"Let's see if we can derail Mitch and Bill," said Bernadette. To derail someone meant to step on his heel so that his shoe came off.
Mitchell turned and glowered at Bernadette, who brushed her witchy hair aside and smiled at him.