Innocent

By Joseph Logsdon

If Ronald Harrison had known that loving Jennifer Lawson would end his career, he never would've walked into the classroom. Ronald loved being a teacher, but sadly, there was one thing that he loved more. She was, at the end of the day, a very beautiful girl. Unlike most of his students, Jennifer wanted to learn. As much as he tried to fight it, Ronald knew that his love for her was undeniable. One afternoon, Ronald forced Jennifer to stay after class.

"Jennifer, I need to talk to you," Ronald commanded as she approached his desk.

"Why? Have I done something wrong?"

"It's not that, believe me, it's not that," he stated.

"Well, what is it, then?"

"You've been doing very well in my class, haven't you?"

"Yeah, I guess," she replied.

"Not only that, but you've also scored higher than any other student," he stated.

"Wow, I'm very lucky," she replied.

"Tell me, Jennifer, are you seeing anyone?"

"What do you mean?"

"Do you have a boyfriend?"

"Why do you ask?"

"I'm just curious, that's all," he stated.

"Frankly, Mr. Harrison, that's none of your business," she stated.

"Are you doing anything tonight?"

"Why do you ask?"

"Could we have dinner?"

"I'm sorry, that wouldn't be appropriate," she answered.

"Come on, it'll be fun," he stated.

"Besides, I have a boyfriend," she exclaimed.

"Who is he?"

"That's none of your business!"

"Look, just because I asked you to dinner, doesn't mean that you have the right to act like a bitch! I know, I'm your teacher, but that shouldn't matter, should it? I'm a lonely man, so lonely that I can barely get up in the morning. One date, that's all I ask," he begged.

"Sorry, Mr. Harrison, I can't do that," she replied.

"If you don't, you'll receive a bad grade in my class," he threatened.

"You're trying to take advantage of me," she exclaimed.

"So, what's it going to be?"

"Even if you taught all my classes, I would never sleep with you," she stated.

Jennifer tried to leave, but, before she could make it to the exit, Ronald grabbed her and pinned her against his desk.

"You're not going anywhere, understand?"

"Let me go," she gasped.

"Be quiet, it will be over soon," he laughed.

Knowing that she couldn't escape, Ronald proceeded to rape her. By the time he was finished, Jennifer was no longer a virgin. Despite what he had done, he allowed her to leave the classroom. Ronald thought that he was in the clear, but the following day, the police visited his office.

"Mr. Harrison, you have the right to remain silent," the officer stated as he entered the office.

"Officer, what have I done?"

"You're charged with the murder of Jennifer Lawson," he stated.

"Murder? What murder?"

"Her body was found this morning," the officer answered.

"What does that have to do with me?"

"According to our analysis, she was violently raped. When we examined the body, we discovered semen," he stated.

"What's your point?"

"It was your semen," he stated.

"Officer, you have to understand, I never meant for it to go that far," he whimpered.

"Are you confessing?"

"I raped her, but I didn't kill her," Ronald exclaimed.

"Surely, you don't expect us to believe that?"

"I assure you, she left my office in one piece," Ronald sighed.

"Even if you're telling the truth, they'll never believe you," the officer stated as he handcuffed Ronald.

"I'm innocent," he screamed.

"The way I see it, a rapist is just as guilty as a murderer," the officer laughed.

The End