"0.89100, we can say, 0.891," Eldric replied immediately when Mr. Berger was busy calculating what "sin (63)" was.
"So, you are paying heed, I see. Welcome back to the classroom!" Mr. Berger chuckled at Eldric. He didn't look annoyed by Eldric outplaying him. Everyone in this classroom knew that he topped in math and that Mr. Berger was his favourite student. Eldric did look attentive, though, but he was distracted by what Jakob revealed in the assembly. There must be someone who knows a lot about this school. Or else, who would try to steal those very confidential papers from the school? Moreover, what was really in those papers was worth it.
"You seemed bothered this whole time, Edric," Evart asked him during his lunch break. "Is that because of Jakob, right?"
Eldric didn't reply.
"So… "You happen to know something about it, right?"
"No, not exactly. I was thinking about what exactly the papers could be. Why would someone risk his life stealing it."
"Well, I haven't thought of it that way, though." Evart was a nerd here who didn't know what to ask him.
"I think you were asking about our school being invaded by Jews." Eldric got curious. "We should be worrying about that, too. Right now, we don't really know their potential."
After the assembly, nothing went the same as before. Students were doubting their best friends. Seppel and Lora were Eldric's classmates who used to have a protonic relationship, as they used to call it, and were seen on a separate bench during the launch time. It was a very rare scenario to see them like this. Evart remembered when Seppel asked Lora about his doubt, and that was where everything started.
Dieter sat alone behind the tree. He was the one who was probably more shocked by Jakob's speech. He always said Jews were monsters, and he used to visit the concentration camp near Alfihar, standing peculiarly on the top of the plateau. "These monsters change their shapes into humans" would give him chills when peeping at them. Since the assembly, Dieter hadn't had a single conversation with anyone and spent his time blabbering "Monster, Monsters."
"Jakob shattered everyone; he shouldn't have made this statement so early," Eldric told Evart, who was squatting against the wall. Both were watching students quarrelling against each other and staff trying to handle the mess. No one believes anyone. Jakob made them his enemies.
"We should find a method to find out who is a Jew among our classmates." Sascha lifted the bench in front of the crowd and tried to catch everyone's attention. "Or else this wrangle will continue, and we will be losing our friend by that."
"Sascha got a point. We have come up with an effective method to find them." Dieter continued. "But the thing is, how?"
"Here's what I think we could do. We all will go to the Sunday school in this city, and our father will recognise them." Sascha propose.
"There are four days left until Sunday. We can't wait this long. This will not be a safe idea," said Dieter, who literally believed everyone on this earth was a monster. "
"We can't allege someone who isn't Jewish." You should see how agonising everyone feels when someone calls them that way." Sascha countered Dieter.
"The church father is my relative, I can have a talk with him." Seppel stepped forward.
"Let's save for Sunday, then. That's what we could do, but now we shouldn't blame others. C'mon guys, we are friends after all." Sascha smiled when he lifted the bench back to its place. No one had an argument after that.
Eldric and Evart heard what Sacha said. They didn't leave their place, and they watched everything from behind. Sophie, the most enthusiastic girl in the school, also stayed quiet and had her launch.
"How pity. We are sitting with our foes." Eldric clipped into Evart.
"We still weren't used to it, wasn't it? same class, new unfamiliar classmates." Sascha sighed. Eldric and she were headed home after the class finished. "Knowing that you mastered the subjects and have to sit with them again This is truly boring af! Moreover, you are not getting along easy with your new friends."
"Listening to the same lecture is boring, and I am okay to be alone," Eldric replied.
"Hmm… but you need to move on for another time. By the way, Evart appears to stick with you the whole time, and Sophie is a very nice girl to get along with. You will not regret it, trust me."
"Evart actually sticks with me because he wants to ace his mathematics. He sucks at it." Eldric continued. "But it seems like Sophie was very impressed when I went against Mr. Hass when he talked about Jews."
"Hey, c'mon," Sascha said, looking annoyed. "Don't look at them in that way. When people come for benefits, you must make allies and make use of them. Friends are for give-and-take relationships."
"I don't believe what you just said. Then why have we been together for so many years?" Eldric stopped and looked at Sascha.
"I think it's because you're by my side when anything happens to me," Sascha answered. "That's the reason why I make friends; you also used to help me in physics." Eldric grinned.
"I still didn't get you, though."
"Trust, they are good to be friends. I can tell this from my instinct."
"Well, this is not a wise saying at this moment. We don't know who's our enemy and who's not. Even I can be a Jew!"
Sascha looked coldly at Eldric and knocked on her door as Eldric walked upstairs for his.