The boys walked across the basketball court pointing at Harmony and chanting, ’You ain’t got no daddy.’ over and over again while the girls stayed behind and giggled. Harmony lowered her head and looked at her lap without saying a word while the boys continued to taunt her. Their chants were getting louder and crueler until Harmony felt someone sit on the bench beside her and the taunts suddenly stopped. The girls across the playground stopped laughing and the mean boys walked away.
Harmony kept her head lowered so that no one would see her tears until she heard a voice beside her say, “My name is Leo. I won’t let them bother you any more.”
Harmony looked up into the smiling face of a tall but skinny boy with missing and crooked teeth. His pants were too short. His shirt was too baggy and wrinkled. Leo had dark hair that was shaved close to his scalp and brown eyes that looked almost too big for his face. He reached over and touched one of the tears on her cheek. “Pretty girls like you should never cry. Why don’t you come play with me?”
Harmony smiled as she instantly fell in love with the boy who had come to her rescue. She nodded her head to let him know she was glad he was there and wanted to accept his invitation to play. Leo stood up and extended his hand for Harmony. She accepted it and spent the rest of playtime walking hand in hand and getting to know her new friend.
Once the students were back in class Harmony stopped at the door because she didn’t want to leave Leo. She didn’t want to sit at the table with the girls who had teased and made fun of her. “There’s an empty chair beside me.” Leo told her before he gave the mean girls a look daring them to say anything. Then he picked up Harmony’s supplies and led her to the back of the room where he had been sitting at a table by himself.
“This is my second time in third grade. I failed last year because I didn’t do enough of my work. Nobody messes with me and now you’re my girl so nobody will mess with you either.” Leo announced proudly as he pulled out a chair for Harmony to sit in.
“I’ll help you do your work. I’m shy but I’m kind of smart. Harmony said as she sat in the chair Leo offered her.