Henrietta felt intrigued by the girl in the mask from the first day she walked into the school. Everyone was fascinated with the girl in one way or another, though Henrietta’s curiosity extended beyond mere fascination, verging on jealousy that she wasn’t the first to come up with the idea of wearing a mask to school every day. Henrietta knew from experience that students don’t attempt something as bold as wearing a mask to school without expecting to be tested and Henrietta was particularly skilled putting your ideas about how the world should be to the test. “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Henrietta’s grandmother repeated the phrase enough for it to be etched into her daily internal dialogue. Henrietta gave herself three days to try and come up with a better idea, but, in the end, she accepted that the only way to test the girl’s resolve, would be to take the mask from her and find out what lies underneath.
Henrietta knew to be sceptical of all information contained in the first wave of rumours. Theories about burn marks and operations were, therefore, quickly discarded, but not before scouring through the details of the rumour to see which elements matched up with reality. Although an easy rumour to accept, burns or scars didn’t make any sense as this wasn’t the type of mask you would wear if you wanted to draw attention away from yourself. Attention was definitely an important piece of the puzzle here but certainly didn’t complete the puzzle itself.
For the first three days, Henrietta watched the girl in the mask from a distance. She wanted to know if the girl would be open to a frank conversation about the mask, but, due to everyone tiptoeing around the girl in the mask like she was made of glass, Henrietta never really got to observe her in conversation at all. Henrietta’s abrupt nature would cause the girl in the mask to completely shut down, making it impossible to know how much longer before any solid answers could be given. Henrietta’s best friend, Polly, wasn’t much help, either, keeping herself grounded by refusing to charm the girl in the mask and source information on Henrietta’s behalf. Henrietta didn’t have to spend too much creative energy devising new plans to gain the attention of the girl, because, on the third day of observing her patterns of behaviour, the girl in the mask approached Henrietta herself.
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