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Here we go with the start of the Fifth Grade Arc! I want to try and get Milo and Melissa's years at Trystate Elementary done by the start of 2020 so I'll have ample enough time to get through 6th grade and Zack's entrance before I really get into the angsty teen drama parts of the story. I'll be combining what I had planned for 'I Knew You Were Trouble' with this part as well, so as to cut the Fifth Grade Arc to 4 parts. ROLL IT!


September 5, 2013. Another first day of school at John Trystate Elementary. For the (soon to be) 11 year old Milo Murphy and Melissa Chase, it would also be their final first day of school as elementary students as next year, they'd be moving on to Jefferson County Middle School to start 6th grade. But first, they have to get by the tough 5th grade teacher - Mr. Slater. Add to that the fact that they're one year of straight As away from completing the challenge set forth by their parents in their 1st grade year. The odds were most certainly against them.


"Milo, I'm nervous," Melissa told her jinxed friend.

"What about, Melissa?" Milo asked.

"Well, it's about our new teacher. I heard through the grapevine that he's as tough as they come. I also heard that he served in the Marines and that he's a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. If that's the case, then how are we supposed to take him down and get our final set of straight As?"

"Relax, Melissa! Remember what I said in June? 5th grade's got nothing on us! We don't care who Mr. Slater claims to be or what he has in store for us! We can take him!"

"I sure hope you're right, Milo. I would hate to have come so close only to fail because of one mean teacher."


Room 310 - the room of their toughest teacher yet: Mr. Andrew Slater. As Milo and Melissa took their seats next to each other, Mr. Slater began his usual first day spiel about how he was looking forward to working with his students and how he hopes that this will be a great year.

"Is this guy for real?" Milo asked Melissa.

"Doubt it," Melissa retorted.

"I HEARD THAT!" Mr. Slater bellowed. "I'm gonna be keeping an eye on you troublemakers..." the Marine Corps vet added as the chalkboard fell on him. "THAT'S IT! BOTH OF YOU GET DETENTION!"


"Boy...that's the first time Murphy's law ever netted me a detention."

"Same. Is it just me or does Mr. Slater remind you of a certain other Marine of a teacher?"

"Who? Mr. Barkin from 'Kim Possible'?"

"That's the guy. He even sounds like him too!"


The first day was a drag, made even worse by the detention. But through it all, Milo and Melissa still maintained perfect grades through the first month. We head to Halloween now and the John Trystate Elementary Halloween Party. Milo and Melissa had dressed up as Richard Castle and Kate Beckett from the popular drama series 'Castle', of which they are both huge fans. Before the duo could make their way to the snacks, however...they were intercepted by Bradley Nicholson, who was dressed up as one of Taylor Swift's exes - Taylor Lautner.


"Hello, Melissa..." Bradley greeted.

"Bradley..." Melissa deadpanned.

"Would you like to dance with me?" Bradley asked...only to get sucker punched by Melissa.

"You know, Bradley...there's a reason Swift broke up with Lautner. You...are too clingy, Nicholson! And I knew you were trouble when you walked in!"

As Bradley fell to the floor, he had but one thing to say..."CURSES! SWIFTED AGAIN!"


After a day full of snacks, staving off Bradley, games and screams...Milo and Melissa shared a special dance to wrap up the party. The song picked out specifically for them...'Love Story' by Taylor Swift.

"Any idea as to who picked this song, Milo?" Melissa asked.

"You mean it wasn't you?"

"No, it wasn't me," Melissa confirmed as she picked up a yellow hairband. "But I think this yellow hairband may provide some sort of clue."


Who could've picked that song out for Milo and Melissa? Who do you think did the deed? We'll find out soon enough...AS THE JOURNEY CONTINUES!

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