Alternate Ending #1

All of a sudden, Michelle heard rushed footsteps approaching, causing her already-racing heart to skip a beat. She quickly crumpled up the flyer and tossed it in the nearest recycling bin, as if it was on fire in her hands. A group of second grade teachers then entered the room, and Michelle shot them a half-hearted smile before dashing out the door. Once safely in the hallway, she sighed--both in relief and in disappointment. The chronic rule follower had won again, and Michelle’s life would carry on just as it had the past 40 years under Minitel’s reign.