Principal Kirkpatrick was in a bad mood. Scratch that, he was furious. First off, accounting had messed up again making him think they had a budget crisis. Then Bobby had started arguing with Kimball and Toby on patrol, so he'd had to bring them back. Then Mr Fitch had been doing something stupid which had resulted in a very expensive bike being crashed. Then some idiot had damaged the weapons storage room. At this point, Principal Kirkpatrick was wondering why he ever became a principal. He was ready to rip the head off the next person who annoyed him. He stormed through the cafeteria.
"Hey Dad!" He heard a voice and in that moment, he barely processed who it was. He didn't care. They probably wanted something.
"What!?" He snapped with such rage that Josh took a step back and a panicked look passed over his face.
"Brett, Yoko and I are back from our mission." Josh said. He gave the sharpest, shortest and best military style report that anyone had ever seen him give. The formality of it seemed to slightly calm Principal Kirkpatrick down. As soon as Josh was done he turned heel and left. Principal Kirkpatrick seemed to only just process that the person he'd just yelled at was his son. And he'd done nothing wrong. He seemed to deflate. A look of horror flickered across his face. He never yelled at Josh unless he had done something wrong, and even then he tried not to raise his voice too much. He felt awful for that. He should go and apologise. He felt terrible. He stormed out of the cafeteria. He did his paperwork and made sure he was completely calm before going to see Josh. When he knocked on the door there was no answer. He was there for five minutes, knocking repeatedly on the door.
"Josh I know you're in there. I can hear you tinkering with your bike." He said loudly. The clatter of metal on metal stopped and the door was yanked open. Josh didn't look happy.
"Yes?" He asked.
"May I come in?" Principal Kirkpatrick asked, hoping to keep a civil tone.
"Sure." Josh said with a shrug. Principal Kirkpatrick walked inside and thanked the heavens that Brett spent so much time in the library. He didn't want an audience. He coughed and Josh turned to him, an apprehensive look in place.
"Josh I want to apologise for my behaviour earlier." Principal Kirkpatrick started. "I've had a bad day and I snapped at you. It's not an excuse and I am sorry." Josh looked at the floor and kicked his foot.
"It's fine dad, it's not like you haven't yelled at me before." Josh said a little grumpily.
"Yes well, I only yell at you when you do something wrong and that's only because I don't want you to do it again." Principal Kirkpatrick said awkwardly. Josh nodded.
"Or, you know, when Brett or Yoko do something wrong and you punish us as a team." He added.
"That's because you should look out for each other." Principal Kirkpatrick said a little snappishly. He took a calming breath. "How about I make it up to you?" Josh eyed him.
"How?" He asked.
"What about a trip in the hornet, just the two of us?" Principal Kirkpatrick suggested.
"You mean your hornet?" Josh asked, looking slightly more enthusiastic.
"Yes mine. I might even let you pilot it officially." Principal Kirkpatrick said with a twinkle in his eyes.
"Really?" Josh asked. He knew that would be so much better. He never flew the thing officially and he wouldn't feel guilty when he was flying. When his dad nodded, Josh flung his arms around him. Principal Kirkpatrick was surprised for a second and then he hugged back.
"I'll see you tomorrow morning then." He said, leaving the room.