My school, the conservatory Pietà dei Turchini, is also my home. In the past, this kind of institution gathered foundlings who earned some money for their lo...
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...iates through my body. I don't respond.
“Answer my question, Leonardo Ponti.”
I shake my head. Maestro Spina leaves stiffly the room, and when he returns he's holding a whip.
“Blasted kids, bent!” he orders, whipping our butts. “One week of prison for both of you.”
“I will tell my dad about this unfairness,” Cesare babbles.
“Fighting is against our rules,” the teacher snaps.
“Tomorrow I have to go to the rector's office for the King's opera,” I object.
“Oh, you're talking now?” Maestro Spina grumbles. “Next time think twice before doing something stupid.”
“Maestro, Cesare provoked me,” I say.
“Do you want to stay for two weeks in the dungeon?”
“No, but…” I say meekly.
“Out of my way.”
I want to say something else to defend myself, but this time words are useless. I give a fleeting glance at Cesare before shuffling toward the prison. A poke in the gut is less painful.
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