June Smith and Vera Forbes-Walker have been friends until June is voted School Captain and Vera Captain’s Friend. Vera is not settling for Captain’s Friend, so she sets out to discredit June and take her place as Captain.
Eventually Vera causes the Head’s god-daughter Marion to have a skating accident, with June being blamed. The Head, Miss Roache, decides that June will continue as School Captain, but only until after school governor Lord Sheppard visits the following Friday.
In sick bay, Marion feels guilty because she went skating without telling June and should own up to it. Moreover, she knows the accident was Vera’s fault for not warning her the ice was unsafe. Vera persuades Marion to keep quiet because if she confesses she could be expelled, even if she is the Head’s god-daughter.
On the day of the speech, Vera tricks June into going into the old studio, where she locks her in. But Marion sees this from the sick bay window and goes to let June out. After getting Marion back to sick bay, June goes to deliver her speech, which she has to do without notes as Vera’s trick caused her to leave them in her study. Miss Roache thinks it is an excellent speech. But thanks to Vera’s tricks, she still thinks June is not responsible enough to be School Captain.
So Vera and June are called into Miss Roache’s study to review the matter of the captaincy. Vera thinks the captaincy is as good as hers, but then Marion comes in to tell the truth about the skating incident. Miss Roache then tells Vera that she is about to become the first-ever girl to be expelled from the school. But June begs Miss Roache to give Vera one more chance, in order to prove she is sorry. Miss Roache is so impressed at this that she tells June that she really is a worthy captain. Vera is given her last chance, with a warning that she will be expelled next time, and stripped of her position as Captain’s Friend.
- The Captain’s Friend – Tracy: #45 (9 Aug. 1980) – #54 (11 Oct. 1980)