Dinnertime around the table last night.
Me: Hey Luke, I heard that Branden might be moving.
Lucas: Um, no, he's just going to Vancouver for a holiday
Me: (realizing that oops maybe Branden's parents hadn't told him this news yet and trying to do some nonchalant damage control) Ohhh, I must have misunderstood.
Lucas: Yah, and it's really sad for his weekly partner, because now he has to sit all alone for the week.
Me: Well, that's a bummer....who is his partner?
Lucas: (sad face, small voice) ... me.
(mother and father burst out laughing while boy tries desperately to hold a smirk in and keep sad face going).
addendum: Mother wonders if teacher planned it this way in the hopes of having a quieter classroom with said boy sitting by self.