I'm opening my story with a sentence that I'm afraid is running into some pronoun agreement problems. My story's first paragraph reads: Brendan was 12 minutes late. Well, 12 minutes and 23 seconds late, to be exact, but no one wanted to appear as if they been staring at the clock the whole time, even though it was no secret that they had. The problem I have is that "no one" does not agree with "they," but the proper way would be to say "he or she". The people in this group are both male and female, so a simple "he" does not apply. "He or she," however, sounds awkward. Most of the time, I wouldn't give a second thought to just putting "they" and moving on to avoid awkwardness, but I'm trying to edit this story for possible publication, and I want to make sure everything is right. Thanks in advance for the help.