What If...

‘You obviously weren’t listening were you.’

With reddened face and trembling fingers Stan recovered his story book as it slapped on the desk with the sharpness of Miss Stark’s sneer.

Some pupils looked then turned from his humiliation. The usual crowd nudged each other, smirked as he heard them whisper,

‘Look, he’s going to cry’.

He caught her smirking with them and bit down on his lip as his cheeks tingled and the lump in his throat grew harder and harder.  Staring at the blackboard he willed the episode to pass, whilst she praised her favourites. The rest of the class, the unnoticed, ignored ones, were lost in daydream, unaware.

Opening his exercise book, at the tap of her instruction, there beside the next empty page was the scratchy and bold, red, cross, screeching up at him ‘wrong’; again.

Miss Stark caught him looking at it, he slowly raised his wobbling chin,

‘You weren’t listening again were you? I asked you to write about a place in the future, you obviously went back in time with that story.  Do as you’re told today, listen to what I ask’.

He accepted this; then.  He’d got it wrong; again.

He enjoyed writing with other teachers, ...

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Janette Ostle
Jun 17 2020

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I loved this story; it resonates quite loudly

Jennifer Lucas
Aug 30 2020

Love this piece Janette, shame on the narrow minded teacher!

Donna Stephenson
Aug 5 2020

A great story, with some really important lessons about feedback.

Rod Webb
Jul 8 2020

Lovely. Such an inspiring piece of writing.

Tracy Windross
Jun 28 2020

Very powerful - absolutely love it!

Paul Sterlini
Jun 22 2020

I enjoyed this very much, it was bice to the teacher getting her comeuppance.

Tony Spencer
Jun 20 2020

I enjoyed this, very thought provoking 😁
Love it when the underdog gets his karma

Tracey Lister
Jun 20 2020

Wow! So beautifully written!

Lily Larkin
Jun 19 2020