Exam Room

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Why did they have to put the clock so close to me?

Tik Tik Tik

"You may start."

Paper scratchings,

Pencils fumbling.

Panic.

Opening the paper.

Okay, question one... 

question one...

I CAN'T EVEN DO QUESTION ONE.

Calm.


Glancing around,

Everyone else has started.

No panic, no panic. 

You'll go back to question one at the end.

Okay

Phew.

Maybe..

Maybe you could just check, 

See what the person next to you has got.

It's not really cheating.

It's... helping. 


Okay,

You glance around

No one's looking. 

Okay.

Three...

Two... 

Once...


Glance! Quick quick!

You lean forwards,

ever so slightly...

Red alert! Teacher looking!

Glance up at the ceiling.


You look around at the floor and back up.

Following some invisible fly.

Sneak a look at the teacher,

She's looked away.

Alright, calm. 

Get on with your paper.

Manic scribbling.

Draw a graph.

My graph looks like a caterpillar.

FOCUS.

Question fourteen.

Write an equation to show-

"Times up! Pencils down!"

WHAT?!

Frantic scribble of final answers.

"I said pencils down! 

No talking"

Where did the hour and a half go?

Papers scooped up.

Waiting.

Dismissed.

Outside, breathing.

Well.

You know what,

I'll just work at Burger King.

 

 

 

 

The End

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