Chapter Five - Help From A Lost Spirit

I woke up the next morning and stretched my hands. I jumped off my bed and headed for the bathroom. For the first time in weeks, I had had a peaceful sleep without that weird dream coming in my head. Smiling to myself, I went to the bathroom to brush my teeth. But before the brush could touch my teeth, I froze. Running back into my room, I looked at the clock. 8:15 a.m!! Great!! I was late to school!

Brushing my teeth very quickly, and without taking a shower, I hurriedly got changed into my school clothes and hurried off to the kitchen. Taking one granola bar into my hand, I hurried out my apartment and ran for school. I had missed the bus and school had started 15 minutes ago!!! Damn it!!

When I finally reached the school gates, which were wide open, I ran in and went to Biology class which I had first. If I came late to school, they wouldn’t let me in for the next 10 minutes of class as a punishment. That’s just cruel!

Slamming the door open and trying to catch my breath, I said, “Good morning and sorry for being late!”

Everyone stared at me but I ignored them and looked at what Mr. Glynn had to say.

“You’re 30 minutes late…do you have a late pass?”

Smacking myself on the forehead, where pain suddenly struck, I shook my head no and said, “I’ll go get it right now!”

“No! Come inside the classroom, it’s alright.”

Frowning at what Mr. Glynn had said, I walked toward my desk and sat down there. Why wasn’t he doing the usual punishment??

“Today, as I was telling you all…you’re having a…SURPRISE QUIZ!”

“What?!” We all said in unison.

“Come on, don’t look at me like that. It’s not that bad! It’s on really simple stuff that you should have learned before 10th grade!”

We all groaned as he handed out the paper. I stared at it blankly. There were only 10 questions on it!! It’s not that bad. But my eyes popped out by reading the first question.

  1. What are the 3 chemical components that help a plant grow most?

Come on! I learnt this like in, 6th grade! I should know this!! Racking my brain for the answers, I stared at the paper while thinking deeply.

“It’s phosphorus, nitrogen and potassium.”

I jumped in my seat and everyone looked at me.

“Having any trouble Filomena?” Mr. Glynn asked.

“N-no. I’m alright!”

After he walked away, I thought back to yesterday and everything came crashing down. The basketball game, the voice, why my forehead hurt so much…Jayden. He was helping me with the test? I didn’t need his help! I could do it by myself.

“10 minutes left! I’d hurry up if I were you!” Mr. Glynn said loudly then looked at me in particular.

“Just write it down,” Jayden’s voice rang, now sounding a bit irritated.

“I can do it by myself thanks,” I whispered.

“Fine, suit yourself but don’t blame me when you get an F on this test.”

I hesitated, moving the pen between my fingers.

“8 minutes left! If you haven’t started the test yet, you’re in deep trouble!” Mr. Glynn announced again and shot me another look. I glared at him and then started writing on my paper.

  1. What are the 3 chemical components that help a plant grow most?

The 3 chemical components are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

Jayden chuckled then said in a sarcastic manner, “Wow! Congratulations! I can’t believe you found the answer to that question all by yourself!” Then I heard him clapping.

I gritted my teeth in anger and continued through the rest of the paper.

  1. What is the chemical equation of photosynthesis?

I knew this!! I had learnt this!! I quickly wrote down the answer and continued through the other questions.

  1. What is the chemical equation of photosynthesis?

The chemical equation of photosynthesis is:

6 Co2 + 6 H2O + light à C6H1206 + 6 02

  1. How do chloroplasts multiply?

Chloroplasts have their own DNA, RNA and ribosomes just like mitochondria. They self-replicate through binary division.

I went through all the other questions quickly but started chewing my pen in frustration when I came to the last question.

  1. Why do some trees lose their green color in the autumn season?

“Need any help, Filomena?” Jayden’s voice said mockingly.

“Shut up you!” I yelled. Everyone in the room looked at me weirdly and cracking a nervous smile on to my face I said, “Sorry.”

I read through the question again and tried thinking of the answer. This is such a simple question! I should know this!

“2 minutes left!”

I played around with the pen nervously while thinking.

“Filomena, two brains are better than one. I can help you with this; I know the answer, why don’t you give me a chance?”

Having no choice, I whispered, “Fine, tell me.”

“The photosynthesis rate changes because in autumn, days become shorter and nights longer. During this time, some plants prepare themselves for the winter by making nutrient stores. While they do this, nutrients from the leaves travel towards the storage sites like the limbs, trunk and roots. With less chlorophyll being produced in the leaves, the green color fades.”

I quickly wrote down what Jayden said and right as I wrote the last word, Mr. Glynn said, “Time’s up and pencils down!”

Dropping the pen on the desk, I leaned against my chair and stretched.

“No thanks?” Jayden’s voice rang.

“Thanks,” I muttered under my breath.

“You’re welcome.”

When Mr. Glynn reached my desk, he looked through my paper and smiled to himself as he said, “Are you sure you didn’t get any help on this Filomena?”

“I got none. All the parts of my brain just worked together and helped me find the answers. Is there anything wrong with that?”

“Not at all. You’re dismissed.”

I gathered my things together and hurried through the classroom door.

“Yup, all the parts of your brain worked together for that,” Jayden said, sounding amused.

Smiling, I walked to my next class hoping that at least for that one, there won’t be another surprise quiz.

The End

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