“Jay, you really expect me to believe that your dog ate your homework? You know the new headmistress is taking rounds of the school and you still didn’t do your homework! This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable! Stand outside the class!” Ms Smita scolded.
“Sorry, miss,” Jay apologized.
“Shlok, you’re late! Did you bring your homework or was your homework eaten by dogs, too?”
“The dog did not eat my homework… he only tore it.”
“Enough of these lies, stand outside the class! I didn’t expect this from you, Shlok!”
Ms Smita was right to not expect this kind of behaviour from Shlok. After all, he was one of the best students in the class, hardworking and always ready to help his classmates. But she was wrong to think that Shlok was lying…
Earlier that morning, Shlok was walking to school with his homework sheets in hand that he had remembered to grab at the last moment, when he saw a dog that was chasing after a cat, run straight into a lady carrying many paper sheets in her hand just like him, making all the sheets fall to the ground. She began desperately trying to collect them but they were flying all over with the wind.
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Manjiri Manjunath Pai Dukle is a 15-year-old student of Presentation Convent Hr Sec School, Margao, Goa.