Due Tomorrow

January 1, 2011
It had all started yesterday night when I turned on my laptop. I had to write a short story for school. When I had finished writing the first paragraph, my computer shut down. What a pity! However, I remembered more or less what I had written, so I was not too cross. Well, I turned it on again and wrote out my story. I found it a truly marvelous account. My father came to see how I was doing with my homework, when he tripped over the computer’s cable; hence, shutting it shut off before I had the chance to save my dead story. Sick with fury, I plugged the cable back into the wall. My father left quietly, his chin sunk deep with shame into his breast. I wrote the same well-known story once again. I saved it and, realizing that there was no paper in our printer but that I could print it at school, e-mailed it to my school account. Suddenly, I realized that I forgot my password to log into my e-mail. No matter. I went back to the saved document on my not so trustworthy computer. When I tried to open it, the computer asked me for a password because I had marked the document as of utmost importance, which locked it down so that only the author could access it. I was not sure what this password was, but at least this one had a hint. It said, “Same as your school e-mail password.” Enraged, I stomped over to the table to have dinner.
After dinner I was brightened up. My mother had given me a great idea: I would write it by hand! It took me more work and effort, but I did it! I folded it neatly and I put it in my school bag where it was safer than in that blasted computer. Afterwards, I went to sleep calm and happy. I had finished my homework, for the fourth and final time.
The next morning at school, I looked for my work. It was not there! I searched and searched. I did not find that piece of work. So I anxiously went to the computer lab. If my laptop did not work, it did not necessarily mean that the school’s computers would bring me just as much bad luck. I wrote the story. When I got to the last word, the lights went off. A felled tree had knocked down the wiring that connected the school to the grid. Oh, how I hate the day computers started misbehaving!

“And that, Mrs. Doe, is why I cannot hand in my homework, and I understand if you want to punish me. Just please, I beg of you, do it quickly. Do not make me suffer more than I already have. Woe is I.”
Tears rimmed my eyes as I looked up at my teacher. She stared down at me through a pair of beady eyes, her eyebrows raised, her lips perked stiffly. Through her dry skin I saw pulsing veins, ready to explode and paint the walls with flaming blood.
“Adam,” I was ready for the worst. Ten years-worth of detentions. A thousand essays on why I am such an irresponsible, reckless rash. With any luck, she would only whip me with a steel buckle. Her mouth slowly opened. I clenched my fists and closed my eyes. “Why would I punish you?” She told me with a giggling smile. “That, Adam, was the perfect story.”

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The_Edge said...
Mar. 31, 2015 at 6:54 pm
I can't believe this is less popular than your Guilty Stains story! It was excellent! I can relate to the rewriting your work due to not saving it. Only for me, I had to do it on the computer four times (I have four siblings) :)
GirlGenius said...
Nov. 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm
You made me laugh!!! Wow! Check out some of my work sometime! You're a genius, just like me!  
Liv.HarrisThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 5, 2014 at 11:40 am
Haha, I really liked the ending. :)
TheBug said...
Oct. 9, 2011 at 1:45 am
well, this is just amazing.
melli said...
Jan. 17, 2011 at 6:58 am
Liked much, excellent work :D!
bbq124 said...
Jan. 14, 2011 at 7:30 am
solp said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm
"mjbc99" both with "Guilty Stains" & "Due tomorrow" You grabbed my attention and kept it! Loved the art work!
luli said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm
Hi "mjbc99" "makena binker cosen" You have so much talent! stories, art work, videos ...do you compose music too?
maria said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 5:30 pm
"MJBC99" - "Makena Binker Cosen" "Due Tomorrow" & "Guilty Stains" are really great pieces! Congrats on the art work too. You are an all rounder girl!
loli said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 5:25 pm
Hi "Maky" "mjbc99" capital WOW for "Due Tomorrow"!!! OMG you HAVE TO put more on here!!!
mili said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 5:21 pm
"MJBC99" "Makena" Love the story "Due Tomorrow" so much I read it 3 times already.
vani said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 5:17 pm
"mjbc99" O my gosh!!! "Due Tomorrow" was AMAZING!!!!! & so different from "Guilty Stains" I loved it!!!!!! Please please post more!!!
sbru said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm
"mjbc99" "Makena Binker Cosen" "Due tomorrow" is great :D please write more!!!!
soff said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm
"mjbc99" love "Due Tomorrow" its incredible and amazing.
agostina said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm
i want more :D it was amazing. great work.
nc ert said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 9:29 am
Brenda said...
Jan. 10, 2011 at 9:24 am
Dear "mjbc99" enjoyed very much all of your work: "Guilty Stains","Due Tomorrow" story & art, and videos on your youtube channel - "makyschannel".
Maira said...
Jan. 10, 2011 at 9:22 am
Well Done! Excellent piece! Congrats!
charly soyer said...
Jan. 10, 2011 at 8:09 am
that was good
joni dep said...
Jan. 9, 2011 at 8:10 am
This is also VERY NICE !
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