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Due Tomorrow

January 1, 2011
By MakenaB_mjbc99 BRONZE, Brookline, Massachusetts
MakenaB_mjbc99 BRONZE, Brookline, Massachusetts
4 articles 1 photo 31 comments

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.”

The author's comments:
I am 11 years old and currently a grade 6 student at Saint Andrew's Scots School. This piece received the Bronze Award at the Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition. Hope you enjoy this comic spin on an everyday situation. MJBC99

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This article has 25 comments.

on Mar. 31 2015 at 6:54 pm
The_Edge SILVER, Teaneck, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"Wisest is he who knows he does not know."

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) :)

on Nov. 20 2014 at 5:41 pm
GirlGenius SILVER, Oakland, New Jersey
7 articles 0 photos 62 comments

Favorite Quote:
The question for today is* : If you could solve any world crisis right now, what would it be?
(*-GirlGenius's favorite quote)

You made me laugh!!! Wow! Check out some of my work sometime! You're a genius, just like me!  

on Jul. 5 2014 at 11:40 am
Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
325 articles 10 photos 1165 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth"
- Isabella Banks

Haha, I really liked the ending. :)

TheBug BRONZE said...
on Oct. 9 2011 at 1:45 am
TheBug BRONZE, Uniontown, Kentucky
3 articles 0 photos 25 comments

Favorite Quote:
“I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star. Everyone stops, points up and gasps "Oh look at that!" Then- whoosh, and I'm gone...and they'll never see anything like it ever again... and they won't be able to forget me- ever."- Jim Morrison

well, this is just amazing.

on Mar. 22 2011 at 6:59 pm
MakenaB_mjbc99 BRONZE, Brookline, Massachusetts
4 articles 1 photo 31 comments
Thank you Andy! I agree with your point of view.

melli said...
on Jan. 17 2011 at 6:58 am
Liked much, excellent work :D!

bbq124 said...
on Jan. 14 2011 at 7:30 am

solp said...
on 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...
on 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...
on 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...
on 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...
on Jan. 11 2011 at 5:21 pm
"MJBC99" "Makena" Love the story "Due Tomorrow" so much I read it 3 times already.

vani said...
on 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...
on Jan. 11 2011 at 5:13 pm
"mjbc99" "Makena Binker Cosen" "Due tomorrow" is great :D please write more!!!!

soff said...
on Jan. 11 2011 at 5:10 pm
"mjbc99" love "Due Tomorrow" its incredible and amazing.

agostina said...
on Jan. 11 2011 at 5:04 pm
i want more :D it was amazing. great work.

nc ert said...
on Jan. 11 2011 at 9:29 am

Brenda said...
on 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...
on Jan. 10 2011 at 9:22 am
Well Done! Excellent piece! Congrats!

charly soyer said...
on Jan. 10 2011 at 8:09 am
that was good