It's the day of the big test... You're sweating it because you really need to do well on this... Studied (or not) to the best of your ability and the teacher is about to say, "Ok, begin"... In 3-5 paragraphs share your character's experience of the test... What did they think about... Do they have any regrets? Any Eureka moments? Do they play it straight or cheat? Give us insight into how your character deals with pressure and what they'll do when the chips are down.
Maddie was late! Which of itself wasn’t that unusual. School in her opinion would do much better if it stated at a reasonable hour, say after lunch! However that morning she knew she had to be on time and had even set her alarm! (Not to mention her brother’s alarm… with a loving note attached that read Wake me up sprog of ELSE! And still… the shrill beep, beep, beep of her alarm continued to play in her subconscious, interrupting the part in her dream as Zac Efron was about to kiss the daylights out of her! Life wasn’t fair! Her right hand moved as she twisted in the bed ready to pound the snooze button for the third time when she slipped and fell out of bed with a thump and a loud squeaking protest.
Her hair was a mess, her lip throbbed from where she had struck the pile of books she had been using to study deep into the night. Slowly Maddie blinked the morning into focus. With one hand on the bed she pulled herself into a kneeling position and glanced at the clock. Her eyes grew wide from horror, she bounced to her feet, struggling with the blanked twisted around her ankle and fell once more on her way to the door. ”Mooooooom! Jeffery didn’t wake me! Moooooom! I need a ride to school!” And so it was, another day in the life of a teenage girl named Maddison Elise Tanner!
Maddie showered and changed in record time, practically flying down the staircase to enter the kitchen. Dressed in her cheerleading outfit, she spent time she didn’t have fixing the pigtails that hung low on her shoulders and insisted (once again) that the skirt was NOT too short to wear out in public. Rolling her eyes at her father, Maddie encouraged her mother to head out of the house using the ever so persuasive tone known as whining. Impatiently she settled into the passenger side of the Chevy Minivan her mother insisted on driving (regardless of how un-cool it appeared) and groaned, hitting her head on the seat’s headrest when informed that they were waiting for her slug of a brother!
At last they were on their way! The normal morning ritual of arguing pursued, and in some small way the normalcy of the act helped to calm her. The test she was going to be late for was important, with it being 50 percent of her grade! Summer school was not an option, besides, her father had told her that if her grades didn’t increase there was no way he was allowing her to go on the school ski trip, and Maddie HAD to go on that trip! And so once the car pulled up outside of the high school that still had the odd student or two lingering outside in the smoking area, Maddie practically fell out of the car. A wave and a throw away comment of “I love you mom” was offered as she ran along the cement pathway, up the steps, and yanked open the glass doors that would allow her access to the main foyer. The Announcements! Pumping her fist, Maddie squealed and jumped for joy! She wasn’t late! By some miracle she wasn’t late! (Little did she know that her mother had snuck into her room late last night and adjusted her daughters clock.)
”NO running in the halls!”
Mr. Masters voice bellowed, chasing her down the hallway as Maddie’s perfectly white tennis shoes squeaked on the waxed floor. Another throwaway comment was hurled over her shoulder as she called out her apologies before coming to a skittering halt outside of room 117, home room and site of the test for English. The look on Mrs. Hisscocks face was not impressed, but then the woman often looked as if she had swallowed one too many lemons. Maddie took her seat, letting the door automatically close behind her with a soft click. She exchanged a “look” with Jenna, her best friend and ignored Nate, whom she was still not talking to after Saturday’s party at Troy’s house. Now was not the time for such trivial thoughts. She had to think about the tests.
With the announcements compete it was Mrs. Hisscocks turn drone on in a tone that was designed to wedge its way into the back of your eyes and stay there, needling your brain all day long. She walked the rows of seats, handing out the test papers and telling each child that sat in the front to take one and hand it down. Why did teachers feel the need to instruct every little thing? Did they really think the kids at the front of the class were going to hog all the question sheets? Fiddling in her backpack, Maddie fished out her lucky pen with the fuzzy topper. She smiled at Jason as he handed her papers, making sure to flutter her long lashes before throwing the papers behind her, barely looking at Nate.
Okay, mind off boys… first question
Maddie’s mind went blank! All those hours of cramming and now NOTHING?! The pen tapped nervously on the desk as she stared at the first question on the page. Maybe she needed an easier one? Her eye darted around the page searching for a question she knew the answer to and then, like the holy grail she saw it!
YES thought Maddie… I so have this one nailed!
The simple question of her name seemed to unlock the vault of knowledge in her mind and suddenly her hand began to flow across the paper like a drill that just struck oil! She didn’t know for sure, but suspected all the same… but this...this could be the best test ever taken in the history of tests taken by student everywhere! Twenty minutes later and she was three quarters of the way through… next question, yes! Easy Peasy! No summer school for her! She could almost taste the hot chocolate already!
”Time’s up! Papers over! Pens down!... I said down Mr. Harrison!”
Pleased with herself, Maddie handed the test back to the stern looking Mrs. Hisscock and offered the woman a bright smile. Yes indeed, that day was going to be one of the best ever! Heck, she might even forgive Nate!