“I wish there were air-con in the classroom!” Janny complained softy to her best friend, Plusie, who was sitting beside her. Although the fans were blowing in full speed, some were fanning themselves and some were using their electrical fans while reading their books. The day’s heat penetrated the classroom leaving everyone as hot as incandescent titanium.
Soon, most of the students became restless and started chit chatting among themselves. Standing in front of the whole class, the relief teacher, Mr Lou told them firmly to be quiet in the classroom. Immediately, there was silence. Mr Lou took a quick glimpse on his watch and realised that it was time to bring his form class for class photo taking. He assigned the class monitors to ensure everyone behaved themselves in the class.
Then, he rushed out of the room anxiously.
For the next few moments, the sound of the spinning fans ruled the class. Some students were reading their books while others were doing their homework. Janny dropped her pen when she was doing a Math problem sum. It broke the silence. Janny bent down to pick up the pen. A shiny object on the teacher’s table caught her attention. Janny nudged Plusie and signalled her to that direction of the glowing item. Curiosity piqued both girls. Together, they walked to the teacher’s table. The monitors tried to stop them not to no avail. They had reached the table.
Janny exclaimed, “Ah! It’s a magnifying glass!” Without hesitation, she picked it up and showed it to Plusie. Plusie’s eyes widened with excitement as she snatched the magnifying glass violently from Janny. Plusie looked around the class through the magnifying glass. She was extremely fascinated to see a class of giants. She was totally oblivious of the surroundings, not noticing that Janny was just behind her. Janny grabbed her right arm and swang her around. “Give me back!” she tried to seize the magnifying glass from Plusie. Both girls were trapped in a tough struggle. Pulling Janny’s hair, Plusie punched Janny’s left side of the face. Janny grabbed Plusie’s hand and flung her to the floor.
At that time, some classmates including the monitors tried to stop the fight.
“The principal is here!” One of the classmates exclaimed. The pupils rushed back to their seats. In panic, Janny accidentally dropped the magnifying glass. It broke. She spotted a crack on the magnifying glass. In her horror, Janny pasted a transparent tape on it, hoping the crack would be unnoticed.
Next, she returned it to the teacher’s table and went back to her seat as if nothing had happened.
Just then, Mr Lou stepped into the classroom. When he was looking into his magnifying glass, he realised that his magnifying glass looked different. He turned around the magnifying glass and saw a tape on it. A worried Janny hoped that Mr Lou would not peel off the tape. But it was too late, Mr Lou had peeled the tape. He discovered the crack.
“Who broke my magnifying glass?” Mr Lou hollered in his I-am-not-messing-around voice.
Raising her hand, Janny stood up.
She apologised to Mr Lou. Mr Lou praised that she was honest. However, he warned Janny not to mess around the teacher’s table.
Janny was relieved that Mr Lou did not reprimand her. She learnt her lesson not to mess around with the teacher’s things. She understood that she must be honest at all times.