it might work this time

Jeremy raced to the front of the room and placed the gleaming red apple on his teacher’s desk.  She looked askance at him, acknowledged the gift with a small nod, and then returned to studying the paper she was grading.  Satisfied, Jeremy turned and skipped to the closet at the back of the classroom to remove his heavy coat, snow gloves, and beanie.  Devoid of his winter clothes, but not the rosy cheeks that often accompanied them, Jeremy found his desk.

Brianna, one desk to his left and a seat behind, whispered fervently, “Jeremy!  What are you doing?”

Jeremy made the universal “calm down” gesture with his left hand, and then mouthed “I’ll explain later.”

Her raised eyebrows demanded further explanation though, so he whispered  back, “There’s nothing like a crisp apple the week of Christmas to melt a teacher’s resolve on my mid-term grades.”

Brianna rolled her eyes, but Jeremy didn’t see because he had already turned his attention back to the front of class, hands in front of him, the picture of a perfect student.

“Has that ever worked before?”

He shook his head in reply, and responded without looking back over his shoulder, “There’s a first time for everything.”


Word Count: 202

This bit of silliness was written for the Trifecta Writing Challenge:

MELT (transitive verb)

:  to reduce from a solid to a liquid state usually by heat
:  to cause to disappear or disperse


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66 thoughts on “it might work this time

    • OoO, now there’s an idea!! Of course it would work better for me… but, I suspect that even in his desire to get a better grade through any means necessary, he wouldn’t be able to withstand the temptation… the teacher would never get the chocolate.

  1. My husband’s a teacher. I say Jeremy has better luck with a six-pack of beer or an iTunes gift card, but maybe we’re of a different ilk. 🙂 Thanks for linking up. I enjoyed the innocent mischief.

    • iTunes gift card, yes, that’s a good one. But… the six pack of beer? He could get in trouble for being a minor in possession. Even if the teacher likd it, she’d have to turn him in to the authorities.

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