Story Contest 2017 #2 Results » Highly Commended - Junior Category

Rebecca O’Brien

“Monday = bombday” by Rebecca O’Brien, is the Highly Commended story in the junior category of the second biannual International Short Story Contest 2017 which was organized by Kids World Fun.

Monday = bombday

When your science teacher says, "I have always wanted to try this but I have never been allowed before" you just know that things are not going to go well.

Today is Mondaaaaaaayyy! I hate that day! Firstly, the weekend is finished (please give me a rope to hang myself!) and secondly I have science class. I hate science because it's boring and each time I feel like I lose two hours of my life doing nothing. This day really should not exist.

So, as I entered science class this horrible morning, seriously considering sending a letter to the President to explain to him my misfortunes, I could see that our teacher Mrs Robinson was very excited. We sat at our respective places and waited for her to talk. We didn't have to wait long. Mrs Robinson was too excited. When she couldn't stand it any longer, she finally said:

"Class, I have very good news! I have always wanted to try this but I have never been allowed before..."

This didn't sound good! This didn't sound good at all! I'm saying that because this teacher, in addition to having a really boring class, is also a very peculiar (horrible) teacher. She has always been very “inventive”. Once, she even took my school bag and ducked it in an acid bath! And another time she asked if there were any volunteers to drink her snake pee potion (which smelled like a dead rat). So you see what I mean when I say "inventive".

"...Ten years ago, in a United Kingdom zoo, a bear dug up a bomb from the Second World

War. Archaeologists then came to scrutinise the object. Each year, I asked them if I could have it to be able to examine it with my class, but unfortunately they have always refused. But today I finally have it!"

"Miss", asked Jane Cunningham, "why did they finally accept."

Mrs Robinson seemed very embarrassed:

"It's pretty complicated...hmm…anyway let's get to work! How exciting this all is!"

She opened her wooden cupboard, situated behind her desk, and took out an enormous black round bomb. I told you this didn't sound good. We started examining this monster under the instructions of my teacher. When you think it could have killed millions of people... Suddenly Tom Parker shouted:

"Miss! Miss! A red light has come on!"

Then a loud BOOM! And then darkness... The bomb had exploded! Fortunately it didn't do too much damage because time had had its effect on it. But Mrs Robinson had to say that a child out of the school had put a fire cracker in her cupboard because I don't think she would still be in the school if she had told the truth. And we didn't say anything because our science teacher gave us a nice little speech about it:

"I warn you children, if any of you ever say anything about this, I will transform you into a frog and throw you onto the motorway! Am I perfectly clear?"

So no one said anything.

As I entered science class a few weeks after the incident to start another infernal Monday, I could see my teacher was very excited. We sat in our respective places and waited for her to talk. We didn't have to wait long: Mrs Robinson was too excited. When she couldn't stand it any longer, she finally said:

"Children, I have got good news! An elephant in Africa dug up a bomb from the First World War. And today we are going to examine it!"

Oh My God!