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|Ex 2: The Frog (standard:other, 972 words)|
|Author: Pitter Pat||Added: Oct 15 2003||Views/Reads: 1970/1352||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Have a chair, and let me tell you about a lifetime friendship created by a frog...|
Ex 2: The Frog Betty, Bobby, and Barry are seated at a small circular table in the back of the Biology classroom, nested in the corner behind their opened books. This is an unusual trio, not a group any of them would have chosen to be in, but one assigned by the new student teacher, Miss Azinger. Betty is a nice looking young lady, with long brown hair. She is one of few students who like Biology. She grasps for every ounce of knowledge presented to help her reach her goal of becoming a veterinarian. To Betty's right sits Bobby. He has a flirty, outgoing personality, but very little interest in today's lesson of dissecting a frog. Instead of reading, he sends spitballs rocketing through the air using a red plastic straw. A quiet, handsome young man, Barry, sits beside them. He works very hard in school for it is his hope to receive a scholarship to law school. As he attempts to read the assigned chapter, he is distracted by Bobby. With an annoyed look, Barry snatches the straw from Bobby's rugged hand and slides it into his t-shirt pocket. Bobby frowns and speaks a few words. Barry nods his head no and continues to read. Miss Azinger silently watches the disturbance. She writes a few notes on the reaction of the students hit by the small flying missiles and seems pleased at Barry's solution to Bobby's annoyance. Twenty-five minutes into the class time, Miss Azinger leaves her stool and goes to the groups of students at the lab tables. She collects their worksheet and they return to their assigned tables. When all are seated, she motions to the other half of the class and they move to the lab area. Barry leads the way and sits at a corner table beside a window; Bobby and Betty join him. Barry picks up the instruction sheet and begins to read it aloud. Bobby pays no attention to Barry, gets up, and goes to the tank where the frogs are housed. He picks up the fattest green frog and holds it to the face of a pretty blond girl. She jumps back and Bobby laughs. He then holds the frog toward two other girls. The two girls pet the frog, and then return to their table. When Bobby rejoins his group, he teasingly puts the frog next to Betty's face. To his surprise, Betty grabs the frog and gently cradles it in her hand as she stokes its head. Barry smiles and begins to prepare the table for the lab. He carefully puts a heavy cardboard on the table then spreads the thick plastic over it. He places the pins to hold the frog on each side of the work area, then goes to the shelf to get a jar with a lid and a sealed packet that contains the medicine to put the frog to sleep. Bobby picks up the knife and pretends cut up a frog. Betty frowns, but the girl at the next table laughs at him so he continues. Returning with the jar, Barry holds his hand out to Betty. Bobby quickly throws down the knife, pushes Barry's hand aside, and reaches for the frog. As the two young men begin to push each other's hand out of the way, Betty puts the frog behind her back as tears form in her eyes. Miss Azinger's attention is locked on the odd trio. She starts to stand when the young men sudden stop. Both silently stare at the tears rolling down Betty's face. Bobby stands back and raises his hands in the air as if in surrender. Barry sadly looks at Betty and says a few words. She nods her head no. After a few more words, Barry walks over to the window and looks out while Betty sits with the frog safely protected in her hands. Barry returns to the table and speaks a few more words to Betty. He holds up the lab instructions and the questions they must answer to pass the lab assignment. Again he reaches for the frog, but Betty pulls the top of her shirt away from her skin and holds the frog ready to drop down her shirt. Click here to read the rest of this story (27 more lines)
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