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|Through the Window - Chapter 1 (youngsters:adventure, 1647 words) [1/2] show all parts|
|Author: Walt||Updated: Apr 23 2013||Views/Reads: 9403/2692||Part vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Jerry is a young student who finds and travels through a window into the past. Chapter 1 fnds Jerry commiting himself to the adventure as a class project.|
Chapter 1 Opening bow Young Anthony Gerald ‘Jerry' Paul Breckenheimer was sitting in the third row from the back of the classroom in Mr Shingler's history class. As usual, he was not paying much attention to Mr Shingler. He was looking out of the window beside him and thinking about other things: the game of pick-up baseball at noon hour; the upcoming vacation; the new girl in row three. There really was nothing to see out of the second story window from Jerry's position: Puffy white clouds in the sky; the odd pigeon or a crow flying by; or if he was lucky, an array of puffy clouds. He enjoyed imagining clouds as something else. That cloud looked like a horse, the one next to it a sheep – that sort of thing. His mom said he had an over-active imagination. His dad said he was a daydreamer and would amount to nothing if he did not buckle down and study. However, history was a bore with old ‘Shingles' standing up there mouthing off about some ancient history, as if he knew everything. “Breckenheimer! Are you sleeping again?” Shingles yelled. “No sir! I was thinking,” Jerry said, blinking his eyes and sitting up straighter in his chair. The students snickered as if Jerry was the last one to be caught thinking during class. Jerry's face flushed red and he looked at his textbook which was upside down. Harry must have turned it around when Jerry was not looking. “As I was saying before Breckenheimer interrupted us with his snoring, we are going to spend the last 12 days of the school year studying China. The Summer Olympics will be on television and I think we should know as much as possible about Chinese culture and their history so we can appreciate the pageantry during the opening and closing ceremonies of the games. Each day in this class, I want several students to give a five or ten-minute talk on some aspect of Chinese history. If you wish to speak for more than one day, you may select a theme and follow that theme. Any student who speaks for more than one day will earn up to ten additional marks on their year.” Jerry did some fast math, thought about his mother's Tai Chi classes and shot his hand in the air. He needed a good mark to bring his class average up. “Breckenheimer, are you volunteering to do a theme?” “Yes sir, I am.” Jimmy Smith, two rows over, snickered and Jerry shot him a glance that promised a cuff on the ear at recess. “Do you have topic in mind, Anthony?” “Uh, yes sir, Mr Shingler.” Jerry stalled for a minute as he got to his feet. He had to make Tai Chi sound good or Shingles would dismiss the idea. “I would like to speak on the theme of the ancient art of Tai Chi and how it was woven into the daily lives of the Chinese people.” “Do you have a particular time period in mind, Gerald? After all, tai jiquan has been practiced in China for about 8 centuries.” Holy crap, Jerry thought, Shingles knows something about Tai Chi. “Yes sir, I thought I would focus on the late nineteenth century.” Jerry swallowed. “How many sessions can I mark you down for, Breckenheimer?” “Uh, I'll do all 12, sir!” Jerry blurted out. He meant to say two. “Admirable, Anthony. Will you need any A/V equipment or have you thought that far ahead?” “I think I will do it in story-book format, sir. I may use a few props but I will bring my own.” Oh, my God, Jerry thought – I better sit down and shut up before I dig myself a deeper hole. Jerry sat and looked out the window, hoping for some inspiration. Several of the girls were volunteering to do themes, but none of the other boys offered. Most of them were too into sports and they had team-play time at the end of the school term. The last two weeks in Click here to read the rest of this story (121 more lines)
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