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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Friday Five 042221


Today’s words are: Increase, retire, dairy, hiccup, verdict.


The alarm sounded. Shanika hit the snooze button and moaned. She hated chapel. It was only twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday, but she didn’t have a morning class those days and having to get up for chapel interrupted her sleep.

Going into the auditorium she found her assigned seat sitting next to Martha Smith and Alex Baumgartner. Martha is a PK (preacher’s kid) and Alex is a preacher boy. She usually, once whoever was giving the lecture or sermon started, scrunched down and went back to sleep. Martha and Alex stayed alert and attentive the whole hour.

Today the president of the school was giving the lecture. She remembered the freshman welcome he gave at indoctrination. She never heard anyone say so much without it meaning anything. A nice jumble of words and that was about it. This guy should retire and maybe the next guy would increase the attention span of the student body!

Dr. Slaughter began his mouthing of verbal inanity and she went promptly to sleep. For some reason half-way through she started to hiccup. She sat up and had another and another. “Crap,” she said starting to get up and bothered the line of sleeping students for the aisle and a water fountain. Even Martha and Alex were passed out.

A couple of gulps and the spasms stopped. Going back to her seat she heard Dr. Slaughter say, “There was no doubt in Pilate’s mind that the verdict on Jesus should be not guilty, but the crowd wouldn’t let him…”

After waking up the slumbering students again she was pissed off that she wouldn’t be able to go back to sleep and had to listed to this guy droning in monotone for another fifteen minutes.

If had to pay to attend here, I’d go back to my parent’s dairy farm.


Judy said...

nice use of the words, and it's good to learn a bit about Shanika's background. I didn't have her pictured as a dairy farmer kid. And I so feel her pain about chapel and sleeping in!

Wendi Zwaduk and Megan Slayer said...

I hadn't pictured her as a dairy farmer's kid, so cool on that. Flowed well, too. :-)

Marianne Arkins said...

Like the others, the dairy farm was a surprise. :-)

P M Prescott said...

She was going to come from a farming family, and I needed to use the word dairy. It is a nice touch.

P M Prescott said...

Glad you liked it, Megan

P M Prescott said...

Good you know I've got a few tricks up my sleeve.

Aymee said...

I can't blame her for any of this. Worship is fine, good even, but forced worship is pointless. Hah. Love learning more about her though.

Echo Ishii said...

I can definitely sympathize with getting bored and restless at chapel.

P M Prescott said...

Yes, it was.