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1876 Battle of Little Bighorn, 1745 South Carolina Patriot Thomas Tudor Tucker born in Bermuda, 1956 Last Packard produced, 1864 Union begins tunneling toward Rebels at Petersburg, 1950 Korean War begins, 1910 Congress passes Mann Act, 1957 Hurricane Audrey hits Gulf Coast, 1942 Eisenhower takes command, 1993 Kim Campbell takes office, 2009 King of Pop Michael Jackson dies at age 50, 1857 Baudelaires Les Fleurs du Mal is published, 1988 Teenager Debbie Gibson earns a 1 hit with Foolish Beat, 1876 Indians defeat Custer at Little Big Horn, 1942 Eisenhower assumes command of US troops in Europe, 1948 Joe Louis defeats Jersey Joe Walcott, 1950 US World Cup team wins unlikely victory over England, 1965 Viet Cong blow up a floating restaurant, 1969 US Navy turns boats over to South Vietnamese Navy, 1915 Germans release statement on use of poison gas at Ypres, 1900 Lord Louis Mountbatten is born,

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The Gift

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I walked home tired and hungry from school but as I unlocked the door of my house, these feelings were momentarily replaced by intrigue. There was something hidden behind the sofa. The intrigue soon left me and hunger returned. I heated up the food mother had left for me and sat at the table, eating alone. Nobody was here but me.

As I ate, I thought about my recently concluded final examinations. They had not gone well for me. The papers were being returned to the students and I had seen most of time. To say the least, I had passed in all the exams. Eighth standard was proving to be quite a challenge. These days, I had been telling my mother that the exam papers are yet to be returned, and the ones which I had were safely hidden at the back of my closet.

When the meal had taken my hunger away, the intrigue returned. That box, hidden behind the sofa, was clearly visible to me from my position. That was not good for the proverbial cat. I tried to hold on to it, but no, the cat ran towards the box and as in the proverb curiosity killed it. I pulled the box out and observed it. I think the blood drained from my face.

It was a brand new Nintendo Wii U. the one thing I had been asking for the past two years and I never got. Normally, I would have been ecstatic, jumping for joy and wanting to play it that very instant. Not this time, though. The words of my mother menaced me, “If you do good at the final exam, I will get you a Wii U.”

She had already bought it without asking, but I had a horrible performance. How could I tell her? How could I say, “Mom, I performed badly, so I do not deserve a Wii U.”?

It was horrible. I felt tears coming up. She had so much faith in me and I had broken that faith. What will I do at the Open House?

Just then the door opened and my mom stepped in.

“Oh, you already saw it?”

“Yes, Mom.” I said sulkingly.

“Why so sad?”

“Mom, I can’t have it.”

She displayed a surprised look.

“Who said it’s for you?”

“Huh?”

“The delivery man gave it to us instead of the neighbours. I collected it since they’re out of town.”

“Oh, okay; for a moment I thought … “

“Wait. Why did you say you can’t have it?”

“Because … “                                           

Let’s just say I got a heavy scolding, but I was still somewhat happy and hopeful for the future.

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