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This day in Pen Pal: top marks

Kaya






On July 26, Kaya, writing about her childhood in her journal, recalled the day she discovered that the boy who'd won a scholarship to a prestigious secondary school was not the top scorer on the qualifying exam:

I caught a glimpse of Ramiratam’s exam on the headmaster’s desk when I was dropping off the attendance. In the final box, neatly printed in red: ninety-five. Five points higher than the score Nawalam was bragging about to one and all. Ramiratam was the top scorer. Why didn’t he say anything?

top marks


Trying to solve the mystery of this injustice, she remembers

He did once jump from the shell of the abandoned dump truck into the flooded quarry on a dare, but I don’t think the teachers ever found out about that, and anyway, that belonged in the category of bravery, not bad character.

Quarry swimming Tirusulam lake
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oiktirmos
Jul. 26th, 2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
I remember that day.
asakiyume
Jul. 26th, 2014 01:04 pm (UTC)
The calendar in Pen Pal is keyed to 2013--it happened a year ago today.
sartorias
Jul. 26th, 2014 01:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, lovely pictures, both in vastly different ways!
asakiyume
Jul. 26th, 2014 01:47 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed :-)
queenoftheskies
Jul. 26th, 2014 02:22 pm (UTC)
Beautiful pictures!
asakiyume
Jul. 27th, 2014 01:46 am (UTC)
:-) Very happy you like them!
sovay
Jul. 27th, 2014 01:15 am (UTC)
I caught a glimpse of Ramiratam’s exam on the headmaster’s desk when I was dropping off the attendance. In the final box, neatly printed in red: ninety-five.

I love your illustrations.
asakiyume
Jul. 27th, 2014 01:47 am (UTC)
I enjoy making them, and I consider it a very lucky thing that people enjoy looking at them.
khiemtran
Jul. 27th, 2014 05:32 am (UTC)
I love the illustrations.
asakiyume
Jul. 27th, 2014 06:09 pm (UTC)
Very glad!
heliopausa
Jul. 28th, 2014 05:01 am (UTC)
These are very intriguing scraps of story/background!
asakiyume
Jul. 28th, 2014 01:43 pm (UTC)
So glad you find them so!
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