Chapter 5

Grace was so excited for school today because it was Friday and that meant Science Lab with her favorite teacher, Miss Wilburn. Mixing ingredients and watching green smoke come out of vials was her favorite. Today, after Miss Wilburn did her usual talk about safety, she was going to teach the children more about how to use the microscope and how to use the glass slides.

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“Good morning, class! Let’s get started!” Miss Wilburn said, excitedly. She picked up a box from her desk and walked around the classroom, handing out the slides to every student.

“Now be careful, these things are very fragile.” Miss Wilburn warned. Grace was so excited that when she was handed her slide, she immediately removed the thin tissue paper that covered it and with a little too much enthusiasm, accidentally squeezed the slide too tight in between her fingers, and broke the slide in half. The broken glass sliced her finger.

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“Ouch!” Grace gasped.

“Oh dear, Grace are you ok? Let me see.” Miss Wilburn said, sweetly. Grace was so excited, she didn’t put down the broken slide. She held up her cut finger and the slide for Miss Wilburn to look at. “Hmm. Looks like you need a Band-Aid. Why don’t you head over to the nurses office and have that looked at?”

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Grace quickly headed out of the classroom and down the hall to the nurses office. She looked forward all week to Science Lab Friday and she didn’t want to miss a second of it. Sitting in the nurses office, Grace held up her finger and explained to Mrs. Holland what had happened. Mrs. Holland took a look at Grace’s finger and seeing the little girl’s excitement to get back to class, cleaned Grace’s finger up quick.

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While Mrs. Holland was reaching for a Snoopy Band-Aid, Grace leaned back in her chair and saw Alex in the principals office. “That’s strange.” Grace thought. “Alex never gets in trouble.”

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22 thoughts on “Chapter 5

  1. I love Grace even more now. Science is near and dear to my heart. I’m a science teacher and my favorite age group to work with are elementary school. I haven’t done that in a few years though. There are so many kids that age that get so excited about everything new. Science seems almost like magic to them I think. That brought back wonderful memories for me.

    Glad you got to use the principal’s office too!

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  2. You! These cliffhangers are too awesome, and Grace is becoming my favourite more and more. She loves science like me! I can’t wait to see why Alex was in the Principal’s Office!

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    • Agreed. Nurse Mae Holland was a MASH Unit nurse for the Navy during Vietnam. After she retired out of the Navy, she got the job at the elementary school as a school nurse. Since she isnt a main character, I didn’t add her to the, “Meet the Characters” section. But I did write her a backstory for my own enjoyment. πŸ™‚

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  3. Hi Rory, Hope that you’re doing well. Was looking for where I left off reading last time but couldn’t find the comments I thought I made on previous chapters. Must have made them in the thread. Anyways sounds like trouble is a brewing at school. Poor Alex but it’s great that he has Grace to watch his back.


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