Cutting A Queue
Ring! The school bell rang and all the students bolted to the canteen as they heard their stomach growling. They were ravenous and were oblivious to the newly revamped canteen as they were more interested in the sea of gastronomic delights awaiting in the canteen. Ben was strolling purposefully to meet his friends at the canteen. From a distance, he could see his friends waving profusely to him as he was heading towards them. Ben’s eyes glittered with tears of joy as he headed towards the Ramen food stall to try the latest item on the menu. To his horror, the canteen was packed like sardines and was bustling with activity. He was in deep thought as to what he should do to get to the stall faster.
Suddenly, all eyes were on the muscular and big-sized notorious bullies. Everyone’s face turned as pale white as a sheet and some of them tried to dash but to no avail as the bullies got them in a blink of an eye. The stomping of their feet grew louder and they headed to their favourite food stall together.
Out of the blue, one of them went towards Ben and tried to cut his queue. Luckily, Ben was brave enough to stop the bully from pushing his way to the front. The bully’s face contorted with rage as he felt the burning urge to scream at everyone. The other bully jostled through the crowd and zoomed towards the stall.
“Hey, do you know who I am?!” one of the bully hollered at Ben as they started arguing and fighting. “Eh, you are a very inconsiderate person!” Ben retorted as he grabbed the notorious bully by his collar. He threw the bully onto the ground and the bully landed on the floor with a sickening thud. Everybody’s mouths were agape and their jaw dropped as they gasped in horror at the scene. Tom, Ben’s friend reported everything he witnessed to the principal. Having heard Tom’s statement, the principal stomped to the canteen.
“Ben Lim and Jack Tan!” the principal yelled, his arms akimbo. The boys had to explain their actions and serve their punishments. From that day onwards, they promised the principal that they would never bully anyone in school as they took their leave from the principal’s room.
Memories of what transpired that day will be etched in both of their heads forever. As the saying goes, “once bitten, twice shy.” The boys learnt a valuable lesson to not bully anyone or cut a queue so that they will never have to bear the consequences ever again.
Primary 4 (2016)
Cutting a Queue
“Ring… Ring…” The school bell rang as everyone dashed to the newly revamped canteen. Everyone’s eyes glittered with tears of joy at the sight of their new canteen. It was the start of the new school year! The sun shone brilliantly in the vast blue sky and magnolia white clouds drifted across the sky. Everyone was excited to meet their friends again, but they all dreaded meeting the school’s notorious bully.
I, Darrel Ang, was the school’s notorious bully. I was in Primary Six that year and I went back to school bigger and stronger, ready to start a year of bullying again.
“Oooh… Aaah… Wow… Yay!” The Primary Ones wowed in delight. I strode purposefully towards the canteen as everyone made space for me. When I reached the canteen, I jostled through the crowd and scanned through the sea of gastronomic delights. I was spoilt for choice! Everything looked extremely delicious. Finally, I made my choice to eat fishball noodles soup. However, upon reaching the stall, I saw that the queue was very long.
Since it was the first day of school, I decided to just queue up and wait for my turn. Out of the blue, a boy came and simply cut my queue. I tried asking him to go to the back, but to no avail. He just stared blankly at me for a while then turned back to face the front. “What an inconsiderate brat!” I murmured under my breath as I tried to forget about it.
After a minute, which felt like an eternity, I could no longer hold it back. My face contorted with rage as I grabbed him by the collar and started to scold him. He was petrified, and his mouth fell open. Anger continued to build up in me and I could no longer take it! I threw him to the ground!
Everyone’s gaze fell on the boy and gasped. It was so quiet that you could hear a pin drop. Soon after, chaos broke out. Murmurs and whispers could be heard all around as everyone dispersed. “Darrel Ang! Stop it!” The principal bellowed with his arms akimbo. Some other students helped the boy to the sick bay while I was sent to the principal’s office. I was abashed as I apologised to the boy. From then on, I had to attend counseling on a daily basis. I decided to turn over a new leaf and be nice to people around me! I would never cut any queue or bully ever again.
Primary 4 (2016)
“What a hot day,” I moaned while wiping off the sweat from my face. It was a scorching afternoon and the sun shone brilliantly from the sky, roasting everything in its path. I was trudging down the dull-coloured pavement while carrying my heavy school bag. It weighed like a ton of bricks. I decided to take the MRT instead of walking home. When I reached the MRT station, it was packed like sardines. After what seemed like forever, the MRT finally arrived. I squeezed my way through the crowd into the MRT. Unfortunately, there were no seats available so I had to make do by standing.
All of a sudden, I noticed a suspicious-looking figure wearing a huge overcoat glancing around furtively. After making sure that nobody was looking, he stuffed his hand into a man’s pocket and took out a wallet. I was astonished at what I saw. There were wads of cash in it. His eyes glittered with tears of joy. He was delighted with his loot. “Next stop, Bishan,” announced the intercom. Once the doors of the MRT opened, he scooted off. “Thief! Thief! Someone stole my wallet!” The owner of the wallet screamed while desperately trying to look for his wallet.
Grabbing him, I rushed out an explanation. The both of us gave chase. “Thief, stop, thief, stop!” we yelled at the top of our lungs. A few men passing by heard our desperate cries for help and they too gave chase. The pickpocket was as stealthy as a ninja as he managed to hide from us. Everyone knew that they were fighting a losing fight. Just them, I heard a rustle behind the bushes. ‘It could not be the wind as it’s not breezy’ I thought. I motioned to the people to follow me quietly and we crept behind the bushes. We saw a man hiding and I knew that he the pickpocket. He was a bundle of nerves and struggled and pleaded for mercy. One of the men immediately called the neighbourhood police.
Twenty minutes later, wailing sirens of the police car reverberated through the air. The police arrived and handcuffed him. The owner of the wallet retrieved his wallet. He praised me while giving me a hug. “Thank you boy!” “I was just doing my job,” I replied, rejecting his offer while pushing his hand away. I hummed a merry tune while skipping back home. I had done a good deed that day and justice was served. It was indeed an indelible memory for me.
Tan Rui Zhe
Primary 4 (2015)
A loud peal of thunder woke me up as rain pitter-pattered across the roof. I ambled out of the room with sleepy eyes. My mother called out for me and requested me to go to the supermarket to buy some groceries. My face lit up with a grin like a Cheshire cat as I had always loved trips to the supermarket.
After washing up, I headed down to the supermarket. The supermarket was packed like sardines. Firstly, I went down the groceries section and bought some vegetables and fruits. Next, I went to the poultry section and bought some fresh chicken, duck and goose meat. Lastly, I went to the titbits section, which was my favourite one and grabbed some of my favourite potato chips and crunchy nuts.
Walking towards the cashier, I caught the eye of a suspicious man with dark sunglasses and a black mask. He took several furtive glances as though he was waiting for the right time to strike. Sensing that something was amiss, I decided to observe his every move. Little did I know the trouble that was about to unfold the very next minute. As he was walking towards the cashier, he fished out a credit card that was sticking out of an old lady’s handbag. My jaw dropped upon seeking what had happened. As quick as lightning, he tried to dash out of the supermarket. “Thief! Thief!” I shouted at the top of my lungs. Everyone jolted to attention. The security guard noticed the man was trying to escape. He immediately caught hold of the man and snatched the credit card back from him and returned it to the old lady. She thanked the security guard profusely. Thankfully, a shopper had also noticed this earlier and dialed the police. Minutes later, the police arrived at the scene. They handcuffed him and dragged him back to the police station. He hung his head in shame and he was full of remorse.
At that juncture, everybody heaved a sigh of relief. The old lady thanked me for being so brave. She even offered me a ten-dollar note in appreciation but I rejected it, The old lady also learnt a heavy lesson not to leave her things sticking out of her handbag and be more aware of her own belongings. After this incident, I dashed back home and told my mother about what had happened. She grinned from ear to ear and she embraced me in her arms, “You are so brave! I am so proud of you!” Hearing my mother’s words, tears cascaded down my cheeks, I was on cloud nine as I had done a good deed and I hope that the pickpocket will learnt a lesson not to steal again.
Primary 4 (2015)
Have you ever been in a situation so perilous that you could have lost your life?
It was an ordinary Saturday afternoon after a long and exhausting day at school. Lying on my comfortable bed, I was drifting into slumberland. Like a lightning that had struck, a ear piercing scream jolted me out of my slumber. Acrid smoke filled my lungs and nostrils as I looked out of my window. I was transfixed by the scene. I could not believe what was unfolding before my eyes. The row of houses opposite me were on fire!
“Mummy! Daddy! The houses opposite us are on fire!” I hollered in their ears loudly, tugging for them to wake up. Upon hearing this, my mother reached for her phone and called the fire brigade.
Within minutes, the houses were engulfed in flames. We made a beeline out of our house to join the crowd that had gathered. Standing a safe distance away, we watched as smoke and sparks whirling in all directions.
Pandemonium had broken out as the panic stricken residents rushed out of their homes and away from the blazing flames like a herd of elephants. I ran to embrace my petrified neighbour. Big fat tears trickled down my neighbour’s sooty face as I comforted her. Finally, the familiar wailing sirens of the fire engines announced their arrival as they whizzed down our street.
The firefighter sprang into action upon their arrival. Torrents of water gushed out from the fire hoses held securely in the hands of the burly firefighters, determined to put an end to the blaze and to seek out any victims who had been left behind. I noticed a few of them carrying a wooden plank to break open the doors.
Those who escaped sat huddled together in a sombre mood, feeling helpless as they looked on at the charred remains of what they used to call their homes.
We heaved a sigh of relief as we watched the final flames being extinguished. Fortunately, no one’s life had been lost in the night’s ordeal.
Primary 4 (2014)
“Your time starts now!” announced Mr Tan as he stared at the class like a hawk. It was so silent that you could hear a pin drop. On the board it was written, “Silence! English test in progress.”
Scribbling down my answers, I felt butterflies in my stomach. At that moment, my mind went blank and I forgot all the things my teacher had taught us yesterday. “Will I fail my test?” I thought, picturing my mother caning me. At that juncture, an idea hit my mind! I remembered taking down my notes on a small piece of paper. I dug into my pencil case and my fingertips met with the small piece of paper. That paper had all the answers of the work I had looked through yesterday. “Should I do it? Or not?” I wondered. I was a bundle of nerves and felt caught between doing what was right and wrong.
Giving in to the temptation, I took out the paper and started copying from it. Copying down the answers, I finally finished the paper and felt a huge burden lift off my shoulders. As I was going to keep it, a shadow loomed over me. “What do you think you are doing?” a loud voice boomed from behind me. To my horror, I turned around and saw Mr Tan. My heart was in my mouth and my cheeks flushed in shame. I admitted to my crime by hanging my head in shame. Mr Tan snatched the paper from my hands. Grabbing my arms, Mr Tan rushed me to the principal’s office.
“He copied during the exam,” Mr Tan reported to the principal, obviously satisfied that he had caught me red-handed and done her job well. Immediately, the principal searched for my parent’s number in a book. I was dejected thinking of the punishment I would receive for my actions. “You will be given a caning in front of the school right now,” the principal told me sternly. He made an announcement and we all gathered in the hall. After the caning, school was over. As expected, my mother was seething with anger.
Piak! Piak! Piak! My mother caned me like a seething dragon. Every stroke that fell on my skin was a painful reminder of what I had done. Her eyes squeezed into sharp, narrow slits as a shiver ran down my spine.
I vowed never to cheat in an examination again and to turn over a new leaf!
Primary 4 (2014)
The dark alley seemed end less. He sprinted towards the light, clutching his knife and gun. He was ready for action. On and on he ran, as he started shooting his gun like a maniac. The policemen around him collapsed to the ground, dropping like dead flies. This was how it all began…
Justin had always been the most notorious thief in the whole country and has been finding a way to get rich. Justin took his regular stroll down the road and his eyes glared over at the giant bank, which he had been targeting for the longest time. Fiddling, with his knife at his back pocket, Justin dashed towards the bank. His heart palpitated against his chest, ‘Bang!’ The glass door shattered into a million pieces. ‘Now!’ Justin screamed in his head as he dashed into the bank clutching a gun in his hand. He clenched his fist ready to finish his act quickly. Everyone ducked and crouched onto the ground. He grabbed the bank receptionist by the collar and put the knife around her neck, demanding for money. He signaled her to place the money in the gunnysack.
Within minutes, Justin was out and running. Into the alley he went, he put his gun in his back pocket and held his knife closely in his hand. Relief washed over him like a warm bath as he panted breathlessly. All of a sudden, he heard some quick footsteps. He fought the urge to look back and sped even faster forward. The dark alley seemed endless and Justin knew he had to find an escape route. Very soon, he was stuck and had to make a difficult decision. Justin could either go straight or going to the narrow alleyway. “Stop!” the voices behind him yelled.
In the split second, he bolted forward. He ran and ran he felt as if the voices were getting louder. Rounding the corner, he froze. He had narrowly missed colliding into a wall. It was a dead end!
Justin grabbed his gun but before he could react, an excruciating pain seared through his leg. He tried to fight the fog of pain but blacked out.
Primary 4 (2014)
An Unforgettable Party
“Happy birthday to you…” My friends sang in unison as they hugged me. It was my tenth birthday. My mother had prepared a scrumptious feast of pizza, chicken nuggets, fries and a big birthday cake.
Bursting with elation, I gobbled down the delicious food, as I was famished. After we had filled our stomach with food, we started to play some games. We played “Musical Chairs” and “Whack the piñata”; Ace ambled to me and gave me some water guns for my present. Suddenly a bright idea hit me! I decided we should have a water gun war!
“Everyone! Listen, let’s have a water gun war!” I announced as I gestured to the crowd. Everyone started to race for the water guns and shot each other. The whole place was in a mess with people running around. The place was in chaos! As I was engrossed in having fun playing the game, I did not notice a bunch of boys aiming their water guns at me.
In a blink of an eye, I was drenched from head to toe. Turning beet red, I ran to my bedroom.
An unexpected wave of guilt swept over the bunch of boys.
The following day, the bunch of boys came to my house and apologized to me and gave me a gift. Even though I disliked the game but I made some new friends and enjoyed the food. What an unforgettable party!
Primary 4 (2014)
“Ah, ah choo!” I sneezed as I covered my mouth. Feeling feverish, I ambled to school under the scorching sun. Beads of perspiration fell down my cheeks like a leaking tap. I felt dizzy and very nauseous but I was determined to go to school as we were going to the Zoo for our learning journey.
Halfway through the journey, I felt so sick that I nearly fainted. I grabbed onto a metal bar for balance. As my vision slowly blurred, my legs gave way and I fell on the ground. All the other students started gawking at me. The teacher jostled through the crowd to reach for me. She touched my forehead and felt that it was burning. Immediately, she whipped out her mobile phone and she dialed 995. My best friend bolted to me and tried to wake me up while others called out for my name.
From a distance, we could hear the sirens from the ambulance. The paramedics rushed to my aid. When they took my temperature, they were shocked to realize that I had a very high fever. They quickly rushed me to the hospital. The teacher told my parents what had happened. After hearing the dreadful news, my parents went to the hospital. An hour later, the doctor came out and told my parents that I was fine. My parents heaved a sigh of relief. My parents questioned me and I confessed to them that I had been playing in the rain the day before.
My parents gave me a tongue-lashing and I said that I should not play in the rain. That was my first and last time playing in the rain.
Primary 4 (2014)
An Unlucky Day
The sun beat down relentlessly on the earth as Susan and Joey went to the hawker canter and had their dinner. They were best friends but seldom had the time to meet each other. The sun glared down on them as they walked to the hawker centre. Bursting with elation, they wanted to try out the new noodle store. They did not care that they were perspiring.
“Splash!” a careless man accidently spilled a bowl of hot boiling soup on the ground. The man quickly went to find a clean cloth to clean up the mess. While the man was away, Susan accidently slipped and stumbled, landing hard on her back. Her elbows and knees were bleeding and she felt a shooting pain in her arms. Susan lay on the ground trying to catch her breath. Tears rolled down her cheeks. Many people crowded around to see what was happening. She felt mortified and her turned red.
Joey assisted her and brought her to the taxi stand. Joey quickly hailed a taxi and went to the nearest hospital.
They went to the hospital and told the nurse what had happened. The nurse told them that Susan needed serious medical attention. The doctors and nurses quickly took Susan to the medical room. After a few hours, the doctors came out and told Joey that Susan was fine but she had fractured her arm.
Joey was relieved. What an unlucky day!
Primary 4 (2014)
Have you ever been in a situation so perilous that you could have lost your life?
After a dreaded day of school, I trudged back home with heavy footsteps. Fatigue hit me like a hammer. As soon as I reached home, the cosy bed and cool breeze lulled me into a deep sleep. Like a lightning that had struck, the smell of acrid smoke jolted me out from my bed. Peering through my window, I saw the raging fire licking the walls. The smoke filled my lungs like acid. Cold fear gripped my heart as I gasped for air. I was transfixed by the scene. Wild thoughts raced through my mind. What should I do now?
Making a beeline to my parents’ room, I dashed to alert them. “Mum! Mum! There are flames and it’s spreading!” I hollered as I tugged furiously on her shirt. My mother jumped up and she found the windows covered in soot. Bracing myself for the worst, I dashed towards the escape route with my mother embracing me. Pandemonium has broken out as the panic stricken residents rushed out from their homes like a herd of elephants. Taking up a wooden plank, I used it to protect myself.
Boom! The wooden plank fell on my head and I had a deep cut. Crimson blood was spilling out of my head. Swamped with a sudden wave of dizziness, I fainted and fell down with a resounding thud. Without a word, my mother swooped me up and carried me like a new born baby.
The familiar wailing sirens of the fire engines announced their arrival as they whizzed down the streets. Like bees to a hive, the fire fighter sprang into action. They took out huge pipes to douse the raging fire, We all huddled each other, everyone too scared to move.
After an hour of fighting the fire, the final flames were finally extinguished. We felt dejected and tears welled incur eyes as we stared at the charred remains that we used to call home.
Thankfully, we did not lose any loved ones in the bight’s ordeal. The police tracked the cause of the fire. A teenager had thrown a cigarette bud in our neighbours garden. What a terrifying experience
Primary 4 (2014)
The sun shone brilliantly across the vast blue sky. Ding! Dong! “Who could that be?” John thought. He was bursting with elation when he saw his best friend, Tom. He wondered what was inside his birthday present. He was so excited and eager to open his presents.
Over the moon, John was still playing his electronic game, “This game is so fun!” John exclaimed in excitement. He was still up late at night when it was 3:25 in the morning. When it was four o’clock, he was so sleepy and went to bed. He slept for only two hours.
When he woke up, he was still so sleepy. During lessons, he dozed off and slept in class. While the teacher was teaching, she did not notice. A student noticed and told the teacher. She was so angry and her faced was red with anger. She went to John’s desk and slam on his table. John got a fright and woke up.
Everyone was giggling at him. He was mortified. “Do you know that is a school, not your home! So you are not supposed to doze off in my class! Do you understand me” Mrs Lee, their English teacher, stared at John furiously. John was so worried and apologised profusely. Mrs Lee decided to send John to the principal’s office.
“This is disgraceful behavior, I expect better behavious! This is not your first day in school, John! You should know the rules John!” Mr Tan, their principal shouted. John had to call his parents. He was crestfallen. John told his parents that he would not do it again.
John learnt his lesson to never play or stay up so late ever again. This was his first and last time playing electronic games.
Chia Jia En
Primary 4 (2014)