A NEW TERM • by Mary Cook

Rosalind stood meekly on the head teacher’s carpet as she had so often done before.

Miss Carver said sternly: “It’s a new term and you’re not in uniform. Your hair is a disgrace and you know make-up is not allowed. Whose class are you in?”

“Actually, I left four years ago. I’m here to teach third year English,” murmured Rosalind.

Mary Cook is a UK-based freelance writer and former newspaper reporter. Her articles, short stories and poems have appeared in numerous publications, both in print and online. For a number of years she was an overseas correspondent for the Tokyo-based Hiragana Times, as well as a spoof agony aunt for an adult newspaper. Her main writing interests are humor, horror, self-sufficient living, and the craft of writing. Her e-books, Top Tips to Enjoy Your Retirement and Top Tips to Please Your Partner are available at www.toptipsto.com.

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