The front door burst open and Sanji and Alex ran into the kitchen with smiles on their faces. Sanji said, “Mom, we’re home!”
Amanda, the boys’ mother, turned with a frown on her face. “Did anything happen at school today that you boys want to tell me about?”
Alex’s eyes opened wide, and he shook his head. “Not really, we just got a lot of homework, and we should go get started on it right away!”
The boys started running toward the stairs, and Amanda crossed her arms and shouted, “Hold it!” The boys flinched and stopped after only making it halfway across the kitchen. “I got a call from the school telling me that the two of you have a detention later this week because you were disrupting the class. Care to tell me what that was all about?”
Sanji swallowed before replying, “We were studying photosynthesis today in class, and Mrs. Rothum asked if anyone knew what it was, and how it worked.”
Alex nodded his head. “That’s right, Sanji and I just took turns explaining how the process worked. She asked us to stop in mid explanation; what good would it have done anyone if we hadn’t given a complete explanation?”
Amanda shook her head. “What am I going to do with you boys? Go to your room until your father gets home. And no books!”
Outrage filled Sanji’s face. “No books! What are we supposed to do?”
Amanda put her fists on her hips. “You are being punished for misbehaving, and I can’t think of any better way to do that than to take away your books. Now up those stairs, the both of you! And leave your backpacks down here!” Sanji and Alex dropped their backpacks onto the ground and slowly made their way up the stairs.
Alex turned on the stairs and looked at Amanda with tears streaming from his eyes. “I’m sorry, mommy, can’t I please take one book with me?”
Amanda’s breath caught in her throat, and she almost gave in. It was so difficult to stay mad at that cute face, but she shook her head. “No; now get up into your room before it’s no books for a week!” Alex grunted and hurried up the stairs. Amanda sighed. She was so proud of her sons and how smart they were, especially for a seven and an eight year old. She and Alfred had already gotten the school to allow the boys into the fifth grade, but that still didn’t seem to be enough of a challenge for them. Maybe they could talk with the school and get them to a grade that would actually challenge them. Maybe high school?
Amanda turned back to the vegetables she was cutting up, and started to chop through them. Alfred would be home in a couple of hours, and she wanted the delicious aroma of her chicken and rice soup to be the first thing to greet him.
Sanji sat on his bed with his head against the wall staring at the clock. Alex sat next to him with a frown on his face. “Why are we getting in trouble for this? The teacher wasn’t giving a good explanation about photosynthesis; we were just trying to help make sure our classmates were getting a proper education.”
Sanji nodded his head. “Yeah, saying that “it’s the process of plants converting sunlight into food” isn’t going to help anyone! If you want to make it worthwhile to even bring it up, you have to discuss the chemical changes and the function of chlorophyll at least!”
Alex smiled. “If they aren’t going to teach us anything useful, we might as well be working at the labs with Dad and Grandpa. At least there we could be doing some good!”
Sanji turned his head to the side thoughtfully and responded, “You’re right! We could be working on discovering advances that will help make this world a better place instead of talking about the different type of clouds. Maybe we could talk Mom into letting us be home schooled instead. If we got to pick what we studied, at least our education would be beneficial to us.”
Alex sighed. “You know that she would never go for that. If we were home schooled, she would want to teach us. That would be worse than learning from the teachers we have now.”
Sanji slowly nodded his head. “Yeah, you’re right. I feel bad for Mom. It must be difficult for her having such brilliant children.”
Alex shrugged. “Maybe if we did something to impress Dad, he would let us drop out of school and come work with him. Something that would really help people, like a formula to promote hair growth? That should be manageable.”
Sanji smiled as he pulled out a sheet of paper and a pencil. “That’s a great idea, Alex! Dad will be so impressed with us, he won’t be able to say no to us working with him!” Sanji started writing down the elements found in a strand of hair.
Alex looked over the sheet as Sanji began calculations for the formula. He pointed at a one of his numbers and said, “No, that should be a seven!”
Sanji scribbled it out and put a seven by it. He looked at Alex. “If we’re going to get this right, we’re going to need more paper!” Alex ran around the room looking for every blank scrap of paper that he could get his hands on, all the while shouting out suggestions and ideas for the formula. It didn’t take long for them to fill every sheet of paper that could be found.
Amanda walked up the stairs towards the boys room. They had been up there for almost two hours, and she hadn’t heard a peep from the two of them in that entire time. That wasn’t normal; they should have complained about not having any books by now, and more than once. They were definitely up to something. She pushed their bedroom door open. “Boys, what’s going on up here?” Her eyes almost popped out of her head once she looked inside of their room and saw the two of them scribbling numbers and letters onto the walls. “Boys! What do you think you are doing? You know better than to draw on the walls!”
Panic filled Sanji’s face as he turned to face his mother. “We can explain! You see, Alex and I wanted to try and convince Dad to let us work with him at the labs, but if we were going to do that we had to do something to impress him!”
Alex nodded his head. “That’s right, we started coming up with a formula to help bald people grow hair again.”
Amanda crossed her arms. “That doesn’t excuse what you did! We use paper for writing, not walls!”
Sanji rushed over to the bed and grabbed the sheets of paper full of calculations. “We did write it on paper; at least at first, but then we ran out of paper… and we couldn’t leave our room…” Sanji paused and looked down at the floor dejectedly. “So we decided to use the wall. Sorry, Mom. I guess we got a little carried away.”
Alex said somberly, “Yeah, sorry, Mom. You know how easy it is to get swept away by science when you are on the brink of a discovery. Well, Dad does at least.”
Amanda glared at Alex. “Give me every scrap of paper and anything you even think you could use to write with. Then the two of you are to sit on your bed and think about what you have done.”
Sanji shook his head. “But, Mom! We’re so close! Couldn’t you just get us some paper to write on instead?”
Amanda turned her glare onto Sanji. “You will do what you have been told without complaining, Sanji Jordan Godard, and the same goes for you, Alexander Mark Godard. If I hear a peep out of either of you before your father get’s home, you’ll be grounded for a week! And if I hear anything at all related to science, it’ll be a month!”
Alex opened his mouth to reply, but stopped when his mother’s glare rested on him once more. “Do you really want to test me mister?” Alex shook his head and climbed onto his bed. Amanda walked out of the room with a handful of paper and pencils, pens, and markers. These boys of hers were really going to send her to an early grave. What was she supposed to do? Could she really scold them for doing something academic? She sighed. She wished all she had to deal with was the boys starting their pet on fire or jumping off of the roof like Kerry’s kids. At least she would know how to deal with that sort of behavior.
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