Linda was a good girl, but she was often late for school.
One day, she was late again. When she came in, Mr. Clark, her teacher said angrily, “I’ll tell you father if you are late again.” Linda didn’t want him to do that. Because her father was very strict with her.
The next morning, Linda got up early. She hurried to school. At the school gate, she heard the first bell, “What shall I do?” she asked herself, “I’ll turn it in first.” She decided. And so she did.
When she hurried into her classroom, Mr. Clack was already beginning his class.
“Linda! Didn’t I tell you to be here on time?” Mr. Clack said as he as her.
“I’m sorry, sir,” Linda tried to explain, “I’m late because I had to…?”
“I don’t listen to any excuse,” Mr. Clack stopped her. “If you can’t get here on time, I have to tell your father.”
“But Mr. Clack. It’s …it’s unfair!”
“Unfair! How dare you say that?” Mr. Clack said angrily, “I’ll report you to the headmaster.
“I was only trying to do a good idea,” Linda thought,“and now…” She couldn’t keep back her tears.
When the bell rang for the break, the door opened and Mr. White, the headmaster came in. he was holding a wallet in his hand, “Excuse me, Mr. Clack. Is this your wallet?”
“Oh,yes. It’s my wallet. Who found it? I must thank him.”
“Linda found it and turned it in before school started.” Mr. Whitesaid.
Mr. Clack face slowly turned red. He looked at Linda and said, “I’m very sorry. Linda. I take back what I said.”
“And I’m sorry. Mr. Clack. I’ll try not to be late again.” Linda said.