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Driven "Miss, Adam won't join in," Sarah called in a whining tone over the din of the classroom. She looked disdainfully over at the silent boy sat staring at the wall, seemingly oblivious to the activity around him. Although he appeared to be one of them - in the same red uniform, on the same hard orange chairs and with the same childish features - Adam was far from the average Year Two pupil. When he first came to Saltford Primary Adam was the same as all the others around him, he played and learnt equally, but it soon became apparent to his teachers and fellow pupils that he was learning faster than the others did. At first the teachers encouraged Adam, giving him extra and harder work to keep him as driven as he was. But when he began to reject the other children because they didn't understand him and to sit reading on the playground instead of playing, they became worried and stopped providing him with challenging work; trying to 'make him normal again'. Their plan seemed to have the reverse of the desired effect and Adam became more secluded. By now the teachers, who were not very motivated in their low paid jobs, just left him alone, only bothering to acknowledge the 'strange little boy' when absolutely necessary, preferring to just pretend he wasn't there. It was this blatant refusal to acknowledge him that made Adam so frustrated with his school and the people in it. The teachers seemed to underestimate him and his abilities by making him perform the same menial tasks as these lesser creatures. But he never lost his passion for learning. ...read more.


Maybe they did understand and wanted him to be with other people as intelligent as himself. Unfortunately for Adam, when the people from the hospital arrived they seemed to be just as stupid as the teachers, speaking to him in patronising tones and saying that everything was going to turn out 'just fine' and that he should 'relax'. It was then that Adam remembered where he had heard about hospitals, in medical books. This just confused him because he wasn't ill, he was just expressing his feelings, wasn't that what people did? Adam did not have very long to ponder this question as the paramedics led him to the ambulance and shut him inside, all alone as he liked it. Except this time he didn't like it. A feeling was inside him that he had never felt before. Although he didn't know it, Adam was scared. After a short but very uncomfortable ride, the ambulance stopped and the door opened to reveal the smiling face of Judy, the paramedic. She took a wheelchair from the side of the ambulance and made Adam sit in it, he didn't argue or even question what was happening to him, simply thinking that this place must be better than school. As they pushed through the orange double doors, the first thing that struck Adam was the smell. He couldn't quite define it (a rare occasion for him) but it was not very pleasant, making him feel ill. 'Well,' he thought, 'at least I'm in a hospital.' The wheelchair was finally pushed through the last set of white double doors (everything here seemed to be white or a garish shade of orange) ...read more.


I'll miss you too, goodbye." The old and frail man leant down and hugged Adam then turned him around and let him go. As he walked away, Adam never looked back. He met his parents and went home. The next day Adam returned to school determined to make an effort where others were concerned, for the professor's sake if not for himself. He did the work set without argument, even though it was so easy he could do it in his sleep. During free time he did not go to the library but did some painting, even making the effort to help Sarah when she couldn't mix the colours correctly. At playtime, for the first time since Reception, Adam did not sit at the side and think or read, he went up to a group of other children playing 'tag' and asked to join in. He wasn't at all good at the game but he realised that he had actually had fun, and had smiled more that playtime than he had all year. As the children lined up to go in, cheeks rosy from exertion and cold, Adam felt a tap on his shoulder. He turned to see a dark-haired teacher whom he didn't recognise, looking down at him sympathetically, "Are you feeling all better now sweetheart?" Adam knew she was trying to be nice but the patronising tone and false emotion made the anger inside him start to bubble again. He wanted to scream at her but instead he just smiled and nodded. He turned back, not only turning his back on the teacher but on the violence and anger of the past. Words: 2777 Laura Coles 10R - 1 - ...read more.

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