Where’s My Veil?

It was manic at school last week.  Exams, exam pressure, kids panicking, teachers trying to drum in last-minute tips, end-of-year ball frenzy… and then it stopped.  Wham!  You can almost imagine the tumbling tumbleweeds.

But the exams continue. My offer to be used as a last-minute stand-in invigilator was called in and this morning I monitored a scribe who was helping out a pupil with a broken hand.  I spent a restless night as the full import of my decision sank in – I’d sold out to the establishment.  I hated exams as a kid.  Detested them with a passion and now I was the one monitoring this latest batch of GCSE hopefuls.  I was the dreaded one with the gimlet eye and stern expression. 

When I woke up I still felt horrid about being the ‘baddie’ in this remake of one of my worst times of school.  But, and this was a huge but, it was completely different to the way I remember.  The scribe and I smiled and chatted to the examinee while we set up, putting her at her ease, making sure she had everything she could want, opening the windows to make her more comfortable…  I don’t remember that cosy feeling.  Then again, maybe the examinee didn’t feel cosy either, her nerves were probably far too strained to notice all the cushioning and she will still leave with the impression of having been through the equivalent of a screaming ghost ride at the fair without the fun.

I feel much better now and no longer wish to hide my head in shame at my role on the ‘other side of the desk’.  I actually feel like I made a difference to her day because she could have had the examiner from hell instead of me.

About Bea Turvey apprentice author and witch

I am a wild-haired author who cannot stop writing. The writing process is not a task for me. It is an extension of myself. When I write, I lose myself as easily as if I slipped into the story for a swim. Writing became a serious part of my life in Decmber of 2009. Unless you're reading this in 2017 it wasn't that long ago, and the bug hit me hard and fast. My first novel, Banished, was published in March 2010 and is available at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Banished-ebook/dp/B008PGM4TQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361913026&sr=8-1. If you read it, or anything else I've written, I hope you'll post a review and let me know why you liked it - or even why not!
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