Amna’s alarm buzzed in her ear. Amna jumped out of bed, put off the alarm, rushed to the bathroom, and quickly went out of the room. She requested a cheese sandwich and bread with egg. While their maid kindly made her food, Amna packed her lunchbox. “Mmmmm,” she said, “Yummy biscuits! Okay. Now I must see what’s there to put in my water bottle.” She looked around the kitchen. “Not water. Boring! Maybe mango juice?” She opened the fridge. “Nope. No mango juice available. I know! Chocolate milk!” She poured 5 mini packages of Milo into her water bottle, and then she had breakfast. After that, she changed and got her school bag. Afterwards, she got out into the street.
The sun peeked up from the hills. When Amna passed by Leela’s house, Ambreen, Noor, Leela and Sidra all came out of their houses. Then all the kids walked in a group. “Hi Amna!” called Ambreen, “My test is today, and Sidra’s test is tomorrow. When is yours?” “My test? What? I don’t have a test! I passed my test yesterday already!” said Amna, surprised. “Really? Then how many marks did you get?” asked Noor. “Oh,” answered Amna, “Seventy eight out of eighty. Leela, your test was day before yesterday, so how many marks did you get?” “Sixty nine out of seventy,” said Leela. The bus turned into the street. The group turned to the right, as the bus stopped near them. Amna led the kids into the bus.
The bus had three seats on each side, and at the end of the bus there was plenty of room for five people. So Sidra, Ambreen, Amna, Noor and Leela all could sit quite comfortably there. And that was where they sat! They always, always, ALWAYS were the first kids to enter the bus—and the first thing they did was: Go and sit at the backmost part of the bus. Always!
The bus’ door closed as the last student stepped in. The bus then went off. Blue school was a few kilometers away from Amna’s street, but the bus always went faster than a golf car! Suddenly Amna said that she saw Anna, her cousin. “Oh no, Anna? She always comes on the second bus!” said Leela. “Yup,” agreed Amna, “So that can’t be Anna. Hi Noor? What’s up? Why aren’t you speaking?” “Oh,” said Noor, “my test is today. I’m just revising,” “Hi! Did you know? Today we’re gonna have a new teacher,” said Sidra, “and guess what her name is! Come on, everyone, guess!” “Haadiah?” “No,” “Shania?” “Close one,” “Saadia? Sana? Shaffia?” “No.” “Tell us!” “Okay…” said Sidra slowly, “her- name – is – is……” “Come on!” “it is – it is – Sid- Sid- SIDRA!
Oh! Look, guys! The bus has stopped, so let’s go!” said Sidra. The friends talked together as they walked through the hall. At the class entrance-doors, they departed.
Then they met again at lunchtime. They used to exchange treats everyday, too. This time, Amna gave Ambreen a chocolate chip cookie. Ambreen gave Sidra a carrot, and Sidra gave everyone a chocolate piece. Leela gave everyone a funny delivery—cookie crumbs, 5 per person! Noor gave a sandwich to Amna.
After school, they met again. In the bus after school, they used to talk about the class, as they were doing this time. Sidra told everyone about the new teacher. “She’s thin and tall and pretty!” she said. “And she’s got golden hair braided out like me!” “I guess you two will make a good pair,” said Noor. “We are! Miss Sidra is kind and talkative, and she never punishes anyone,” said Sidra.
“You’re lucky!” everyone said in the same breath. The bus stopped at Ambreen’s home, and the children departed again. They will meet once more at playtime.