BESIDES Hui Hui, there is only one other math genius in the Class of 6B. He is Ethan Loo. Since Primary One, he has always topped not only the class in math, but the entire level. His average score is not the border line 91 to get an A+, but a 95.7.
This being his PSLE year, things aren’t going as smoothly. The sums are getting harder, and Hui Hui seems to be getting smarter. It didn’t help that he had done all the prelim math papers from each and every primary school in school. So when Wednesday, September 14th, came along, the day of his math prelim exams, he was all jitters.
Thankfully, Paper One went well. Ethan was sure all his answers were spot on. The problem came only in Paper Two, the deadlier test. There was this awful question about a bakery and the two kinds of muffins it sold—the vanilla and the chocolate, usually baked in a ratio of 3:2. On some strange day though, the ratio changed to 2:1, with 132 chocolate muffins sold versus 90 vanilla ones. Then came the question: How many muffins were there altogether at first?
For the life of him, Ethan couldn’t figure it out. He would still score an A-plus if he didn’t turn in an answer for this troublesome sum, but that was just not Ethan. He gave himself a nice long stretch, leaning to the right as he did so. In one deft move, he peeped with a sideway glance and a pretend yawn and spotted the answer in Hui Hui’s paper.
How fortunate to be sitting next to a genius!
Two weeks later, as predicted, Ethan’s paper was decorated with the coveted “A+”. He knew full well what he did was wrong, but he reasoned to himself that even if he were to score zero for that monstrous muffin sum, he would still get an A+.
Well, it may look like all’s well that ends well, but dear Ethan, you better watch out next time!
Jordan Ng, Primary Six
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