MSMF Prompt #22: Education

"All right class, welcome to advanced theoretical quantum physics, I am your instructor this semester. You may call me Professor Higgs. I would like to begin with a little quiz, to make sure everyone is at the right level for this class." The lanky, dark-haired professor began passing out papers. "You have one hour. Please begin."

Everyone in the classroom bent over their papers, many digging out calculators for the more difficult equations. For thirty minutes there was absolute silence, except for the scritch-scratch of pencils on paper. Professor Higgs sat back and read a thick physics tome.

Shortly after the Professor announced the half-way mark, one student stood up and walked up to the front of the classroom. Without a word, he handed his paper to the Professor and began to turn back toward his seat.

"I'm sorry, Mr...ah Gibson? Did you have a question?" Professor Higgs asked.

The short blue robotic simian shook his head. Professor Higgs looked over the paper and realized it was completed. "You're already done?" Gibson nodded. "Well, you're quick to give up." Gibson made a "harumph" noise. "Very well, you may sit back down while I grade it."

After the Professor made the fifteen minutes left announcement, slowly the other students began to turn in their papers. Professor Higgs dismissed everyone, except for Gibson. When the hour was up, the Professor stood up and after collecting all the remaining papers, he moved to sit next to Gibson.

"Well, Mr. Gibson, I think you may well be my star student this semester." The blue monkey gave him a smug look. "I'm sorry I doubted you. Your mastery of theoretical physics is beyond compare. You may go now," he said, handing Gibson back his quiz, which now sported a large red "A" on the top.

Gibson took the paper and chattered happily when he saw the grade, before picking up his bookbag and leaving the classroom. Professor Higgs watched him leave, then muttered to himself, "Never would have thought a monkey could ace one of my quizzes!"

THE END