I could feel my heart pounding in my chest as I sprinted to school. I was running so late and I didn’t have a second to spare. 


Out of nowhere I tripped over. My bag went flying and everything fell out onto the bitumen. I scrambled to pick up my belongings and continued down the road. 


At school, I got a late slip from the office and went to class. I heard them before I saw them. Everyone was clapping as I walked in. 


Penny Harper was taking a bow and suddenly I remembered – it was the speech competition today!