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Keily, the Bookworm Part-6

I discovered my passion for writing after I quit my day job. So I began to write fiction stories, self-help books, and articles, blogs, etc.

Pic: Teenage Keily

Pic: Teenage Keily

Seven years later…

Keily was in the afternoon shift of a new school in grade 9. Her sister, Natalie had blossomed into a little girl studying in the morning shift of the same school in grade 3.

Keily was not very happy in the new school. She wasn’t excelling unlike what she did in the previous grades in the other school.

She didn’t straight away come first in her grades any longer. Studies got tougher, and Dad felt he no longer needed to guide her all the time. He let her learn, make mistakes and relearn. But he was happy to help if she asked for guidance in any of the courses. He was aware that she wasn't doing well unlike in her previous school. Yet, he knew his interference in her studies was the sole reason that the father-daughter relationship had distanced so much. He wanted to make amends for that because deep inside he did love her elder daughter a lot. He wanted Keily to realize it.

But Keily had no time to give thoughts to it. She was desperately looking for ways to improve her grades in class. Once in a while, she did ask for Dad's guidance, and he was happy to help her out. Sometimes, if Keily lingered her studies with Dad, he lost his temper like before, and Keily would be sorry that she had asked for Dad’s assistance in the first place.

Dad didn’t opt for a home tutor. He strongly believed Keily would work it out by herself and ask for his help as well.

Two years went away fast. It was time for Keily to prepare for O-level exams under the University of London. Dad let Keily prepare for them solely by herself. He trusted her to be responsible for the first biggest examination of her life.

Keily made a step-by-step daily routine. She had about six months to help herself take preparation. She progressed something every day. Some days were more productive than others.

She sacrificed watching TV and reading novels, which were her favourite past times, just to make herself ready for the menacing exams.

At this point, she remembered how her first exam in grade 1 had intimidated her and how magically everything had turned out so well.

But this time, she sensed there would be no magic like that. You reap what you sow. If you put in enough effort, you would get results. The magic of those days all that long ago seemed to have been lost.

The first O-level exam day approached. Keily lost all hope, and tears filled her eyes. Dad asked Mom to recite the Holy Book for Keily’s sake.

As Dad got inside his parked car in the garage, so did Keily, but she realized she couldn't control herself any longer. Big hot tears fell down her cheeks, and she started to cry in silence. Dad noticed fortunately and gave her his handkerchief.

“Don’t get puzzled, Keily. You should be able to make it”, said Dad. He fumbled for more consoling words, but he felt in a fix unable to speak more, unable to calm down Keily and stop her from crying profusely.

Dad drove on and let Keily cry on his handkerchief. The exam center, British Council was in sight after quite a while. Dad said quickly, “Cheer up, Keily. You shouldn’t show your weakness to the world. You should be ready.”

Keily stopped crying immediately. She saw a crowd of students about her age from different schools gather on the streets and pavements around the main gate.

One by one, they were all let inside. Keily was also let in after she showed her admit pass.

Then they passed through another gate, and there among greeneries was a chart in stand boldly waiting for everybody to see. It was the seating arrangement plan for the exam hall. Keily matched the candidate number on her admit pass with that of the chart and soon found the row and column of her seat. Classmates from her school also noted down their seating arrangement. Then they all gathered outside the hall, talking solemnly and sometimes cutting jokes too. The laughter in such a grave situation helped Keily a lot. She realized she needn’t take it so seriously rather give herself the best shot.

It was an arithmetic exam. And she knew the pattern of question papers of previous years, and she had practiced plenty of them at home. Yes, she would make it.

When they were called inside, Keily found her seat according to the chart outside and sat down. She placed her pen and pencil box along with the admit pass on the table.

They were asked to hear recorded instructions, and they were handed out the question paper. They were requested to fill in their name and candidate number and other relevant information, which they could look up from the admit pass.

The exam was for 1.5 hours and time flew fast. Keily answered the questions in her answer script and just completed writing seconds before the finish time. She had hardly the time to revise.

Dad was waiting for Keily to come out of the center. She talked to her friends briefly, bade goodbye and reached for her Dad’s car with a smile on her face.

Dad asked, “So, how was it? Were you able to answer all the questions?”

Keily replied, “Yes, it was ok. I just managed to answer all, but I didn’t get the time to revise.”

Dad said, “That’s not good. I guess the time was tight.”

Keily replied, “Yes, it was.”

One by one, Keily got over all her O-level exams. It would be about a month during which she could enjoy the complete bliss of a carefree life. She could wake up late and have a late breakfast and do things in her way. Dad didn’t bother her much until the Result Day appeared.

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Keily, the Bookworm- Part 5

Part-5 shows Keily admiring the greeneries of the park nearby along with family, herself enjoying her workbook at home, Mom and Dad arranging for their baby's first birthday, and Keily escaping to the living room after the party was over to go over her lessons all by herself. To read more, click the above link.

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Rosina S Khan (author) on May 18, 2020:

Thank you, Brenda, for reading this article of my story series. I appreciate your comments. Your hunch is right. But read on the upcoming chapters and you will find them enjoyable as well.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 18, 2020:

I think Keily will pass her exam. Maybe not top of the class, but hard work pays off and she studied hard.

Especially since Dad let her accomplish this task on her own ...it will mean so much more.

Nice write.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 30, 2020:

Yes I did notice the note at the top. I will try to catch up with the next chapter when I get a chance.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 30, 2020:

Yes, missing out Keily's next seven years from the last episode was intentional. Maybe you realized later that I had written at the top of the story "Seven years later...". Yes, you yourself must have experienced O-level exams at one point in your life and still have memories about them. The next part, Part-7 is up, Liz.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 30, 2020:

I wondered at first if I had missed a chapter, because suddely Keily is a teenager. You convey the atmosphere of 'O' level exams well. It takes me back many years.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 26, 2020:

Yes, that is exactlly the motto of my story. You got it right. Thank you, Bill, for your kind and insightful comments. Stay tuned.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 26, 2020:

I see Kelly succeeding in the future. She is a determined young woman who will find that she holds the keys to her success...hard work and determination will take her far.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 26, 2020:

I am happy to know that my story brought you back fond memories of your past, studying for O-levels. Yes, let's hope Keily gets good results. Stay tuned until next week.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 26, 2020:

Your story took me back to my high school days when I studied for my O-Levels. Hoping that Keily gets good results.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 26, 2020:

Thank you, Chitangada for your generous and insightful comments. Yes, if parents change their approach in certain siuations, the children will also change with respect to their age. I am glad you like the story. Stay tuned.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 26, 2020:

Nice progression of the story of Keily, and you have kept the interest intact. The story is relatable, as this is how children grow in the family. The parents have to change their approach, according to the situations, and the children’ s behaviour also changes, according to their age.

Thank you for sharing. Keep it up.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 25, 2020:

Sure, Lora, you are welcome to read the next part when it becomes available later this week. Thank you for your generous and insightful comments. Let's keep our fingers crossed about Keily's exams.

Lora Hollings on April 25, 2020:

A very good sequel, Rosina. I think you’ve done a good job at showing the disparity between Keily’s early life and her now. Studies are getting harder and she realizes that she needs to put in much time every day so that she doesn’t fall behind. I was also glad to see that her father has now become less controlling of his daughter’s life. I’m really looking forward to see what happens in the next part with Keily’s exams!

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 25, 2020:

Thank you, Peggy, for visiting and commenting. Yes, let's keep hoping. Stay tuned until next week.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2020:

I predict that Keily will do well on her exams. At least I am hoping that is the case.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 23, 2020:

Pleased to know that you want me to keep my story flowing. Yes, everybody's anxious now to know how Keily's result will turn out. And yes, her Dad is more liberal now. Stay tuned for the next part until next week, Pamela.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 23, 2020:

Rosina, you just keep this good story flowing. I am anxious to know if she did well on her exams. Her dad seems more understanding now, which is very good. This is really a delightful story.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 23, 2020:

Yes, Keily tried her best to prepare for O-levels, even by sacrificing TV and reading novels. And her Dad was liberal too. Well, we will know what happens in the next episode. So stay tuned until next week. Thank you, Fran for reading and for your constructive comments.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on April 23, 2020:

Rosina, Great article. I think she'll be fine. And love the way her dad let her do it her way. She sacrificed TV, reading so that she could be ready for the test. I think her dad will be proud of her when the results come in. Thanks for the article.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 23, 2020:

Thank you, Lorna for your insightful comments. Yes, Dad now wants to amend his relationship with Keily but she has no thoughts about it. On the other hand, he is making Keily witful and wise by letting her work out her school lessons herself although she knows she can take help from Dad anytime.

I am happy that you are finding this story enjoyable. Stay tuned, my friend.

Lorna Lamon on April 23, 2020:

This is a lovely progression into the next stage of Keily's school life. I feel that Dad knows he should not have been so hard on Keily, however, it might be too late to win back her trust. Your portrayal of this problem is very realistic.

I also think it is good for Keily to learn to find out the solutions herself with the knowledge that she can ask for help if needed. I think Keily will do well in her 'O' levels and I am looking forward to finding this out next time. Always enjoyable Rosina and a welcome respite in these times. Brava my friend.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 23, 2020:

Thank you, John for following my story series. I am delighted to know you find the story interesting. Stay tuned until next week.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on April 23, 2020:

I am still finding this story interesting, Rosina, and hope all turns out better than Keily expected.

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