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I was good at football, so I survived school well enough. But my brother was legendary. They were reading The Old Man and The Sea in English class, and Raphael blew up at the teacher. She said that lions were a symbol of Hemingway being lionized when young. She said the old fisherman carrying a mast made him some sort of Jesus with his cross. He told her she had a head full of nonsense. I can see him doing it. He would bark with sudden laughter and bounce up and down in his chair and declare, delighted, “That’s blasphemy! It’s just a story about an old man. If Hemingway had wanted to write a story about Jesus, he was a clever enough person to have written one!” The headmaster gave him a clip about the ear. Raphael wobbled his head at him as if shaking a finger. “Your hitting me doesn’t make me wrong.” None of the other students ever bothered us. Raphael still got straight As. -Geoff Ryman, What We Found, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Extended Edition (Sept/Oct 2011)
Writing Prompt: Write a scene, story or poem about a kid like Raphael.
Journaling Prompt: Write about a kid who went to school with you.
Art Prompt: Class clown
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