It was pouring outside when the morning bell was heard outside my door. Was it morning already? I yelled "I'm up!" not that it would matter much. The reverand madams did not like people who were late and there was no saving me now.
I looked outside my window and to the big sun dial outside. As expected, the amount of clouds in the sky made it so the shadow was very faint and I could barely see it, even after putting my glasses on. Regardless, I should be late, very late if the madam came here personally to call for me.
In a hurry, I got dressed, washed my face with the freezing cold water in my washing bowl and grabbed my daily bag. The corridors were empty and sound could be heard from the cafeteria. When I arrived, most people were already queuing up to deliver their empty plates.
As if struck by lightning, I jumped when I felt a strong hand on my shoulder. "Didn't want to get out of bed, was it?". It was Marcus, the temple's financial manager, with that curly mustache of his. I tried to hide my embarrassment. "I was up until late studying the stars. Couldn't wake up on time." The man laughed and gave me a pat on the back. "You're a good kid, but a bad liar." and went on his way.
After eating a light breakfast, I joined the other Dims on the Astronomy class, and wondered how much of what we learn has been witnessed by our teachers.
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