Author: Deng Jie Yi
Scene 1: Evening in the kitchen
(Mrs. Lau sits at the dining-table and is reading Tom’s school report. Tom holds a basketball and goes into the kitchen.)
Mrs. Lau: (Angrily) What happened? Why did you have such a bad result in this exam?
Tom: (Head down) I tried my best…
Mrs. Lau: (Quickly interrupts) Tried your best? I don’t want to hear this nonsense! You are NOT allowed to play basketball this week!
Tom: (Loudly) But you promised me that I can play basketball after the exam! You can’t do that!
Mrs. Lau: (Even louder) Shut up! Go back to your bedroom and do your homework now!
(Tom goes to his bedroom unhappily)
Scene 2: On Saturday afternoon, in the sitting room.
(While Mrs. Lau is reading a newspaper, somebody knocks on the door. Then, she goes to open the door.)
Mrs. Lau: (Surprised) Oh! Good afternoon, Miss Chan.
Miss Chan: (with a smile) Good afternoon, Mrs. Lau.
(Mrs. Lau invites Miss Chan into the room.)
Miss Chan: I’d like to talk to you about Tom. He’s a good boy. He works very hard in school. Also, he plays basketball very well! Our school basketball team won the champion this year!
Mrs. Lau: (Quickly interrupts) Wait! You mean he’s been working hard?
Miss Chan: (Excitedly) YES! He works very hard in school. He said he didn’t want to disappoint his mother.
Mrs. Lau: (Talk to herself) Oh! I misunderstood him.
(At that moment, Tom comes out from his bedroom.)
Tom: Good afternoon, Miss Chan.
Miss Chan: Good afternoon, Tom. (Looks at Mrs. Lau and encourages her to say sorry to Tom)
Mrs. Lau: I’m sorry, Tom. (Hugs Tom) I misunderstood you!
Tom: Never mind, Mum. I know it was just a misunderstanding.
(Mrs. Lau and Tom hug each other)