I wasn’t sure what to share today as I’m up to my neck in editing Teaching Mr Leavis and changing a whole lot of stuff. OK that’s putting a bit crudely, but you get the idea.
Anyway I thought I’d share with you something I’ve written especially for today: an interview with my main character from Teaching Mr Leavis, Rebecca. It’s a bit rough and ready but I hope you enjoy it. Oh and I should say that it doesn’t relate in any way to the date and it’s over 500 words long. My apologies! Here you go:
Me: I’m pleased to be interviewing the main character in my story Teaching Mr Leavis today. Her name in case you didn’t know is Rebecca. By the way I should add that we’re travelling back in time as the story is set twenty years ago. So over to you, Rebecca. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Rebecca: I will but what do you mean by the story being set twenty years ago? (Folds her arms and looks stern.)
Me: Um… nothing really. Please continue.
R: (Looks suspicious) All right, well I’m an English teacher at a secondary school called Wyncliffe High.
Me: Could you clarify what a secondary school is? We have an international audience.
R: (raises an eyebrow) We do? OK, a secondary school is for 11 to 16 year olds and at 16 the children sit their GCSEs – that stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education. Then they leave.
Me: (nods) So what’s it like teaching at Wyncliffe?
R: (shrugs) It’s pretty good. Though what with this being my first year it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride.
Me: In what way?
R: (cheeks turn pink) I’ve had to get used to teaching – this is my first teaching job since completing my QTS – that’s qualified teacher status for those who don’t know. I got that after my degree. Anyway, I feel like I’m settling into the job now.
Me: (murmurs) In more ways than one.
R: (sharply) What was that?
Me: Um… nothing.
R: I suppose you’re referring to my love life?
R: (turns red in the face) I don’t see how it’s anyone’s business but my own. Yes I’ve had my ups and downs in that department, but haven’t we all? (Pauses, smoothing down already smooth hair.) Mr Leavis and I are…
R: We might be an item, but we’re keeping it under wraps. For now anyway. Daniel, his son, has just finished his GCSEs so it should be easier without him at the school. I mean, it just looks bad if I’m dating my pupil’s father.
Me: (nods) But I don’t suppose anyone really cares. It’s not illegal is it?
R: (shakes head) No, that’s true but I’d hate to think that I was the subject of gossip. Though I have been warned that people do gossip at Wyncliffe. It’s just what seems to happen. I suppose that’s life. (sighs)
Me: And are you happy in your life at the moment Rebecca?
R: (smiles) Yes, very. I wouldn’t turn back the clock, not for anything.
Me: What do you mean?
R: Ending my engagement with Alex. We both made the right decision and I know that he’s happy now and I’m happy too. It’s taken a long while for me to get to this point. Now that I’m with Jonathan things are good for me. Though I hated his guts for a while. (smiles)
Me: Well I’m glad you’ve found happiness. Thank you for taking the time to talk to me, Rebecca. (I hold out my hand for her to shake.)
R: Thank you very much too. You helped me and Jonathan to find each other.
Me: I did? (feigns perplexity)
R: Yes, you know you did. I’m grateful for it.
Me: Maybe I helped you a little… anyway I’m glad you’re happy. See you around, Rebecca.
R: Yes, see you in the twenty first century.
(I blink and she’s gone.)
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