A Pocketful of Stars

The teacher at the boarding school snatched a boy’s smartphone from him on the playground. “Those are banned!” She spouted before storming off with the device. The kid’s eyes welled up at the feeling of betrayal. Another boy comforted him “don’t worry, you’ll probably get it back. They’re just banned cos the rich kid lost his phone and his parents say someone stole it.” The tears stopped. “Come over here. We’ve got something better.”

Down the path and through the bushes, the other boys had gathered. Who knows what the teachers might think if they found out? Drugs? Needles? Pornography? The two newcomers waited until the teachers weren’t looking and darted down the path. Upon poking their heads through the thicket, they saw all the other boys kneeling around a three-foot-wide ring. They were all hunched over, watching intently. It looked like a Satanic ritual. This is what kids do when you take their smart phones from them.

They play marbles.

The game was getting heated. One of the boys was about to clear the last marble out of the ring when a teacher stormed through the hedge. She grabbed the oldest boy by the hair and yanked him through the branches. Another teacher followed and intervened just as violently, grabbing two boys and satisfying her need to excercise her power. The rest of the group dispersed, but the consequences were soon to follow.

What had they done wrong? Who knows? When it came time for the teachers to level the charges the counts were gambling, illicit and suspicious behaviour and general disobedience. They would all be reprimanded and their marbles would be confiscated. The teachers couldn’t handle a student body that wasn’t absorbed by their screens.

Late that night, two boys couldn’t sleep. They looked out the window at the stars. “See that star, at the bottom of the Southern Cross?” Said one to the other. “Yep.”

“Well, that star’s my marble. Which one’s yours?”
“The big orange one over there.”
“Okay, I’m going for the little marble next to my big marble.”
One of the boys found a coin in his pocket and called “heads”. He lost the toss, but that’s okay. The boys spent the rest of the night playing marbles with the stars. They’d found something that the teachers couldn’t take away from them.

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7 thoughts on “A Pocketful of Stars

    1. Hello Tandi Tales,

      I concur with Fred to the extent that this story is not entirely fictitious and can happen in the real life.

      Quoting the end of your post as follows to entertain an extended ending:

      What had they done wrong? Who knows? When it came time for the teachers to level the charges the counts were gambling, illicit and suspicious behaviour and general disobedience. They would all be reprimanded and their marbles would be confiscated. The teachers couldn’t handle a student body that wasn’t absorbed by their screens.
      Late that night, two boys couldn’t sleep. They looked out the window at the stars. “See that star, at the bottom of the Southern Cross?” Said one to the other. “Yep.”
      “Well, that star’s my marble. Which one’s yours?”
      “The big orange one over there.”
      “Okay, I’m going for the little marble next to my big marble.”
      One of the boys found a coin in his pocket and called “heads”. He lost the toss, but that’s okay. The boys spent the rest of the night playing marbles with the stars. They’d found something that the teachers couldn’t take away from them.

      Here’s the extended ending:

      The next day, one of the boys realized that since marbles can be represented by stars, other kinds of representation are perhaps possible.

      They have looked at the astral world, and now they are about to venture into the virtual world. Exploring online together, they eventually came across an enigmatic site created by an entity named “SoundEagle”, where they were richly entertained and greatly edified by a myriad of marble representations in a post entitled “🔮 Marble as Decorative Collectable, Art Glass, Toy and Computer Game 🎮“.

      To their amazement, after installing Adobe Flash and viewing the post in Internet Explorer, the boys could play two animated marble games!

      By the way, Tandi Tales, I have hyperlinked your current post to mine in the said post.

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    2. Hi Tandi Tales and Fred,

      Please kindly delete or ignore the previous comment, as the link was incorrect and leads to a wrong site named “stevenclarkesblog”. Here’s the definitive comment with the amended link, and a slightly longer ending.

      I concur with Fred to the extent that this story is not entirely fictitious and can happen in the real life.

      Quoting the end of your post as follows to entertain an extended ending:

      What had they done wrong? Who knows? When it came time for the teachers to level the charges the counts were gambling, illicit and suspicious behaviour and general disobedience. They would all be reprimanded and their marbles would be confiscated. The teachers couldn’t handle a student body that wasn’t absorbed by their screens.
      Late that night, two boys couldn’t sleep. They looked out the window at the stars. “See that star, at the bottom of the Southern Cross?” Said one to the other. “Yep.”
      “Well, that star’s my marble. Which one’s yours?”
      “The big orange one over there.”
      “Okay, I’m going for the little marble next to my big marble.”
      One of the boys found a coin in his pocket and called “heads”. He lost the toss, but that’s okay. The boys spent the rest of the night playing marbles with the stars. They’d found something that the teachers couldn’t take away from them.

      Here’s the extended ending:

      The next day, one of the boys realized that since marbles can be represented by stars, other kinds of representation are perhaps possible.

      They have looked at the astral world, and now they are about to venture into the virtual world. Exploring online together, they eventually came across an enigmatic site created by an entity named “SoundEagle”, where they were richly entertained and greatly edified by a myriad of marble representations in a post entitled “🔮 Marble as Decorative Collectable, Art Glass, Toy and Computer Game 🎮“.

      To their amazement, after installing Adobe Flash and viewing the post in Internet Explorer, the boys could play two animated marble games!

      Now they’d found something that the teachers couldn’t teach them properly in class.

      By the way, Tandi Tales, I have hyperlinked your current post to mine in the said post.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Nice addition, but how did the boys get access to Internet Explorer? How did they get administrator privileges to install flash?

        I’m just kidding, your addition put a smile on my face. Your article definitely proves you know a lot about marbles. Not to mention biology, art, music, history…

        Thanks for linking, and thanks especially for your creative input!

        Liked by 1 person

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