{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.
Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copies left
You can choose from our best books below
SilverwingAlchemist would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Stupid Math

By SilverwingAlchemist All Rights Reserved ©

Humor

Stupid Math

Mike glared at the math homework with enough intensity to set it ablaze. The numbers were taunting him, laughing at him. The answer was teasingly out of reach; all he had to do was figure out why there were letters in with the numbers…

"Stop staring down the paper and do the problem," said Leon, picking up his pencil to point at number seventeen. "You can do this, just move the variable to one side and divide to get the answer." They had been sitting at the table for over an hour, and his legs were starting to fall asleep from the uncomfortable chair.

Mike let out a frustrated sigh and ran his fingers through his thick, blonde hair. He pouted at his brother. "I'm so sick of math. Can't you just give me the answers so we can be done already?" he asked, gesturing to the thin book of solutions next to Leon.

Aw, not the Look. Puppy dog eyes. The pouty lower lip. Leon looked away so he wouldn't be drawn in by his baby brother's cute act. He tried concentrating on the posters on Mike's side of the room. His eyes hovered on a particularly busty woman posing for the camera and he averted them quickly. "You won't learn anything if I do them for you," he said distractedly. He really wished Mike wouldn't hang such lewd photography on the walls. It was degrading.

"Puh-leeze? Dude, I'll even pay you twenty bucks if you finish this for me." Mike was growing desperate. He waved the cash temptingly.

Leon stared firmly out the window. Autumn leaves were piling around the tree outside. "You know I can't do that. You need to learn this yourself. I can't cheat for you." As easy as it would be to do so…

Mike huffed and crossed his arms. "Come on, Leon! Don't be such a goody-goody. Can't you do your favorite little brother this teeny-tiny favor?" He threw all of his mighty persuasive powers into the Look.

Leon felt his resolve waver when he spared a glance at Mike. Maybe he could get him through the rest of the problems. Just this once. Gah! No! Damn those baby blues. As his tutor, he couldn't give in. But still… "Mikey, what will happen when you get to the exam and don't know how to find the variable? You know you have to get a B or else you can't get that zombie killing game."

Mike moaned and dropped his head to the desk. He'd been eyeing that game for months. "I know! I know! I just can't get it. You know I suck at math."

Leon shook his head. "You're doing fine. You just need to concentrate. Now, look. Move the twelve to the left side. You'll need to subtract it. Thirty minus twelve is?"

"Uhh, sixteen, no, eighteen?"

"Right, now divide both sides by three. Then-"

Someone knocked at the bedroom door. Their father poked in his head, much like a bird, and said, "Ah, there you are, Leon. I need your help for a second. Just need to lift the air conditioner out of the window and take it to the basement. Won't take but a few minutes."

Leon's mind raced as he stood. Now was his chance! If he accidentally left behind the solution manual, Mike would surely grab at the chance to copy from it. Leon couldn't be held responsible, and they would be done with this ordeal once and for all! "Mike, you finish those last few problems while I'm gone. Don't start playing with your cell phone or anything. Stay focused," he said, disappearing down the hall.

Mike slumped in his chair. Stupid math. Stupid Leon. He just wanted to go play video games, not be stuck doing homework. He pulled out his cell phone and checked Facebook. No updates. So boring.

As he put away his cell phone, Mike's eyes fell on the solution manual. Leon had left it behind. Unguarded. Leon was gone. And the solution manual was here. With all the answers. Answers that would set Mike free.

Mike tiptoed to the door and glanced down the hall. Dad and Leon were busy lifting the air conditioner, so Leon wouldn't be back for a few minutes. Perfect. Mike snatched the solution manual and flipped to the index. Chapter four, page sixty-one. He skimmed the lines of problems and answers until he found the set he was looking for. Sweet, he thought. Copying furiously, he slammed the book shut and slid it across the table to its original place just as Leon appeared in the doorway.

Leon rolled his shoulders and sat down. "Man, seems like those things get heavier and heavier every time I have to lift them," he complained. He noticed Mike wasn't writing and glanced at his paper. Victory! "You get stuck?"

Mike shoved the completed paper at him and smiled smugly. "Done."

Leon looked closely at the answers and frowned. Something wasn't adding up here. "Mike, where did you even get these numbers from? These answers aren't even close."

Mike snatched the paper out of his hands and squinted at it. "What? Are you sure? I mean, I wrote it down just like… umm…" He lowered the paper and saw his brother staring hard at him. Mike chuckled nervously and rubbed the back of his head, thinking furiously. "Just like… I calculated them? Hehe…"

Leon looked from his brother to the solution manual and back, then face-palmed. "Mike?"

"…yeah?"

"What chapter are you working on?"

"Ch-chapter four?" stammered Mike.

"Is that where you copied the answers from?"

Mike knew he'd been caught. He sighed in defeat, "Yeah."

Leon shook his head tiredly. "Your problems are from chapter five."

Mike jerked his head up. "What?"

"The problems you are working on are from chapter five, not four. You are an idiot."

"Aww, man!"

Leon rubbed his temples, sure that the throbbing was developing into a full headache. Idiot brother couldn't even cheat properly.

Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, SilverwingAlchemist
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

Tavis Ryan King: "What Happened to Charlie Carmine" is a fabulous mo-gee-toe cocktail fuelled midget orgy of psychology, fantasy and sarcasm. I laughed out loud when reading this novel so many times it made the London commuters I shared space with look at me with curious disdain - and I did not care. [Rating: 4....

Rebeccaseal: This was an almost perfect story that I would recommend to anyone. The only thing I would work on is painting a more realistic picture of Haiathiel. Somehow the environment seemed limited, and the land itself a bit unfinished. This can be solved simply by added descriptions to people and places. ...

asianzwerg: its cliche, but in a good way. it captured my attention at once and ate its way through to my heart. it made me feel lots of emotions, from wanting to rip my hair out to crying myself to sleep coz irs just. stuck. in. my. mind.

alicialinglitter: The book was amazing! It was not exactly the cliche which is hard to find now a days but the unique plot just blew me away. Of course, there’s the cliche ending, but what’s a good book without one? Bravo

Sabrina Ettey: The story plot is great. I loved it. Just the grammar punctuation and writing style was kind of distracting. But with the smooth polishing, it may shine like a pearl. :)

T.U. Wrighter: Its rare i come across stories with women relationships and its rather realistic, but at the same time its as a fantasy in terms of a shinning knight and a princess type style. The only thing was I was having some issues at parts with keeping track of who was saying what and who was talking at ti...

Alex Rushmer: I just want to say that the writing in this is amazing! I read the first couple chapters and was absolutely drawn in by it, The way you use first person in this story is extremely engaging and does wonders with your character development. I immediately had a picture of the characters and plotline...

mcase: I really enjoyed this story. Felt drawn to Cami as a genuine person. Great characters with funny honest perspective. Many subplots made this continually interesting. I was never bored and thought the overall plot was intriguing. I do wish that some elements had been excluded, such as some extrane...

Jaslyn: I loved reading this so much!! The transformation of Nina's self-esteem was incredible to read, and while I was rooting for Parker halfway through, I was very satisfied when Harrison and Nina finally got everything straight. The side characters were adorable - I especially loved Anna, Richel, Mic...

More Recommendations

shemotshalom: I never ever read books,I had a little bit of trouble with it in the beginning,I ship Matt and grace but I liked her better with Cole and I would love to see how that would turn out!I still love this book there could've been more drama and I think the tittle could've tricked anyone thinking that ...

Taryn Odoms: this is a vey good book so far i came from wattpad and I'm thankful that you showed me this site.the thing says my reveiw is to short but I don't know what else to write but that this book is so good.👌😂👌😂😂😂😂😂👌😂😂😂👌👉👌👌👌👌👌👌❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

Hrishitaa Kanpal: I was so excited to read tis book, I actually couldn't think pf any other thing while reading this book I was hoping for a good ending I had thought of a very sweet and beautiful ending. I also suggested my friends to read this book but when I read the ending my all thoughts were shattered I was ...

maewilde25: This really kept me going through all the stress of the last couple of days. I loved the characters, they were quite many but I was able to keep up in the end. I loved the easy dialogue, the fact that two girls were able to pass of as boys for that long still amazes me even after watching "she's ...

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.