the smartist boy in the world
| richard sat on the sofa in the lounge.
his eyes were glued to the tv.
the million pound question was on. it was all he ever watched
contestants answering 30 questions, and with each right answer tey get a step closer to winning 1 million pounds.
it was a little like a road.
they didn't win money for every question they got, just continued down the cash road, as the host called it.
no one though, ever won the grand prize.
usually it was because they took their time on the questions, and by the time they got to the 1 million pound question, time had run out.
that, or the people on the show just didn't make it that far.
their wern't any helpful options if you didn't know an answer, you either knew it, or you didn't.
richard knew he could walk away with the grand prize. he was the smartest person in the whole of the USA.
by 9, he was reading shakespeare. by 11, he knew his classical music from his opera, and by 13 he knew every capital of everry country in the world.
oh yes, richard studdied hard. really hard, so hard, in fact, that he never had much time to socialise with friends.
every day he watched the million pound question, and every day he got all the answers correct. he just wanted to be on the show.
they'd never choose him though. for starters, the producers of the show tended to pick couples, and the single players they did pick were usually in their 30's or 40's.
for another, they had never had an american on the show.
the show was canadian, and contestants were always chosen from canada.
richard knew he'd not be on the show, but he could watch it
he often wondered what he'd do with 1 million pounds.
he thought about taking his family on a cruise, he thought about moving to a new house, with a pool and a gold course. he even thought about a top of the range car.
richard had a lot of ideas about what he'd do with the money if he ever won it, but of course, he'd never get to go on the show. what was he thinking?
his mother cathy didn't understand quiz shows.
she didn't really understand all that studying either.
she wanted richard to live more of a social life. get out with friends, spend time with her, hell, she thought, even playing video games was a break from studying
as much as she encouraged him though, richard remained set in his ways. studying, watching the quiz, then more studying.
he even ate in is room, while studying.
he was devoted. he didn't share cathy's concerns, in fact often she'd wonder if he heard her.
richard was an only child. the only person he lived with was cathy.
| 1 day, while richard was watching the million pound question (and getting them all right), the host announced that at the end of the show, he had a special announcement to make.
richard wondered what it was
after watching the final player fall at question 15, richard held his breath for the special announcement
"attention viewers," came the host's voice. "do you think you have what it takes to beat the million pound question, but can't apply for the show because you're from a diffrent country?. well never fear. for the first time in the show's history, you could be a contestant. we are looking for 4 players 1 from the UK, 1 from the USA, 1 from australia, and 1 from germany, for our international special. you must come to canada on april the 8th so you can audition. good luck."
richard almost fell off his chair.
for the first time in the show's history, they were going to allow other countries to audition. this was great. richard was going to be a contestant
well, that is, if he could convince his mother to go to canada with him.
he got up from the sofa and went in to the kitchen, where his mother was preparing dinner.
"hey mom?" he asked, "you know you've always wanted me to have more of a social life?"
his mother smiled
"well, what about a few days in canada. I hear it's a wonderful country."
"canada?" asked his mother, " what's wrong with being here in the US?"
"nothing" richard said. "I just thought it might be a good holiday."
"something going on?" asked his mother. " you've never wanted to go to canada before. you've never even wanted to leave the house much."
"nothing's going on," said richard. "just trying to be sociable."
his mother shook her head. she knew something was going on, and she was determined to find out what it was.
| Richard was frustrated, his mother was not agreeing instantly to go with him, he knew if he told her the real reason he actually wanted to go that it was not lightly to happen. He would have to think of a way to convince her but without giving away his real reason for wanting to go. If she found out then he was pretty sure it would not be happening. He however was keen to go, he knew if he did not then his big chance would probably never come again. The million dollar question, a show he'd always wanted to go on was now in reach but how to go.
Cathy was determined to find out why Richard suddenly wanted to go to Canada, she was pretty sure that it was for a reason and she did not believe his reason about sosulizing more. She was going to find out the real reason and if she liked it she might then agree.