The Master’s Comps

4AAD9E61-4E8E-4067-A8C8-B2BD227DDD43.jpegDick had reserved a room in the math library for a full week so that he could study for his master’s comps. They were called “comps” because they were a series of four comprehensive essay exams of two hours each designed to confirm that the master’s degree candidate had, in fact, mastered the subject matter upon which his degree would be conferred.

He knew that he had to be tenacious about his studying, because he needed to pass the exams in order to be awarded his degree. He had worked too hard to allow his ultimate goal to be jeopardized by failing the comps. There was no way he would let anything diminish his drive to do well on them.

His week of intensive study paid off after he completed the first two exams. He just knew he had done a great job answering the questions that first day. Two down and two to go.

Feeling good, he decided to call his girlfriend and meet her at their favorite tavern, the one across the street from the industrial park, for a few beers. Then he’d head home, get a good night’s sleep and sail through the last two exams the next day.

Unfortunately for Dick, the “few” beers turned into “quite a few,” and before he knew it, he felt quite tipsy. His girlfriend was worried about him getting home on his own, so she convinced him to go over to her place and spend the night.

Dick woke up the next morning to the sound of sizzling bacon, and it smelled delicious. His girlfriend walked into the bedroom, kissed him on the cheek, and said, “Wake up, sleepyhead. Breakfast is ready.”

Dick opened his eyes, smiled at his girlfriend, and then looked at the digital clock on the nightstand. “Fuck! It’s 9:45. My exam started at 9:00.”


Written for these prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (comprehensive), Ragtag Daily Prompt (tenacious), Daily Addictions (diminish), Your Daily Word Prompt (industrial), Word of the Day Challenge (tipsy), and Scotts Daily Prompt (bacon).

7 thoughts on “The Master’s Comps

  1. Sight11 September 9, 2018 / 10:55 pm

    No worries, there are always supplementary ones.. Or don’t they have that in US?

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