If Only He Could See Me Now, by Johann Lux

On my way to work I recalled Mr. Smith, my High School science teacher, who gave me a failing grade, because I was dating his daughter.

That failing grade kept me from attending MIT. I eventually received my science degrees from three other universities – none of which are MIT.

Now, as a structural engineer, I monitor safety crash tests, in which all makes and models are slammed into concrete walls via a catapult. These doomed vehicles include one very expensive dummy and 4 to 6 cadavers.

Coincidentally, today Mr. Smith’s body is strapped behind the wheel of an SUV.

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