What follows is offered in response to Velvet Verbosity's 100 Word Challenge. The challenge, this week, is "Hackneyed".
Teacher was REALLY angry. He called him "Mister".
Timmy Burns sat there, his mind working furiously trying to invent a 'reasonable explanation' for the missing work.
"Well, Mr. Burns. Did your dog eat it? Did some bully take all the papers out of your backpack and tear them into little pieces? What hackneyed excuse is it going to be, this time, Mr. Burns?"
Just then, an Eighth Grader entered the room and handed Teacher a sheaf of papers.
Timmy saw ... it was his HOMEWORK!