An Open Letter to the Genius in Chemistry 111

Dear Individual,

First of all, I would like to congratulate you on your outstanding grade on our first test in the wonderful world of Chemistry 111.  In the post-mortem speech today, Professor mentioned that the grades ranged from 29 to 100 (out of 100).  So I know you exist, and I hereby dub you the Mystery Ace.  Indeed, I know the point of Chemistry is learning, not competition, but that you have bested me when I was so close instills in me a sort of admiration, curiosity, and just a pinch of envy, all mixed together.

I wonder which of my classmates you are.  I’ve pondered it somewhat to no avail.

Additionally, I want to inform you that you are now a sort of secret rival to myself.  The fact that I have no clue to your identity makes it all the more intriguing.  You are the Red Baron to my Snoopy.  You are the Scarlet Pimpernel to my French government.  You are the Moriarty to my Sherlock Holmes, or the other way around perhaps.  You are intelligent, and good at chemistry, but Moriarty is more enigmatic; you could be either.  I shall see you each week and not know it.  You could even be the very person sitting next to me…

Did you have an idea that you would do so well, or was it a surprise to you?  Are you enjoying Chemistry?  So many questions; they will likely never be answered.

I made a mistake.  (Curse you, manganese!  I have always believed you were just a loser trying to imitate magnesium even though the cooler name was already taken.)  However, I came close to you.  And so, though I doubt you are as obsessive as myself, I cannot help but wonder if you ponder my identity as well.  The likelihood of your reading this is slim, but should you somehow have the opportunity to do so, I am here to tell you that no, I shall not reveal myself.  I too shall remain shrouded in mystery until such a day as we should meet face to face.  All I give you are acknowledgement of your victory and the name I leave below with my regards.

Until the next time,

The 99th Challenger

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Okay, I admit to carrying this a little too far, but hey, I’m allowed to sometimes right?

Seriously though, I wouldn’t accost the Mystery Ace, I just want to know who the heck they are.  Maybe we can hang out and exchange chemistry jokes or something…



3 thoughts on “An Open Letter to the Genius in Chemistry 111

  1. Wow. See. Now if you would have done your extra credit you would have maybe bumped up your grade, Louis. Always have your singing voice ready… 😉
    Congratulations on your grade, however, I insist you not give that perfection another thought. Think of yourself as cool enough to live on the wild side. A 99% just proves you made time to enjoy a bit of life.


    1. Haha! Perhaps it would have…
      Thank you. The wild side, eh? 🙂 That is one way to look at it. Believe me, I am quite happy with my grade. I just thought, “Ooh, I wonder which one of you guys it is…” Given my profile photo, I guess it makes sense I would be curious, right?


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