Gemma returned from school. Tears were in her eyes. All the other kids hated her. The time honoured tradition of hating the nerd because gasp, she might be more intelligent than you. Probably is and it’s probably not hard to be. She had been bullied for years. One day life would be better, she told herself and began work on her bike that one day would be able to send signals to outer space and see if there was life there.
Years later that ten-year-old was now thirty. She sent a signal from her bike, waited.
“Hi.”, said a voice.
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