Friday Fictioneers Writing Prompt – Life

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Life

 

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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19 comments on “Friday Fictioneers Writing Prompt – Life

  1. It is so sad that bullying is common for children that are highly intelligent. Glad this little girl’s project ended in fulfillment but would it make up for her treatment at school.

    • lisarey1990 says:

      Probably not. As someone who faced bullying most of their school years, for been introverted, it probably doesn’t. All through school you kind of say you’ll show them someday but years gone on it becomes more for yourself than them. Which I guess is how it should be. But no, scars are still left no matter how much you try to get rid of them.

  2. Bullies are responsible for so much talent never seeing the light of day, for they squelch spirits and destroy dreams.

  3. I never quite fit in where I went to grade and high school so I understand the feeling. Many people have that complaint. It seems common. Cliques are terrible. I had my own friends so it didn’t crush me. Good writing, Lisa. 🙂 — Suzane

  4. Bullies are a curse but she is showing them now. Nicely told

  5. An uplifting story a downtrodden person bullied for being different. Thank you for reminding us of this silent killer in society.

  6. athling2001 says:

    From bullying to contacting other life. Great story.

  7. Jelli says:

    Time, patience, and intelligence will win every time! Great story! I really enjoyed it.

  8. Being the nerd just means that reward comes later… in many ways.

  9. granonine says:

    we need to respect people. Someday they may just surprise us all.

  10. rgayer55 says:

    The nerds and geeks are usually the ones who grow up to run the world. Good story.

  11. Good take on the prompt. I see Gemma has fallen into the common error of thinking EVERY-body hates her. Children like that need help to recognize that as a lie.
    Glad she was able to turn her attention to a more rewarding pursuit.
    Coincidentally, I’m reading Nick Vujicic’s book, Stand Strong, this weekend. Good advice on how to overcome bullying.

  12. Iain Kelly says:

    Nice when hard work pays off – Gemma will have the last laugh on the school bullies.

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