Jan 31, 2021

Fiction Friendship Contemporary

โ€œWanna try again?โ€

โ€œWhy not? We have nothing to lose.โ€

Blythe and Katharine stepped out of Blythe's car to get to school on time. It was a chilly October morning, the leaves on the trees were bright flames like the tops on a candle. It was the 49th day of 7th grade as theyโ€™ve both been counting. Blythe and Katharine both have gotten bullied many times, together and separate. They made a resolution to try and overcome that, to stand up to the year-long bullies that had ruined their lives. They tried every day, so far they have only failed, but they kept going, just in case some miracle happened.ย 

โ€œWhere do you think they are?โ€ Katharine asked, shivering in the brisk October air.ย 

โ€œI donโ€™t know, maybe near their lockers. Theyโ€™re always there,โ€ responded Blythe.

โ€œYeah, or maybe in the bathroom.โ€

โ€œOr the cheer stadium.โ€

โ€œOr the staff room, stealing all the food and getting away with it!โ€ They both shouted, giggling and smiling at each other.

It wasnโ€™t funny at all, but they had just made it into a joke to make it easier to shrug it off.

No matter what Blythe and Katharine did, the bullies never could get caught. They were the teacherโ€™s pet, probably so the teacher would favour in their opinion, even if they had done something wrong.

The bullies had a quite interesting definition of wrong.ย 

Once, Blythe had witnessed a 2nd-grade girl named Sarah get bullied by Julia and her crew of girls. They were teasing her about her clothes and her hair, about how her little pigtails looked babyish. One of Juliaโ€™s crewmates almost punched Sarah, until a teacher came by and asked what they were doing.

You what their answer was?

โ€œWe were just giving her fashion advice,โ€ Julia had said.ย 

Her girls just nodded along, and the teacher walked right away.

Julia had sneered at Sarah and sashayed off, leaving Sarah with tears welling in her eyes.

Blythe had went over and asked, โ€œI saw what they did. Did you know that I get bullied too?โ€

โ€œYou? A big kid like you?โ€ little Sarah had asked, little streams of water flowing down her face, to her chin and dripped on the granite floor.

โ€œYeah, Julia is one of the meanest.โ€ Blythe had responded, brushing the tears from Sarahโ€™s face. โ€œYou should be proud, you survived them and didnโ€™t get hurt. The first time Julia bullied me, I got a big bruise on my forehead.โ€

โ€œIโ€™m sorry,โ€ Sarah said. โ€œIโ€™m gonna tell Mommy that I survived a bully, a monster, a giant big dragon with pink lipstick and a ponytail!โ€ย 

โ€œOkay, tell your Mommy that when you get home,โ€ Blythe had answered.

Sarah had nodded and skipped away, a newfound happiness woven into her step.

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Another time, Katharine was in Grade 4 and just went to the bathroom during class when she got ambushed.

โ€œOh hi, Katharine. What a basic name, the alphabet is shaking.โ€

It was Elizabeth, and this time, she was alone.

Katharine didnโ€™t understand how Elizabeth called her name boring when Elizabeth was like the most commonly known name ever, but she stayed silent.

โ€œHaha, not responding huh?โ€ Well, if you donโ€™t say anything, things will have to get rough,โ€ Elizabeth threatened, balling up her fists with an evil grin on her face.

โ€œWhat should I say? Thereโ€™s nothing for me to say, you said my nameโ€™s boring and thatโ€™s fine by me,โ€ Katharine answered, swallowing the other words down her throat.

โ€œWhat should I say? Oh, why donโ€™t you change your name then, to something prettier?โ€

โ€œMom said my name was pretty. . . โ€œ Katharine murmured, looking down at her feet.

โ€œWell, guess what? Your mom lied to you, Katharine. Itโ€™s not pretty at all. Itโ€™s so ugly a caterpillar wouldโ€™ve won a name contest even if it was named Smurfy McCuddlepants,โ€ Elizabeth said, advancing onto Katharine by the second.

โ€œCaterpillars are cute though, they have little legs and-โ€

โ€œCute? Youโ€™re a nerd Katharine, and an ugly one at that.โ€

Smack

Elizabeth slapped Katharine across her cheek, long and hard. It gave off a strong sting, like when you cleaned an open wound with alcohol. Katharineโ€™s breath caught and she almost started to cry when Elizabeth walked out of the bathroom and slammed the door.

Click

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This memory was recent and fresh in both Blythe and Katharineโ€™s minds.

It was about a month ago after the bell had rung and everyone was tired, exhausted and ready to get home.

โ€œKatharine, can you carry my backpack for me? My arms are getting sore from the dodgeball game earlier,โ€ Blythe had asked Katharine.

โ€œOkay.โ€

Blythe slipped off her grey backpack and stretched out her arms while Katharine bent down and hoisted it up onto her back.

โ€œBlythe, the one who gets tired after a dodgeball game. Isnโ€™t that so lame girls?โ€

Giggles swarmed the air around Blythe and Katharine, making them stiffen up.

Kylie stepped up, as the leader and said, โ€œWeak Blythe, how are your legs? Youโ€™ve been sitting so much today that Iโ€™m sure they must be sore.โ€ย 

Hyena laughter found its way into Blytheโ€™s ears, twisting her emotions.

โ€œBlythe is the weirdest name ever right! It has a โ€˜thโ€™ and โ€˜yโ€™ in the same word and none of your teachers know how to spell it right,โ€ Kylie exclaimed, clearly having a good time.

Blythe looked at Katharine with pleading eyes.

Katharine knew for a fact that none of Blytheโ€™s teachers could spell her name on the first try, but she ignored that and spoke up.

โ€œSheโ€™s tired because she has competitive swimming before school for 2 hours. Thatโ€™s why sheโ€™s tired,โ€ Katharine lied, trying to undo the mess that Kylie made.

โ€œOh. Well, swimming isnโ€™t that tiring, all you do is wave your arms around and bring your head up to breathe every few seconds. I bet you I could race against Blythe without any practice and win,โ€ Kylie said.

Katharine looked over to Blythe and saw her normally calm cheeks a bright red, with her body vibrating as if trying to shake Kylie away like she was a dream.

But she was not, and nightmares donโ€™t normally end with a happy ending.

โ€œStop it,โ€ Blythe forced out, the words rolling out her mouth like a trail of marbles.

โ€œStop what?โ€ Kylie asked obliviously.

โ€œLeave us alone now or else I will hurt you,โ€ Blythe responded, her hands curled into fists so tight that her knuckles were white.

โ€œItโ€™s not like youโ€™re gonna hurt me. Youโ€™re too weak.โ€

That was it for Blythe.

Her right fist shot out from her side and aimed for Kylieโ€™s chin, followed by a strangled cry from the leader of the gang.

Blythe had just punched Kylie, and it looked like she knocked out a tooth.

โ€œOh my gosh oh my gosh thereโ€™s blood, THEREโ€™S MY TOOTH someone help me! Nurse! Principal! ANYONE?!โ€ Kylie called out in desperation while her gang helped her up from the floor.

โ€œWhat seems to have happened here?โ€

A teacher appeared at the exactly wrong time, in the wrong place with the wrong people.

โ€œBlythe punched me!โ€ Kylie called out, pointing a shaky finger at Blythe.

โ€œNo, she didnโ€™t!โ€ Katharine started. โ€œWell, Kylie was-โ€

โ€œWhy did you do that Blythe?โ€ the teacher asked, her hands on her hips and an eyebrow raised.

โ€œKylie was bullying me! I said to stop, but she didnโ€™t so I punched her.โ€ Blythe said simply.

โ€œOh Blythe, Iโ€™m afraid Iโ€™ll have to send you to the principalโ€™s office.โ€

โ€œBUT-โ€

โ€œThere are no buts. Kylie, go to the nurseโ€™s office. Blythe and you there, beside her, follow me to the principalโ€™s office.โ€

And that was the end of that.

***

โ€œWhat about all the others? Standing up to one of them wonโ€™t stop all of them,โ€ Katharine stated, the fall wind whipping at her ears.

โ€œLetโ€™s try once first, one is better than none,โ€ Blythe responded and looked up to the front doors of the school.

They looked at each other and yanked open the door and walked inside, confident that today was the day that they would succeed.

***

Katharine followed Blythe to her locker near the bathroom, aka the bully hotspot.

โ€œHahaha look at this, Katharine is hiding behind Blythe cause sheโ€™s scared. Whatcha scared of Katharine?โ€

It was Julia.

Perfect timing.

โ€œIโ€™m not scared,โ€ Katharine said confidently, โ€œI was just gathering my fists in case Iโ€™ll have to use them.

Julia looked a little taken aback but bounced back quickly. โ€œHoney, itโ€™s fine if youโ€™re scared, youโ€™re just a little girl anyways.โ€

โ€œLittle girl? Youโ€™re only 2 years older than us!โ€ Blythe spat out, coating her words with hate.

โ€œ2 years can be the difference between babyhood and maturity,โ€ Julia scoffed.

โ€œFirst of all, could you explain that to us? Second of all, we should be older than you guys,ย  since you act as if youโ€™re five,โ€ Katharine said with a satisfactory grin.

โ€œHoney-โ€

Someone cleared their throat.

Click clack click clack

โ€œStudents, who started this brawl?โ€

A teacher.

โ€œJulia!โ€ Blythe shouted before anyone could interrupt her. โ€œJulia came out of the bathroom and said Katharine was a baby.โ€

The teacher gave Julia a look, not of sympathy, but of disgust.

โ€œCome with me Julia, the principal would like to speak with you.โ€

โ€œBut you didnโ€™t even ask my version of the story-โ€

โ€œFollow me please.โ€

The teacher strutted away and beckoned Julia to follow.

Julia hesitated but finally followed the teacher with her head hanging low.

โ€œKatharine,โ€ Blythe said. โ€œI think we just did it.โ€

โ€œI think we just got Julia in trouble.โ€

โ€œIs this a dream?โ€

โ€œOh, I hope not.โ€

Katharine jumped into Blytheโ€™s open arms and as they hugged each other, the whole world seemed to melt away.

Mission accomplished.

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146 comments

Radhika Diksha
05:29 Feb 05, 2021

You should stand against bullies. Both online and offline. I loved the concept of the story and how you incorporated bullying in it. It is a good school story that portrayed courage and friendship.

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Radhika Diksha
18:15 Feb 02, 2021

New story out, would love your feedback on it.

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ofc! i'll read it right after I'm done my homework :)

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yeah i comment fast well, not when I'm writing. then it takes much longer I am writing rn, but I'm taking a break :)

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When i write, I am on another planet and can't be reached, but I too am taking a break

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hahaha yeah i was a bit disappointed with the new prompts because I dont like romance, but maya, nainika and bill helped me think of an idea :)

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Mango Chutney
20:41 Feb 08, 2021

Loved this story.. I actually felt like I was there while reading..!

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:D thank you, I'm trying to get my descriptions better :)

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18:57 Feb 07, 2021

The dialogues in this story is well written and sounds really like someone bullying. Well written @CHESHIRE CAT

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Radhika Diksha
11:13 Feb 07, 2021

A new story is out would love your feedback.

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Hi amethystttttttttttttttttt

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hiiiiii do u like my name? if you zoom into my pfp, i tried to get a non-scary pic of the cat. did that work?

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yesssss it's so cuteeee<33333 U wanna know something I found out today?!

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so yesterday I got downvoted by like 700 points, and I was curious, how do those ppl downvote so fast?? Because I would reload and my points had gone down by 50 in like 30 seconds. Anyways, I went into my comments and looked for one of my own comments and downvoted it. It went down by two points!!!!!!!! Downvotes make a deduction of 2 points and upvotes only bring you up by one!!!! I stopped by experiment there because I was upset and needed to step back before I got crazy abt points, but I totally didnt know that!!! It gives the DV's more ...

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OHMG D; wait WHAT?! that makes no sense!!!! reedsy should get rid of the points all together, its causing wayyyyyyyyyyy too much drama :( I did NOT know that D;

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Radhika Diksha
17:22 Feb 05, 2021

Shout out writer IVY HATHERALL https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/author/ivy-hatherall/ FRANCES https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/author/frances/ Shout out story https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/contests/78/submissions/52220/ {This story is amazing. A must read} This week's list. Please do read their stories and give them feedback. It will boost their confidence and give them a nice moral support

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Ruby ๐Ÿ’ซ
22:34 Feb 03, 2021

Nice story! It fits with the prompt good ๐Ÿ˜ Good Job! - Ruby๐Ÿ’–

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thanksssss this was the first thing I thought of when I saw the prompt, glad u like it! :DDDD

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Frances Reine
13:13 Feb 02, 2021

Blythe is such a pretty name. I love the brimming personality and satisfying ending :)

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yes i know right? i searched up unique names and found this one :D thanks!!!!!!!

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โ€œOh hi, Katharine. What a basic name, the alphabet is shaking.โ€ Um... but Elizabeth's a good name? The outrage I feel towards 4th-grade girls is probably pretty justified, but surprisingly strong. Very realistic style!

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thanks! i didn't mean to say Elizabeth isn't a good name, I just kinda wrote it as if I was Katharine :)

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OOOOOooooooooOOOOOOOh The end was literally perfect, the words "mission accomplished" were like, the two words that ended it perfectly and brought it all together. I can kinda tell Sarah is based off you! I think the fight at the end was a bit...blank. A bit....idk. I guess what I'm trying to say is that considering how good of a writer you are, I think you could have made it more...intense. Like how fights are when you're experiencing them. We've had our fair share, so maybe you could have used your own take on fights, your own perspe...

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:DDDD yay thanks but actually it was because - nvm ill tell you in private chat oh ok, just how do i do that? ahhhhh hahahaha yessss

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Lillian Brooks
19:50 Feb 06, 2021

Hi, Ames! I really love the concept of this story, it's great how you wrote something almost to speak against bullies. You gave the reader a great grasp of the background of the characters, too, great job!! L. Brooks

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hi! thank you, that was my first thought after reading the prompt, so I'm glad you liked it! well, "first thought" actually means like 9 hours AFTER I read the prompt, but who cares bout that :) thank you!!!!

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Lillian Brooks
20:11 Feb 06, 2021

Hahahaha writers have weird minds

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yeah we do XD my next story will only confirm that more lol XDDD

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Lillian Brooks
21:43 Feb 06, 2021

Lol can't wait to see it!

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Maya Emerson
17:24 Feb 06, 2021

If you want to be in my new Reedsy cast series can you fill out this form: https://forms.gle/1eqV6vdmhWomPXoBA

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Maya Emerson
18:37 Feb 06, 2021

:DDDDD

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Hi Amethyst!! I just posted my reedsy cast story!!!:D Would you mind checking it out?!

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AHHHHHHHHH IM GOING THEREEEEEE

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Amethyst I looooveeeeeeeeee your pfpppppp it looks so yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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thanksss i actually don't like marshmallows much but this pic looked so good so that's why I picked it :DDD

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YAYYYYY ill read it when i get back from school :)

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16:12 Feb 01, 2021

Heyy! I really enjoyed this story! THUMBS UP! So I was thinking, I could have a discord to connect with ya'll. What do you think???

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thank you! oop i dont have discord D;

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Maya Emerson
15:06 Feb 01, 2021

Hey! Hope you're having a nice day! :D โœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœชโœช We're playing Skribble again today at 3:30 EST, would you like me to send you the link? :)

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hi maya! i go to in-person school so i won't be able to play on weekdays

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Maya Emerson
00:20 Feb 02, 2021

Okay! How was the first day back? :)

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it was REALLLLLLLLLLLLLYYYYYYYYYYYYY good SO SO SOOOOOOOOOO much better than online only downside is masks, but other than that its super fun :DDDDDD

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Maya Emerson
00:22 Feb 02, 2021

That's so so great!!! :DDDDD

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can i be part of the skribbls even if I don't play everyday?

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Maya Emerson
23:05 Jan 31, 2021

Yay! This was great, Amy! It fit the prompt perfectly and the ending was great. You did a great job of making the main characters really sweet and the bullies awful. Like Laila said, I like how the story ends with the title, that was creative. And, again, wow that was fast. XD Nice job! :DDD

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thanksssss! :D yay :) im glad you could tell. XD yeah I don't know how I did it thanks again! :DDDDD

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Maya Emerson
23:12 Jan 31, 2021

Of course! I always love reading your stories! :DDDDD

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Maya Emerson
23:23 Jan 31, 2021

:D

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