On a calm, summer’s day, Ella Moonstone walks home from school.
Ella: (Trips on curb and drops glasses… rubs head… annoyed) Ow! My mum will be fuming.
Alex: Are these yours?
Ella:(Gazing up….stumbling over words) Hi... um… yeah,.. Thanks.
The next day….
Ella:(Walking to school,phone beeps, stops ,stares at her phone...confused) What? They can’t have. What have I done to upset them. They’re my friends. Well, I thought they were anyway. They’ve blocked me on Instagram!
Ella: (Confused and shocked, phone beeps again) It’s from Megan. I hate you? What? She can’t have said that! Megan wouldn’t do that. This can’t be happening.
Ella: (Phone beeps again...angrily) 13 is an unlucky number, just like you are an unlucky person, good job I’m 14.. Megan again? It can’t be!
Alex: (Happily) Hiya!Have you been revising? ‘Cause there is a big maths test today.
Ella:(Proudly, walking to lessons) Yeah, I know, I’ve been revising for ages, my Mum is so strict!
Alex: Good luck then! (Walks away)
After the test…
Ella: (Picks up her test paper and shows Alex) Alex, I got a…
Alex: (Confused) U?!
Ella: (Laughing, still not looking at paper) Oh Alex you’re so funny….
Alex: (Seriously,staring at her paper) No, I’m not joking
Ella: (Looks at her paper at stares in astonishment)(Puzzled and angry) I … I can’t have. (Looks inside...raising her voice in surprise) What?! Someone has rubbed out all my answers! Mum will be so cross. They have written ‘DUMBO! Ha Ha Loser!’ on the back. I am so telling.
Alex: (With a worried look on his face) No, you don’t want to be called a snitch.
Ella: (Gazing at Alex... Quietly) Good point.
In the playground..
Alex: (Lively) Hi! Have got another mean message from Megan about being 13?
Ella: (Confused) I never told you about that Alex…
Alex: (Murmurs to himself) Oh no ...
Ella: (Shocked,nearly in tears) Alex? Did you...you can’t have. No!
Alex: (Nervously) What did I do to you?
Ella: (Screaming frantically) What did you do?! You’ve been doing it all along, those mean messages, the test paper. Why did you do that to me?
Alex: ( Talking quickly)I just wanted to break up with Lauren but I wanted her to break up with me and I thought that if I was mean, then everyone would hate me and I just chose you. (Pause) Sorry.
Ella: ( Anger burning up inside) Sorry?! Is that all, I hate you! You pretended it was Megan! You spoilt my test that I had worked really hard on and you lost me all my friends. I trusted you…
Tess Marshallsay (10) and Hannah Bryan (10)