Is Life Worth Anything Anymore?

They laughed and joked about the zombie apocalypse, but little did the know that the apocalypse was real.

I’m among the hordes of people who stepped out of their graves and attacked civilization, eventually destroying it.

As I’m watching my fellow zombies tearing people apart, I frowned, knowing that the people had treated zombies as a joke. Being one of the undead is not a joke, especially when you can get turned into a zombie at any time.

Why would people disregard life in favor of being undead? I would give anything to go back and live once again, instead of being the monster that I am now.

Prompt# 22. A story written from the perspective of someone dead/undead.

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The Bigger They Are…(StoryADay Post)

They say that the bigger you are, the harder you fall.

Yet, that rule didn’t apply to Tanya Shinnok and her friends Pearl Tanner, Mara Llewellyn, Stuart Greer, and Irene Laughton. If anything, they were notorious for stopping bullies in their tracks and helping people victimized by those bullies. Many of those bullies hated the kids, as they ensured that the bullies were punished with detention, suspension, and (in some cases) expulsion.

The bigger those bullies seem to be, the harder they fall.

It wasn’t just Tanya telling on them to a teacher; in fact, she had the bullies exposed in a variety of ways. Mara had security cameras rigged to record the incidents as they occurred. Stuart defended the victims (based on their race). Irene knew most of the students in the school. (Who knew what Pearl was good at, but it certainly contributed to taking down bullies). They and Tanya made Harrison Creek Middle School a safe place for many students during their years at the school.

Yet, some people didn’t like the crew and their act of taking down bullies. In fact, many angry parents of students punished for bullying demanded that the principal get rid of Tanya. Likewise, the parents of students who were victims of bullying were angry with the principal for not stopping the bullies. (Of course Tanya scolded the parents of the bullies for not doing enough to discipline their children. In the victim’s case, she scolded the parents for not teaching their children about what they should and shouldn’t do in school.)

No matter how the story goes, the bigger they are, the more pain they get.

Tanya, Mara, Stuart, Irene, and Pearl eventually met their match in three students. Their names were Trevor Shinnok, Jacalina Gilmore, and Grace Gifford. Those three students had gotten in trouble for bullying other students. Instead of putting an end to their bullying ways as the other bullies who Tanya caught, they called themselves the Bullying Trio and caused trouble for everyone. But for every student they hurt with their bullying, Tanya and her group caught them and reported them to the principal. Yet, he couldn’t get them detention or suspend them no matter how many times the trio ended up in his office.

The bigger they get, the higher they rise.

But the Bullying Trio had played their final trick, when they plotted to frame the Bully Catchers (which Tanya, Mara, Stuart, Irene, and Pearl were called) and expose them for the bullies that they were. But they had no idea that Mara’s cameras caught them in the act. Their plot was exposed all over the school, with angry students calling for their expulsion. (In fact, the student council didn’t let them graduate with the rest of the class.) Yet the worst part about this was that Tanya had won in the end, and they just couldn’t handle it.

So in truth, the bigger the bullies were, the harder they fell; yet the bigger Tanya got, the higher she rose.

Three Things (StoryADay Post)

Of course, there were three things that I should not do.

  1. Don’t play on the wooden playground behind the Gautlier house.
  2. Don’t go to the Fellowship pond alone
  3. Don’t talk to the kids who live at the end of the lane.

But those were just a bunch of silly rules made to keep people like those who live in my city fearful and ignorant; those who make the rules can use the rules to control the people.

But I’m going to break those three silly rules no matter what they say.
Just try to stop me.

I’m Already Tormented Enough (StoryADay Post)

I see you in the halls, wanting to torment me. I know you want to hurt me. You think you can just hurt anyone you want and get away with it, don’t you? You want to call me bad names, don’t you?

OK, before you call me that name you wan to call me, please hear me out.

I already have a hard time trying to live, ok? My brother complains that no one is treating him right because he thinks of himself as a woman. Well guess what, DUDE, nobody gives a crap about what you think; not when my own problems are more important than yours.

And yes, me having mental problems should be your biggest concern, not your selfish desires.

Still not convinces? Well, my sister’s gay and she feels that no one’s taking her seriously. She thinks me being mentally disabled is a joke and I’m being disabled just to get attention. But the foot’s on the other shoe, so to speak. She’s the one trying to get attention, but she just won’t admit it.

Plus, my parents are having problems in their marriage, so they can’t corral everyone like they should.

But you want to make fun of me, well, go on right ahead. I hope you like spending the next few weeks with a black eye.

Let the Madness Begin! (StoryADay Post)

At the same time, Mara, Stuart, and Pearl (who remained at the clubhouse) quickly cleaned up the place and left; they were too upset to continue the after-the-promotion party. Not when Tanya was missing.

“I don’t think this is fair,” said Stuart as they climbed into a golf cart Mara’s uncle Jonas refurbished for her when she refused to ride a bike. “Tanya is missing and we ignored it until it was too late. What kind of friends are we?”

“Not unless Tanya was stolen by people who like bullies,” said Pearl.

“Well, there is that,” said Stuart.

“It doesn’t matter,” said Mara.

“What?” said Pearl.

“It doesn’t matter how long she’s been missing,” said Mara. Stuart glared at her. “All it matters is that Tanya is missing and we have to find her.”

“You’re right, Mara,” said Pearl. “Tanya is missing. People are setting aside their opinions about her and searching for her as we speak. The police have been notified and they are coming to assist in the search. But what worries me is that Trevor Shinnok and Grace Gifford might have had a hand in Tanya’s disappearance, if you know what I mean.”

“Yeah, I hate those jerks,” said Mara. “Why do we even bother with them, anyway?”

“Why is Jackie friends with them?” said Stuart.

“Why indeed,” said Mara.

“We are Jackie’s friends as we are Tanya’s friends,” said Pearl. “Trevor and Grace are not nice to her because you expose her secret to the school…”

“OK, so I did something stupid to Jackie last year,” said Stuart. “What’s your excuse?”

“You have no excuses,” said Mara, “not where it counts. Plus, you still haven’t apologized to her for hurting her feelings.”

“I’ll get to it when I get to it,” said Stuart as Mara pulled the golf cart to his house. “But she needs to get rid of those jerks first.”

He stepped out of the cart and ran into his house, saying, “Don’t say anything if the reporters want to shove their microphones into your faces.”

“Well, the last thing I need is to be plastered all over Harrison Creek for being friends with the Bully Punisher,” said Mara.

“Exactly,” said Stuart as he went into his house.

“Funny,” said Pearl as Mara drove the cart away from Stuart’s house.

“What?” said Mara.

“Stuart says Jackie needs to dump Trevor and Grace,” said Pearl.

“And she will, as soon as we tell her the truth,” said Mara. She shuddered, knowing that while Jackie was friends with Trevor and Grace, Jackie also hung out with her, Stuart, Irene, Pearl, and Tanya. Jackie needed to know where her allegiances laid. There was no way she was staying with the Bullies, not where it counted.

– – – –

“Oh, so that’s how this is, isn’t it?” said Irene as she walked into the room. She found out that Trevor, Grace, and Jackie were holding a “We Got Rid of Tanya” party. That angered her more than anything they had done.

A Bully’s Regret (StoryADay Post)

While the city of Harrison Creek was horrified over the disappearance of Tanya Shinnok, Trevor Shinnok, Jackie Gilmore, and Grace Gifford were at Grace’s house, celebrating their rival’s disappearance. They hated her because she exposed them as bullies in their seventh grade year; that incident cost them their reputations and friendships with other students.

Thanks to Tanya, they were known as the Bullying Trio, a trio of kids no one liked or wanted to be around.

“I don’t care what everyone else thinks, Tanya is gone and good riddance!” said Trevor.

“Good riddance to her,” said Grace. “I never liked her anyway.”

“I don’t know about you, but it’s not as much fun with her gone,” said Jackie. Trevor and Grace glared at her. “I mean it. It’s not the same without her glaring at us for something we did.”

“Jackie, are you all right?” said Grace.

“What are you talking about?” said Jackie as she glared at Grace.

“It’s not like you to talk like that, like you actually care about Tanya,” said Trevor. “You don’t care about Tanya, or do you?”

“Why do you ask?” said Jackie.

“Because word on the street is that you do care about Tanya,” said Grace. “Haven’t you forgot that she destroyed you and called you a bully for pushing Carina Martin down the stairs while we were in the seventh grade?”

“Carina is a liar,” said Trevor. “And from what I recall, Vicki Daniels pushed her down the stairs and blamed Jackie.”

“Who cares about who pushed who down the stairs?” Jackie snarled, making Trevor and Grace shake in their shoes. “I’m tired of being a bully! It’s not fun anymore!”

“Well, there is that,” said Grace.

“What are you talking about?” said Trevor.

“The fact that things have turned south since Tanya called us bullies,” said Grace. “She literally destroyed us.”

“Yeah, and your point is?” said Trevor.

“My point is that bullying hurts people,” said Jackie, “and the day Tanya called us bullies was the day she hurt us. Sure it was fun to harass people and laugh at their misfortunes, but when Stuart Greer called me a muttonhead and spread that rumor about me having three disabled little brothers, I found myself feeling hurt by his cruel words and that evil rumor. Suddenly, I realized that being a bully was no longer fun.”

“See? That’s how Tanya gets to you,” said Trevor. “She exposes you as a bully and has her helpers make you feel guilty about hurting people. Some people deserve to be oppressed; they’re just asking for it, if anyone cares to hear my opinion on the matter.”

“Trevor, don’t be stupid,” said Grace. “Don’t tell me that you don’t feel guilty after making fun of that Oscar Alston for his disability, because you do.”

“Oscar is a stupid kid who should have stayed in the special ed classroom,” Trevor began, but he fell silent as Grace and Jackie saw Irene Haughton standing in the doorway of Grace’s bedroom with an angry look on her face.

Summer of Pain (StoryADay Post)

Rugrats: Scavenger Hunt
Rugrats: Scavenger Hunt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I can’t believe they had the gall to do this to us,” said mara as the kids met at their usual spot. “I mean, who do these people think they are?”

Several weeks before, Mara llewellyn and her friends Stuart Greer, Irene Haughton, and Pearl Tanner were forced to play scavenger hunt with a dangerous stranger. The Stranger claimed to have kidnapped their friend, Tanya Shinnok, and he left clues about her true identity throughout the city of Harrison Creek for the kids to find. To make matters worse, the police and other trusted adults are not allowed to get involved with the case.

“It doesn’t matter,” said Stuart. “All I know is that no one could help us and we had to do all the work by ourselves. It’s like our faith in humanity was shattered.”

“Not completely shattered,” said Pearl. “Remember that Shara showed up right around the same time telling it disappeared. She solved the mystery before we got a chance to.”

“Well, good for her,” said Irene. “I’m glad she isn’t the type to be scared off so easily by a cruel stranger.”

For all the summer that they had without their friend and ringleader, Mara, Stuart, Irene, and Pearl learned that Tanya had gotten many people in trouble because they messed with her. Many people living in the city were shocked to know that such horrible acts of bullying were happening in their schools and many students were suspended as a result of the bullying. Someone who didn’t like Tanya decided to make her disappear, but that backfired the moment Shara revealed that Tanya Shinnok was not real.

As for the others, they didn’t know what to think. On one hand, they were glad that Sarah has showed up when she did and help to solve the mystery, but they were upset to know they were forced into a scavenger hunt no one else could help them with.