Episode One, Scene Two: Bullied


4 min readOct 11, 2022


Copyright Li Carter

Laughter and voices filled the hallways of The Academy. It mingled together so Piper couldn’t make sense of any of it. She pulled her bag higher onto her shoulder and clutched her tablet closely. She hugged the walls as she moved silently, in an attempt to be invisible.

She almost had friends here at first. She sighed. That was until they had found out that her mother worked for The Corporation.

When they found out, barely anyone would talk to her. She immediately became the outcast, hated by all of her peers.

She held her breath as she stepped past several girls clustered outside the science lab.

Please don’t let them notice me.

For a moment, she thought she might have gotten away with it..

“Look who it is! Watch out girls, there’s a Spy nearby.” A girl with long, blonde curly hair crossed her arms and turned to face Piper.

Piper heaved a sigh.

Suzanne was one of the worst of them, even though she was almost two years younger . Thirteen, unchipped, and far too bright, she always seemed to know exactly what to say to strike at Piper’s worst wounds. Piper gritted her teeth and tried to keep walking, but before she had taken more than a few steps, the group converged on her. They formed a circle around her.

“Look, just leave me alone, Suzanne.” Piper stepped forward.

“Why would I do that, Spy girl?”

Suzanne’s gang laughed.

Piper’s cheeks burned. She had zero comeback. There was absolutely nothing she could say that would make Suzanne back off. It had been this way ever since the shine of The Corporation’s New World Order had rubbed off a little.

The adults- most of them- still thought that it was a great thing. Most of the people Piper’s age, however, had realised that being chipped was not the good thing all the adults believed.

“Well? What’s the latest, Spy-girl? What tales are you going to carry back to Mummy?” Suzanne took a step towards her, and shoved her. Hard.

Piper staggered backwards into the girl behind her.




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