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Amore's Bully

It was Wednesday, January 26, 2022, and it was in the daytime at Amore’s school. In the school lunchroom, Amore was sitting near Sam while eating lunch. A random fifth-grade female student went ahead and sat down near Amore and Sam before speaking.

“Hey, you eating that last slice of pizza?”

“Uh, duh. It’s my slice.”, Amore spoke.

“Not anymore.” The girl quickly took the slice from Amore and began eating it.

“Hey!” Amore exclaimed.

“Finders keepers. Losers weepers.”

“But I found it first, which would make me the keeper! And you, the loser, weeper, and thief!”

“But I found it after you, loser.”

Then Sam spoke. “Hey, what’s your problem? You seriously think you can just take food from anyone and think there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that?”

“Shut up, blondie!” the girl exclaimed.

“You’ve got a serious attitude issue.”, Sam replied.

“Mmmmmmmmmm, this is so good!” the girl exclaimed as she was still eating.

“Come on, Sam. Let’s go sit somewhere else before she decides to take our milk cartons.”

“Sorry, too late.” The girl quickly took Amore’s strawberry milk carton.

“Hey, give it back!” Amore exclaimed.

“Once again, finders keepers and losers weepers. Get lost, redhead.”

“Don’t worry, Amore. You can have my milk if you want.”

“Thanks, Sam. Now, let’s hurry before we both don’t have anything to drink.”

Amore and Sam quickly got up from where they were sitting and sat somewhere else.

***

Later, it was recess. Amore went ahead and walked up to the girl that stole from her earlier in the day. Then the girl spoke. “And what do you want, you dumb little redhead?”

“I’m not dumb! Now, I’ll let you call me a redhead! But I’m not gonna let you call me a dumb person, so take it back!”

“No.” “Now, what are you gonna do about it?”

“I’m gonna-!” “I’m gonna-!” “I’m gonna-!”

“Yeah, that’s what I thought. Now, drop and give me twenty.”

“Excuse me?!”

“You heard what I said! Drop and give me twenty! Now!”

“But I don’t want to drop and give you twenty! And you have no right to boss me around like you’re a grown-up or something! Therefore, no!”

Then the girl punched Amore in the stomach. Amore, in pain, slowly got on the ground. Then Amore just went ahead and slowly began doing twenty push-ups as she was instructed (and forced) to do by the random girl.

“And you get to do an extra ten for that rude attitude of yours.”

And then the push-ups continued.

***

It was Wednesday evening at Amore’s house. Amore was inside the kitchen with her Mom while her Mom was washing dishes. “And then she told me to do twenty push-ups. I refused to do what she told me to do at first. And then she punched me in the stomach for no good reason at all and forced me to do push-ups. Then she gave me an extra ten for my so-called rude attitude.”

“I’m kind of busy right now, Amore. If you have a bully problem, go talk to your father about it.”

“Okay, I’ll do just that. Thanks, Mom.”, Amore spoke with a smile before she left the kitchen as Donna continued doing the dishes. Amore entered the living room and saw her Dad watching hockey on TV. “Dad, I need your help with something.”

“Of course, sweetheart. Plus, we’ve still got plenty of time before the third period starts.”

“The third period? What’s that supposed to mean?”

“It’s the last period of a hockey game in regulation time, but never mind.” “What do you need help with?”

“Did you ever get bullied as a child?”

“Well, I’ve actually had a few bullies in my childhood. So, to answer your question, yes.” “Why do you wanna know?”

“Well, there’s this random girl who goes to my school and I didn’t know her at all until today. She started stealing things from me at school today. Then she told me to do twenty push-ups at recess. Then she punched me in the stomach and forced me to do push-ups. You really need to help me out here. I don’t know how to handle this situation.”

“Well, my advice would be to hit her back.”

“Yeah, I don’t know about that. When she punched me the way she did today, I never felt any kind of pain like that before in my entire life. I think she might be stronger than me.”

“Okay, well, is she bigger than you?”

“I don’t know, maybe. It seems to me like we are both close to the same height and weight.”

“Well, that means you at least have somewhat of an advantage.”

“I’m still not sure that hitting her back is a good idea.”

“Well, you can’t just let anyone tell you what to do or hurt you in any physical kind of way. You’ve got to learn to defend yourself. Then that mean girl will leave you alone for good. And that’s the same thing my Dad taught me when I was growing up. Just trust me on this one, Amore.” “Okay? Do you trust your old man?”

Then Amore just went ahead and sighed. “Okay, I trust you.” “But what if we end up getting into a fight?”

“Then, may the best girl win. And that girl should be you if a fight ever does occur.”

“Okay, got it. I’ll go ahead and hit her back in case she hits me again tomorrow. Thanks for the advice.” Amore was about to exit the living room.

“Oh, Amore, could you please go into the kitchen, open the refrigerator, and hand me a can of beer?” John requested.

“One beer from the refrigerator coming right up.”, she spoke with a smile before entering the kitchen.

***

It was Thursday, January 27, 2022, and it was in the daytime. At school recess, Amore’s new bully went ahead and walked over to Amore and Sam before speaking. “Well, well, well. Look who decided to show up at school today. Dumb blonde and dumb redhead.”

“What I think you meant to say was smart blonde and smart redhead, dummy.”, Sam insulted.

“Hey! Who you calling a dummy, dummy?!”

“You, dummy! I was looking right at you when I said what I just said! I guess that pretty much shows how smart you are, dummy!” The girl punched Sam in the stomach. “Ah!”

“Hey!” Amore responded. “Come on, Sam! Don’t just stand there! Hit her back!”

“Yeah! Come on, Sam! Hit her back!”

“Yeah, I think I’m gonna have to pass on that one. And I also think I’m pretty close to passing out.” Sam walked away as fast as she could while she was still in pain. Then the girl punched Amore in the stomach again.

“Ah!”

“Come on! Don’t just stand there! Hit back!”

“Maybe I will.”

“Oh, yeah?” “You don’t have the guts to hit me back.”

“Oh, yeah?! Well, you know what?! Maybe I do have the guts to hit you back!”

“So, what you’re telling me is that you want your own funeral? Is that it?”

“I’m not scared of you!”

“Oh, is that so?”

“Yeah, that’s so!”

“Well, what on Earth are you waiting for?” “I’m right here. So, come on, give me your best shot.”

Then the girl just stood there and waited for something to happen. “Okay, here it comes. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.” Amore started balling up her fist and getting ready to hit the girl back while trying to be as brave as she possibly could.

Then the girl just pretended to yawn. “Is this gonna take all day?” “A school day only lasts seven hours.”

“I know how long a school day lasts!” Amore continued getting ready to hit the girl back after the girl hit her again. And Amore was taking longer and longer than she needed to before hitting her back.

“Is that red hair of yours gonna turn gray when you hit me back?”

“No, it’s gonna stay red when I hit you back!” Amore continued getting ready to hit the girl back after the girl hit her. And Amore was still taking longer than she needed to before hitting her back.

“Come on, let’s go already! I’m starting to get wrinkles on my face over here!”

Amore continued getting ready to hit the girl back after the girl hit her. And she was still taking longer than she needed to before hitting her back.

“Okay, I think I’ve had just about enough fun with you.” The girl punched Amore in the stomach for the third time.

“Ah!” “Ah!” Amore exclaimed as she slowly got on the ground. “Ah!” Amore exclaimed as she continued lying on the ground in pain. “Ah!” Amore exclaimed as she continued lying on the ground some more.

“I knew you didn’t have it in you to hit me back. See ya later, you stupid little redhead.” Then the girl went ahead and walked away from Amore.

Sam rushed over to Amore. “Amore, are you okay?!”

“Does it look like I’m okay to you?!” “Ah!” Amore went ahead and got up on her own power. “Look, if anyone asks, just say that I have a very severe stomachache.” Amore walked away to continue enjoying what was left of recess.

***

It was Thursday evening. Rebecca was sitting in the living room while watching TV on the living room couch. Then Amore went ahead and entered the living room. Amore decided to sit down next to Rebecca. Then Amore decided to speak.

“Hey, have you ever been bullied before?”

“I prefer not to answer.”

“Okay, well, do you prefer to answer my next question?”

“Sure.” “What do you wanna ask me?”

“Well, you see, I’ve got kind of a bully problem at school. That’s why I wanted to come to you for some advice on how to deal with a bully. I tried talking to Mom about it. And then I tried talking to Dad about it. And they both were not helpful at all.”

“What did Mom tell you to do?”

“She told me to go talk to Dad about it.”

“And what did Dad tell you to do?”

“He told me to hit her back.”

“And did you hit her back?”

“Almost. But then I got scared and she hit me again.”

“Well, being scared is not the answer when dealing with a bully.”

“Do you know what the answer is?”

“I do. You just got to be brave and ignore her.”

“That’s it? That’s all I gotta do? Just ignore her?”

“That’s all you gotta do. And once you do that, she’ll eventually get tired of you and move on to her next victim.”

“You know what?” “I think that’s exactly what I’m gonna do at school tomorrow. Just ignore her. And if her next victim is Sam, I’ll just tell Sam to ignore her as well.”

“I’m glad I could help.”

“I’m also glad you could help. Thanks.” Amore went ahead and got up to exit the living room.

***

It was Friday, January 28, 2022, and it was lunchtime at Amore’s school. Amore and Sam went ahead and sat down next to each other in the school lunchroom. After that, Amore’s bully sat down next to Amore and took one of Amore’s two hot dogs off her lunch tray. She began eating that hot dog. And she continued eating that hot dog.

“Well, don’t just sit there! Tell her how wrong she is for stealing food from people!” Sam exclaimed.

Amore began whispering to Sam in her ear. “I’m choosing to ignore her this time to finally see if she’ll leave me alone.” Amore stopped whispering. Sam began eating, and the girl began eating Amore’s last hot dog. Amore began whispering to Sam again. “She just stole my last hot dog.” “What do I do now?”

Sam whispered. “Just continue ignoring her. She might stop eventually.”

Both girls stopped whispering to each other. Sam continued eating. And Amore saw that her chocolate milk carton was stolen by her bully as well. The girl went ahead and opened the chocolate milk carton and began drinking from it. Then the bully began speaking. “Ah!” “Chocolate milk sure is delicious. Too bad you don’t have any.” The girl continued drinking Amore’s chocolate milk. “Ah!”

Amore began whispering to Sam. “I so wanna come back with an insult in the worst possible way right now.”

“What are you two whispering to each other?” Then the whispering stopped, and Sam went ahead and continued eating. “Okay, you don’t wanna tell me. And that’s perfectly fine with me. I’ll just continue enjoying some more of my stolen food. Because food tastes so much better when it’s not yours.” Then the girl continued eating the food she stole from Amore Cooper. Amore began peeling open her banana. Amore was about to eat the banana. Then the girl took the banana from Amore and began eating it. “Mmmmmmmmm, so good!” the girl exclaimed with fruit in her mouth. Then she swallowed. “Well, it looks like I stole your whole lunch from you. I don’t know if I can eat all this food in one school day. Maybe I should take some of this food home with me and save it for a Midnight snack or something. It’s a good thing I didn’t forget to bring my backpack to school today.”

Sam began whispering to Amore. “Okay, this has gone too far. Now, you don’t have anything to eat or drink for lunch today. I don’t think ignoring her is the best answer here.”

Amore sighed and whispered to Sam. “Yeah, maybe you’re right. I would’ve probably still had something to eat if I chose not to ignore her.”

Sam whispered. “Well, now what are you gonna do?”

“I have no idea.”, Amore whispered. “Hey, you wanna give me the rest of your lunch?”

“I wish I could, but I gotta eat too.”, she whispered.

Amore whispered. “That’s okay, Sam. You go ahead and enjoy the rest of your lunch. I guess I’ll just sit here doing absolutely nothing at all until lunch is over.”

Then the whispering went ahead and stopped before Sam continued eating her lunch. The girl continued eating as well. And Amore was just left sitting there with nothing to eat at all.

***

It was Saturday, January 29, 2022, and it was in the afternoon. Amore was sitting in the living room while watching TV on the living room couch. Then the doorbell went ahead and rang. Amore got up from the living room couch and walked over to the front door before speaking. “Who is it?!”

“It’s me!” Jake replied. Amore heard Jake and opened the door for him. “Hey, Amore. I just thought I stop by and hang out with you for a little while since the weekend is still young.” “So, what do you wanna do right now?”

“Well, first, I need you to have a seat for just a quick second.”

“Okay, where do I sit?”

Amore sat down on the living room couch. “Over here is fine.” Jake when ahead and walked over to the living room couch before sitting down. “I need your advice on an issue that has been bothering me for the past three days.”

“I’m all ears.”

“There’s this girl at school that has been bullying me for the past three days. I’ve received advice from a few other people, but their advice hasn’t worked at all. I just wanted to know what advice you can give me, so I can stop being bullied once and for all.”

“Well, if you wanna go ahead and use my advice, I’d say don’t be a tattletale.”

“But I already told Mom and Dad about it. And Dad is probably the one who gave mt the worst advice, which was hitting her back.”

“Ah, I see.”

“Do you have any other advice besides not being a tattletale?”

“Why not get even? What bad thing, or things, has she done to you so far?”

“Well, where do I start?” “She stole my food from me at lunch, forced me to do push-ups, verbally insulted me, and even punched me hard in the stomach a few times.”

“Well, you could get even by insulting her back. Or you could think of your own unique way of getting revenge that doesn’t involve anything she did to you in the past.”

“Okay, maybe that’s what I’ll do. Thanks, Jake. You truly are the best boyfriend a girl could ever have.”

“You’re welcome.” “So, do you know exactly what you’re gonna do to get even with her?”

“No, not yet. But maybe I’ll come up with something by the start of next school week.”

“Okay.” “So, now can we hang out?”

“Of course, we can, silly. At least, for now, I can finally be free of that jerk for two whole days. And now I kind of wish weekends lasted three days instead of two.”

Jake turned on the living room TV. And Jake and Amore began watching TV together.

***

It was Monday, January 31, 2022, and it was in the daytime. At school recess, Amore’s bully went ahead and walked up to Amore as she was having a conversation with Sam. Amore and Sam saw Amore’s bully.

“Well, looks like it’s about that time for me to head to somewhere safer.”, Sam spoke before running away from Amore and the bully.

“So, are you ready for the worst beating of your entire life?”

“Before you do that, I just wanna let you know that I’m gonna fight fire with fire.”

“You’re gonna do what now?”

“Don’t pretend you didn’t hear me the first time! I’m gonna fight fire with fire! I’m gonna bully the bully, which is you!”

“You? Bully me?” “Wow, I had no idea you’re a comedian. I should be laughing so hard right now, but I’m not because I’m gonna beat you so hard.”

“Not if I beat you so hard first!”

“How?” “You’re not stronger than me.” “Remember?”

“Well, then, I guess I’m gonna have to take something that belongs to you for a change!”

“And if you do, I’ll end you.”

“Or maybe I’ll just insult you instead!”

“Oh, now the redhead of the hour has insults?” “Please, share.”

“Okay but be careful! I can come up with some pretty mean insults!”

“Prove it.”

Then Amore just went ahead and stood there without saying a word. “Wait, let me think of something.”

“Ha! What kind of an insult is that?!”

“The best insults are the ones that can’t be understood!”

“You got any more insults you wanna use on me?”

“Um, no, I think that’s it.”

“Good.” Then she stomped on Amore’s foot.

“Ow!” Then she stomped hard on her other foot. “Ow!” Then the girl stomped hard on her other foot. “Ow!” Then the girl grabbed Amore’s hand and twisted it very hard. “Ah!”

Then the girl let go of Amore’s hand. “Now it’s my turn to do the bullying. Any material things that I ask for will be brought to me by you even if you don’t own them. And if you don’t own something, you’re gonna buy it and bring it over to me the following school day. If you fail to do this, I’ll beat on you every school day until I get what’s rightfully mine.” “Understood?”

“Misunderstood!” Amore insulted. The girl went ahead and bent Amore’s fingers until she surrendered. “Ah!” she screamed as she was in more pain than before.

“I said are we clear?!” “Don’t fuel my anger, little girl!”

“Yes! Yes! Yes! We’re crystal clear! Let go of my hand!” The girl let go of Amore’s hand. “Ah!”

“Now, what I want from you is a smartphone.”

“A what?! A smartphone?! Are you freaking serious?!”

“I’m also dead serious about giving you a freaking beating if you fail to pull it off.”

“But do you have any idea how much a smartphone costs?!”

“Wait, on second thought, make it an iPhone. And I want the latest version of the iPhone or you’ll be dead meat by the time I’m through with you.”

“But that’s gonna be even more expensive!”

“Which is even greater news for me if you can pull it off. Oh, and I want it brought to me tomorrow.”

Then the girl walked away from Amore. Sam went ahead and walked over to Amore. “Hey, Amore, are you alright?”

“If you compare ‘alright’ to the total pounding that I’m gonna get tomorrow, then I’d say I’m doing just fine.” “Ow.”, Amore spoke from the pain in her hand.

***

It was Tuesday, February 1, 2022, and it was after school in the afternoon. Amore and her bully went ahead and entered Amore’s house through the front door. Donna was sitting in the living room while reading a magazine.

“Hey, Amore.” “How was school today?” Donna spoke.

“School was fine, Mom. You know, just another Tuesday.”

“Oh, well, that’s great to hear.” “And who’s your new friend?”

“Jackie. My name is Jackie. It’s finally nice to meet you, Mrs. Cooper. My new friend over here has told me so many nice things about you. We were just going to hang out in Amore’s room and talk for a little while.” “Is that okay with you?”

“Of course, you kids have fun.”

“Oh, trust me, we’ll have plenty of fun.”, the bully spoke. “Come on, new friend, let’s go have lots of fun.”

Amore and Jackie began walking to Amore’s bedroom and Donna continued reading her magazine. The two girls walked up the stairs, into the hallway, and entered the bedroom. Then Jackie went ahead and closed the bedroom door speaking to Amore.

“Okay, peasant, we both agreed to meet here at school today so you can give me my new iPhone peacefully. So, I think it’s about that time for you to cough it up.” “Where is it?”

“Oh, I forgot. It’s not here.”

“Well, where is it?”

“Nowhere, because you’re a jerk.”

“Excuse me?”

“Excluding my older sister, you have got to be the worst human being that I’ve met in my entire life. All you’re good at is bullying people. But now I get why you bullies do what you do. It’s because your kind have nothing better to do. Kids like you are so mean and evil.” “How would you like it if you got bullied? Huh?” “I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t like that. And that’s just how people like me feel who gotta be the unlucky ones to deal with your sick torture. So, go ahead. Do whatever you want to me if it makes you feel so powerful. Because to be honest, I just don’t care anymore. I just don’t care at all. And that’s all I have to say. So, do your worst.”

“Okay, well, it’s too bad that all that bravery is gonna put you in a nice-looking coffin after I’m through with you.” Jackie began walking towards Amore.

“Leave her alone or else.”, Ashley spoke after entering the bedroom.

Jackie turned around. “And who are you?!”

“I’m her big sister.” “Remember?” “The girl Amore mentioned earlier.”

“And what do you want?!”

“I want you to leave Amore alone. And for good. She’s done nothing wrong to you.”

“Yeah, no. Therefore, leave right now so I can take matters into my own hands. Thank you very much.” Jackie turned around. “Now, where were we?” Jackie began walking towards Amore.

“Hey.”, Ashley spoke.

“What?!” Ashley quickly grabbed Jackie’s hand and twisted it. “Ah!”

“Okay, now, this can go one of two ways. You can either leave my little sister alone or I twist your hand into oblivion. It’s your call.”

“Ah!” The bully was in more intense pain than before.

“I’m sorry, what was that?” Ashley asked her.

“Okay, okay, fine! I’ll leave her alone!” Ashley let go of Jackie’s hand. “Ah!”

“And if Amore tells me you’re bullying her again, I will find you and make you wish you never existed in the first place. Now, get out of here before I do the same exact thing to your other hand.” Jackie nodded in fear and quickly exited Amore’s bedroom. Ashley went ahead and closed the bedroom door from the inside. Then Ashley spoke. “Well, it looks like our plan from yesterday was a success.”

“I know.” “Why did I not think about coming to you the first day I had a bully problem?”

“I was thinking the exact same thing. Anyways, it seems like she won’t be messing with you ever again.”

“Hey, I just wanted to thank you for saving my life today. You may have this ‘bad girl’ personality and everything, but you’re still an awesome big sister to me.”

“You don’t have to thank me. That’s what sisters are for. And thanks.”, she spoke with a smile.

Then Ashley just went ahead and exited Amore’s bedroom. Amore walked over to her bedroom door and closed it from the inside before talking to herself. “Well, it sure was a good thing she didn’t lock the door, or else I would’ve had to go to plan B and jump out the window.” Then Amore got her smartphone, got on her bed, and began using her phone while lying on the bed. And after all that, Amore was finally a very happy pre-teenage girl once again.

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