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# The Girl Who Turned in Alexander Carter's Math Homework

January 10, 2013

"Shut up, you nerd. Nobody cares."

I watched as the helpless, tiny boy with glasses that barely traced his eyes was shoved against the wall, papers flying everywhere and evil laughter sprinkling through the air. My eyes hurt just looking at the poor boy, and I stumbled forward to help retrieve his paperwork. He sent a half-smile in my direction, but it was replaced by wide eyes and a twisted, confused mouth when I felt a hand on my shoulder and saw a shadow pass over the boy's face.

"So, you've decided to help him out, eh?"

I gulped and did not turn around. I had no nerve, my hands were shaking, and my glasses were about as bad as the boy's had been.

"Cute. Nerd love. See this, guys? It's nerd love."

Laughter peppered the air again, and I could feel it burning my tongue, persuading me to speak.
The hard hands pushed me against the wall, spraying the boy's papers that I had been trying to retrieve all over the hallway.

"Nerd love," he whimpered sarcastically, "Too cute."

He followed his words with another shove on my shoulders and more peppery laughter. He turned slowly, but whipped himself around again and said, "Better watch out, nerds. The teachers are watching."
He and his buddies laughed together and walked away.

I turned to look at the boy and collect the scattered papers.

He was gone.

I bent to pick up the nearest paper; it was some complicated math that I had yet to solve. However, the boy had easily deciphered each problem with neat script. I looked at the page behind it, expecting to see the complicated work behind the neat answers.

That is not what I saw.

There was a note from the boy.

The note was in neat script.

To whom it may concern,

I've been bullied throughout my entire existence up until now, and I honestly can't stand it anymore.
My name is Alexander Carter, and I don't want to live on this Earth anymore. Don't try and stop me. By the time somebody important reads this letter, I'll be long gone. Don't miss me.

Make sure my math teacher gets my homework.

Sincerely,
Alexander Carter

I hope that this is insightful and that you can get a great meaning and moral from this story. Thank you so much for reading. It honestly does mean a lot.

### JOIN THE DISCUSSION

on Sep. 10 2016 at 9:32 pm
Thanks so much! I appreciate it!

on Sep. 10 2016 at 9:32 pm
Thank you so much.

on Mar. 17 2016 at 10:35 am
@TaylorWintry awesome job and keep up the good work:)

on Jan. 3 2016 at 1:37 pm
This is really good. This, unlike many other articles kept my attention. Good job! :)

on Nov. 14 2014 at 9:54 am
Thanks so much! I like to keep my stories short but also pack a punch in them. I appreciate you taking the time to read!

on Nov. 9 2014 at 8:27 pm
Great job! I really liked that. The length surprised me at first, but in a good way. It was jarring. Made me pay attention. No criticism here. That was really, reall good, and a little freaky, too.

on Aug. 3 2014 at 1:22 pm
Thank you times a million! Every comment on this piece means more and more to me.(:

kamkit BRONZE said...
on Jul. 22 2014 at 11:13 pm
Sorry this review is pretty late, but this story definitely deserved its place in the 'Extraordinary Love' Contest. Despite the shortness of it, you were able to effortlessly harness me into caring about what happens to the two main characters. Your description of thier expressions and countenances was great, and the characterization of the bully through his dialogue was perfectly believable. Also, loved the twist at the end, really brought the message of the entire piece home. Great job. :)

on Jun. 3 2014 at 6:54 pm
Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

on Jun. 3 2014 at 10:49 am
Wow, this is chilling. I honestly did not expect the end. Great job!

on Mar. 31 2014 at 9:22 am
Thank you so much! (:

kristen4552 said...
on Feb. 18 2014 at 7:18 pm
I really love this!!! its keeps you hooked and wondering whats going to happen next.I think your a really great wrighter and congratulations on the editor's choice!

on Oct. 13 2013 at 3:44 pm
Thanks for the feedback! (:

on Oct. 11 2013 at 8:42 am
wow i can really relate to that

on Sep. 9 2013 at 6:19 pm
No, you're perfectly fine. I'm just glad you thought so highly of my work. (:

on Sep. 9 2013 at 1:15 pm
Hehehe, well you know, I do know that this isn't the great kind of detailed feedback but I must say this article didn't leave much to say. But I am sorry because I've been posting not-detailed comments which I just realized. From next time, I'll try not to. eeek... Sorry.

on Sep. 8 2013 at 11:42 am
Thank you!!! (: And thank you!

on Sep. 8 2013 at 6:30 am
This is amazing. Amazing. Amazing. P.S. Congratulations on the editor's choice!

on May. 1 2013 at 5:45 pm
Thank you!

on Apr. 29 2013 at 8:05 pm
I loved this!!! You did a great job!!!!