Just a Girl

I have always been fascinated with history and this movella is about a 12 year old child factory worker in Victorian times during the Industrial Revolution. It's
working progress so may take a while to develop.

It's basically a short story about the horror of being a child worker in Victorian times.


4. Tough Times

The sun rose early the next morning. I don't want to wake up. I dreamt that Jack was still alive and had come home last night. I didn't want to accept that it was just a dream. I couldn't bare the harsh reality. I felt a cold hand shake me gently, a voice telling me to get up. I reluctantly shake off sleep. Life will go on. Without Jack.

It was still as cold as ever. Snow lay like a blanket on the streets. Jack loved the snow. He would always play in it when he got the chance. But now he's gone.

I walked to work with my sisters as usual. No one spoke. Everyone was thinking the same thing. Life is fragile short. Any of us could be taken. Any place. Any time. The bosses stood at the factory entrance, holding wooden canes. Everyone lined up before them.
"What's going on?" I asked nervously.
"They've put the clocks forward again." replied a girl about the same age as me, "They're beating us with canes for lateness. Every third person."
I trembled in fear. I had been able to avoid beatings until now. I can't imagine the pain they inflict. I realise I am one of the unlucky ones. The boss glanced at me with cruelty in his eyes then snapped the cane across my shoulders. I closed my eyes and tightened my lips to stop myself crying out. My back burned where it was hit. I gingerly walked in to the factory to start work. Everyone had lost all hope now. Work was an emotionless chore. Susan glanced at me with sympathy before walking away to begin her work. I felt a tear roll down my cheek and prayed that one day our suffering would end.

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