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24 youths stand at a bus stop, each with a number.
Number 15 looks at you briefly.
Number 9 pretends not to see you staring.
Number 21 flashes you the middle finger.
Before you move on, you get a chance to do the impossible. To see into their minds for a second. To learn who each of these numbers really are.
Do you take it?
Of course.

This is a little writing experiment for me at the moment. November is a bad time for writing for me, so instead of focusing on one massive story, I will focus into the little ones. Maybe one day these will evolve into something bigger.
To do this, I'm going to be inspired by music. Each person has a different song. The songs I'm using are the hourly songs from the new Animal Crossing. Seems like an odd choice, but I recommend you listen to the music yourself.

24 youths stand at a bus stop.
Do you know who they are inside?

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7. Number 6


Holly Wilson is an optimist. In her world, the glass is always half full.

Despite the fact that she is an orphan that lives with her 7 adopted cousins who often take their anger out on her, she still believes everything is going to be just fine for her in the end.

 

Number 6 is in Year 7, and has only just gone up to big school. It’s been a big change, but she seemed to take it all in her stride. She is a very bright student, so the work has been a breeze. She’s found friends very easily, and they are already very close. She has been given many opportunities to shine. Everything is going fine for her.

It is much better than her primary school. She didn’t really have a friend there. She used to be alone. She used to get teased all the time and then she’d be bullied at home. Things used to be bad, and now things are finally looking up for her.

 

“Mum, I don’t wanna go to the doctors!”

“You have a check up; it will only take a few minutes.”

“But mum, I don’t wanna go!”

“Number 6, listen to your mother. Stop screaming and listen.”

“I don’t wanna!”

“Number 6, stop that shouting immediately!”

“No. Not until we go home!”

“You calm down. Be quiet, I’m driving.”

“It will be quick. Trust us.”

“No! No no no no no!”

“Number 6, if you don’t stop shouting right now I will-”

It was that day that the truck pulled out in front of them. Number 6’s parents were killed instantly. Number 6 was lucky to survive. She was lucky to come out with only a broken leg.

Since she had no more parents, her uncles had to come take care of her. Her dad’s brother was gay, and had a partner, and they liked adopting children. At the time they had 3. They’ve adopted 4 more since. Uncle Greg was happy to help his niece, and Uncle Bobby was happy to have another child to care for. They took her in. Luckily, since she was 3, she didn’t remember much about her parents, or the crash. She doesn’t remember that it was her fault. She doesn’t remember that if she hadn’t of been shouting, then her father wouldn’t have turned around to shout at her, and he would have seen the truck pulling out, and he would have used the emergency brake and cursed under his breath.

 

Callum, Tayla, and Brooke all knew about the crash. They were the 3 older adopted siblings. Owen, Rain, Logan and Cairo had no idea, seeing as they were younger. They still believed that they were all related. They had no idea what really happened.

Callum is 19 and has gone to university. Number 6 always got along with him. Callum was incredibly smart, and they could have intelligent conversations which the other siblings wouldn’t understand. Callum is at Oxford University, and he always said Number 6 would end up doing much better than he ever would. Number 6 never believed it, even though that remark would pave way for a very successful future for her.

Tayla is 16, and is going through her awkward teenage phase. Her hormones are always on the attack and this means she is either alone or yelling at the family. Number 6 and Tayla used to get on quite well when they were younger. Tayla could baby her, and they could play ‘mummy and baby’. Now, Tayla hardly thinks twice about Number 6’s presence.

Brooke is 13, and isn’t giving herself a good future right now. In every year group at school you get that girl that has a boyfriend 5 years older than her, frequently takes drugs or smokes, and has sex in fields or in public parks. In her year, Brooke was that girl. Her fathers don’t know, and neither do most of the siblings. It’s only Number 6 that knows. Walking in on Brooke and her boyfriend doing some very inappropriate things destroyed Number 6’s innocence. Number 6 knew to keep quiet.

Owen is 10, and to Number 6, he is a stereotypical annoying brother. Number 6 acts as Owen’s punching bag, and she has learned not to resist. He suffers with his emotions and has only one outlet, and that’s Number 6. She knows that if she wasn’t there for him to abuse, he would explode. She suffers out of kindness for him.

Rain is 7 years old. Number 6 likes to baby rain, just as Tayla used to with her. While she does like to watch Rain giggle and play hide and seek, Number 6 always feels very distanced from her. She knows that Rain is beginning to become more independent, and won’t need her anymore.

Logan is 4, and he is a little monster. A day doesn’t go by when he doesn’t throw a hissy fit. He seems to divide the house every time he opens his mouth. Number 6 is getting sick of it. Whenever a fight breaks out between Logan and the rest she hides in her room.

Not even little 1 year old Cairo can help Number 6. Cairo is just a toddler. Cairo isn’t even one of those happy toddlers either. She sleeps or sits in silence.

 

This is why Number 6 likes the sanctum of school. She has friends. She can get through the work. She can be happy.

But even though she has all this to deal with, she’s still very much an optimist. After all, the glass is always half full.

And she’s right. She has a perfect future. She goes to Oxford University, just as Callum did. She stays in Brasenose College, just like Callum, and she studies History. History was always her passion. She becomes a well-known historian, specialising in Tudor history, and she is happy with her life. I guess all that optimism wasn’t for nothing.

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