Liberty: Is she the only one with a name?™

M1004's identification band has the word Liberty stamped into the back of it. Is she the only one with a name?




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3. why would they believe you?

Why would they believe you?

 

Four years later…

 

It was 1004’s first day of Learning and the line of four-year-olds snaked from the classroom to the playground, covering just over fifteen metres.

One by one they stepped forward to the scanner and extended their arms upwards to reach the scanner on the wall. The machine beeped as it read the indentation on their identification band.

Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep.

The line got shorter as the registered children were shown to their seats by the teacher.

Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep.

Soon it would be 1004’s turn, she was one of the youngest so she was always further back.

Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep.

Now it was her turn, this machine seemed intimidating to her young mind but she held her arm up and it scanned her band. She turned to the teacher and asked,

“Does it need to scan the inside?” all her classmates looked at her, confused.

“Why would it need to scan the inside?” questioned the teacher.

“Well,” 1004 said, “It looks like it’s been stamped on the inside too.”

A wave of sarcastic voices rebounded off the walls of the classroom.

“Yeah right,” “Of course!” and “You bet!” were included in the vindictive chorus.

They burned 1004’s ears.

Her eyes welled up, “They don’t believe me,” she said to her teacher, her teacher bent over to pick up a dropped pen. “Keep quiet,” she whispered, “If it’s true then someone committed a dreadful crime by stamping the other side, the Authoratives will destroy it.” Then she spoke loudly, “Your seat is in block B.”

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