The kids always made fun of Alice, my Mother, when she was younger, around 12 years old. No matter how much Alice tried to be nice and friendly, it didn’t matter. She was not part of the pack.
One day Alice was walking home from school with her best friend and cousin, Yanetta. They walked past the homes they normally did each day. But today was different. Today there were a group of the girls from school following behind them. Alice wondered what they wanted. Perhaps they wanted to be friends, Alice hoped.
The girls finally called Alice who turned to greet them. The girls were laughing and looking mischievous. They seemed to be making fun of her.
One of the girls came up to Alice and pushed her. Alice was hesitant to do anything until the girl pushed her in the ditch with a dead dog!
Alice became angry. So angry she found the courage to fight back. The dog must have been there for days because of the odor, flies and maggots swarming around and on it! Alice came out of the ditch swinging her fists with accuracy!
The girl who initiated the fight had a bloody nose making the other girls have second thoughts about approaching Alice. Th girls grabbed their friend and ran in the opposite direction! They were actually afraid of Alice!
From that day on, Alice and Yanetta looked for fights! They became the bullies in the neighborhood with their new-found courage!
Between The Dashes