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This is Trish. We all love our phones, but sometimes they can completely ruin our lives. This is what almost happened to her.
Trish was always busy with a lot of things at once - like school projects, learning a musical instrument, and many other things besides. She's proud of how active she is, but it has its downsides as well - quite often, Trish would forget stuff because her mind was constantly focusing on multiple things; she'd always be either day-dreaming or planning. This is the reason why this whole story came to be in the first place.
It was a regular day at school, but then Trish remembered she had a doctor’s appointment. She rushed from school to make it in time. And then she realized that she had forgotten her phone! She couldn’t go back, so she just thought that someone would probably find it and would give it to a teacher or something.
After visiting the doctor, she went to her guitar lesson. By this point, she had completely forgotten about her phone - and that was a huge mistake.
When she got home, she found out that something terrible had happened while she was away. Someone had taken her phone and posted horrible things about other people from her social media accounts. It's worth repeating that for emphasis - these were really HORRIBLE things. Like, insulting posts about people from her school, their personal information, and even their secrets. Secrets she didn’t even know about!
Trish quickly deleted all the posts and changed her passwords, but it was too late. The damage was done.
She just couldn’t understand why anyone would do something like that to her. It’s not like she had enemies. She now felt horrible, like she was cornered in an aquarium full of sharks.
It was painful to even think about what was going to happen the next day. She tried to sleep, but she didn’t have much success. She slept for barely two hours when her alarm rang. She had to get up and go to school.
Things were even worse than she had imagined. As Trish walked down the corridor, people stared at her. She could feel their eyes on her. The only way to describe this feeling was that it was like she was getting smaller while everyone else suddenly got much bigger. One or two people even shouted something at her, and she couldn’t even respond properly.
As the day went on, nobody talked to her, and well, she just couldn’t make herself talk to them either.
At the end of the day, she found her phone in her bag. The person who stole it had put it back at some point. Maybe she should have felt better, but she didn’t. It just made things worse.
When she got home, Trish burst into tears. She cried until she felt exhausted, and then she felt a bit better. She started to think about the situation as a whole, and how to deal with it. She thought that maybe she would be able to find the person who had done this to her. Before deleting the posts, she'd taken screenshots of some of them, just in case - she wasn't really sure why. But it turned out to be the right decision in the long run.
She started to look through them, trying to analyze the writing style. If someone had put her phone back in her bag, it meant that it was one of her classmates, because she hadn't really left the classroom during the day - she'd been trying to hide from the other kids staring at her.
She noticed that the person who'd done it had used a very peculiar emoji, one that nobody else used very often. It was one of the girls from her class, Katie. It was weird because she was a very quiet and nice girl who would never even look at the person she was talking to.
She decided to confront Katie the next day in the morning, and ask why she did it.
So, the time came, and after their first lesson, Trish approached her and asked her if she'd done it. Her eyes widened, she couldn’t say anything for a few seconds, and then she muttered “sorry.”
Just saying “sorry” wasn’t enough, so Trish continued to ask her questions. Katie just looked at her shoes, not saying anything, and then started to sob. She told Trish that she had problems at home and wanted to take her anger and disappointment out on someone else, and that she was sorry she did it and that Trish didn’t deserve it. Trish asked her to tell the teacher and the other kids. Katie was hesitant at first, but then agreed.
Several months have passed since that happened, and you'll be surprised to learn that Trish is now friends with Katie. She revealed the truth to everyone, and people hated her for it, but although Trish felt angry, she also understood that Katie was crying out for help in her own perverse way. She told Trish what was happening at home, and well, she shouldn’t reveal it here, but it wasn’t good. She felt alone, just like Trish did during those terrible few days.
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