The sky was clear and the sun was shining, and although there was a slight breeze, it wasn't enough to compensate for the heat of the day. It was early yet, but today was going to be a scorcher. Birds twittered and sang in trees and bushes, and the sounds of village life surrounded them as they ambled happily down the road.
Ben and Alison formed the vanguard, neither of them quite sure what was going to happen, but they had caught on to the infectious excitement of the others and they were grinning happily as Alison tried to describe some of the odd village characters as they passed them.
"That's Mrs Trencher" said Alison, as they passed a hunched and inconceivably old woman walking towards them. She took tiny little unsteady steps and despite the heat of the morning she wore a thick cardigan and coat. She was clutching a purse tightly to her, and she eyed the children suspiciously. "Every morning she goes to the post-office and she buys one stamp" continued Alison.
"What for?" asked Ben.
"Who knows?" said Alison.
Victoria, Emily, and Paul walked behind Ben and Alison in a small knot, deep in conversation, with Amy trailing a short distance behind them, listening.
"I don't really know" confessed Victoria "Just wander round and see what's going on."
"And victimise people" suggested Emily with a grin.
"Yes, sort of. I don't want to just pick on people unnecessarily" said Victoria "But try to find people who deserve it."
"Like vigilantes" said Paul.
"I don't really like the idea of vigilantes" said Victoria "But I suppose it's along those lines."
"Some of them might enjoy it" said Emily, looking at Paul "There are some weird types around."
"Oh, I hope not" said Victoria "That would spoil all the fun!" The three of them laughed.
As they rounded the corner and approached the small collection of shops at the centre of the village they saw a group of three girls coming towards them. The girls were deep in conversation about some matter of grave importance to them and one of the girls carried a bag with some groceries in.
"Oops" said Alison "That's Evadne Frobisher in the middle with the bag, and the other two girls are Fiona Denis and Jeanette Howard."
"Why oops?" asked Ben, looking over at the three girls.
"Because Evadne and Victoria don't get on. They're in the same class at school, and there's a bit of a rivalry going on between them" explained Alison.
"Why?" asked Ben, surprised anyone could dislike Victoria.
"Because Evadne's a stuck up cow, and so are her friends. She's jealous because Victoria's more beautiful and got more friends, and because she's cleverer" said Alison.
The three girls noticed the gang heading towards them and their expressions changed, became harder. There was a stony silence in both groups now as glares were exchanged. They drew closer together.
"Out with your little friends?" said Evadne.
"That's right" said Victoria "You out with your big friends?"
Evadne sniffed and lifted her nose slightly in disgust "It's a pity you can only attract little boys" said Evadne, putting all her stress on the word 'little'.
"It's a pity you can't attract any boys at all" replied Victoria, evenly.
This story is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.
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