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The Computer's Nerd

When the lunch bell rang, Arthur hurried from the classroom hoping he might escape them. He sped across the asphalt playground thinking he might find safety in the cafeteria line.


"Hey, ugly! What’s your hurry?”


Arthur didn't need to turn around to know it was Matt. The voice of doom.


“Wha'd ya bring us for lunch today?"


He wanted to run, but knew that would only make things worse. Taking a deep breath, he told himself he might as well get it over with.


Arthur turned and faced what had become a daily school event—his trio of tormentors. Matt, his oily-looking dark hair slicked back, stood tall, his arms folded across his pumped-up chest. No doubt a tough-guy pose he'd seen in some movie, Arthur thought. Ned and Victor, shorter, thumbs hooked into their jean pockets, stood like dumb bookends on either side of Matt.


"You deaf or what? I asked ya' a question, Mr. Brain-O-Drain-O."


Ned and Victor laughed like it was the funniest thing ever said.


Matt dropped his arms to his sides revealing the fading red letters "OR WHAT?" on his tee shirt.