Catcalls are not compliments.

Chapter 1

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hello! nice to meet you!
my name is BABY and yours is DRUNK OFF YOUR ASS;
and mum told me not to talk to strangers,
but you're just a nice man sitting outside the bar,
and you look like you're the same age as my dad,
so i kind of smile at you a little,
because i'm eleven years old and mum also told me that i should respect my elders,
but it feels a little weird when an old man winks at me.

hello! nice to meet you!
my name is BLONDIE and yours is THREE YEARS OLDER THAN ME IN SCHOOL, BAD NEWS;
and mum told me not to talk to strangers,
but she also told me to try to make friends,
and my voice catches in my throat when i try to make conversation,
so i flush red with embarassment and half-whisper a thank you;
and i'm twelve years old and you and your friends are laughing,
but mum told me to respect my elders so how else was i meant to respond to an older boy blowing kisses at me?

hello! nice to meet you!
my name is NICE TITS and yours is SCARY CITY BOY and i don't know who your friends are;
and mum told me not to talk to strangers,
so i listen to your footsteps behind me and the beating of my heart in my chest as i dart across the road,
because i know that i shouldn't trust boys who won't look me in the eye,
and i know that my dad says i look older than i am,
and i know these boys don't care that i'm only thirteen.
i walk faster and try not to cry,
because you're 100 pounds heavier than i am and i have a weak punch.
and mum told me to respect my elders,
but why don't they respect me?

hello! nice to meet you!
my name is SWEETHEART and DARLING and TURN AROUND AND TALK TO ME and yours is DELETE THE PHOTO YOU TOOK OF ME.
and mum told me not to talk to strangers,
but my dad said that boys will be boys,
and there are two of your friends with you calling at me from a car,
and now my nickname is PONYTAIL and you whistle like i am a dog,
and i am fourteen and f♥cking terrified,
and mum told me to respect my elders but all i can do is fall silent.

hello! nice to meet you!
my name is HONEY and yours is PLEASE LEAVE ME ALONE;
and mum told me not to talk to strangers,
so for once in my life i do exactly as she says,
and it's eight o'clock and night and freezing cold,
so i pull my jacket tighter around me and try to ignore you and you've changed your name to F♥CKING ANSWER ME
and it's all i can do to not sprint away from you but i am scared to make any sudden movements,
so i just pretend you don't exist and hope for the best,
and mum always said to respect my elders,
but sometimes that just doesn't f♥cking work.

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