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Monologues – Matilda Webb

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Hi there, I'm Matilda Webb, and I'm in Year 7 at Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School. This is my monologue entitled The 10th Birthday.

It goes without saying, my childhood was anything but normal and not the kind of not normal where you had 10 pets. No, no. Mine, well, let's say it was a bit more intense. You see, at just five years old, I was sent to the Spindimeer Academy for above and beyond children.

I had a long legacy to live up to, because my parents, grandparents, and great grandparents had gone to this very school. From the outside, it just looks like a perfectly normal private school. But on the inside, it was anything but. I spent my days hacking into government data sets as a warm-up exercise for covert operations class and doing parkour in what some people call PE, I think.

But by far, my favourite weird and wonderful exercise was the one that happened on my 10th birthday. I just received a kind of odd present for my mother. It was some lipstick and a pocket mirror. This left me absolutely baffled until later that day when I got the call that my mum wanted me to put on my best outfit and meet her outside in 15 minutes.

I thought we might have been going out to a fancy restaurant or out to my favourite food. But boy, oh, boy. Was I wrong? When the time came, I went outside and as per usual, the black limousine was waiting for me. But much to my surprise, when I hopped in, my mother wasn't in her usual seat next to me. But in fact, a handwritten note took her place. The note read, 'Good luck, kiddo.' That moment is when I knew that dinner was not on the cards and instead, I was in for something much more interesting.


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