Before reading this short, I knew that it was focussed upon a 'what if' scenario, so I gave it a go. While I enjoyed the way it was written, I felt, plot wise, It really seemed no different from the canon story, just with a change of scenery and less drama that pulled your heartstrings. I was also disappointed with the way Blackman decided to end it and felt that creatively she could have done better. I was half expecting "Tell me it's not true" from Blood Brothers to start playing.
All in all, yeah I felt that this whole short was a little pointless and in my opinion, I think if Malorie Blackman is to write another short story, to focus more upon another character.