"We are united against non humans. We promise to do anything in our power to fight against them. We are rebels. We answer to no one but our leaders. We are a family. We will sacrifice our lives for each other. No one can against us. We are one."
I put down my hand along with the rest that had just made the oath.
I had made a promise and I could never back out from it.
We stood up and got in line to get the signature tattoo all the rebels wore. Peter, my boyfriend and future husband, pulled me aside.
"I have to get the tattoo done."
"You will but another day. An assignment opened up and you might be fit for the job. I want you to show how much you care for me and this organization. You took an oath and it's time to show that you mean what you said."
"Okay." I nodded my head and followed him.
We were given curious glances. I held my head high. I knew why they were. It wasn't everyday that someone from the rebel council graced these events. I was also dating one.
He led me to another of the council members. She was older and glanced at me from head to toe.
"She should be passable. You have selected her well Peter."
"Thank you. I knew she was perfect."
I was curious to know what I would be doing.
He turned me to him. "I am sorry that our future together won't go on as planned but it will be better. You are going to be a part of something more grand. You will be used to spy on the enemy."
"They call human brides to breed. We have someone on the inside that will put your name and pair it to one of their army officials. We have researched him well and we need you to tell us anything you can from them."
"I can't do that. I thought you and I were going to be together." I couldn't be claimed and taken by one of the aliens. I was a rebel because I didn't want that from the beginning.
"You can. Have faith in yourself."
"It has nothing to do with faith. It has everything to do with what we had planned."
"Remember the oath you just recited? We will sacrifice our lives for each other. Do this and you will be. I am willing to sacrifice you. I love you Hannah and I will always love you. This has to happen though so I will love you from afar."
He took my hands and kissed them.
"Do this, please."
"When would I be called in?"
"Tomorrow, the day after. It'll be soon." Minka, the council woman, answered.
"Go home. You won't need the tattoo. That would just reveal who you really are. I know you will succeed."
"How am I going to give you the information?"
"Like we said, we have someone on the inside. She will visit you once a month and you will give her any update. I'm sure she will give you a way to contact her if there is something urgent before your meeting."
"I can't believe this is happening." I pinched the bridge of my nose.
"I know. Come, I will drop you off at home." He took me away from the crowd of people. We went up the steps from the underground hideout and out the apartment complex.
The streets were void of humans. It was only six but no one dared to be around. Promptly at 6:30 pm the aliens would be about. Their sniffers would make sure that any straggler was taken care of.
No one knew what happened to them, only that they were picked up.
"How can making an oath change my life completely?" I sighed.
He rubbed my arm. "It was going to change anyway. For better, always. Just remember that."
"You seem calm about this. Not at all affected that you and I aren't going to be together anymore."
"I am affected but I see the brighter side. Maybe we'll defeat the aliens sooner than we think. Hopefully you won't be expecting a baby and then we'll be together."
"What if I end up having a baby?"
"We'll think of something. This has been going on for years Hannah. It might go one for a few more decades, who knows."
His answer wasn't comforting. It only made me worry more.
The aliens thought of us women as breeders for a reason. I had horror stories of how the women were expected to take their husband without their consent. Forcing them to get pregnant however possible.
I shuddered. That was my future. Who thought that by joining the rebels I would end up being the person I hated the most. A breeder.
"Here we are." Peter broke me away from my thoughts of anguish. "You be good and take care. I will be awaiting any news of your progress." He kissed me on the forehead.
"Right, my progress." I turned to the door and unlocked it.
I closed it behind me and leaned against it.
"Where have you been Hannah? It's almost 6:30. Curfew is about to be placed." My mother admonished me.
"I was with Peter."
"Again? Please tell me that you'll see sense and break up with him. His ridiculous notions about how the rebels will someday beat the aliens drives my nerves."
"It could happen."
"When pigs fly." She rolled her eyes. "Come in the kitchen and have dinner. We were just sitting down."
I followed her. My four brothers and father were at the table. They were sharing their day.
"You're here sweetheart." My father greeted.
"Had to because of curfew." I sat at my chair.
"They mean good by us. Before, all sorts of things happened. There were burglaries, people getting shot or kidnapped. All of that stopped."
"Yes and other things took it's place like the breeding program." I challenged my mother.
"That might have changed but they treat their females well. They have need for nothing and all they have to do is give them a chance to reproduce. I see nothing wrong with that."
"You don't because you don't have to be put in the list. Only single women."
"Oh Hannah. I wish you would be called and taken. You could fall in love with a man of good sense."
"They are not men, they are aliens."
"That may be but they certainly look like men."
"Let's not talk about this anymore. I just want to eat and go to sleep."
They complied and we started eating.
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