Uprising

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic

Chapter 2 (v.1) - Ava- You and I against the world

Submitted: May 22, 2020

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I had awoken from a deep sleep, to find that my best friend was sat on the edge of the bed we had shared last night. Matt must not have been awake for long, because he still looked half asleep; yet he had a massive smile on his face. It was then I realised how much I loved his smile. I sat up slowly, avoiding his intense gaze, and took in our surroundings as I stretched. I noticed that the carpet covering was stained, the wallpaper was peeling off the walls and the furniture had seen better days! Within seconds, everything came flooding back to me.

We were staying in a modern, but derelict hotel, not far away from where we had both grown up. The raging thunderstorm, which happened the night before, had forced us to take shelter wherever we could find. This hotel would not have been our first choice, yet we had no choice in the matter. At the end of the day, our safety was more important.  I felt sick, as I realised that this was not a dream at all. In short, it was more like a living nightmare. One I wanted desperately to end as quickly as it had begun. Unfortunately, this was our awful reality.

A lot had changed since the Government had taken over our little town, which was named Maplesville. Everything had been simple, easy before our whole lives were turned upside down. It was too much to process; no matter how hard I tried to comprehend what was happening. For years, the inhabitants of Maplesville had been under the control of the Governors. They were employed by the Government, to keep us all safe. At first, we were under the false impression they were there to protect us; however, it soon became apparent their intentions were complete opposite.

Growing up, my father would tell me stories about what he called the ‘Outside World’. He would tell me that those, on the other side, were dangerous and feral human beings. Being only eight-years old at the time, I hung onto his every word. I would have nightmares about what he told me and thought we were going to be attacked as we slept at night. No- one, despite trying to ignore what was going on in the world, ever thought that the day would arrive, where our lives would be shattered into a million little pieces. Sure, we knew that it was going to come about sooner or later; yet we were all unprepared.

One sunny afternoon, five months ago, my parents made the decision to visit my Aunt Emily, my father’s older sister, a couple of weeks earlier than planned. We always visited very few months, but she was celebrating turning forty years old, which meant my parents wanted to see her as soon as possible. Being the stubborn nineteen-year-old I was, I refused to go with them. My parents agreed almost immediately that I could stay home alone, they knew I was sensible and would not get up to anything, while they were gone.

My parents were due back later that night, but an hour after they should have arrived home; there was still no sign of them. I started to worry because they had promised to be home, by Midnight; and had never broken a promise to me ever before. I tried everything to get a hold of them, my Aunt too, but got no answer. While I was trying to figure out what could have happened, trying not to think of the worst outcome, I suddenly remembered what my mother had spoken to me about, only two weeks previously.

She had been working at Suzy’s Salon, trying to earn some extra money to make sure all our bills could be paid on time, when a regular client had struck up an interesting conversation with her. According to Jane Peters, who was known by everyone as someone who loved to gossip, the Governors had been given strict orders to start the process of rounding everyone up. Their plan was to experiment on all of us, to find a cure to help the feral humans, who had been exiled from society. My mother tried to brush this information off as rumours, but it did not stop her from worrying. My parents tried to keep our life as normal as they could; but their attempts at doing this could not stop our impending fate. 

These thoughts were whirring around my head, as I raced next door to Matt’s home. Before I could explain why I was in a major panic; he told me that his parents had not returned home from work that night. Neither one of them had answered his multiple calls, which was very unlike them.

It was then we made the quick decision to go and look for everyone. After throwing some essentials, and non-perishable food, into two large bags, I then wrote a note in case anyone came back. Matt and I needed to leave straightaway, it was too dangerous to stay here. We needed to get some place safe. Some place as far away as here as we possibly could. I was grateful that my parents had taught me to be calm and think rationally in times of a major crisis. Everyone’s life depended on me…


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