Chapter 1: There's still someone out there

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic

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  Families are all gathered around their cell phones, waiting for the call. I'm sure I won't be chosen, but I've been trying to make up my mind if I'd be happy about it if I was. I'd have to leave my family, but I would think that wouldn't be all that hard. I've been longing for a taste of freedom after being locked in a city that used to be called Washinton D.C. with the rest of the population.

  It's pretty crowded. Most people have to share houses, and most people's families are no longer intact. The asteriod hit fourteen years ago, just before I was born. 2017. A year I won't soon forget.

  We used to share the apartment with a boy named Colton. He was nice, and he had a little sister, and her name was Lily or Lilac or something. She was cute. I thought I finally had a friend, but they were rezoned to South City. 

  There are Five cities. North City, South City, West City, East City and Central City. The officials say it's really all just Washington D.C, which was part of a country called the United States, which isn't even a quarter of the whole world. I can't even imagine anything out of West City, how am I supposed to imagine a whole world out there? 

  Last week, the officials told us there are signs of life in a place called Ontario. One of thier hypercameras caught a flicker of movement. They want to check it out, and they decided the best way to do it would be to send the children. 

  Sending a group of little nine-year-olds off to discover what lays ahead. It's sick, but it's the way it is. They say that children are the future. But what if there is no future? 

 I hear the ringing of all the phones at once, and rush out of my room and into the main room. Mom's phone is on speaker, and she has a worried look on her face. I guess all parents are worried thier kids will get chosen. I'm not going to get chosen, mom. 

  A man clears his throat on the other line. "I am here to announce the Chosen. There will be one from each city, and they will be between the ages of nine and sixteen. Boys and girls. The North city winner is... Kestra Smith, Fifteen years old!" The phone screen reveals the face of a pretty, strong brunette. She smiles, like she already knew she would be one of the chosen.

  The screen flickers back to just audio. "The East City winner is... Eve James, Twelve years old!" The girls face on the screen goes from instantly listening to whiter than her blond hair in seconds. Tears well up in her eyes, but she tries her best to stay confindent. She puts on a fake smile. The camera flashes back. 

  "The South City winner is... Lilac Daniels, nine years old!" A little girl with red hair and blue eyes looks up at the screen. She starts to look at it in disbelief. I recogize her. It's Colton's cute little sister. Then Colton rushes to the camera and shoves her aside. "I'm going with her!" He yells. He has the same red hair. "She won't live! She's only nine! Please!" My heart tugs a little. 

  It flickers to audio, which is silent for a seond. "It seems Mr. Daniels would like to accompany Miss Daniels on her journey. According to the records, He's thirteen. I don't see why he can't. I breathe out slowly. It feels like a little weight has been lifted off my shoulders. 

 "Now for the Central City winner! Sayer, sixteen years old!" A boy with auburn hair shows on the screen. His skin is tanned, and his green eyes are expressionless as her stares at the camera. 

"Save the best for last, the West City winner!" I wonder if it'll be anyone I know. "Nola Akinson, fourteen years old!" Then I see a face on the screen with stick-straight dark brown hair, and freckles spreading across her face. Then I realize who it is. It's me.

 

 

 



Submitted: April 24, 2016

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PenCrawler

Interesting story you got there. Cool.

Mon, April 25th, 2016 3:00pm

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Thanks!

Mon, April 25th, 2016 5:23pm

Leila Darrah

This theory seems to relate to the hunger games and divergent but its a really good idea, keep uup the good work

Tue, April 26th, 2016 7:22am

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Thanks :)

Tue, April 26th, 2016 3:26am

AgenderOliver

This is really good, and your writing style is like dayum. Great job

Wed, March 8th, 2017 3:35pm

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omg thank you i havent seen this since like a year ago ahh
-this was before i knew wattpad existed-

Fri, April 21st, 2017 1:34pm

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