My mother and I took a bus to City Central, the building where most of the government’s business takes place. On the lower floors is where they hold Chosen testing.
I wasnt alone on the bus there, there were other kids going for spring season testing. Since spring was last season, it is now summer and we must all get our Chosens tested because we are all 16. I am one of the younger of the group because I was born May 11th.
I sat next to a boy who looked my age, with dark blond hair and light blue eyes. He wore glasses, and looked like he came from Areos.
“Going to Chosen testing too?” I asked
“Yea. You?” He replied
“Yes.” I said “My name’s Crystal Serold. Home sector; Scalein, and I’m hoping that won’t change.” I added
“Nathan Parker.” He said
We sat in silence for the next 10 minutes or so, most likely because Nathan was too intrigued in a book to carry on a conversation.
As the bus drove, I spotted some familiar landmarks. A small, broken down market with a sign that said “Be Back Soon!” even though it had been there for at least 3 years, a large white, richly decorated house with fields stretching farther than I could see behind it, our district’s school.
Then, after a few stops, a girl with blond hair and bright green eyes stepped in the bus with a smile on her face. It was clear from the neon blue and hot pink streaks in her hair that she was a Marine.
“Hiya! My name’s Mara!” She said, sitting next to me. Marine’s always managed to be happy and cheery
“Um, hi. I’m Crystal-”
“Crystal? Like the gems? Thats a pretty name! My name doesn’t really mean anything. It just means Mara…”
Mara continued to talk for the remainder of the ride, Nathan occasionally glancing up from his book in annoyance.
The bus ride was long, considering we had to go through the entire island to pick up every kid from the spring season.
Each sector has a portion of the island. Areos owns the northern
When we finally reached City Central, almost every kid on the bus got off. I was the only person who had come with my parent.
My mother and I got off the bus and stood for a few moments in front of the towering building. It wasn’t the only giant structure around, this was the center of the island after all, but it was by far the tallest.
It was strange having to look up at something to see all of it. When I was in Scalein territory, there was only flat land, small houses, and few, short trees. You only had to look forward possibly down, and maybe left or right to see the whole of something, but almost never up. I had just stepped foot in the city and his place already felt strange.
“Well, I guess you have to go now.” My mom said, her eyes getting watery. I turned towards her and gave her the longest, warmest hug I’ve ever given anyone. Her tears fell on my shoulder, and I pulled away.
“I’m gonna miss you so much.” She said, her voice wavering.
“I’m gonna miss you more.” I say.
I followed the hoard of other teenagers into the building. We lined up behind counters marked with our home sectors. I recognized a few kids from back home. Chris, or as we called him, Reck, was of course the first in front. He said his full name and birthday, then the lady at the counter gave him directions down the hall, and he raced down the hall with a grin on his face, eager to get his results. I didn’t exactly feel the same way.
Thankfully I wasnt that close to the front, though there were still quite a few people behind me.
I saw Mara at the front of the Marine line. Where else would I expect her?
Nathan was near the front of the Areos line. He read his book while he waited, shutting out everything around him. How could he do that? Just escape into book world in the middle of something so important?
Finally it was his turn to go
“Sir.” The person at the desk said. Nathan hadn’t even noticed he was at the front of the line. He looked up at the man, surprised.
“I’m sorry, but I’m going to need to confiscate that.” The man said.
“But-” Nathan stutterd. He didnt even try to move the book away as the man reached over the desk and snatched it.
Nathan walked off with both anger and disappointment in his expression.
“Hurry along please!” The man shouted after him.
I was surprised at the number of people in the Scalein line, after all, our school was small and there weren’t that many towns or people in them.
The line shrunk quickly and I didn’t have wait long before I was in the front of the line.
I stepped forward.
“Name, hun?” The woman at the desk asked.
“Crystal Serold” I replied
“B-27, hun. Hurry down, hun.”
I picked up into a jog and searched for B-27. It was somewhere near the very back. I opened the door tentatively and walked in.
There was a lady in the back fiddling with gadgets on a table opening drawers and loading syringes with liquids. She turned when she heard the door close, and gave me a short but warming smile.
“You must be Crystal!” She said I just nodded. I was standing in the doorway and already nervous about this.
“Why don’t you come and sit down?” She asked. “I’m Abigale, and I’ll be conducting your Chosen test today.”
I walked over to the chair in the middle of the room. It was reclined quite a bit, and still warm from the last person who had sat there. The room itself was small, and all the walls where painted a light blue-gray. There was a window near where Abigale stood.
Then I stared at the inside of my left wrist. This would be the last time I would ever see it bare.
Abigale walked over handed me a cup of what looked like lime-tinted water. “Drink.” She instructed simply, taking one of the needles and injecting my arm. I looked away and swallowed the liquid in one gulp. It tasted oddly sweet, but the texture was strange, almost as if it had some kind of pulp in it. She then placed a thick, black fabric on the inside of my wrist.
Another needle, this time in the side of my neck, and the world spun into a blur. The blur faded to black, and I was lost in the dark.
Sorry to keep you all waiting T-T
Up until last week, I was super busy with school.
Now that school’s out, it should be smooth SAILING from here.
I’ll post an update every Tuesday from here out. I will notify you ahead of time if I cant, but I’m fairly sure Ill be ably to at least Queue it.
[Sorry for the pun, I had to XD]