I love The Hunger Games, and books set in the future, so I decided to try something out in that sort of area.

It's about a girl (called Kate), who has lived all her life inside one building. Years ago, an unknown disease spread throughout Britain, and so hundreds of survivors have been hiding in 'Safe Colonies'. This is the story of a girl desperate for freedom.

Sorry if it's terrible-it's my first movella!


5. Lies

Rule 4: The Minister rules all. Disobeying him/her is an act of treason.

    I could not believe I was doing this. I had only met this guy 20 minutes ago! Yet here I was, following Alec through a series of dimly lit corridors. Finally he stopped, sharply enough for me to crash into him and get a waft of his luscious scent.

"We're here," he said, excitement in his voice. As we walked through the door, I read the sign 'Caretaker's Office - Out of Use'. The perfect place for hiding. Buzzing with anticipation, I quickly stepped through into...well quite possibly the weirdest room I'd ever seen.

It was small, but cosy and I'm sure it once was a very nice office -it had deep blue wallpaper and various smooth furnishings. But now, now, it was covered in wires, black leads slithering across the floor like snakes, much of the wooden floorboards taken up by random electrical equipment, I couldn't even begin to imagine what purpose they had. In the corner of the room sat one lonely table, and on it some sort of screen in a box that kept flashing and beeping. Also, in drastic contrast to the futuristic equipment, one whole tight corner was completely filled with stacks upon stacks of books covering all imaginable topics. I walked towards the piles slowly, the exotic titles drawing me in. But then my eyes found the most extraordinary thing in that room; and I gave a little gasp. One entire wall was covered in the largest, most striking map I had ever laid eyes on. At least, I was pretty sure it was a map: it was filled with colour and lines criss-crossing everywhere, with names neatly typed on in languages that made my head spin.

I turned to Alec, my green eyes alight with wonderment.

"Great isn't it?" Alec crowed. "My father and I built it 9 years ago." Seeing the question in my eyes, he explained further, "My dad worked in this half for a few years, so it was quite easy for him to build up this little hub. Now and then he just sneaks -sneaked- through."

I realised my mouth was hanging open, so shut it quickly. "But..what is it?" I stuttered, blinking hard, as though my eyes were lying.

"This?" Alec stepped into the middle of the chaos, flung his arms wide and grinned from ear to ear. "This is our escape route."

"Escape route?" I echoed, my amazement soon turned to suspicion. Many times I had dreamed of freedom - when I was a kid I even used to spread my arms, pretending I could fly away. Don't get me wrong, the SaBus are a fine -a safe haven- but I have always had this feeling of being suffocated. Of being trapped.

"In a manner of speaking."

He walked over to the vast map. My eyes followed his every step; I still hadn't figured out whether to trust this stranger. Alec took a ruler and pointed to a country on the map, and began his lecture.

"Great Britain. Where we are now. I'm sure you've heard the legit story: the deadly disease spread through Britain and the world, infecting everyone in it's path, save the lucky few. Our ancestors. The mayor and his minions make people believe that we've lived here for centuries, but technically it's actually about 7 decades." I nodded, pleased I already knew this.

"Grandma Libby told me that."

Alec looked surprised. "She was alive when the disease started?"

"Yeah..her father -my great grandfather- was infected." I said meeting Alec's shocked eyes. His mouth was in a perfect little 'O' shape. I sighed, thinking about the disease. It happened in the year 3078, so the story goes. No one knows what caused it, they were all too busy getting the hell away, I thought wryly. But once you were infected, well, it turned you into a monster. Not in looks: it stripped you of your personality and made you crave for raw flesh. Raw, human flesh.

"Anyway, the disease spread, the SaBu's were inhabited, and so the Wilds were created. Deserted fields, buildings where the Infected roamed. And according to the tale, every other country in the world was essentially wiped out, overrun with the Infected. We are on our own."

"But..?" I continued, guessing what would come next.

"But they have no proof! They are lying to us! For all we know the rest of the world could have eliminated the Infected and gone about their normal lives! Not  trapped in some horrid, gloomy building," he finished bitterly. And loudly. He was about to shout again, and terrified someone would hear, I instinctively put my finger to his lips.

"Someone's gonna find us! And then-" His eyes silenced me. Gently taking my hand, he lowered my finger.

"We're safe, Kate. Trust me." He stared beseechingly into my eyes.

Trust. I hadn't trusted anyone in a long time. Not since my father died, I realised sadly.

As though reading my mind, Alec softly whispered, "Tell me about your father."


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