Stream

Everyone now has a constant stream of information flowing into their heads. News, films, music, books. It's never-ending.
Ana has finally had enough.
She wants out.
She wants to stop the Stream.
*FOR THE SCI-FI COMPETITION*

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9. Nine

“Hey, Kai.”

“Hmm?”

“It’s Ana. Tia Jeffries’ sister.”

“Oh! Hi Ana. What is it?”

“I just wanted to tell you something.”

“Sure.”

“It stopped.”

“What?”

“The noise. It’s stopped.”

I hit ‘end call’ and breathe in a breath of fresh air, with a hint of salty tang.

I splash my bare feet in the cold water, laughing.

The sea is beautiful.

It’s cold, the sand is wet, and crabs could pinch my toes at any second.

But I don’t care.

As soon as I got out of school, I looked up countries where a Stream is not compulsory.

There was only one.

I booked two tickets for the ferry to New Hermes as soon as I got home and told Tia to pack her bags.

I’m planning on getting hers removed as soon as we arrive.

I stole some money from my Mum to buy a flat.

I hope she can forgive me.

I’ve already applied for a job in New Hermes.

Tia waves to me from the dock.

I laugh again and run to join her, kicking up the tide as I go.

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