Future Gladiator

Seventeen year old Burnet is brutally taken from her home to become the face of the Government Gladitorial Division. Her story will unravel both her past and her future and force her to make decisions with both consequences and rewards. Friends will become enemies and enemies may be the exact opposite of what they appear.

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17. It Has All Suddenly Become Very Real

Ambient light pours like water from the wall sconces around the room. The walls glint and shine a myriad of colours as blades of all shapes, sizes and colours line the worn rock walls. Leather clothing and other odd weapons such as scythes and whips hang from wooden rails on the wall.

Recesses in the wall are lit by torches held in the hands of the mannequins that reside on plinths in the alcoves. I quickly count the alcoves to find that there is an alcove for every one of us. That means there are eleven sets of armour, or costumes if you will, and each one is different.

Smaller mannequins line the left hand side of the curved room and they gradually grow in size until the one beside me on my right reaches the height of those my age. I quickly cast my gaze to the base of this particular plinth to see a tarnish silver nameplate screwed there. This one reads ‘Troja’. I notice that the others all have nameplates too.

Troja drops his hands from my shoulders and with patting me on the back, saunters over to his mannequin. I notice that I’m now stood alone in the centre of the room; the others stand in front of mannequins dumbstruck or with their heads in their hands.

Only one remains without a person stood in front of it and so I head towards it. My mannequin is to the right of the centre one where a boy slightly younger than me stands. I don’t look at his mannequin or at Shell’s who stands on my other side. My eyes slide straight past my mannequin without taking it in until they fall to rest on the nameplate at the bottom.

“Burnet”

My heart stops and my chest tightens. It has all suddenly become very much real.

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