The Allegiant

Have you ever had a dream that haunts you in your sleep? That doesn’t make any sense, but is terrifying anyway? That you can never forget and that you’ve never told anyone about?
And what if you found out this dream was real . . .

Macey Jackson is an average American girl, or at least that’s what she thinks. Macey was adopted at birth, she just doesn’t know it yet, she has a secret past that’s been hidden from her full of danger, myth and magic.
And she’s not alone.
Macey along with five others are the Allegiant.
And they’re about to find out what that means.

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5. Dakota

  Dakota woke up shaking. She could hear her heart pounding in her ears. That damn dream. It got worse every time. She lay in bed with her eyes closed until her heart slowed down. She swallowed against her dry throat and realized that was never going to happen. She could hear shouting downstairs. Her foster parents were going through a divorce and were constantly at each others throats about who gets what. She had three other foster sisters and she could hear them shouting too. It had been what she’d woken up to for the last few weeks.

  Dakota got dressed slowly and took her time in the bathroom, she was in no mood to face the raging arguments downstairs and after the dream she didn’t think it would be as easy to ignore the shouts and bangs as the previous mornings. She didn’t want to walk right into world war three downstairs just yet. There was a knocking at the bathroom door.

“Dakota? Are you in there?” A small voice asked, Dakota opened the door and let Millie in. She was the youngest sister and the fights were really scaring her.

  “Thanks,” she said sitting on the edge of the bath.

  “No problem.”

  “Do you think we’ll be okay?” she asked, looking down at the bathmat.

  “We’ll be fine,” Dakota promised, just echoing herself from what she’d been telling her for ages now. “Lizzie and Jacky are staying with Kim and were both going to a new home. We’ll be fine.” Kim was their foster mum, she couldn’t have kids herself so she fostered. But their dad had never really liked the idea, so hadn’t been interested in keeping them after the divorce.

  “What will happen if anything happens to you? What will happen to me then?”

  “Then you’ll stay with Kim too, like she said she can keep three of us, but she didn’t want to completely abandon one of us so we got split two and two. But nothings going to happen to me,” Dakota frowned, why would she say that?

  “Okay,” Millie sighed innocently. She seemed too young to be going through this.

  “Come on, school time.”

  “I don’t want to go back down there.”

  “Come and get dressed at least.” Dakota said and she looked down at her slippers like she’d only just realized what she was wearing.

  “Okay.”

  Dakota reached for the door handle and the door shot open before she could even touch it. At first she thought it was Lizzie and her ever growing mood swings and was ready to snap at her, she was so not in the mood for her today but Dakota was surprised to see that there was no one in the corridor.

  Millie didn’t notice anything and she just ran around Dakota and into her bedroom. Dakota shook her head and figured it was nothing, the wind was picking up outside and her window was shaking from it, it must be that, she thought to herself.

  Dakota went to help Millie get changed and then took her downstairs. “Wait here, I’ll get breakfast.” Dakota left her on the couch watching cartoons and walked into the kitchen where Kim and Ian were having a screaming fit.

  “Good morning,” she said.

  “What’s so good about it?” Ian snapped at her.

  “Well,” Dakota groaned as Ian stormed out and Kim dropped down on a chair and sighed heavily, her face in her hands.

  “I see why you’re kicking him out.” Dakota acknowledged as she put bread in the toaster.

  “Tell me about it. How’s Millie?” She sounded exhausted.

  “Not too good. She’s scared.”

  “You’re a good sister to her. Thank you.”

  “You’re welcome.”

  “Oh my god, thank god he’s gone.” Lizzie groaned, waltzing into the kitchen, followed by Millie, who went to sit on Kim’s knee. Dakota gave her some toast and then reached for her phone off the kitchen table, but it shot into her hand before she got near.

  “Don’t snatch!” Lizzie moaned. “Don’t you think we’ve had enough attitude for one morning?”

  “Sorry I didn’t mean to.” She looked at her phone wide eyed. First the bathroom door now this. Too weird.

  “Dakota? Are you okay?” Kim asked, she was the only one who noticed anything was wrong.

  “Yeah I guess,” she just shrugged, if she couldn’t understand it than she couldn’t explain it either.

  “Go ahead to school, I’ll drop Millie off,” she offered noticing her strange mood. Dakota turned and walked out of the door without saying another word.

  Dakota as freaked out as she was, she was worried more about what Millie had said, ‘What if something happens to you?’ she was scared that something was happening to her. She had made her phone fly into her hand and opened the bathroom door without touching it. Once was weird but twice was more than just a coincidence. Dakota didn’t believe in coincidences.

  Dakota got to school but she didn’t bother going to class. Slipping around the back of the main building she made her way to the football field. When she got there she was alone. Usually there were at least some smokers there but there was no one. The clouds engulfed the sun as she sat down and ran threatened as she hung out at the back of the school, trying to figure out what to do.

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