The Pure One

Safi is a 15 year old, brown eyed girl. Now to you and me that seems perfectly normal, but the year is 2156. Having Brown Eyes is a bad thing; especially when their are Monstra about. Having to stay in the Corridors and face her Induction scares Safi to death. She wants to run away and escape the horrors that face her, but are there more horrors out there than there are in the Corridors?

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4. The Surprise

Chapter 4 – The Surprise

Safi stuffed her things inside an old purple gym bag she had kept hidden for the last 7 years in case an occasion such as this arose, and then wandered towards the large pale door at the end of her room as slowly as she could, so she had more time away from Steve and his plans for her Induction. She rested her thin, bony hand on the handle, plastered on a fake smile of happiness and excitement and pushed down on it.

“You took your time!” Said a plump, rosy cheeked man.

“I heard your alarm go off at least 10 minutes ago!”

“I’m sorry Steve I didn’t mean to take my time, I just wanted to make sure I was ready for the dress fitting today. I was just sorting everything out in here because I knew the process is extremely long so I didn’t want to have other things back here taking my mind off the extremely important business we were actually doing”

“That’s ma’ girl! Not wanting to disappoint anyone”

“Yeh….. Shall we go?”

“Not just yet I’d like to take you to mine and your mothers room we have a surprise for you!”

“Oh ok then, let’s go.”

And with that Steve led Safi down the long winding Corridor past 10 bolted doors to their room.

Oh god, Mum’s only gone and planned a surprise party… she’s so predictable! If this was any other birthday I would be extremely grateful but not this one. It’s going to make it harder for me to leave and she knows it. She has probably guessed that I was planning to leave. She can always tell what I’m thinking or at least work it out. I hope I’ve been able to keep my plan from her I don’t want her to get hurt, but that can’t be helped. I’m her only daughter and I’m running away from her – that’s got to sting, but she’s making me do this.

“Go on in! Your mother is waiting for you!”

As Safi pushed open the door she saw nothing but darkness and this scared her. She stood there in the dark for what felt like a minute, until a light was flicked on…

“SURPRISE!” Shouted about 50 people from all different directions. Surprise surprise. Safi stood there with a stunned expression spread across her face. Pretend you don’t know what to say – looked shocked... Cry! Crying is always good at these things!  50 people where stood there waiting for her to speak about how excited she was for her Induction, there was only one think she could think to do. Safi closed her eyes and collapsed to the floor.

“Safi!!” Screamed her Mum.

She ran forward through the crowd of people holding a party hat and party popper, terrified that she had hurt her only child with, what she thought was a lovely gesture. Safi lay there motionless pretending that she had fainted, wishing the colour would drain from her face to make it more believe-able. She felt the freezing cold hands of her mother press against her forehead and then fumble down to her neck searching for a pulse. God Mum your hands are freezing! Yes I am alive it’s not like I just got shot. Go and tell everyone I’m not dead. They’ll be dying to now. Hey see what I did there… After she had found it you could feel the tension leave the room like water gushing downhill, as everyone breathed a sigh of relief. Safi felt her mother wave her hands over her face to see whether she would react or not; she tried not to smile at how stupid this scene must look to an outsider. As the displaced air stopped pushing its way across her face she could just lay there and relax that she had gotten away with it.

“I think everyone should go for now, until Safi regains consciousness”

The sound of 48 pairs of feet leaving echoed around the room.

“You too Steve, I can handle this”

Yeh go on Mum tell the fat pig to go away it’s not like he’s worried. As Safi heard his feet leave the room she started to pretend she had just woken up from a long slumber.

“Where am….” Safi started

“You don’t have to pretend to me Safi, I knew you were faking fainting” Oh oh. Plans in trouble…

“How did you know?” Safi said as she started to sit up and face her Mum

“When people faint they tend to fall forwards or sideways not straight down with their arms out to avoid injury… I just want to know why?”

“I didn’t know what to do… I didn’t get much sleep last night, I just couldn’t face people asking me questions...” Nice save she’s starting to believe you.

“Ok, go outside and meet Steve for your dress fitting. See you later – Love you darling”

“I love you too Mum”

With that Safi turned and left. Her expression channelling that of a dog that had its tail between its legs.

 

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