Divergent- Origins (FOR COMPETITION)

Have you ever wondered who was the very first Divergent? And what made them so dangerous in reputation? I implore you. Keep reading. If you want to find out…
(republished for the Divergent fanfic competition)

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Lani couldn't help feeling nervous. What if she mucked up? Put the whole of Abnegation against her? Would yet really do that though, would they really get so angry they would ignore you?

Her thoughts were interrupted by the instructors deep-toned voice.

"Welcome to Abnegation, new initiates. We hope you follow our values and learn the true meaning of selflessness. Your first test is today, and that is to help the elder of society make their way to the government building. The amount of respect you show them is what is being judged here. Remember, not only are we watching you, but The Lord God himself."

The crowd of families clapped quietly, then moved away, like a blur of grey butterflies. Lani was left behind. She didn't even believe in God, for  a start.

"Hey, how's it goin'?" Lisa's voice was a welcoming sound in the silence.

"Fine." Lani answered bluntly.

"Cool." Lisa seemed to fade away a little, as if Lani had switched her off.

"Do you believe in God?" Lani had to know. Surely she wasn't the only one who didn't?

"I don't, but I do believe in having faith." Lani smiled, what a great thing to say! She would keep that in mind for a later time.

Then she turned and wandered over to the elderly people milling near the roads. They all seemed reluctant to let her help them. Perhaps it was because of her black clothes and hair or just the fact that they didn't trust. In the end Lani found this woman called Charis who didn't mind (as much as the others). Lani smiled politely but as soon as they'd reached the government building she dashed away to go have a rest.

~

The government building looked even more sinister from the inside. It was so sterile and lifeless and grey. Lani led Charis up a flight of stairs and into this big room that reminded her of a meeting place her mum went whenever there was an important matter the Dauntless leaders needed to discuss. She let go of Charis's arm and let her go back to her Abnegation friends. That's when she noticed something interesting on the table. Lani picked the news paper article up and read it. With a frown she eyed Charis suspiciously before returning to her room.

~

Everyone had left a few hours ago. Lani was alone in her little room in the initiates quarters. It was empty except for a bed and a laundry basket. The rules for the house were stuck on the wall.

Respect other members of the house

Place all laundry in the basket, which is to be emptied three times a week. A bell will be rung at the time to bring it to the washing-room.

Stuff like that. Tedious chores.

Lani couldn't help but wonder if she may as well have stayed in Dauntless. At least if they killed her there, it would be quick. Here, she would die of boredom. And that would be worse than watching paint dry on a wall. 

Personally, Lani was just glad she had the first test down pat. She flopped down onto the bed, just hoping the next test would be just as easy. And then it struck her. Her name would be Edith.

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