Convergent (Full)

Lilith was never meant for Candor. The faction of truth has no place for a girl like her. So when she transfers to Erudite - the intelligence faction - at the choosing ceremony, the lack of surprise is evident. But when a mysterious cat leads her out into the city, will she discover that she made the wrong choice? And who is the strange boy in black?

Had to cut it down to 5000 words for a contest, but I enjoyed it so much I didn't wanna stop.


9. The Orange Serum

The next day my head is swimming - almost uncontainable - with thoughts of the night before. Nixon's fifth fear. The kisses. The jump. It was... Spectacular. I've never felt more alive. I sigh gently and smile to myself.
"What's got you so happy, Lielith?" Jake scoffs, snapping me back to reality. "Thinking about sweet little Candor?" Reality sucks.
"Shut up, Jake." I hiss, as I drop from my bunk where I was perched. He moves closer.
"You know, you should really watch your back, Candor. You don't know what I'm capable of." He growls.
"You're right, I don't. But if I take into consideration your height, build and intelligence - which, let's face it, you haven't shown me much of - I don't think I've got much to worry about." I pat his head gently to reinforce my patronizing statement and start towards to door, before calling back "Oh! And don't call me Candor!"
When I enter the test hall, I notice that - other than Jake and Craig - I am the last initiate to arrive.
"Not making a very good impression, Lilith!" Kai calls over the crowd. After Jake and Craig enter and are met with a similar comment, we are called to silence. Once the room is hushed, Kai begins to speak.
"Being a part of this fandom means contributing your knowledge for the greater good, for all factions." He bellows. "That is what you will practice today. Come."
We all comply and follow him down the hall to an expensive looking science laboratory. It is large, about twenty square feet, with three white walls (matching the ceiling, floor, table and equipment) and a full length window occupying the fourth. Rows of three foot high floor cupboards frame the white walls, different paraphernalia covering the work surfaces on top of them. There are also similar work surface topped cupboards in the centre of the room.
"Okay. Today, you will be working with a revolutionary serum. This serum has been three years in the making, and today, you will do the final test." Kai explains, with a little too much pride. "This serum has been created to assist care for the mentally ill. This small, painless injection," he holds up a long syringe he filled with orange liquid "can temporarily numb the patient's mind, allowing the operator of this computer," he indicates to a screen behind him with his thumb "to alter their actions."
"So, it's mind control?" Craig calls from the back of the crowd.
"Yes, Mr Jacobs, that is what the unintelligent may call it." Kai shoots. "Try to ask more intelligent questions in the future." Craig mumbles something unintelligible in response.
"As I was saying!" Kai bellows over the crowd "This serum has only currently been tested on animals and mechanical human test simulators. So, as you all should know, the final test is on humans. That is what you will be doing as part of your initiation today."
"Testing?" I quiz "On who?"
"Each other. Here in Erudite, we need you to be willing to give your life for the evolution of the city." He pauses for our response, but is only met with twenty-ish blank expressions. "A sacrifice for science is no sacrifice at all."
Soon, all of the equipment is set out on the work tops and we are dressed in long white lab coats with blue cuffs and buttons, and blue gloves.
"Now, the four initiates with the highest scores in each test will be tested on." Kai announces.
"Firstly, IQ, Jenna Cimmon." A tall girl with long brown hair, tied up in a high ponytail, and thick lensed glasses steps forward. She wears little make up and has quite plain, but well fitted, clothing. She is an Erudite-born initiate.
"Next, Science." Kai pauses for dramatic effect. "Caiden Smith." This boy is well built and well proportioned. His skin is a light golden colour, and his hair is pitch black. I assume, from the tattoos poking out from under his collar, that he was Dauntless.
"English. Kenzie Jeckland" Kenzie is a short girl with blonde hair and a perfectly womanly figure. Her lips are well rouged and her eyelashes coated in mascara. She wears, like me, thick rimmed glasses (which, of course, neither of us actually need).
"And finally, Math." The voice pulls me from my thoughts. Please not me. Please not me. Please- "Lilith Lacon." Crap. We step forward and remove our lab coats, as instructed. We are then sat on a row of uncomfortable wooden seats.
"You will be left unsupervised in this room, but we will be watching your activity through the security cameras and the video cams I will connect to each test subject." After the tiny cameras have been pinned to our clothing, we are left alone. Jake takes an orange-filled syringe and approaches me.
"Hey, Lielith." He oozes.
"Back off, Jake!" I spit. "It's just an experiment, princess. Give me your arm and this will all be over soon..." His smile makes me feel uneasy, but I extend my arm anyway, because I know if I don't, I'm out of Erudite for good. I feel the needle push into my skin and watch the orange liquid disappear from the syringe. My vision fades and, as I slip from consciousness, I am left with one thought. A sacrifice for science is no sacrifice at all.

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