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.

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10. The Truth

When I wake up, I am in an unfamiliar, white room. Almost every inch of my body aches, and my left ribs throb with unrelenting pain. I know they said that a slight head ache after the experiment would be normal, but they didn't tell me about this. What happened?
"Lilith!" I'm in a hospital. Caleb is sat in a chair next to the bed, his clothes are out of position and torn in places, and his bottom lip and left eye look swollen. "You're awake."
"Caleb?" My voice is croaky and weak "What happened? Are you okay?" I push myself up into a sitting position and wince as agony shoots through my chest. Caleb stands quickly.
"Woah! Careful! You need to rest. Your ribs are pretty badly bruised. They won't be entirely heeled for at least a month!" He warns, carefully manoeuvring me into a less painful position.
"How do you know that?" I question.
"I used to read a lot of medical books." He shrugs. "I brought you straight here after..." He stops. "After, what?" What happened?
"Lilith, well, umm..."
"Caleb!" I warn.
"After the initial experiment had been successfully concluded, Kai came and told us that each of participants’ room mates were to stay and ensure that there were no complications before the serum wore off. He told us they wouldn't be watching us anymore so we'd have to call for help if anything happened."
"Jake. He did something, didn't he?" My eyes narrow as I stare straight ahead. Jake.
"I tried to stop him, but Craig. He-" he drops his head, looking almost ashamed. So that solves his swollen face.
"I understand. Don't feel bad." I rest my hand on his shoulder and smile weakly when he looks at me.
"Anyway," he continues, taking a deep breath. "They then tied me to a chair. They then started talking about how fighting you would like fighting in a game. And so Craig started making you fight Jake. It was a pretty equal fight to be honest." Caleb says it as though I'm supposed to be proud of that. "When he'd got bored of fighting, he kissed you." I lift my hand painfully to touch my lips and stare of into the distance. He kissed me? "By that time I'd managed to release my hands, so I got to you and punched him in the face before lifting you and bringing you here. That was about three hours ago, I haven't seen anyone since."
"What about the other initiates? Why didn't they help us?" Is intelligence really fighting only for yourself and no one else?
"They did nothing, just kept watching their own participant." Caleb shakes his head. "Cowards."
"Thank you, Caleb. I owe you one." I give him a large smile.
"The worrying thing is it was far too easy for Craig to program you to fight. Like combat could be the first use of this serum." Caleb whispers. I smile at him again.
"Wow, you definitely have the curiosity to be Erudite, Prior." I say, causing him to smile in return. "I'm sure Craig's just better with computers than we thought."
"Yeah, probably." He agrees, unenthusiastically.
"Now, go back to our room and rest. You've done enough good deeds for one day, Abnegation!" I say and wink at him.
"But I have to stay to look after you. This is all my fault! I could have-"
"Left me there alone? Not tried to help me at all?" I cut him off. "Exactly. You've done more than I would've expected from anyone. You're a really great friend, Caleb. Thank you." He smiles and nods, before leaving the room. After a while, a nurse appears and suggests I take some painkillers. I take the pills and glass of water from her gratefully. Soon after sunset, the pain is reduced to a dull ache. These drugs are great! But there is something eating away at my brain. Nixon. I need to see him. He'll worry. I told him I'd see him tonight. The hospital room is empty, other than a couple of sleeping patients. I find the security camera and try to work out its line of vision. Soon, I am pretty confident the left half of my bed is out of view, so I slip out from under the sheets, and stay out of sight of the camera, as I climb up and out of the only window not under surveillance. Yes!

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