I pull on the same grey style of shirt I wear every single day, and some plain grey pant. My short-cut Abnegation hair is black, and my grey eyes really pull the look all together. If someone could use one word to describe me, it would be boring. Blends in with the crowd, a stiff. I hate that, just pushing away who I am for the goodness of others. It’s stupid, like we have to forget who we are, who we want to be. We devote our lives to others. It’s just so stupid.
I walk to school, alone as usual. No one looks my way, not even fellow abnegation. I have barely any friends. There was one boy, Caleb, who talked to me some but he transferred to Erudite last year. He understood me. I’m pretty smart, but learning other than for school is self-indulgent.
As I walk down the corridor, my shoulders hunched, I hear a familiar voice. “Hey Stiff! Need someone to loosen you up?” Jake, a tough Erudite, ambles toward me. His arrogant friends bring up the rear and the whole hallway full of students turns to stare as Jake backs me up against a locker, shouting ugly comments and witty insults. I just stand and stare at the floor, unable to fight back or be “selfish”.
"Stop it, will you! He’s just a stiff leave him alone. Go away or I can come up with way better insults than yours.” A tall, pretty Candor steps in front of me. Her dark hair swinging in front of my face.
“Fine, fine, Candors are annoying to deal with.” Jake rolls his eyes and saunters away. His friends talk quietly as they leave.
"Uh, thanks.” I say as the Candor starts to leave,”My name’s Ben.” I smile weakly.
"Alex. Don’t mention it. Those Erudites are the worst.” Alex rolled her big brown eyes, “They think they’re so amazing, they’re really just a bunch of idiots.”
"I…..yeah they are.” I really smiled this time.
Alex’s eyes widened, “Benjamin the stiff actually insulted someone.”
I flushed and said goodbye. I had a weird, swirling feeling in my stomach as I sat down in my morning class. Alex was really, really nice. But an Abnegation and a Candor?! That’s the craziest thing I’ve ever heard (since the last Erudite newspaper of course).