In the far future, after a terrible war. The land of Valhurst, came to life. Everyday would be like the last, until Abbie decides she wants to do things her own way. But not by decision, in her State, they are kind and helpful, but, she knows that's not her. She knows she's stubborn and good at fighting. So, will she get the appeal to go to the adventurous state? Or will she be forced to stay where she is? Will she take no for an answer?


4. Chapter 3- Deal or no Deal

I smirked at my dad, they didn't want to lose me forever. But no one said that I've passed the test yet. But no one in Valhurst has ever gotten this opportunity before. Dad shook his head at me. So he wanted me to leave, I would be leaving one way or the other. And I knew exactly what I wanted to say,

"Bring it on."

The next day, while pushing my sister, Taylor, on the swings in the park, I realised that I really couldn't keep up being nice everyday. I was used to being, well, normal, but the people in Defenceless were the most well mannered people I knew. Maybe 'cause their the only people I knew...

"Go higher!" Taylor screamed at the top of her voice,

"If I push you any harder, you'll fall of the swing!" I exclaimed back at her, she was struggling to hold onto the chain as it was,

"Come on, your normally cool." She murmured as I slowed her down. I didn't want her to hurt herself.

"Yeah, you used to be cool." My other sister Mary whispered as she spin herself slowly round on the creaky roundabout, newly painted with different colours. I nodded at their sentence,

"I was cool, because I didn't care what anyone wanted." I spoke, they came up to me on the bench and sat either side of me.

"But Jennifer Secrets has told me I have to behave." I explained, they looked confused,

"Who's Jennifer Secrets?" Taylor asked, she lent her head on my shoulders and stoked my hair. She was always the more carrying one out of all of them. Mary was always the smarter one, only slightly smarter though, defiantly not enough to be in Intelligent. I grabbed one of their hands and led them home.

"Jennifer Secrets is head of the Defenceless council." I explained to them. They nodded along with whatever I said.

The next two days were a drag, I sat in my room, reading a book that my mum used to read when she was little, it was about this boy who lived? I didn't really get it but my mum said it was a huge rage. Then the day came, the day that Jennifer came round to tell me, tell me of I had to go. I hadn't done anything wrong, so my hopes were really up.

I got up off my bed and brushed my hair until,

"Abbie, Miss Secrets is here." My mum knocked on the door politely, we're not meant to yell in Defenceless, because Jennifer thinks that shouting is a sign of defence. I placed my brush on my dresser and sighed. This meeting would change my life. This is the first step to becoming Valiant. I stepped out the door and Jennifer was in my living room, without her bodyguards. I'm sure they were around here somewhere. She looked depressed, great.

"Abbie, please sit." Again with the orders! Will this woman ever stop giving me orders in my own home. If I was in Valiant then I would totally tackle her. Sat down in front of her and she sighed herself.

"Abbie, as you know, we have been studying your actions carefully. We think you are capable of being in Valiant. You did nothing, because well, you were afraid that it might reck your chances of being Valiant. But there was just one thing, you know that book you were reading, were you into it?" She asked, what a weird question to be asking.

"It was alright I guess..." I admitted, I didn't want to say anything wrong. She nodded, that book might just have something to do with something. Anything, maybe there's a test.

"Ok, can I talk to your parents. Alone?" She asked as a question, but she really meant that it had to get out so I stood up and walked into my room. I closed the door but pressed my ear against it so I could listen in. I couldn't hear anything, there was no one talking. I pressed my ear against the door harder and I heard footsteps coming so I quickly ran back to my bed and lated down just in time.

"You were eavesdropping." Jennifer stated, I nodded, she looked impressed, I must of done something right, thank God!

"Go to Valiant, they'll see if your suitable. Now!"

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