FOURever

Society is divided into five factions. As each person enters adulthood, he or she must choose a faction and commit to it for life. However, Evelyn initiation leads to the discovery that she is a Divergent and will never be able to fit into just one faction. Warned that she must conceal her status, Evelyn uncovers a looming war which threatens everyone she loves.

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1. Chapter 1

 

We're lucky to be in the city. They say that war was terrible, that the rest of the world was destroyed. Our founders built the wall to keep us safe and they divided us into five groups, factions, to keep the peace. The smart ones, the ones who value knowledge and logic, are in Erudite, they know everything. Amity farm the land, they're all about kindness and harmony, always happy. Candor value honesty and order, they tell the truth, even when you wish they wouldn't. And then there's Dauntless, they're our protectors, our soldiers, our police. I always thought they were amazing. Brave, fearless and free. Some people think that Dauntless are crazy, which they kind of are. My family is Abnegation, the others all call us stiffs. We lead a simple life, selfless, dedicated to helping others. We even feed the factionless, the ones who don't fit in anywhere. Because we're public servants, we're trusted to run the government. My father works alongside our leader, Marcus. It all works, everyone knows where they belong. Except for me.

My mother's says there's an art to losing yourself, but I haven't figured it out yet. I'm supposed to never think of myself, to always help others. To never look too long in the mirror. I was standing beside my younger sister, Beatrice as our mother gave her a haircut. I watch as mother pushes some buttons, opening up a mirror, allowing Beatrice and myself to look at our reflections. I look down at my outfit to see it the same plain colors as always. A grey knee length skirt, white top with a grey sweater over the top, and grey flats. My hair was up in a bun, just above my neck. "Are you guys nervous?" Mother asks us, "No. Were you for your test?" Beatrice questions as she does her hair in the same bun as mine. "Mm-umm, no. I was terrified" Mum says and I slightly smile, "But I didn't have any reason to be and neither do you. Both of you" Mum says as she kisses Beatrice's forehead and the side on my head. I take one last look in the mirror as Mother starts to close it, "That's all you get. Rules are rules" she says and locks it.

Today I take the test. I'm scared it'll tell me I'm not Abnegation, that I have to leave my family. But I'm even more scared that it'll tell me to stay. For Beatrice it was hard, I could see she didn't fit in here. But for my older brother, Caleb it's easy. 


 

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