Tomorrow-The Day That never comes

When the next day never comes but a war is taking place in the future how are you supposed to end it?
Recruited to the organisation F.A.I.T, Harriet (Harri) becomes part of the team who uses the advanced technology to plug in to the future to uncover the truth behind the war and to find a way stop it before it has even begun.
The confusion she finds clogging her mind when she wakes instantly causes a stir amongst the leaders but is soon pushed aside.
Harri's inquisitively soon gets her into trouble she is not aware of. Constantly pushing boundaries and breaking the rules she ends up getting further than they ever have before.
But it's not all good news. Harri discovers much more than she set out to uncover and things go from bad to worse as secrets are uncovered.
'It's no longer a secret if everyone knows'

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13. Chapter Twelve

I didn't get an answer the next day, when I asked if they had come to a conclusion the answer I got was: "We are still weighing up the positives and negatives" or "We are still discussing it". So I went in with the blue and performed my duties as usual without causing any problems which I was rather pleased about as was everybody else, although I will admit I missed the action of doing my own thing. We found nothing. One more day and we still found nothing. It seemed to be a recurring pattern. 

            Two days after discovering I was MPD something new did happen, however not in the future but within F.A.I.T. Three new recruits arrived although they weren't ready for the excitement of the war consumed future. We were heading towards the plug in, still no response on me going in fully, when the sound of rattling metal came from behind me. I turned to look over my shoulder seeing hospital beds being wheel past the end of the corridor we were walking down. Of course I was intrigued by this event that I had not witnessed before so I turned and followed. 

            I walked fasted down the corridor not wanting to miss where they went next and once I turned the corner to catch the beds being wheeled into separate rooms. All three of them slipped into the rooms, seemingly disappearing through the wall, at the same time. Simultaneously, as though run by clock work. My steps becoming more like strides as I rushed forward to try and catch them before they disappeared completely. I caught up as the doors slid shut with a hiss but a circular window allowed me to see what was inside. I had to stand on my tiptoes to see in properly and I rested my fingers on the ledge to hold on as I steadied myself in this weaker position. Suddenly the door slid open again and I nearly fell into the room. 

            "Sorry" I said standing aside to let the woman out who had pushed the bed in. The door closed instantly behind her and when it did I resumed my position. On the bed lay a young boy who couldn't have been any more than 10 years old, he wore the same piece of cloth they called a hospital gown I had woken up in. His hair was styled so that it was out of his face and his skin looked white and pasty as had mine. It was hard to see with the distance between us and the way he lay on his back with his head further away from me but I thought I could see the familiar pink scar on his neck. The scar that came from having the memory chip inserted. On the white board behind him was information similar to my own information I had read only the particular details different. 

            Name: Cameron James Worthington  

            DOB: 17/04/2055

            BI: 01/06/2065 

            Day: 1

            Group: E1

            A new recruit. 

            I moved over to the next window. The same image but a different face. This time a girl lay almost lifeless on the bed the only sign there was any life was the rising and falling of her chest. I looked at her face and that's when it happened. The same flashing imagery that occurred when I first arrived. A blue background, silver letters appeared underneath the image of the young boy Cameron who I had just seen. Each letter spelling out his name which I already knew. He had blonde hair and blue eyes, the kid had practically been designed in a lab. Then his face was replaced by a new face, a girl, the girl that I had just been looking at. Her face was far more clear in this forced and posed image that I was being shown than the real life face I had only viewed from an odd angle. The lettering changed to reveal a new name: Lauren Maxwell, straight, dark blonde hair tucked behind the ears on another young face with pale skin. Again the figure changed to another girl who couldn't have looked much different to the first. Her curly black hair bounced about just above her shoulders and the dark colour of her hair complimented her dark skin tone. Big brown eyes shone like her smile. Isla Foster. The three new recruits had just been uploaded onto the database and fed to the memory chips. 

            I was back seeing what was actually in front of me and I noticed that my breathing had become more erratic. I looked past the bed at the whiteboard behind it as though I wanted to check the information I had just received. Sure enough on it was the same information as was on the board in the previous room and on mine. 

            Name: Lauren Holly Maxwell

            DOB: 07/11/2054

            BI: 01/06/2065 

            Day: 1

            Group: E2

            I moved on to the next room knowing already what I would find inside. Another lifeless body in a hospital gown. Almost the same information marked in black on the white.

            Name: Isla Foster  

            DOB: 24/12/2055

            BI: 01/06/2065 

            Day: 1

            Group: E3

            All of them were children. F.A.I.T had just recruited three children to roam about in the war infested future to which they belonged to. I'm sure no one else thought it strange and the children themselves will wake up and probably think this is a great idea and love the fact they can travel into the future. 

            "I see you've met our new members" I turned to H walking towards me. 

            "Why are they children?" I asked. 

            "We thought in light of the recent attack of the school it would be beneficial to have some young members" H justified their action.

            "So they can see their friends get crushed in the future?" I challenged. 

            "That event has already happened and we would never put them or anyone in that position" H continued. 

            "But they are just kids" I continued to defend their innocence.

            "Yes and they will probably be better behaved them you" H said reminding me of everything I had done wrong so far. I couldn't tell if he was joking or being serious but I didn't have time to ask as he placed his hand on my shoulder before walking passed me. 

            "Oh and Harriet" I turned around, facing the direction he had just walked off into. "I'm on my way to a meeting about whether or not you plug in with the green. Care to join me?" H asked. This was it, the moment of truth. I walked behind him, followed him to wherever this meeting was taking place. Accidentally picking up Alex on the way. He just starting walking with me as I passed by him. 

            "What's going on?" Alex asked.

            "I'm going to find out what happens next" I replied. 

            "What do you mean?"

            "About whether the next time I plug in I am using blue or green" I explained. 

            "I hope you get the answer you want" He stopped outside the door that H has just turned into. 

            "Me too" I walked into the room and saw H taking his seat in between L and A and an empty chair opposite them with a table in between. The empty chair which I was supposed to fill. It felt like an interview for the apprentice with Alan Sugar staring right at me. 

            "Why do you want to go in fully?" L jumped straight in with the questions before I had even sat down. 

            "This feels like the worst interview ever" I joked but clearly they weren't in the mood for telling jokes. Their stones faces carved into serious expressions, all except A who cracked a small smile. 

            "To talk. To feel. To experience. Going in undetected gives us limited knowledge because we can't speak to anyone. If we speak to people who are working with The Order or anyone else we might be able to find out more and find something that can help us" I found my voice sounded more and more like I was desperate for them to except my idea. My speech was like a pitch for a product I wanted sell them and I guess in a way I was doing exactly that. I realised the intensity of it all, the passion I had suddenly drummed up, their glaring stares expecting more from me that I thought I could give. 

            "Couldn't this have been more informal and a little less business meeting like?" I suggested. 

            "So you think communicating with the public will help?" L asked.

            "Of course it will" 

            "It will also leave you vulnerable and exposed to the dangers and we don't know the effects injury or death once plugged in will have on you" She challenged. 

            "And you will never know unless you try" 

            "Harri's right, I made the green so that one day we could send people in properly to get more information or different information at the least and now it seems the perfect opportunity. Yes there are dangers and problems with it that we haven't faced before but I can monitor her and pull her out if needs be" A was firmly on my side and it was good to hear so. 

            "We have plenty of people in on the low down which obviously has advantages but nothing significant has been found yet so maybe it's time for something new" I continued to try and convince them.

            "You have had it in mind to change an awful lot of things since you arrived, Harri" H leaned in, his forearms on the table linked as his fingers laced together. 

            "It hasn't been my intention to change anything and I wouldn't say that I have, I have merely bent some of the rules" I defended.

            "I would say you have more than bent the rules, you have taken some of them and snapped them in half" H said. 

            "What can I say I just like to explore. Anyway I thought this was about giving me a yes or a no on using green instead of blue" I tried bringing it back to the topic they had dragged me in here to talk about. 

            "We are I just don't want to allow you to appear fully in the future if you are still going to break rules because it will bring more danger to you and people around you" H had a good point. 

            "I won't break any more rules although I am assuming the rules will change" 

            "They will and we must be sure you will be careful" L chipped in. 

            "I will even sign a contract" I assured them although I was having trouble convincing myself that I meant it. 

            "Good" H said 

            "So it's agreed?" I doubled checked. 

            "You get a trial run, we don't know the effect even using the green will have on your body or your mind" H confirmed I was getting a chance. A smile spread across my face.

            "We spoke before this and we think that you are right about it being useful" L said. 

            "So I guess me breaking the rules paid off in the end" I said as I lifted myself from my seat. 

            "Don't push it" H said but he was smiling. 

            "See you in a few minutes" A winked at me in acknowledgement that the trail run was to take place soon. 

            "So?" Alex wanted an answer the second I stepped outside the door.

            "We are heading to the plug in where I will be having a trial run on the green" I told him. 

            "What?! That's great!" Alex seemed more excited than I did but I suppressed my own excitement so not to get carried away. 

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