Hotter Than Fire

**Darkest Minds Fanfiction**
Tamarin is twelve years old when his little sister Chamberly is taken away by soldiers in black. Several inexplicable things happen that day, including explosions and unexplained fires. Six years later, now 16, Tam begins to understand everything that's happened. He discovers his identity as a red. Attempting to survive, he searches for Chamberly- joining up with some interesting allies along the way.

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8. The Loss of Another Sister

I lean against a tree staring at the blank woods around me. I have been sentenced to guard duty, as far away from the camp as I can get. I blame it on the stupid leader of this place. I’ve learned a few things about him. His name is Clancy Grey, and he is the president’s son. And I hate him.

This job would be complete monotony if Kia wasn’t with me. She’s wearing my jacket still- I never took it back. She does her best to engage me in conversation, which I barely join in. Eventually she asks what I knew she was going to ask eventually.

“What’s wrong?”

“It’s him,” I mutter. “That little eel. I can’t believe I thought he’d help me get my sister back. Should have known. I can’t count on anyone.”

“Didn’t he say he would talk to you later about it?”

“He said no!” I snarl. “He won’t help me. He’s too scared to help me. He’s a selfish, useless cowardly-”

“Shh!”

“I’ll say whatever I want.”

“No, shh!” Kia insists. “I heard something!”

I fall silent, and listen. There is a snap. I tense, ready to run or fight.

It turns out, I don’t get the chance to do either. Because at that moment, there is a sudden blast of sound, so loud and horrible that it completely overrides my senses. I scream, reaching up to my ears, covering them frantically, but it does nothing to block out this horrible noise. It drowns out everything around me- Kia’s mouth is moving, but I can’t hear the words. I can’t even hear myself screaming.

I collapse, curling in on myself instinctively, doing something, anything to protect me from this awful sound. There seems to be no end to it- it just goes on and on and on. Faintly, I feel Kia’s hand on my arm, trying to pull me away. Away from what?
    Suddenly, her hand is gone. At the same time, the sound stops. I don’t even have time to look up. A hand grabs me, and yanks me to my feet. I see black, and panic. PsiThey’re here for me.

I am semiconscious now. I try to muster enough focus to burn the man holding me, but I can’t.

There is screaming, and I jerk suddenly, seeing another of the soldiers holding Kia. He holds a small speaker up to her head, and presses a button. I can’t hear anything, but she obviously can, because she screams and jerks wildly against him, her eyes rolling in her head, her expression one of animal terror.

I scream for her, but the soldier slams his fist into my gut and I collapse, gasping helplessly. I am twelve again, watching as the soldiers take Chamberly away. But this time, they are taking me with her.

“Tam!” Kia screams, reaching for me. For a moment, her face changes. Then again. I cannot tell if it is her I am seeing, or Chamberly. I reach for her as well, but the soldier holding me slams a fist into me again. This time he drops me, and I hit the ground. Lights blink before my eyes, then… nothing.

I call out Chamberly’s name as I sink into darkness.

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