The Institute

After waking up from his two-year coma, Axel finds himself in a world where he can't find his family, where nobody will help him, and where the entire country has been taken over by a corporation called the Institute.


5. 4

June 8
5:05 PM
Ninth Institute building

The Lieutenant’s assistant gave his boss a little shake. “Uh…um, sir? There is a problem…”
      Lieutenant Riggs woke up with a start. He had been sleeping in his office due to boredom at work. Irritated, he gave a sharp “What?” that made the poor assistant flinch.
     “Uh…uh…s-sir, outside…”
     “There…there is, uh…”
     “What? There is a what???”
     The assistant trembled. “Oh, sir! You must follow me…”
After a long, reluctant sigh, Riggs smoothed his greying black hair and followed his mostly useless assistant to wherever he was going. This better be good, or I’m firing this guy, he thought.

The mostly useless assistant stiffly walked toward the window in his small office room. White cars passed neatly and pedestrians walked by neatly and daisies swayed in the breeze neatly, but there was one thing out of place. When he saw it, he pointed frantically. “Sir! There it is, sir! The doctor, sir! Look at him, sir!”
     There it was. Not so much of an ‘it’ as was it a ‘he’. ‘He’ was a doctor—or it could be a disguise of one—with fiery red hair, running around the streets and stopping in front of every New Land citizen, trying to speak to them. Whatever he was trying to say, Ln. Riggs was sure of one thing. No citizen under the order of the Institute would ever dare to go out of place in Master Kings’ masterpiece.
     This man was a rebel.
“Porter.” The assistant whirled around in fright. “Assemble two of my soldiers. Tell them to go capture that boy.”
     “Yes, right away, sir—“
“And get me my rifle, will you? I’ve been dying of boredom and I will be accompanying them.”
     Porter’s eyes widened. “Y-yes, of course, sir, ri-right away, sir.” He saluted and ran off.
Riggs smiled. Now he had something to do

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