Convergent (Full)

Lilith was never meant for Candor. The faction of truth has no place for a girl like her. So when she transfers to Erudite - the intelligence faction - at the choosing ceremony, the lack of surprise is evident. But when a mysterious cat leads her out into the city, will she discover that she made the wrong choice? And who is the strange boy in black?

Had to cut it down to 5000 words for a contest, but I enjoyed it so much I didn't wanna stop.


11. The Return

I am more edgy than usual when winding through the streets and alleyways tonight. Maybe it's the painkillers. I rush through the passageways, constantly checking over my shoulder. When I finally enter Nixon's shack, I shut the door quickly and release the breath I didn't even know I was holding.
"Woah! Calm it, Erudite!" Nixon whispers, placing his hand on my shoulder, as he stands behind me. I stare at the door for a second and try to control my heavy breathing. He kisses my neck gently.
"What's wrong? What happened?" His tone is laced with concern. He turns me around to face him. "Why are you wearing a hospital gown?"
On my legs, I wear the same skinny jeans I put on this morning, but instead of my normal blue, unbuttoned shirt and black tank, I'm wearing a hospital gown. Royal blue, of course.
"I- Ummm..." Damn. I can't lie to him about this. "There was a situation in initiation."
"What situation?" He asks in a warning tone.
"They were testing a serum - something that can completely change a person's actions and leave them in your control - on four of us." I begin.
"Wait. What? That's completely unethical!" Nixon shouts, making me jump. "Sorry," he says softly "carry on, but it is!"
I launch into the story of what happened earlier, try to gauge Nixon's reactions. For a Dauntless boy - a faction known for not masking any negative emotion - he's surprisingly difficult to read.
"So, how did you get out?" Nixon questions, focused completely on me.
"Caleb managed to get to me just after Jake..." I stop. Do I want Nixon to know that Jake kissed me?
"What did the bastard do to you, Lilith?" He hisses.
"Well, Ummm... The thing is... He kindaa... Urrr..." Nixon looks me straight in the eye. I sigh, I have to tell him. "Jake kissed me." Now, Nixon's body language is very easy to read. His hands tighten into fists at his side, his jaw clenches; his forehead becomes set into a harsh scowl.
"He did what?!" His eyes narrow a little more as he growls the words.
Suddenly, he pushes me against the hard wall, the wood cold against the skin that's exposed by the back of my hospital gown. He kisses me hard. Beneath the violent assault on my lips, my body sags and relaxes. This is where I belong. He deepens the connection, kissing me harder. I respond by increasing the pressure from my own lips. A moan rumbles in his throat, telling me that he's enjoying this. We disconnect and I take a deep breath, before we both work on regulating our panting breaths.
"Your lips... They... They're mine..." He pants. "I... I can't even think... Of a monster... Like that... Taking advantage of you... Lilith..."
"Shhhh. It doesn't matter, he was just be-"
"Yes, it does matter!" He shouts, making me jump and cutting my sentence short. "Lilith, I- I just don't know what I'd do if he took you from me. I mean, he's Erudite. When you're older, you'll need to marry within your faction. He's a good age for you. And, I mean, come on! The guy lives with you!"
"I hate him, Nix. I can't stand him. He makes me feel lower than I've ever felt before!" I confess. I sigh gently. "But you..." I whisper softly "You make me feel safe, at home. I've known you no time at all and I already feel closer to you than anyone from my old faction. You're amazing!"
"If he ever tries anything again, I'll... I'll..."
"Shhhhh." I cut him off. "He's not worth the effort." I smile and Nixon kisses my lips softly, before taking me in his arms and scattering tiny kisses on the top of my head. Soon after, the pain in my ribs begins to return, yanking me back to reality.
"I better get back." I whisper, regretting the words as I say them. Nixon releases me after kissing my gently on the lips.
"Stay safe." His words almost make me smirk. A Dauntless boy speaking of safety?
Soon, I am back in the Erudite complex. I decide to go in through the front door of the main building, as there's a restroom near the entrance, which gives me an alibi and also allows me to relieve my close-to-bursting bladder. I see the restroom door ahead of me and reach my hand out to push open the door when I hear it. A voice.
"Somebody's been a bad girl." Jake.

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