The Factionless Born

Everyone seemed to have had the choice, the decision to decide where they belonged. Everyone except for us; the factionless born. Born without a faction of origin, without a purpose. Maybe one day things will be different. We will have something to live for. The end of the system, the beginning of something new.


3. The Divergent

     It's been weeks since the choosing. We haven't found many Divergent, they were afraid we might hand them over to the Erudite. But we have a few new factionless. Most of them were from dauntless, others from Erudite and Candor. Rarely did we ever receive a factionless abnegation.  

     "We only found nine?" Evelyn asked, she couldn't believe it. "Out of thousands of factionless...nine." James spoke first. "They're afraid." He said. "The Erudite are searching for them as well, less you forget. They're aren't going to tell us if they are Divergent easily, they're afraid we'll rat them out and hand them over to the Erudite. Frankly I'm surprised we've gathered as much as we did." "We haven't been able to search through the outer factionless of the city." Ed spoke this time. 


     Ed was one of the Dauntless who had failed to make it to stage two, only because of his injury in his eye. A patch covers it now. "Go search them now." Evelyn ordered. We obeyed. Hopefully we'll be able to find the Divergent, better us than the Erudite.




     "We ain't got any, and even if we did why would we tell you?" I sighed, they always seem to pick the hard way with Ed. Ed grabbed the collar of his shirt and lifted him into the air. The leader of a factionless group.


     "Tell us or I'll break your pathetic neck." Ed was serious, anyone could tell he was. The fear in his eyes was transparent. He was scared. "Fine." Ed set him down still holding his collar. "I don't even know if we have Divergent among us, it's not something that comes up in conversation easily."


     "How many are in your group?" I asked. His gaze then turned to me. "How many do you see?" I looked behind him. Around twenty or so people stood there, waiting to see what Ed was going to do. "Are any of you Divergent?" Everyone shook their heads. Everyone except for two in the back. "We were sent by Evelyn not Jeanine. If the Erudite want you, you'll be safer with us." Ed spoke. I nodded. 


     The two people in the back; a man and a woman, they seemed to be discussing something. The silence among us broke when the two stepped forward. "Are you sure we'll be safe?" It was the woman. I nodded. They shared one last look. "Let's go."




     The woman's name was Haley, the man's was Hanson. They were siblings, twins even. They seemed to be in their early twenties now. Evelyn was less angry now. We went from nine Divergence to seventeen.


     "We're making progress." James crossed his arms. Evelyn turned. "Yes, but not enough." She looked up at us. "Were there no others?" She asked, her lips in a thin line. We shook our heads. "No." She sighed. We've searched nearly the entire factionless throughout the city. Soon, sixteen may be all we have.


    "You are all dismissed," she sat down. "I need time to think." I left the room. What will we even do with the Divergent? Hide them from the Erudite? We have no purpose for them but to keep them safe. I sit on my mattress, the springs squeal under my weight. What do the Erudite want with them? I decided to get some sleep. Maybe that's what we should be doing, figure out what the Erudite were planning. 




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