At that time I barely thought about what would happen if people found out about me, I was having fun with my friends, and have more immediate worries like homework and school etc. I sometimes still wondered if I didn't use my power then, would things be different, would I have been able to lead a normal life. You know, graduate, fall in love, get married, and have a few kids. I knew that a lot of my classmates would love to be in my shoes, and it's not like I hate it here, it's just that, things are so, so much more complicated when you are a POE.
Okay, you guys are probably super confused by now. It all started on 14th September, 2315, technically, it started when I was born – since I was born with the power, but yeah, we are not being that specific.
It was a normal day, school had just started and I was refusing to get up as always. My brother – dear little Dan came crushing into my room and jumped on my bed screaming for me to wake up. If he weren’t so darn cute I would have kicked him off my bed without a second thought.
“Fine Dan, you won, get offff me!” I let go of the duvet that I had held on so tightly over the top of my head in hope of drowning the noises away. Dan gave out a weird cry of victory, hopped off my bed in a dangerously loud jump and ran out of my room.
I shook my head at the door, what a crazy little fella, I love my little brother, he was eleven and the most mischievous kid I have ever seen. He never gets into trouble because he was the cutest thing ever and he was good at using that to his advantage.
I got out of bed grudgingly and headed to the bathroom, dragging my feet, whom seemed to prefer their position a few minutes before. I brushed my teeth with my eyes closed, too tired to be awake at this ungodly hour. I missed the summer holidays already, and I still had a whole school year ahead of me, not to mention exams.
I quickly changed into my uniform – white shirt, black trousers, black shoes and a school blazer. I tied my dark brown curls into a ponytail and dabbed some mascara on. Afterall I had English today and will be sitting next to Geroge. I smiled at the thought of him: he was the cutest guy in the year (forget Ian Roberts, he has gotten uglier after junior school) and I only got to sit with him because my teacher allocated seats in English, you can imagine how jealous the other girls were!
It was a beautiful autumn day; rare occasion in England but absolutely gorgeous when it comes. I breathed in the fresh cool air, leaning against the garden wall of the house behind the bus stop. I was in relatively good spirits because of the good weather and my forthcoming English lesson.
The school bus (which was just regular bus, with a SCHOOOL USE sign on it) came and I hopped on. My good friend Elizabeth waved at me from the back on the bus and I made my way over carefully, trying not to trip over the school bags stowed all over the bus.
“Hey Gail!” She shouted cheerily, causing several sleepy looking students in front of her to jerk awake with alarm looks on their faces.How she could be so chirpy in the morning was a mystery to me. I suppressed a laugh and sat down next to Elizabeth as the kid in front of her self-consciously wiped his mouth to check for drools before leaning his head back on the window and into dreamland. And yes, I preferred to have my name shortened to Gail and not Abby.
We chatted about normal stuff on our way to school.Our parents had been friends through their factories: that's what most people do now, managing farms, factories or go into medical or scientific related jobs. A new type of machines developed by the G.S.D.C (Global Scientific Development Center) allow manufacturing to be automatic, but it requires people to put instructions manually by batch to make sure there is as little systematic errors as possible.
Professions like lawyers, politicians, designers and such are not as popular now, as the need for people are more primary.Such jobs are still maintain by some prestigious families and companies who pass down these knowledge down the line keeping these jobs alive and ready to be back in the society and for the rare occasion that they are needed. They are mainly employed in UGE, scatter around in Citybases all over the world. You can't learn to become one in school; you would have to find yourself an apprenticeship, and you can't find a decent apprenticeship unless you are well connected.
|Shailene Woodley||as Abigail Beckett|
|Pierre Boulandger||as Tom Triole|
|Malese Jow||as Natalie Chen|
|Adam Gregory||as Oscar Tempest|
|Alexander Ludwig||as Fred Bowen|
|Spencer Locke||as Joan Pichler|
|Diego Boneta||as Diego/Iago Gracia|
|Gillian Zinser||as Elise Hawthrowe|