"None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free."
- Pearl S. Buck
I woke up to the sunlight that shone through the window feeling happy for the first time in forever. I remembered last night and smiled, he will never hurt me again. Today I set myself free; I am ready to start my new life. I got up from my bed and walked in to my bathroom to take a shower. After the shower I got dressed in black tight jeans with suspenders and a white tank top witch I matched with a pair of white sneakers. I braided my hair and put on some light make up. When I was done I went to my nightstand to take out a photo of my mother and a bracelet I got from Tobias for my 17th birthday, apparently it belonged to his mother. I went downstairs to grab some coffee and a sandwich and sat down at the table. After I was done with breakfast I took a final look around the house before I walked out, locked the door and began walking to the Hub. Michael had already left; he had told me he was going to meet me there.
At the Choosing Ceremony
I sat down beside Michael with the rest of our faction. Amity was hosting this year and Johanna Reyes was going to give her speech after Jeanine Matthews had given hers.
"The factions system is a living being composed of cells; all of you. And the only way it can survive and thrive is for each of you to claim your rightful place. The future belongs to those who know where they belong." Jeanine said.
Then Johanna went up to give her speech, I tried do focus but the speech was so boring and all I could think of my decision. When the speech was over she started to call out names up by alphabetical order. The 18 year olds steps up to the stage and walks over to the table which has five bowls and knife on it, each bowl contains a substance that represents one of the five factions, gray stone for Abnegation, water for Erudite, earth for Amity, lit coals for Dauntless, glass for Candor.
Michael took hold of my hand in a death grip, a searing pain erupted in my arm and I yelped quietly. He lowered his head and whispered in my ear.
"Remember, you pick Candor or else."
I nodded quietly.
"Candice Heart." Johanna called.
I stood up and walk down to the staged. I took the knife from Johanna and walked over to the five bowls. I stood over the Candor bowl; I could almost feel the burning hole in my back that Michael gave me. I took a deep breath and cut my hand and slowly let my blood drop onto the burning coals.
"Dauntless!" Johanna calls and all the Dauntless erupted in loud cheers.
I looked up to Michael and smirked. Fuck you Michael; you are no longer the boss of me. I sat down with the rest of the new initiatives and felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned my head to meet with a grinning Kevin.
"I knew you would join us."
"You did? Well here I am."
The ceremony ended and all the Dauntless crowd were the first one out. We started sprinting wild into the street, climbed to the top of the train tracks and chased after the train as it went by. I manage to jump onto the last carriage with some help from Kevin but not without me landing on top of him. We looked into each other's eyes and start laughing. Kevin got up and helped me to my feet.
"That was really something huh? Such a rush." Kevin said
"Really something, it was amazing!"
"Hey asshole, why didn't you wait for me?" someone behind us said.
"Levina, nice of you to join us. Candice this is my twin Levina, Levina this is Candice." Kevin said with a somewhat annoying voice.
"Nice to meet you Levina."
"Nice to meet you too Candice. So, you think you're going to like Dauntless? Cuz this is just the beginning."
"Can't be worse than Candor can it?"
"Hah, nothing beats Dauntless, you're going to love it. With a new haircut and some other clothes and you will fit right in." I smiled at Levina and we continued to talk for a while before someone called up.
"Time for what? Are they jumping?"
"Come on Candice, take my hand. We do it together on three." Kevin said.
I can't say I wasn't scared. It's one thing to jump on a train, it's another thing to jump of one. I grabbed hold of Kevins hand then we jumped together on three. We landed on the roof above the compound, rolling on our backs. The gravel scratched my arms but I didn't mind. I had finally made it to Dauntless, I was free. Kevin offered his hand and I took it and together we joined the crowd. I stood between Kevin and Levina, trying to see the two Dauntless members that were standing on the ledge of the building.
"Alright, listen up. I'm Eric. I'm one of your leaders. Several stories below us is the members 'entrance to our compound. You have to jump from here. If you feel like you cannot do it, you don't belong here."
I looked up to see a fairly young man. He was at least 6 foot tall, incredibly well built, short brown hair and he had two piercings above his right eyebrow and in his ears. He was wearing a black t-shirt that hugged his toned torso perfectly and shoved of his biceps. He had tattoos on his fore arms and I could faintly see a start of a tattoo on his neck. He was insanely attractive and I had to mentally tell myself that he was a leader.
"Is there something at the bottom?" An Erudite guy asked.
'Of course there is something down there. Why else would they want us to jump, it doesn't take a genius to figure that out.'
Suddenly I saw everyone was staring at me.
"I said that out loud didn't I?" I said awkwardly.
Eric jumped down from the ledge and walked up, I bit my bottom lip and he eyed me for a second than smirked.
"You did smart mouths, now since you're so sure there is something down there, why don't you go on and prove it." I looked up to him and signed.
"Sure why not."
I walked passed him, my shoulder bumped against his arm and stepped up on the ledge and looked down at the hole below. I looked back at Eric then took off my jacket.
"Yes, take it off. Take it all off." Zack said.
There was a chuckle from the initiates but I ignored it. I looked over at Kevin and Levina, seeing them smiling at me and ushered me to jump. I took a deep breath and jumped.
There you go, chapter 5 and finally Eric is introduced. Hope you liked it and don't forget to vote! XOXO
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