Chapter 2: Troy

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Now we have the story about a boy named Troy; he was also taken from his home at 10:45 A.M. on Monday, October 7, 2077. Little did he know that his disappearance happened 70 years after the wars and plagues ended.

Troy Branden lived in Ebis, Cesurius (where Tampa Bay, Florida once stood). This huge crowded city is located beside the sea and primarily created from timber. A highly trained city guard protects it. Its most popular attraction is the beautiful center square. The square was designed in 2050, some years after the battles were over. It is also well-known for its unique buildings, and most of its earnings come from textiles. The people there were skilled tile makers, and their tiles were popular all over the world.

Troy Branden was a peculiar boy with wide blue eyes hidden behind thin wire-framed glasses and straight brown hair. He was 17 years old and short for his age. He had white-colored skin, delicate ears, and a strong chin. He was born on May 17, 2060. His parents were Eric and Helen. They and Troy's younger brother, Trevor, lived in the community of Point Pointtree, which was several miles from Ebis. Point Pointtree was a great place, with none of the gang attacks Elva had to deal with in her community. Yet, there was a problem with mentally disabled children being born in Cesurius. The nation made various laws stating that no one with a disability was permitted to live in the community.

Troy grew up dealing with the truth that his brother was unable to behave properly and their parents had to protect him from the guards who went out in the evening, raiding homes and looking for disabled people. If discovered, those people were taken to the mental hospitals all over the country, never to be seen by their families and friends again. Troy was not thrilled at having to lie about Trevor's existence, but he knew it was better for his family and himself if Trevor was not found. The charges for hiding a disabled person ranged from years in prison to execution. Troy knew several people executed because of they decided to protect their disabled relatives instead of handing them over to the government for institutionalization or execution.

Despite the problems he had with his family keeping his brother hidden from the world, Troy made excellent grades in high school, but he knew he was no genius. He was loyal, mature, and sensible, but he also caved in to others, which would not look good in his future.

When Troy was 15 years old, there was a raid on his neighborhood; several disabled people living on his street were detained. Yet those people refused to go down without a fight, so they fought for their freedom. Many people living in the neighborhood were drawn into the riot, which lasted for three weeks. During that time, schools and businesses were closed, as the streets were dangerous. Troy feared for his family, knowing that they could become targets for either the rebellion or the police because they decided to keep Trevor hidden instead of turning him in.

People all over the nation soon found out about the fighting in Point Pointtree. They pleaded with President Patrick Gallagher to put down the revolt. He responded by sending out the city guards to Point Pointtree; The guards arrested many people who took part in the fighting.

By the time the rebellion was over, many people arrested for their part in the fight were executed. Eric and Helen were among those who were killed in the fight; several people had dragged them from their home and beheaded them in the streets.

Troy was now an orphan and Trevor's only guardian. He had to quit school and take care of Trevor, always protecting him, and making sure that other people didn't see him. Many people turned against the Branden family for their part in the riot that killed their handicapped relatives and many other people; they plotted to kill Trevor and send Troy to an orphanage. Troy realized because he dropped out of school, he had compromised his future. He never liked to compromise, often giving in to the other person's views if necessary.

He was last seen wearing a blue shirt with orange lining on the sides, blue jeans, and blue shoes. Troy was with Trevor on the playground in the middle of their neighborhood when a disembodied hand grabbed him. Before he knew what was happening, Troy was taken away through a portal in the tallest tree in the park. No one in the park saw the kidnapping and no one knew where he had gone.

Trevor was the only person who saw the kidnapping of his older brother; since he was handicapped, no one believed him. Troy had looked after his brother since their parents died in the rebellion; most of their neighbors despised Troy and detested Trevor. So no one could help him when his brother was kidnapped.

Unlike Elva's kidnapping (in which many people were arrested), Troy's kidnapping was soon forgotten. Everyone assumed that Trevor had killed Troy in an unexpected fit of rage. Trevor himself was later sent to the Ebis Institution for the Criminally Insane, which was tragic because his parents were dad and his brother was gone and the people believed he had something to do with their deaths.

As for Troy, he had no idea that his life was about to be changed forever and his destiny was linked to that of another person whom he had yet to meet...

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