Solstice

Solstice

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sophia By sophgray Updated Feb 01

T H E  S E R P A  is a collar that counts down each spoken word. The limit is 1000. Reach zero, and you die. Remain silent, and you live.
  
  T R O Y  is a simulation carried out by the government of Cura each year. Those that survive it have their serpas removed at the Solstice, a celebration aired across the state. 
  
  E N Y O  has an ailing grandmother and a mother awaiting trial in prison. Her word count is dangerously low for a seventeen-year-old, and although she's never wanted it, this is the year she applies for Troy. She tells herself it's for the sake of her family, but as she enters the simulation, her priorities are dangerously warped.
  
  A R E S  lives in Enyo's memories of the distant past. His presence in Troy is a mystery, but Enyo is determined to find out who he really is, even if it means sacrificing her real life back at home. He hides a secret about her own family, and uncovering it might save her before it's too late.
     
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If this was real no one would ask me why I don't talk much. XD
patchnugget patchnugget Nov 24, 2016
So.... as a proof reader, this is either gunna kill me, or be so awesome I won't care :-) :-)
sujsokol sujsokol Dec 27, 2016
I'm not sure I can deal with reading something and turning off my natural proof-reading instincts. I think I will wait for the edits, but I wanted to tell you that I think the premise of  your story is really interesting.
PeachDemon PeachDemon Nov 25, 2016
I love your style of writing and as far as typo's and mistakes go they are very minimal. You have a lot of talent.
AquaNerd13 AquaNerd13 Jan 10
Wait does it have to be words or just sounds and when do they have their collor put on them also how would they know how to speak if their not allowed to talk who would have taught them.
HarperTheLynx HarperTheLynx Oct 27, 2016
Some people wouldn't know how to speak because we probably wouldn't waste our words on repeating, "Cat!" Over and over