*Voted Best Sci-fi in the 2016 LGBT+ Watty's hosted by @NewStoriesLGBT*
Aria and the other residents of the secluded compound had it all, a huge, beautiful place to live, three excellent meals a day, a top notch education, and a future as the rulers of humanity. To top it all off, they have the best genes humanity has to offer, but it all comes at a price. Aria and the eleven others like her are prisoners, involuntary participants in an experimental genetic project aimed at preserving humanity. They can never leave the compound on pain of death. All they can do is sit and wait for the coming apocalypse to pass, so that they can fulfill their purpose.
Aria has all but given up on caring about much of anything. Her parents have been consumed by their work as the leaders of the cult of scientists who run the project. They stopped thinking of her as anything besides a test subject years ago. Aria is alienated from the other residents, who do not share her misgivings about the program. Over the years, Aria has learned the hard way that resistance is futile and painful, so why bother anymore? That is, until a tall, dark, and beautiful stranger is assigned to the room next to hers.
Highest rating: #11 in Science Fiction