I chose to do the future, because I find the future very interesting and mysterious, because anything could happen. LUCY CHALLINOR DUNOTTAR SCHOOL
‘Mum!’ I screamed, ‘Dad!’ My bare feet touched the cold, wet snow, as I sprinted down the steps of the block of flats and onto the road, stumbling, as I rushed outside. I saw my parents being placed inside a black van by The Master’s Guards, the soulless humans that live to serve the Elite.
‘Aeryn!’ my mother cried, struggling with all her might against the Guards that were packing her inside, not even flinching, as she pounded against their vests. Just as I reached the van, the doors slammed shut. I battered at them, sobbing with anger. The engine started up and it sped down the hill. All I could see was the one eye logo of the military vehicle against the dark night and then, it was gone.
‘Come on, kid,’ one of the Guards grabbed my arm and was dragging me towards another van, ‘the orphanage for you. Your mum and dad have done some very bad things.’
‘No!’ I squirmed and wriggled, tears rolling down my face. But he held on tightly, his black, leather gloves creating a bruise on my arm.
‘Let…Go!’ his grip loosened for a second, as I managed to elbow him in the stomach hard enough for him to let his guard down. This was my opportunity to run. My heart was beating fast, as I sprinted down the nearest alleyway in a blind panic. Shouts were coming from behind me, as the Guards spread out to find me. At this point the situation had started to feel real, and the fright rapidly swept throughout me.
I had seen this before: someone rebels against the Master’s Guards, and is taken away, never to be seen again. But I knew this time would be different. I needed to find my parents. There was no other option.
Torchlights danced on the wall and raised voices came from the end of the alleyway, the sound
bouncing off of the narrow walls. I swiftly looked around for another way out. A metal door on the opposite side of the ally caught my eye and I sprinted towards it. Bullets fired against the wall, inches away from piercing my skin.
I slammed the door behind me and tried to block it the best I could, with anything I could find, but I knew this couldn’t keep the heightened strength of the Guards out. In the corner of the room, there was a winding staircase leading up to an upstairs. Without hesitation I bolted up them, hearing the door being kicked down moments after.
A long, dark corridor was at the top, and I dashed down, reaching the end of it quicker than I thought, leaving hardly any distance between the Guards and I. I pulled and pushed at the doors leading off it, but they were strongly boarded up. It was a dead end. Flashing torchlights lit up the walls around me. There was only one way out. The window. One of the hinges of the metal stutters was badly broken, and I started kicking it. Soon, the whole of it fell to the ground and I hurriedly opened the window. I looked down and realised we were by the docks. The icy water lapped against the side of the building.
‘There she is!’ called one of the Guards. It was too late. I had to jump. Just as they started firing, I leapt off the ledge of the window and plunged into the bitter waters below.
ALEX: An excellent start! I can see a world that reminds me a little of Hunger Games. And...you start your tale with ACTION! (some people start with several pages of backstory to set up their world. Which is a great way to bore readers!) Very good work, Lucy. I think I and others would want to find out what happens next!