Chapter 1When I awoke I stretched and exited my room. I came to what was the kitchen, it had few compartments with food. The room was the same color as my room but had a concrete floor where as mine had dirt. I was surprised to only see the girl out there, I was about to talk when she shushed me motioning to the other rooms. I realized all the other men were asleep. I got out food from some small compartments. I sat silently reading while she appeared to be staring off in space. I asked her what she was doing all she did was look at me before going back to what she was doing after a small silence she replied in a soft almost inaudible voice “thinking.” I could tell from a slight hint in her voice that she was pissed at me. I thought that maybe the guards had hurt her to. It a couple minutes before I asked her another question “what is your name?” Again after a couple minutes she said in the same voice “Delaney.” I would have asked her more questions if the men didn’t come out of their rooms in to the kitchen. They were all talking rather loud and after about 10 minutes everybody was done eating.
We heard the stomps of boots, we all simultaneously turned towards the single reinforced oak doors. The doors opened and eight guards all dressed the same told us to form in single file lines. We were led to a gray room, an examination room. We were told to all strip down naked except the girl she was led to a private room. I then saw how many guys there were there had to be at least 40. They called the first two from the four lines, they were led in to a small concealed room. After a couple minutes they came out there was a lot of whispering from the lines as to what they were doing. One of them came down to my line and said that it was a physical and psychological test. After what seemed an endless wait it was finally my turn. I walked into the room to find my doctor was a female, she had blue eyes, blonde hair, and was about 5’5". There was something about her that made her different from the guards instead of being cruel she was nice and cheerful. She told me to sit down, when I did she slid a ring over my forehead what I assumed was to monitor my brain. She then took my blood pressure, breathing rate, etc. etc. I felt a needle be injected in my arm before everything went blurry, then I passed out. When I awoke again the doctor looked worried and scared, she quickly went over to her computer and on the projected screen I watched her delete my results! She filled out some new results what I assumed to be fake. “What are you doing?” I asked she looked at me startled and said in a scared voice “Nothing” and left it at that. I was escorted out of the room while questions went through my brain. After everyone was done we were cleared to leave and had the rest of the day to ourselves. I went back to my room, ate, and then went to sleep despite how early it was. I awoke the next morning and went to the kitchen I saw a clock on the wall that I hadn’t noticed before. The time told me it was 4:00 am, I also noticed that the door was ajar. I went out to find all the passages except one blocked off. I followed it and it brought me to a track. I didn’t feel like running so I sat on the cool wet grass and just thought. I thought about everything who I was, where I was, and about yesterday. I lost track of time and was startle when I heard Delaney’s voice “You know if you think any longer you’re brains gonna explode.” I looked over to her to see her grinning like a Cheshire cat from her wise crack comment. We both started laughing as the tension broke between us, after a couple minutes she told me we should go eat some food.
Delaney’s face suddenly fell as we got up to go eat. I had no idea why because I thought that maybe she wasn’t mad at me but… The rest of the walk was silent to the mess hall when we got there we found most of the guys had started eating. I sat down at one of the tables just wondering when we were going to be sold.
“The world is now in our control, our empire is great, we own all of Europe and some of Africa” boomed a dark controlling voice. There were cheers from the guards known as commandos. “We will rule, no one will stand against us.” boomed the voice again over the intercoms, again commandos cheered and cheers were heard from the empire. The emperor, Glade, was head of all the Taranian Empire. (Pronounced tah-ray-nee-an) The capital of the empire was in Berlin, Germany.
NOTE: No it is not in Berlin because Germany was Nazi in 1914-1945 or anything of the sort.
Back to the story. An intercom sounded in our room, a deep voice told us to report to the field immediately. As we all walked out, I saw the field much better because it was actually light out, there was an obstacle course, track field, and boxing ring. We were split into three groups of 20. My group was led to the track, I saw I was with the leader and other strong athletic me. There were two guards without male the first, was male, white, built strongly, and had a look of a seasoned fighter. The second being female built strongly but had a softer look on her face. The male started the instructions “when the gun sounds you are all to run 12 laps around the track (three miles), those who do not finish in time will be dropped and be sold as slaves, your time limit is 20 minutes.” There was a lot of muttering from everybody as we got situated on the track. “Good luck you’re gonna need it” said a guy next to me. He was built firmly and looked athletic. “Tell me that when I finish first” I stated back calmly. When the gun sounded everything was in slow motion my heart was pumping as I ran as hard as I could.
I kept on running not paying attention to anything but running, all I heard was my breath and my heart pumping.
I was startled when I heard the female state in a surprised voice “one.” I looked back and saw I finished a lap, I looked and saw everybody was only half way, they were all jogging. I realized I was the only one running but I didn’t care, I kept on running, “better to finish early than late” I thought. I kept on running slowing down a bit so I wasn’t sprinting. As I caught up to the group a heard a voice from inside the group “man young blood” I almost started laughing but kept it in. I slowed to a jog to catch some breath and as we passed the line stating for me I had done two laps I sprinted. I just watched as I passed each person, the rest of the track run went like that. I was first to finish 7 laps ahead of everyone, I finished at 10 minutes 54 seconds. I collapsed on the finish line panting and wheezing. I waited for everyone else to finish, no one was cut, the last person finished by the skin of their teeth, a 19 minutes 58 seconds.
When we were told to get up for a water break the leader and basically everybody else asked in amazement “How did you do that” I responded in my same calm deep voice “Didn’t save anything for the way back.” When it came to fighting I came in 4 behind guys with a lot of strength. The obstacle course I finished with the same amazement results, first place ahead of everyone else. All the trainers were amazed and speechless at my results. We were sent back to our “home” where we ate and slept. The next day I awoke early from a nightmare. I ate and went running, when I got back everyone was done eating, just sitting there talking. Commando’s came to get us and brought us to the same examination room.
This time we were branded with a number and led through a hall to an awaiting crowd of wealthy merchants. Anger, rage, happiness, and sadness every emotion went through me. I watched as each person was sold like possessions. When it was my turn the walked up and the announcer started “this here is a strong, smart, and healthy boy. He finished each test with amazing results. We will start the auction at ten thousand euros.” I gasped at the price I guess I wasn’t paying attention to the price but 10k euros is still a lot. I heard a merchant “25k”, the whole crowd gasped and turned to him. He was about 6’5". Strong, but he didn’t look greedy but nice.
I was walked to him and we left. “Things are gonna change boy, were going to change the world.”
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