Hello everyone! So like I said in the description, this is a sequel to my story The Distance, if you haven't read it I recommend you start there so that this story makes sense. I am putting this up now and I should start posting actual chapters again in a couple of days. Enjoy and don't forget to review!
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Robert Frost - Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
I don't own the Divergent trilogy or Eric, just my OCs and original plot ideas.
Miles to Go
"This is unbelievable."
I scoff, "We all knew this was coming, Amar. Tension has been so high within the city this last year," I lean forward in my office chair, elbows on my knees and my chin in my hands.
"Yes," Alvin replies as he comes to lean against the back of my chair, "But mind controlling an entire faction seems a bit excessive, even for Jeanine."
Movement on one of the screens catches my attention and I zoom in, "Oh god."
If the control room wasn't packed with bureau employees I would be out of my chair pacing right now, but not only is there no room to move, but I can't afford to show that much emotion right now. I turn up the volume and everyone quiets down.
"Now, this is a happy sight," Eric's voice comes through the speakers loud and clear. It has been a year since I saw him in person, but I have grown accustom to watching him on the screens since I work in the control room.
He leans in close, so that his face is inches from Four's. He has that grin on his face that he wears sometimes these days; he never smiles anymore, not his real smile. "The legendary Four," He continues, "No one's going to remember that I came in second now, are they? No one's going to ask me, 'What was it like to train with the guy who has only four fears?'"
He draws his gun and I forget to breathe for a moment. "Don't you dare," I hear myself growl under my breath. I have had to watch Eric do a lot of horrible things this last year, things that I know he knows are wrong, but shooting Four would be taking a step past the point of no return.
His gun is against Four's temple and he cocks his head to the side, "Think anyone would notice if he accidentally got shot?" He is asking a woman standing near him, one of the few Dauntless who isn't being mind controlled or divergent.
I don't know her personally but I recognize her as a leader from a year of watching the monitors. She shrugs her shoulders, "Go ahead," She replies uninterestedly, "He's nothing now."
"Too bad you didn't just take Max up on his offer, Four. Well, too bad for you, anyway," He clicks the bullet into the chamber and I squeeze the armrest until my knuckles turn white.
Suddenly the girl with Tobias, I'm pretty sure her name is Tris, has her gun out and pointed at Eric's forehead. "Get your gun away from his head," She orders.
Eric scoffs, "You wouldn't shoot me." He is probably right, but acting like a pompous jerk is only going to provoke her more.
"Interesting theory," She replies and I can almost see the wheels turning in her head, no she isn't a killer. In a flash she points the gun at his foot and fires. He screams and I stand, I need a break from watching this.
My friend Paula seems to have picked up on this as she has materialized next to me and takes my place at the chair so I can go. I push through the crowd until I am out of the room and into the much less crowded hall.
"You alright?" Alvin asks from the doorway.
I shake my head no before leaning it against the wall. We stand there in silence for a while before I look at him, "I have to go."
He rolls his eyes and comes to lean on the wall right next to me so that no one else will hear our conversation, "We've been over this Gabby, you can't go back."
"That was then," I whisper as I turn the rest of my body to face him. "The situation is different now. Not to mention that he is out of control," I let out a deep breath and shift back and forth on my feet anxiously. One of the main downsides of working in the control room is that I have had a front row seat to watch the man I love begin to spiral out of control.
"You have to stop blaming yourself for his actions, Gabby," Alvin replies, setting a hand that I am sure was meant to be comforting on my shoulder.
"And do what instead?" I ask, shaking his hand off, "Blame you for kidnapping me and taking my away from him?"
He raises an eyebrow at me, "You know what I meant." I take a moment to study him. Alvin is three years older than me and if Eric weren't the only man I could see, I'm sure he would be attractive with his short blond hair and blue eyes. After my initial hatred of him wore off, and I came to terms with the fact that he was only following orders, somehow he became my best friend here.
He's right though, I know that I can't blame myself or him for the way Eric has behaved since I have been gone. Eric's choices are his own and he will have to face the consequences, but I can't just stay here and watching idly.
I growl, "I can't just stand by and watch him self-destruct, I'll never forgive myself if I don't at least try to stop him before he gets himself killed." I am crying now, I have had a year to heal but the wound left after being ripped from my life and the people I love is still very fresh. "Please," I implore as I wipe tears way, "If you don't help me I'll go anyway, but I have a lot better chance of surviving if you help me."
He studies me before finally smacking the wall, "Fine! I'll help you sneak back in, but I'm coming along to make sure you don't get yourself killed."
"Deal," I reply quickly. I smile up at him and he rolls his eyes again.
"Damn you Gabby, you're going to get us all killed," He adds dramatically before starting down the hall. He stops a few feet away and turns back to me, "Meet me tomorrow night, the usual place."
I nod my head eagerly in reply and he walks away shaking his head. It took me a year to convince someone to help me escape from my prison but it doesn't matter now. I am finally going home.
So I don't have this entire story already planned out and mostly written like I did with the first one. So that is where you guys come in! I want you to tell me what YOU want; scenes, characters, pairings, or anything else you can think of. Review or PM me and I will try to work everyone's ideas in as much as I can. I love you guys and thank you for continuing to support my stories!