Sometimes character speak to you, even when you don't want them too. This won't be updated regularly and I have no idea how many chapters there will be. It all depends on the characters and what they have to tell me. I hope you enjoy.
I open my eyes and turn to see the alarm clock on my bedside table. I still have five minutes before I need to get up. I sigh, thinking of what I am going to do today. For months I knew exactly what I wanted, where I wanted to go. But now, I'm not so sure.
Natalie has been distancing herself from me the last we or so. I don't know why. We had our lives planned out. Transfer to Abnegation, get through initiation, pick a job that will see me rise within the government, start courting. It all seemed very simple.
Now I have Jeanine telling me that I need to stay in Erudite. That my future, or as she says, our future will be bright. Jeanine's future is bright, we all know that she is more than likely going to be the next leader here in Erudite. I don't know how that is supposed to involve me.
My alarm starts to buzz and I know I need to get up. I still have no idea what I am going to do. Natalie even suggested staying in Dauntless, how she could think I would survive in such a faction is beyond me. Just their initiation process is to hard to fathom. I did tell Natalie that I would follow her anywhere. But did I mean it?
I quickly get dressed and make my way downstairs. I stop as I start to descend the staircase. Why are my parents home? I never see them in the morning, I'm lucky if I see them in the evening. Both have high ranking jobs here in Erudite and they spend more time at work than they do at home.
"Good morning Andrew," my mother says. "I hope you are ready for today."
"Good morning mother, yes, I think I am ready."
"Of course he is ready," my father says. "It is going to be a proud day today. Another Prior staying in Erudite."
"I don't know," my brother responds. "We could be lucky and he leaves us."
"Don't say such things," my mother scolds.
"You haven't seen him getting friendly in the library with a Dauntless girl," my brother remarks.
"Is this true?" My father asks.
"It's nothing father," I calmly say. I don't want them to know just how much Natalie has come to mean to me.
"It better not be. I don't think the family could stand the embarrassment."
"Well Dauntless would be a lot better than Abnegation," my mother comments.
"Why do you think that?" I ask.
"Dauntless may be hellions Andrew but at least we know we can trust them. What do we really know about what Abnegation do? They say they are running the government but it seems they are mainly running the city into the ground," father replies.
"Would it not be beneficial for dependants to transfer into Abnegation? Keep them honest. Give the city the chance to prosper," I say.
"That sounds good in theory son, but it will never happen. Abnegation are to busy with their notion of selflessness to ever let the city prosper. They make sure that every available resource goes towards the factionless. Instead of helping the people who actually contribute to society," father states. He knows a lot about this, father is in charge of faction relations. His responsibilities include the faction ambassadors, council delegates and initiation guidance counsellor.
"You need to choose what is right for you," mother says as she puts a plate of food in front of me. "Now eat up before it gets cold, we have a long day ahead of us."
I sit in silence eating my meal. Thinking over the words my father has spoken. Was it just a daydream to think that I could do good on the council? Would I be better staying in Erudite? Or do I follow my heart and go to wherever Natalie goes.
Jeanine seems to think that Natalie is no good for me. She keeps reminding me of how important the work is here in Erudite and that Natalie would never fit in. I know Natalie won't fit it, not because she isn't smart enough, but she doesn't have any interest in what we are trying to achieve here.
At least if we go to Abnegation I will have her full support in my career choice. Would I ever find someone in Erudite who would feel the same way as I do? Who will support my decisions, no matter what they are.
When the time comes to leave for the Choosing Ceremony I find myself walking with Jeanine. Our parents have been friends since their own initiation. We have grown up together. I think my parents would be nothing but happy if I was to start a relationship with Jeanine. Leaving the faction would stop those thoughts. If I stay, would it be expected that we end up together? Could I live that life?
As we are about to enter the hub I see Natalie. She looks like she is trying to get my attention. She looks beautiful in her Dauntless black, she looks to be glowing. "I need a second," I tell my parents. "I will meet you inside."
I see the shock on Jeanine's face as I start to walk towards where Natalie is. "Andrew," Jeanine calls out to me.
"I will be back in a minute," I snap at Jeanine.
"Hi," I say as I reach Natalie. All thoughts of staying in Erudite leaving me. "So, are you ready to transfer with me?"
Natalie looks nervous as she says, "Andrew, there is something I need to tell you." She takes a deep breath. "I'm pregnant."
Is she joking? How can she say such a thing? Why is she doing this to us? A child?
"What? Are you joking?" I spit out.
"No, I would never do that," she exclaims.
"What were you thinking?" Do you know what this is going to do to my career? How can I transfer to Abnegation now? They aren't going to allow me to have a government position if I have a pregnant girlfriend," I spew out.
What am I supposed to do with this information? I'm going to be a father. I'm not ready to become a father, not for a very long time. This isn't what we planned.
"Well, Andrew, I am pretty sure that this isn't all my doing. If I remember correctly, you had a part in this too," Natalie snaps at me. I can see she is starting to get angry. I can see the hurt in her eyes.
"Do what you want, Andrew. I just thought you deserved to know that are going to be a father before you make your decision," Natalie says and then she walks away from me. I see her run into the hub and into the ladies bathroom.
I think about waiting outside for her. We need to talk about this. Why didn't she tell me about this before now? I am lost in my own thoughts when Jeanine walks up to me. She puts a hand on my shoulder, it breaks me from my thoughts.
"Is everything alright?" She asks.
"No, um, Natalie's pregnant," I say, still in shock.
Jeanine scoffs. "Please, it is a ploy to get you to follow her, Andrew."
"How can you say that?" I ask.
"Let me talk to mother, she will be able to find out what is going on," Jeanine tells me. Her mother is the Administrator of the Erudite hospital. She has the clearance to see anyone, in any factions, records.
I watch as Jeanine talks to her mother. They are in a heated debate. A few words are floating over to me. "Playing with fire, are you sure? Just do it, hurry up." I don't know what these words mean, I'm not really thinking clearly. A dad, I can't believe it.
"Andrew dear," Mrs Matthews softly says to me. "I've been able to look into the file of the young woman you are concerned about." She shows me her tablet. "If you see here," she points to something on the tablet. "Natalie Wright was admitted to the infirmary in Dauntless with food poisoning last week. It seems that she was still having problems with it yesterday, thus missing the aptitude test."
"Thank you," I whisper. Still shocked with everything that is going on. Why would Natalie lie to me like that? What the hell is going on?
"Andrew," Jeanine says. "Andrew, come we have to go and line up."
"Yeah, um, okay," I say. Not thinking clearly.
"Get it together Andrew," Jeanine snaps. "She lied. Get over it. You need to stand straight, not let her know that she has affected you. Stay in Erudite, stay with the people you can trust."
I can't think straight. This is all too much. I can't follow Natalie now. Never can I trust her again. I think Jeanine is right. I think back to what my parents were saying this morning. Abnegation doesn't seem as appealing as it did. I'm sure that Natalie will be choosing Dauntless, that is why she lied to me, to try and get me to choose Dauntless. I scoff, how stupid did she think I was? As if I am going to fall for that.
"Andrew," Jeanine whisper shouts at me. I turn to her and she tells me I need to move, that my name has been called.
I move quickly towards the bowls. I know what I need to do. I need to do exactly what Natalie has done. I need to stay with my family, just as she has stayed with hers. I can't trust her, I don't think I can even like her right now. All I know as I make the cut is that I have made the right choice.
TEN YEARS LATER, VISITING DAY
I am sitting in our apartment reading the Erudite news. I watch as Jeanine enters the apartment.
"Is that it for the day?" I ask.
"Yes the day is ours now."
"How are the initiates this year?"
"We have some amazing initiates this year. I am very pleased with them."
As leader of Erudite it is up to Jeanine to give the initiates a pep talk today. Make sure that they understand the importance of 'Faction before Blood', when they see their parents for the first time since choosing.
The home phone starts to ring and Jeanine picks it up quickly. "Jeanine Prior," Jeanine answers.
"Really?. . . Keep her with you. . . Do not let her go. . . I would see you factionless if you don't adhere to what I am telling you," Jeanine snaps as she hangs the phone up.
"I need to take care of something Andrew," she tells me. "As soon as I am finished we can spend the day together."
"Fine," I huff. It seems I am always waiting for this woman. I don't even understand why she demanded we get married. It's not like we spend any quality time together. We have the perfect Erudite marriage, or so the faction thinks. If only they knew.
"I need two security guards to the front entrance ," Jeanine shouts into her phone. "And I need it now. I want them there before I reach the lobby. Do you understand?"
I have to wonder what is going on. It isn't often that we need to have security involved on Visiting Day. I'm sure Jeanine will have it sorted, no need for me to worry.