AMONG THE SHADOWS

A NOVEL BY PIE EATER 2000

Briggs couldn't believe it. The third children were legal again! He could drop the name 'Briggs' and use his real name again. Being a nobody his whole life had sucked. Now his future was bright like the sun. He discarded his fake I.D. card. It felt good to be James Whitman again. He practically flew down the steps and out the door, running with the wind. The houses became a blur as James ran past them, gaining speed quickly. Soon, he didn't know where he was. It didn't matter. He was free at last. Everything was blurry as he ran and he ran himself facefirst into a tree. "Oghh." James moaned as he smacked the ground with a thud. He woke up with a rusty taste in his mouth. His nose had bled thoroughly. His vision danced around for a minute and returned to normal. He didn't care. Little had he known he would care in a matter of 24 hours...

Meanwhile...

"A new president has been elected!" A reporter shouted over the crowd cheering over Jimmy Blunt, the new president. "Sir, you requested me?" A Secret Service agent said. "Yes, I have a law I want to make legal..." Blunt said calmly. "What law would that be, sir?" The agent prodded. "The illegal third children law. Pull marines out of their squads for the new Population Police." Blunt ordered. "Yes, sir!"

Meanwhile...

James stumbled back home. He unzipped his jacket, now covered with blood from his nose. Real smart. Run into a tree. Oghh my nose hurts. He thought to himself. A familiar man walked down the street wearing a... No. No! How long was I out? I'm out 2 hours and I'm illegal again. Oh jeez don't act suspicious. Just be a kid walking home with a bloody nose. "Excuse me, but what are you doing out here with a nose like that?" The Population Police officer asked James. Crap! He noticed, what do I say? "Uh.. I was um-". The officer grabbed him.