Chapter 4

Ky's point of view.

We stepped back out of the 'air train'. From here I could see all of the trees, flowers and different colours of each. Despite all these colours, somehow, it's still all the same, nothing is natural here. Not the plants, not the houses, not even the people! I'm in another world, even though it didn't feel that far when I travelled to Oria, I feel like I've travelled a million miles away to some other planet where the population is made up of clones, all doing the same thing and wearing the same thing.

I looked ahead at the endless buildings that touched the blue, cloudless sky. They also, were all the same. I remembered the outer provinces and the blue sky covered in clouds and the uneven houses reaching the sky. I remember one day I stood on top of one of the hills by the river; I stood on my tiptoes and reached my hands as high as they would go. I felt like the world was my oyster and I was on top of it smiling.

As I returned to reality, I noticed that we were approaching a big brick building, the same as all the others, with a big blue door with a picture of someone swimming. This must be the pool.

We entered the large building, Patrick handed in an ID card then I noticed it had a picture of me. Underneath, however was the word 'ABERATION'. I don't know what this word means but something tells me it isn't good. As I walked through to the changing rooms with some swimming trunks in my left hand (from Patrick) and a ticket in the other, I remembered swimming in a big lake by my house. I went every day while mother painted her rocks by the water's edge.

This pool wasn't what I expected. It wasn't at all what I was expecting, this place was inside, humid and everyone else was chatting or just dangling their feet in the water. I headed through the small corridor, into the actual pool area, but stopped at a sign and read it.

RULES

NO BITING NO BOMBING NO DIVING NO SPLASHING NO PETTING

NO DIVING NO HURTING NO BULLYING NO HAIR DOWN NO RUNNING.

So many rules, it seems unfair.