Chapter 1


I wake up to a sudden chill, creeping up on my cold feet. I feel the warmth feeling of Tobias's arm around me, letting me know that he's protecting me. But I don't need protection; I can protect myself with or without him.

"You can't sleep?" I feel Tobias's warm breath against the back of my neck.

"I can sleep." I respond.

I can't.

I can't sleep, knowing that we're living in a lie.

"Well go to sleep, Tris." he says.

I don't answer him but I do listen to him. I close my eyes and try to go into my own little world. I picture The Hub and why we ever did rename it. I wonder how we would be if Tori didn't kill Jeanine. I still remember that day like it was yesterday. Tori thought I betrayed them and it pained my stomach badly. I remember the blade going through Jeanine's stomach, leading her to her last breaths. Even though we all wanted Jeanine dead all along, I don't like thinking of that day. After all, that's the day when Lynn died as I held her smooth hand.

Go to sleep, Tris. Go to sleep.

Suddenly, I open my eyes in fright.

Edith Prior.

She's one of the reasons for this. But God, she looks familiar. Why would she start this world? Why to us?

"Tobias," I move him a little. "Tobias."

He moans a little.


He jumps and almost hits me in the head with his arm.

"What do you want, Tris?" he sounds annoyed and tired. He is.

"I can't stop thinking of the video." I answer. "I can't seem to get it off my head. That's why I can't sleep. I think of the video, I think of Edith, I think Lynn, what the hell is outside of the fences and Will…"

Even though it's dark, I can see Tobias roll his dark eyes.

"Tris," he says, "calm down. We can talk about it in the morning. But for now, go to sleep for God's sake."

He turns around and positions himself to sleep.

I don't want to disturb him or his sleep. So I nicely listen to him and turn to the opposite direction and stare at the moonlight. The light hits the street so bright that I can see some of the Factionless also asleep on the ground. I feel like a Factionless because of this. But we pretty much are the Factionless now. All of us. Amity, Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, and the Erudite.

Our whole world is a lie and there's very little we can do about it. Besides, Tobias is right. It's too late to be thinking about stuff right now. We can think about it in the morning. I feel the last chill of air go through my body and I shiver a little. But I wrap myself, using my arms and finally close my eyes and see pure darkness.

Our world is darkness.