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"Tris, wait!" I slow down, but continue walking towards the large doors. I've been trapped in the hospital for over a week now. I need to get out.
"Hurry up, Tobias!" I call back to him. I hear his footsteps behind me in no time and suddenly he's at my side.
We walk out the doors of the compound in silence, relishing this moment of freedom. It's been too long. I've been inside for too long.
"You ready?" Tobias asks me as we approach the truck.
"Of course." He laughs and rolls his eyes at me.
He's been back to Chicago since the whole event over a week ago, but I haven't even been able to leave the hospital. He doesn't understand how badly I need to go back, how badly I need to know what I did was worth it.
We get in the truck and start driving back home.
I guess that's what it is to me. It will always be my home. Through the good and the bad I have always considered it the place I would return to, the place that would take me back and let me live within its wall again. You don't turn your back on a place like that.
Tobias and I make it there soon enough and we pass through the gate on the fence with ease.
"It isn't locked anymore," he tells me. "Anyone is free to come and go as they please."
"Have people left?" I ask.
"No." Tobias shrugs, as if it was obvious.
"The same reason we are going back. It's our home."
And you don't just abandon your home.
We park the truck and walk to the old Amity compound. The fields we passed through to get there are now covered in a small layer of snow.
"It's beautiful." I whisper.
"Yes, but this beauty is killing our crops. We weren't really prepared for such an early snow. At least when it melts, it'll be good for the plants." Johanna comes around the corner of the building and smiles at us.
"It's good to see you again, Johanna." Tobias says, taking her hand in his.
"Not as good as it is to see you." She looks at me and I can see tears brimming her eyes.
I extend my hand to her, but she wraps her arms around me instead.
"Thank you for everything." I mumble into her ear. I feel her nod her head.
"And thank you, Tris. Thank you."
After a long reunion, we head inside to warm up. We are all sitting in her office talking about the state the city is in. Business, of course. I try to focus on what Johanna is saying, but all I can think about is how pretty she looks with her hair pulled back. She's strong and smart and I wish I could be as good of a leader as she is.
One day, I tell myself. One day I will be.
"So what do you think, Tris?" I hear Tobias say.
"Um… what? Sorry."
He and Johanna laugh and I feel my cheeks turn red.
"Where do you want to go visit next?" He says.
I think about it for a second, but the answer to that question has been in the back of my mind for over a week now.
It's darker than I remember.
Maybe it's because many of the lights have burned out or because the memories of this place are clouding my vision. This was where everything started. Where I met Tobias and Christina and Uriah, where I found out more about my divergence, where I almost fell to my death, where I spent months training and fighting and growing stronger and stronger. This was where I found out who I was supposed to be. Who I wanted to be.
"What are you thinking about?" Tobias squeezes my hand and looks down at me. I've been too quiet, he probably thinks that coming here was a mistake.
I brush him off. "You. And me. And that night you took me to that secret spot by the chasm." I give him a sultry smile and before I know it his lips are on mine.
"I remember that night. Our first kiss." He kisses me again, this time longer. I slowly push him against the wall and trail my fingers down his chest to his stomach.
"I was so scared." I whisper.
"Me too." I give a small laugh.
He wraps his arms around my waist and pulls me toward him. I look up and see his dark blue eyes staring at me.
"Because I knew once I kissed you, there was no turning back. Once I kissed you, I'd be yours forever."
We kiss for a little while longer before we start walking around the compound. Nothing has really changed other than peoples' clothes. The different colors make up for the darkness. People haven't given up on the idea of incorporating everyone into society. Dauntless, Abnegation, Erudite, Candor, Amity, those are just words now. They do not define anyone anymore.
We are all human.
It's a beautiful site to see. It's amazing to think that even in such a short amount of time, people are embracing this new freedom they have and using it to better the society.
Everyone is equal.
Or at least, that's the hope. It will take more time for everyone to adjust. I can still see colors clumped together, even though everyone shares the same space. But this is progress. We are not operating under a leader. We do not have to do this. This is our choice.
This is the future.
"You're being so quiet." Tobias says to me. I nod.
"Just taking it all in."
"It's amazing, isn't it?"
We leave the compound shortly after and take the train further into the city. It's hard leaving Dauntless headquarters, but I know one day I'll be back.
"Where to now?" Tobias asks. I give him one look and he nods. He already knows where I want to go.
We jump off and walk towards the Abnegation sector. My first home. The place where my parents raised me and my brother and I played Candor and I could only look in the mirror on the second day of every third month when my mother would cut my hair.
This is the place my mother and father chose to run to. This is where they built their life together. After it seemed like everything had turned against them, they managed to find peace here.
Maybe this place isn't so bad after all.
"Tobias, do you ever think about what it would've been like if you and I chose Abnegation instead of Dauntless?"
I can see him stiffen, probably thinking of the reason why he left Abnegation in the first place. But he relaxes in an instant and smiles.
"I wouldn't be holding your hand right now."
I look down at our intertwined fingers. How did I get so comfortable with our public displays of affection? Months ago I would have cringed at the thought of us holding hands while walking along these streets. Now, I can't imagine not holding Tobias's hand.
"Do you think we would still be together?"
"Yes. We wouldn't know about the experiment, we wouldn't know anything, really, and we would be in grey clothes, but I would still love you."
I stop walking.
"I changed my mind. I don't want to be here anymore."
"This was where I grew up and where I thought I wanted to come back to. But this was where my parents belonged, not me. I knew that the moment I chose Dauntless. I don't belong here anymore. Even with the new laws, I don't think I can be here."
"Then follow me."
Tobias wraps his arm around my waist and practically drags me back the way we came. We walk in silence. Minutes go by and soon we are out of the Abnegation sector.
He stops us near a fountain I would pass by on my way to school every morning. His cheeks are red as he faces me. A spare upper lip and a full lower lip. A small scar on his chin. Deep-set, dark blue eyes with patch of light blue on the left iris.
"Tobias, what-" I start.
"I love you, Beatrice."
His eyes are wide. His hands are shaking.
"And I love you, Tobias. But… why are you using my real name?"
"You said to use it on special occasions, right?"
I give him a questioning look as he takes a deep breath and reaches into his coat pocket, taking out a small box. He kneels down and opens the box.
"Beatrice, will you marry me?"