Hey! So the story has reached officially the halfway point! Matthew has been demoted to a 1-star and will now learn some of the implications of that. The question remains though: What will he do about it?
Almost the exact moment Matthew walked through the doors two guards stepped forwards and escorted him back out of the building. As a threat to the political structure within his society, the government had assigned two new officers to the building with instructions to keep all 1-stars out. This was to prevent the situation from repeating. The guards grabbed Matthew and told him to ‘remember his place’ as he was left outside of the building. He had been told a similar thing when his star had been removed. He was told that it was dangerous to stray too far from your place and that there were often consequences for such actions, his being the removal of a star. Matthew was not sure if political enemies were still being killed from time to time but Matthew felt somewhat fortunate that he still had his life.
Matthew stood at the bus stop for a few minutes annoyed at the way he had been treated. He was tempted to wait at the stop for his ex-colleagues to leave the office but thought better of it. He knew that this was likely the exact behaviour that would push him over from harmless activist to active threat in the eyes of the government. When the bus came he quickly walked on and sat in his usual seat only to be roughly pushed out of it by an elderly man next to him. He was about to question the man before being pushed into the 1-star section by the elderly man’s cane. Realisation dawned on Matthew that with the loss of his star, everything in his life would be different.
When the bus arrived at his stop, Matthew rushed out, careful not to make eye-contact with any of the other passengers. Feeling saddened and angered by the day’s events he stormed home, relieved that the day would soon be over.
When he walked into the house he called out to his mother who instantly replied that she was in the kitchen. Slowly, he walked into the kitchen to see her. His mother turned at the sound of his footsteps, a bowl of rice in hand, ready to be placed on the table for dinner. As she looked at him however, she dropped the bowl in shock. The porcelain shattered, spilling rice all over the floor. The noise might as well have sent a shockwave throughout the house, freezing Matthew in place and alerting his father who quickly rushed into the kitchen to see what was happening.
So Matthew’s learning that things he had once took for granted are no longer an option in his life. How will his parents react now that they know of his rank change? Will they support him or turn on him?
Hope you liked it and read tomorrows chapter to find out!