Forced Demotion | Uniform 10

Hey! Last we left off Matthew had just spoken to a group of 1-stars who turned out to have been respected members of society before losing their stars and any power that came with it. Matthew then decided that he would try to do something about the injustice these 1-stars faced by offering them work. This instalment looks at how that plays out.

Word quickly spread among the 1-stars that someone in the conscription office was giving them jobs and as it spread, more 1-stars began coming to Matthew’s office. Eventually, his boss became suspicious and Matthew had to send most of the 1-stars home to keep up the pretence of indifference, but the seed of doubt had already been planted. People would notice when 1-stars left Matthew’s office looking happy, rather than dejected.

The next day as Matthew was about to walk into his office a 5-star, flanked by two 3-stars walked up to him and ask if they could speak for a moment. Matthew wanted desperately to say no, as he had his suspicions about the meetings topic, but knowing that he was outranked and could not refuse he simply nodded and followed the men out of the building.

His co-workers stared as he Matthew left but no one intervened. Although they had no way of being sure of what was happening, they all suspected that it had something to do with the increased number of 1-stars leaving Matthew’s office.

The workers soon returned to their jobs and the remaining day at the office building was slow and uneventful. This quickly changed in the evening though when Matthew returned. The secretary gasped when he walked through the doors drawing everyone’s attention to his return. Many did not recognize him at first as his clothes were dirty and worn, his hair was tangled, and he seemed to have aged years in the few hours that he was gone. As they looked at him more closely though, it became undeniable that this was indeed Matthew. They wondered what could have happened to him until, one by one, their eyes were drawn to the most drastic change in his appearance: one of his stars was gone.

So now Matthew is a 1-star! What is he going to do? How are people going to react? Hope all of you are doing well and that you liked it! As always the next part will be posted tomorrow!

Purpose | Uniform 9

Hey! So we have almost reached the 10th instalment of Uniform and I am so excited! There are probably going to be about 20-25 instalments but that might change if I change the story throughout. Anyways, here’s the next part!

The 1-stars that Matthew spoke to had very different backgrounds but all had one thing in common. They had all seen 1-stars as equals rather than societal garbage unworthy of their attention, a view that Matthew had begun to adopt.

The day after he spoke to Arlo, Matthew decided to go to work without wearing his tie. This was both as a personal protest of the stringent class system in place, and out of curiosity to see how his peers would react to his unfinished uniform. He left early to avoid his parents and arrived at the office a quarter-hour earlier than usual. Once he entered the lobby he heard a gasp come from the secretary followed by quick, staccato footsteps. A few seconds later he felt a hand on his shoulder and heard a low voice.

“Sir, you are going to have to put on your tie before continuing to work.”

“I’m sorry but it seems that I forgot it at home, officer,” Matthew replied.

The security guard’s features were overcome with annoyance before his face smoothed into a calm and neutral expression. “It’s alright sir, we have a few extra ties for just this type of situation. Please don’t let it happen again.”

The officer left and returned a minute later with a standard black tie which he handed to Matthew. Forcing a smile, Matthew took the tie and with ease donned the tie using a standard knot. He thanked the officer before walking to his office.

That day, Matthew decided that he would try to make a difference in society. He knew that he would never be able to do as much as Altair or Arlo could have, but he felt a need to try. Though unable to change the lives of mass numbers of 1-stars or shift political stances, Matthew knew that he could make a difference in the lives of individual 1-stars. From that day on, Matthew decided to find simple, inconspicuous jobs and give them to any 1-stars that came to his office.

That’s it! I’m seriously beginning to think that 300 words might be too short… If I do a project like this I might make it 500 words… but then again I don’t want to write and edit 500 words every day but we’ll see. As always I hope you liked this instalment and the next part will be posted tomorrow!

Fallen Stars | Uniform 8

Hey! So we left off with Matthew wanting to figure out if Altair was telling the truth or not but how will he do that? 

Every day for the next month Matthew would take the bus home after work and then walk to the city center. There he would wait until he found a 1-star and spoke to them. This wasn’t a very successful method as he wasn’t always successful in finding one and had only met seven 1-stars in the four weeks. However, it was the best plan he could come up with and the people that he had met proved Altair’s story without question.

The first 1-star used to be a secretary for the mayor but she had spoken out about the medical testing done on 1-stars. The second was a businessman who after discovering the truth about the class divisions only hired 1-stars. The third and seventh were police officers who had both been sent to arrest multiple 1-stars but upon discovering their histories restrained from beating them as police were known to do to 1-stars they deemed unruly. The fourth and fifth were doctors. The fourth had once prioritized a 1-star’s surgery over a 4-star’s appointment due to the gravity of the 1-star’s wounds. The fifth had begun stealing medical supplies from the hospital and smuggling them to 1-stars throughout the city earlier that year when a health ban was passed against 1-stars. The sixth, and perhaps most notable, was once a presidential candidate named Arlo, one that Matthew remembered.

He had a similar background to Altair’s In that he discovered the truth about 1-stars in university. However, rather than trying to tell people about the government’s silencing method, he decided to wait until he had power to change it. He worked hard to become a strong political figure and later a presidential candidate. He could have become president one day had it not been for his assistant finding out about his plan whilst reading through his notes one day, and discovering his secret. His dropping out of the election was covered up as if he had been very sick and he was never heard of again. Most assumed that he was dead.

So there you have it! Matthew has discovered that Altair was telling the truth and that the government is far darker and crueller than it seems. The question is: What will Matthew do about it? AS always hope you liked this instalment and read the next part which will be up tomorrow (probably a bit earlier than this one)!

Truth or Trickery | Uniform 7

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So this instalment will end the meeting between Matthew and Altair and will lead into some more intense and action-filled story-lines… (probably). Anyways, here it is! 

A smile immediately appeared on Altair’s face before he jumped up and hugged Matthew, a gesture that would have been frowned upon by most people. The embrace lasted a few seconds at most but shocked Matthew nonetheless. He had never been this close to a person since his childhood. It brought on confused sense of joy to know that he could make someone happy enough that they would disregard social standards and succumb to a reaction of such raw emotion.

Matthew was soon left to ask Altair to leave after being thanked profusely and continuously. The rest of the day went by quickly with only two other people coming to see Matthew. On his way out of the building, he was stopped by his boss.

“Listen, I know that you gave a job to that 1-star and I understand. We all make mistakes. Sometimes they trick you with some fake sympathy story to prey on your emotions and before you know it they’re gone and you can’t even recall at what point you gave them a job. However, you must understand that there are better, more deserving people who are trying to get these jobs as well. I’ll let you off the hook this time, but try not to let it happen again.”

Matthew wanted to interrupt but he had begun doubting his meeting. Was it possible that Altair had lied to him? Was there another way to explain his education? Did he even have a family?

Matthew continued asking himself these questions as he waited for the bus to arrive. Once it came he moved to his class’ designated area and sat down, eager to return home. The route home took longer than the one to work and Matthew was given a lot of time to think about his encounter with Altair. The more he thought about it, the more confused he got until he realized that there was only one way to find out the truth.

Was Altair lying? What’s Matthew gonna do to figure out the truth? Is the government as oppressive as Altair led Matthew to believe? 

These questions will be answered (probably) in the next few instalments so don’t forget to check in daily! Or feel free to comment with guesses! You might be right! Or have such a great idea that I change the story-line to fit it! 

Subtle Leash | Uniform 6

 

So the last section ended with Altair discussing methods used by the government to erase oppositional viewpoints. Now, we look more into Altair’s rebellion of this prompting Matthew to re-evaluate how he sees society.

“That’s terrible!”

After a pause to collect himself from his sudden emotional outburst Matthew continued.

“I still don’t understand why you don’t wear a tie though. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 1-star without a tie before.”

“That question has a simpler answer, and the story is not as interesting I am afraid. Simply put, I don’t wear it because it is a symbol of conformity. The tie is issued as the final piece of the uniform, forced upon us before going to university. A place that was once meant for self-discovery has now become nothing more than a training facility for people who have unknowingly already been initiated into the government’s meticulously managed machine.  The ties are used to remove people’s differences. No one is unique, which may make some feel safe, but it also means that no one can question anything. No one can be creative, or independent. The only difference is the stars. A single marker, categorising people into indisputable classes.”

The following silence lasted a couple of minutes as Matthew took the time to process what he had just heard. He thought back to all the 1-stars he had seen in his past but found that he remembered none of them. Any one of them could have once been a politician’s son or a retired policeman, but he had never looked closely enough to notice. Remembering the rules he was given with the job, Matthew sighed before speaking again.

“Look, I’m not really supposed to give jobs to 1-stars.”

“Of course not. Heaven forbid anyone opposing the government can find means to survive.”

Seeing the downcast look on Altair’s face after his sarcastic outburst, Matthew quickly continued.

“I’ll see what I can do. There are a few places in need of workers quickly. I can’t guarantee it will be permanent. You will most likely be fired once you’re no longer useful but it might be enough to get you through the next few weeks.”

There it is! Part 6. I don’t know why but I feel like the instalments are getting shorter… despite the fact that this is one of the longer sections (if only by a handful of words). Oh well, it just means that I’m just as excited for the next part as if would be if I were reading it. Seriously though… Every time I reach 300 I have to force myself to stop because otherwise I’ll keep writing ‘one more paragraph’ for hours until I finish the story. Ok well anyways… part 7 will be up tomorrow!

Ok Bye! Hope you enjoyed it and check out some of my non-writing posts that I’ll be posting over the next couple of weeks!

The Big Reveal | Uniform 5

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So the last section ended with Altair bringing up the oppressive government in the story which this section will elaborate on. Hope you enjoy it!

Seeing the confusion on Matthew’s face, Altair continued.

“Everything that you’ve been told is a lie. 1-star citizens are not the bane, nor the crutch of society. Once they might have been, but now they are an image created by the government to keep control. Enemies of the state are brought in, stripped of their stars, and sent back into society, then the citizens do the rest. Before today, how many 1-stars have you spoken to? Probably none, correct?” His only answer was a nod from Matthew prompting Altair to continue.

“How many have you passed on the street, without more than a glance? More than you can count I assume? How much more do you know about any of them than what you are being told? Nothing!” Two more nods came from Matthew. Altair was about to continue but Matthew interrupted.

“What happened though? What did you do to lose your stars?”

“I told the truth. I talked to a few 1-stars one day and learned about their lives. Each of them came from highly ranked backgrounds, but had opposed the government. Eventually, I did the same. I told others at Stur the truth. I thought that if they knew the truth they would see as I had, that the way our society functioned was flawed. I hoped that if enough of us knew, we might have been able to stop the governments cruel regime. My plan was discovered before I could follow through with it though. Within a day, I was stripped of my stars and my place at Stur. My family and friends wouldn’t listen to me, and could barely look me in the eyes now that I was a 1-star.”

 

There it is! Part 5 of Uniform! The next section will address the ties people wear in this story and the title! Hope you liked it and come back tomorrow for the next instalment!

 

Double Take | Uniform 4

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So this is the 4th part of Uniform! The next few instalments will discuss class prejudice in this story. Without further ado, here it is!

Plastering a smile on his face Matthew welcomed the man who introduced himself as Altair Mulder, and ushered the secretary out of the room. As Altair took the seat in front of Matthew, he quickly glanced around the room with a guarded look, as if looking for threats. The short silence was soon broken by Matthew.

“Hello Mr. Mulder, my name is Matthew. Now, what is it that you hope to get out of our meeting today?”

“Good morning Matthew, I was hoping to get a job. Anything is fine so long as the salary lets me provide for my family, and please, call me Altair.”

Matthew was taken aback by the man’s reply and how different he was from most advertised 1-stars. Not only was his speech not broken, but his intentions were clear and thought out, unlike the rash decisions 1-stars were always shown to make.

“Forgive me for asking this Mr. Altair but where were you educated? I only ask as I’ve never known for someone with only 1 star to be as educated as you.”

“It’s alright Matthew, I went to Oakwood Academy before attending Stur University,” he replied with a slight grin.

Matthew was even more surprised by this than by Altair’s evident intellect. Oakwood academy was famously reserved for the children of 4 and 5-star citizens, and only the brightest children of 3-stars were enrolled in special cases. Even this wasn’t as impressive as going to Stur University though. Stur was the best and most selective university in the country. Only the brightest were given the chance to apply, and only a handful of them got in. It was almost an unwritten rule that Stur graduates rose to have 5 stars. If this was all true Matthew wondered, then why did Altair only have 1 star now? He was brought out of his thoughts by Altair’s chuckling.

“Impressive is it not? I could have had 5 stars by now, but I could never have worked for such a tyrannical government. Nor support the parasitic society on which it thrives.”

And that’s the end of this section! Hope you enjoyed part 4 and return tomorrow for part 5. Tomorrow more of the parasitic society Altair mentions will be discussed and Matthew learns some dark secrets the government has kept hidden!