From a Spark to a Flame | Uniform 17

As he spoke the last words, Matthew removed his tie and was met with a deafening roar as everyone in the crowd removed their ties as well.  Together they raised their ties to match Matthew before throwing them onto the ground. Fuelled by their anger and determination, the crowd rushed out of the warehouse and onto the streets of the city.

The city centre was soon filled with 1-stars chanting various messages; Remove your ties; Cut ties with the government; We will rise as one and become the brightest star in the night. Some 1-stars would break off from the group and go to other streets stopping pedestrians and making them hear the truth about the 1-stars. No one joined the cause the first day, but the 1-stars weren’t deterred by this.

News quickly reached the government of the revolution but as no one had joined the 1-stars, the government remained faithful to their system of propaganda against the 1-stars. They did retaliate to the situation though, releasing mass alerts to the citizens that the 1-stars had become increasingly violent and should be avoided if seen.

Despite this, the 1-stars continued their marches: chanting and advertising the truth to the public. A week later, they had their first recruit: a 3-star scientist who had been curious to see the reason behind the sudden aggression. That night, as the 1-stars returned to their warehouses, the only thing left behind, was the scientist’s tie.

Over the next couple of weeks, the number of recruits increased almost exponentially. One week one person would join, the next it would be three, the next seven would join, then ten. These recruits would return to their families and friends and would continue to spread the truth until dozens of people would join weekly.

When a thousand people had joined the 1-stars, the government could no longer see this as a failed revolution. It was now a very real threat. The government decided the best way to quench the flame would be to extinguish the source of the anger: their leader. To find out who this was, they decided to send an agent to infiltrate the 1-stars and discover the identity of the leader.

Hey! So the revolt is starting to be successful but what does this mean for Matthew? The government is looking for him. Will they find him? What will they do if they find him? Stories almost done and the next post will be up tomorrow!

Sparks of a Revolt | Uniform 16

“For half a century now, the government has held power by making a mockery of any opposition. Among us today we have dozens of politicians, teachers, doctors, and other community leaders forced to hide away in shame after losing their stars. The labelling of political enemies as subhuman has gone unchallenged for too long. Most of us have lost everything we have ever known, and those of us lucky enough to cling to some semblance of their previous lives only stand to lose if we don’t fight this oppression. We may be few, but together we can become a force to be reckoned with. Let the people regret what they have turned us into. They have made us outcasts, but let us turn our disgrace into a strength. We can go anywhere, and people will ignore us. We can do anything without people looking our way. Let their pretence of superiority be their downfall. They labelled us with the number one, and as one we shall rise.

From every alley, we will pour out into the streets screaming the truth. As the people learn that their thoughts are lies they will be angry and turn from their leaders. These people will either stand with us by choice, or with our weapons at their backs. The government will be forced to respond when we act. Let them prove the truth to those who will not listen. We have been cast into the night, avoided by the rest of society, but stars shine brightest at night and now is the time to make people notice.”

As his speech continued Matthew grew louder until he was yelling, the crowd screaming in agreement.

“Remove your uniforms! You are each an individual in this mass of oppression and its time we own our differences! Remove your ties with me and let it serve as a message that we will not conform to the injustice forced upon us! We will fight until our last breaths for change and I swear to you today that our day will come and theirs is ending! As we go out, watch society change when people join us as equals, and we force the government to meet us on our terms!”

Hi guys! So Matthew plans on leading the 1-stars in a revolution and it looks like they agree with him. How will their endeavours pan out? Will they be successful in changing society or will their hopes be crushed? Hope you are enjoying the story and are ready for a bit more action to appear! Next post will be up 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!

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!