Preparations | Uniform 27

Preparations for Matthew’s plan were well underway by the next time the council convened. Weapons were being collected and people were being trained for battle. Matthew knew that when the plan was executed, regardless of the result, there was a chance that the army would react violently and attack the 1-stars and Matthew was making sure that they would not be caught unawares. Contingency plans were being made for every possible scenario and every possible outcome was being calculated. The hope was that if they prepared enough, they would be able to catch the army unawares and survive an assault long enough for the dust to settle after the assassination attempt.

As for the assassination, ideas were flying between the council members. By now they had all accepted that the assassination attempt would become a reality and they were determined to make sure that the best plan was made. Ideas ranged from trying to steal a bomb from the government and planting it by the president’s office, to sending in a spy to infiltrate the president’s council and isolating him from his security team so that someone could kill him.

The plan that they settled on was long and complicated. Each step had to be done exactly on time and according to plan or the assassination would fail. First, groups of 1-stars would be sent around the city where they would simultaneously launch attacks on government buildings around the city. With the army spread out to stop the attacks Matthew and a specialised team would start a prison break to save Kiara and any 1-stars that had been captured throughout the revolution. At this point the plan could take various paths depending on how the president reacted. They needed some way to find out where he was at any time. Matthew knew there was only one way they could get close enough to the president in time.

“I’m going to give myself up.”

So Matthew’s plan is falling into place and Kiara might soon get rescued, but will it happen soon enough? Will Kiara’s meeting with Altair get in the way of Matthew’s plan in any way?

A Death Foretold | Uniform 25

The room exploded in bursts of shock and outrage as the council members stood up screaming. Their faces red as they each began shouting to be heard. The once collected council now acted more like a group squabbling children than respected political advisors. Matthew slammed his hands onto the table between them and the room fell deathly silent once more.

“I know this seems crazy, but it is our only option. We don’t have the manpower or the resources to take down the government if all we are doing is trying to limit their supplies. Guards are being posted at every important storage facility around the country as we speak and even if we were somehow able to get past them, another storage facility would be built and filled within a few weeks. We can’t cripple them from the bottom. We have to take out their leaders and let the rest of the government spin out of control.” The council was divided by the end of Matthew’s argument. Some agreed with him that killing the president would be the quickest and most direct way to ensure their revolutionary plans became successful. Most council members however, still believed Matthew’s idea to be ridiculous. A council member who had not been convinced by Matthew’s viewpoint stood, faced Matthew, and spoke.

“Each day people join our cause across the nation. Soon our numbers will be equal to those the national army has. Surely when this happens we will be able to overpower the government without resorting to such drastic and dangerous methods. Think about it. If we fail to kill him, the president will stop entertaining our revolts and send all of his troops to destroy us.” The council members turned to Matthew again, wondering if he had any plans to ensure their success or if their chances of failure were as high as they feared.

“I know that there is a lot at stake if we aren’t successful, but It is only a matter of time before president Payne’s patience wears thin. He could send his armies to our doors any day to kill us and the day he stops finding amusement in our revolting, he will. We have lost so many people to the revolution already and each day it continues we lose more. Brothers, sisters, friends, neighbours, parents, children, everyone has lost someone to the fighting. Is it not worth it to try? If it means a possible end to the deaths and fighting, do we not owe it to our people to do it?”

Hey! So the last few days have been a bit hectic so my posting schedule wasn’t possible but everything should be back to normal and I should be able to post something every day again. Anyways, how do you guys think Matthew plans to have the President killed? The next post will be from Kiara’s P.O.V. so if you haven’t read punishment be sure to do so!

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!