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?

Interrogation | Uniform 22

Kiara woke up handcuffed to a metal desk in a cold, grey room. She looked around and saw two small cameras in opposite corners of the room and was surprised to see that there was no door anywhere in sight. She wondered how they had brought her in. One wall seemed to be made of an opaque glass and Kiara guessed that people were watching her from the other side of it. She steeled her jaw and stared at the glass, resolute and unwavering. A minute or so later, a part of the wall retracted before sliding to the side. Kiara turned from the glass wall to see a woman walk into the room. The woman sat in front of Kiara on a chair on the opposite side of the table.

“Kiara Westwood, second in command to Matthew Sinclair, resident medic at 1-star facility 2, ex-heart-surgeon at Pinecrest hospital. It says here you were on your way to becoming the leading heart-surgeon in the country but were excommunicated due to complications.” The smirk on her face when she drawled the word excommunicated showed Kiara that contrary to her tired tone, the lady enjoyed Kiara’s suffering.

“Our file on you has grown considerably large during your sedation the past few days. I must say when I first heard that you were taken in place of mister Sinclair I was quite angry. Over the past 48 hours however, I have grown positively elated. We have sent new spies to infiltrate your hopeless revolution and it seems that without you, mister Sinclair has no idea how to control the 1-stars. Failed raids have led to the incarceration of over 40 1-stars yesterday alone.” The ladies voice grew positively gleeful by the end of her explanation. Kiara refused to believe the ladies words but a part of her knew how large a part she had played in planning the raids and feared that there might be some truth to the ladies’ words. She knew however, that if there were any truth to the slanderous words, Matthew would soon overcome them and the revolution would once again be in full effect.

Hey! So this post took a little longer to post because I was planning the rest of the story after changing it. I’ve planned most of it by now and the rest of the uploads should go up on schedule! What do you guys think? Is Kiara’s interrogator telling the truth about Matthew? Hope you enjoyed this instalment in Uniform and come back tomorrow to read the next part!

Tears and Goodbyes | Uniform 19

Matthew rushed into a new room only to grow disappointed once more. The room seemed to serve as storage for some large machines but Matthew could not see how that would help them escape.

“Over here!” Matthew turned at the exclamation and ran towards the voice. He was the last to arrive and saw that the group was crowding around a window against the far wall.

“We could break the window and leave that way. The chances of us escaping without being spotted are slim though.” Matthew agreed with Kiara but couldn’t think of a better alternative. The grim expressions worn by his team showed that his sentiment was mirrored in each of their minds. Matthew knew that they were unlikely to escape but spoke up anyways.

“We’ll have to try. If we are quiet and fast enough then we might slip away. The night should provide enough cover if we are lucky.”

“No. If all of us try to run then the risk of being found increases. Matthew, you need to run. You are too valuable to the revolution and I’m not sure we could handle losing you. The rest of us are disposable. We can distract the soldiers long enough for you to escape.” Tears were building in Kiara’s and Matthew’s eyes by the end of her argument, neither ready to say goodbye.

“There has to be a better way! There must be something we’re missing!”

“You know there isn’t Matthew, and even if there was we don’t have time to figure it out anymore.”

“I won’t leave without you Kee!” Kiara smiled at the pet name and sighed, knowing that Matthew would not change his mind.

A small explosion shook the building as the main door was blown up. The pounding feet of the soldiers rushing into the building cut through the deafening silence that followed the explosion.

Knowing that their time was quickly running out, Kiara turned to Matthew and nodded, barely holding back tears.

“Alright, but hurry. I’ll be right behind you.” Matthew smiled at her and turned to the window. He took off his jacket and pressed it against the window to muffle the noise when Paul, one of their two lookouts, broke the glass with his gun. It was a big drop so instead of jumping, Matthew was lowered out of the window by Paul before dropping down the rest of the distance. When his feet landed on the ground he stepped back and looked up towards the window where Kiara stared back at him, tears flowing freely down her face.

“I’m sorry Matthew, but this is the best chance we have. Run! We’ll give you enough time to escape.”

Hey! I’ve followed your suggestions so now Matthew will escape! This post was actually twice as long because I got sucked into the new storyline I’m creating now and couldn’t stop writing. On the bright side it means that I’m ahead for tomorrow’s post and can assure you that it’s a good one!

Let the World Burn | Uniform 18

By the time the infiltration was initiated, the revolution was no longer peaceful. Within a week over 20 government buildings and offices, had been destroyed throughout the capital. With each demolished government institution the revolution grew. People in other cities across the country had begun removing their ties and siding with the 1-stars. No longer could the government contain the protests to a single city.

Three days after the government had sent a spy into the warehouse, a report was delivered to the government. A large picture of Matthew slipped out when it was opened. On the back of the picture were details of the next raid that Matthew would join. It would be at a granary near the outskirts of the city and would occur the next day. Only a small group was going, to remain inconspicuous. It would be the perfect opportunity to capture Matthew.

A military convoy lay hidden behind the granary for three hours before Matthew and his team showed up. The group entered the granary and after waiting a few minutes for the lookouts to relax, the military team sprang into action. They surrounded the granary and shone bright lights at each of its walls before calling out to Matthew. They warned that if he didn’t exit the granary peacefully to be detained then they would use force against him and his companions.

Matthew scanned the building looking for another way out. His raid group quickly joined him and spread along the building searching in each room. The military convoy outside began to grow restless and as they continued calling for Matthew’s surrender, the rebels began to lose hope. They were down to searching through the last rooms for a way out and knew that even if they found it, their chances of escaping before the military force barged in to capture them were slim.

Hi guys! So the revolution is growing but things are not looking too good for Matthew at the moment. I’ve embedded a poll under this to see if you guys think that Matthew should escape or be captured. I have two ideas in mind but would like to hear what you think. Fair warning, the story will be shorter if he gets captured. As always I hope you are enjoying reading this! I will definitely post something tomorrow but it might not be the next part of Uniform depending on how the poll goes.

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!

A Starless Night | Uniform 11

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!