Subterfuge | Uniform

Two days passed before Matthews plan was ready to be executed. It started out fairly simply. Three teams would be sent out to complete targeted attacks on government intelligence buildings. Using the chaos as cover, the 1-stars would overtake the national broadcast and Matthew would be on every screen across the nation. Once that happened Matthew would speak to the people whilst the government tracked him down. After that, the plan depended on what happened to Matthew once they tracked the broadcast.

As the first of the three strike-teams left Matthew made his way to the safe-house med-bay. A tall doctor stood at the entrance, having expected Matthews arrival.

“We finished the weapon this morning as requested sir. You will only have one shot and it must enter his blood stream or the drug will not take. If you want it to have any effect though, it must be done publicly. Nothing will change if this happens in private. Before the news spreads our window will have passed.” Matthew nodded at the doctor’s advice and asked to see the weapon.

The doctor led him to a table with a few rebooted monitors on top of it showing schematics Matthew couldn’t read. The doctor handed Matthew a thin metal pen and showed him how it worked.

The pen was a shell holding a poison. Matthew would have to stab the point into the flesh of his target and press the cap to release the toxin. As Matthew headed towards the door the doctor called out and gave him one last piece of advice.

“It is imperative that you break the skin. If you don’t the poison will be useless and you will be in more danger than if you were simply captured.”

Last Chance | Uniform 30

When it became clear that Alistair would not be able to wring any useful information out of Kiara two guards came in to remove him, leaving Kiara alone. The woman who had overseen Kiara’s torture since her arrival walked in a couple of hours later and sat across from her.

“Kiara, why don’t you help us out? No one here wants to hurt you. You need to understand however, that what you are doing is not in the interest of the public. No one stands to gain if the government falls and our nation is plunged into anarchy.” Kiara smirked, knowing that nothing the woman could say would break her.

“Spoken like a true government lackey. Tell me, did they give you a script before you came in here, or did you come up with that on the spot?” The woman sighed, an expression of forced sympathy on her face. Slowly she stood up, as if giving Kiara time to reconsider, and walked out. A cruel smirk grew on her face as she left the room.

“Start phase two. She needs more incentive to talk.” The two guards outside nodded in response, walked in to grab Kiara, and dragged her back to the dark stone room she had spent most of her captive days in.

So this section was a bit shorter than usual but I felt it was a more natural part to stop at. Otherwise the section would end up being around 700 words long.

Any ideas on what phase two might be? Will Matthew save Kiara or will it be too late?

Preparations | Uniform 29

Matthew’s plan was simple. He would get captured and serve as a distraction whilst a rescue operation for Kiara happened. When he first told his advisors of his plan they called him insane and contemplated his removal as the face of the revolution. He laughed at their worries and cryptically replied that he had no intentions of remaining captured, only of removing the leverage the government held over him.

Over the next couple of days Matthew met with scientists, ballistics experts, doctors, and ex-military. When asked about his meetings he smiled at his advisors and said he was preparing a contingency, just in case he wasn’t able to escape capture by the government.

Less than a day later 1-stars everywhere were working tirelessly. Preparations for Matthews capture and Kiara’s escape were keeping everyone busy. Soldier training intensified, weapons were mass produced, and the medical wings were expanded to account for an influx of injured soldiers. If Matthew’s plans failed it would be the perfect opportunity for the 1-stars to invade. With the government focusing on his capture it would be easier to slip past their defences and take out larger targets.

Matthew knew that his arrest would distract the government enough for 1-stars to target some of the more important government buildings and was organising an assault on the central energy plant. What he didn’t know however, was that some members of his cabinet were more than willing to let him go to jail if it meant that another assault could be mounted, and perhaps one of them could take control in Matthew’s absence.

Hey! So this post has taken a while to get out and honestly, I can’t wait to finish this story! There should only be five more posts from Uniform and I’ve written the next three already so we’re almost there! They should be up over the next couple of days and I’ll also be posting about writers block and my experiences with that throughout the writing of Uniform so keep an eye out for that post!

Dawning Realisations | Uniform 28

Altair sat across from Kiara in the dimly lit room, separated only by an old wooden table. He sat still, held in place by Kiara’s fierce glare. Both of them waited for the other to speak, unwilling to be the first to bend. Eventually Altair spoke, fed up with the prolonged silence.

“Why did you ask to speak with me?” Kiara took a moment to continue staring at him, collecting her thoughts.

“You were once a 1-star were you not? Before your time as a government lackey?” Despite his irritation at her wording he nodded. Kiara hummed in acknowledgement before continuing.

“Why then, if I may ask, would you aid in the capture of the figurehead of a revolution aiming to give rights to the group you were once a part of?” Kiara’s voice was low and dangerous. Both of them knew she could not do anything to Altair without being punished but Altair knew exactly how much danger he would have been in were they not being watched.

“Ms. Westwood, I can assure you that my actions had nothing to do with my allegiances to my fellow 1-stars, or with Matthew. I have never wanted to put him in any danger. The be truthful I owe him a great deal, he helped me out of a tough situation. Had it been up to me his fate would be a more peaceful one. Sadly, the cards were never in my hand and like many around us, I am simply following the rules in a game that others play.” A look of realisation appeared upon Kiara’s face as Altair spoke.

“You were one of the 1-stars Matthew gave a job to, weren’t you?” she could see by the look that he gave her that she was right and continued speaking.

“What then, could have driven you to betray someone who had risked so much to help you?” Altair looked conflicted before sighing and answering Kiara’s question.

“They have my family.”

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!

Punishment | Uniform 24

“Where is Matthew Sinclair?” These words woke Kiara every day since her capture followed by some punishment for her lack of cooperation. Today they had opted for dousing her in cold water. Kiara did not know how they managed to move her each morning but assumed that they had used a muted version of the sedative that kept her unconscious when she was first brought in.

“How should I know?” Her answer remained the same every day and she had no idea why they thought getting wet would make her change her answer. Yesterday she had been hooked up to 6 clamps attached to different sized batteries. Each unsatisfying answer made a flip switch and a wave of searing pain would shoot through Kiara. If she could go through that without breaking Matthew’s trust, then being wet would be easy.

“Humans are so fragile did you know?” As Kiara was pulled out of the tub the lady who had first interrogated Kiara spoke.  Seeing that Kiara wasn’t going to respond the lady continued.

“We can’t survive in conditions beyond our bodies’ comfort zones for long. If we push ourselves too hard we might pass out. If we don’t have enough to eat we might die. There are a number of reasons why our bodies might shut down. We might have had too little to drink, or not slept enough. It might even be for reasons as simple as being too hot or cold.” At this point one of the two men who had submerged Kiara in the water opened a window. A cold breeze whispered gently across Kiara’s damp skin. Goosebumps rose and her pulse quickened as she realised what they planned to do.

“It is so funny how large an impact something as simple as turning down a person’s body temperature can have.” The lady moved closer to Kiara and whispered into her ear.

“In a few hours, when you are begging for sleep and the death that will surely come with it I will decide whether to grant your wish. Who knows, maybe I will flip a coin to decide. Regardless of how it is done I want you to remember this in a few hours and realise how little I care about whether you live or die, and how insignificant I find your pitiful life.”

Hey guys! So it looks like Kiara might be in trouble. Will she get out if it somehow? The uploads the next couple of days should be a little more diverse in terms of categories they fit in rather than just being short stories. That said, Uniform will still be updated at least every other day. Remember to follow if to get notifications regarding posts! Especially now that updates might not be daily.