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

Hey!

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!