Jade Uprising, Part 2 is here! If you missed it, I recommend you read Part 1 first.
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Jade Uprising (Part 2)
“Are you insane? You could have been killed.” Cadence, my best friend, had found out what happened in the forest earlier that day.
“You’re overreacting, Cadence. They don’t kill people.” I climbed the ladder that wound up the thick trunk of the tree that was our sleeping quarters. At least the new system had enough respect to allow us continued use of the trees. That was where the respect ended though.
My mind wandered back to the look on the instructor’s face, dripping with melted globs of brown sugar and lumps of apple. I’ve wanted to put the instructors in their place for a long time. And while a pie to the face seemed harmless, there would be repercussions.
That didn’t matter. It felt incredible.
We’re only worth how much we can offer them.
“Not yet they don’t.” Cadence reached the top of the ladder and stepped up onto the landing behind me. The clear starlit sky twinkled through the leaves, high in the distance beyond. We walked through the entryway, passed the common area, and entered the doorway that led to our room. The others had already retired to their own rooms.
“What do you want me to do, Cadence? Roll over and let the tell me what I can and can’t do with my life?” I fell onto my bed, the leaves of the tree rustling through the open window, sending a soft breeze into the room.
“Of course not, Jade. But they’ll never let you do what you want to do if you keep acting out like this.”
I sat up so I could look at her, my best friend since we were little girls who had big dreams—before this nightmare began. “Don’t you see? They don’t have the right to ‘’let” us do anything. We get to decide what we want to do with our time, not them.”
Cadence still had dirt smudged on her hands and face from another long day working in the fields. I remember when she wanted to be a Mage and travel the lands to learn from the best teachers. Now . . . she’d given up.
“Do you really want to spend your life pulling turnips and cabbage?”
She shook her head at me. “That’s not fair. You know I can’t just fight back, or run away. I have Alice to worry about.”
Her little sister was set to come of age in another year. Until then, she was free to do as she pleased with her time.
It was only in coming of age that you were forced to contribute to the well-being of the community and sent to a training center where they assigned a role to you.
I chew on the inside of my cheek, thinking. I know she can’t put Alice in danger by acting against the rules. And I won’t ask her too. Not yet.
“Next year, then. When Alice is here with us.”
I stared hopefully at Cadence. She stared at her hands, scraping the dirt from her fingernails. I knew that she was hesitant. It’s not the first time I’ve asked her to fight back with me. In my mind the only thing stopping her is making sure Alice is safe.
Besides, we needed more than just a couple of rebels to rise against the system. We needed an army.
And Cadence would be my first recruit, if she’d agree.
She looked up at me, the little girl I knew years ago, full of fire and spirit, shone through. She smiled. “You really think we can do it? I mean to overthrow the system . . .”
“We have a full year to make a plan, Cadence. I promise you, we will do it.”
To be continued