Publication date: January 26th 2016
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult
I was raised in a world where humans no longer rule.
In the past, we made a terrible mistake by creating a new species we thought would serve us as our army, which led to our downfall.
There was a war, we lost, and many lives were massacred. It was the end of life as we knew it and the beginning of a hell we were now trapped in. We became enslaved to what we now called Superiors, becoming pets to them, simply there to entertain.
In a world so miserable, I managed to do the unthinkable: I fell in love. But even that was doomed, because to love a Superior was forbidden.
What the rest of the Superiors didn’t know was how deeply a human could love or how resilient we became when we were hurt.
The Superiors never could have imagined an uprising, which was why they never saw it coming.
Humans deserved to be free, and I would stop at nothing to deliver that promise.
My name is Tilly, and I am still alive with one sole purpose: to begin a revolution.
I had been raised to believe humans were worthless. We owned them and controlled them, and when we were done with them, we threw them away. Therefore, I never thought I would ever feel more for Tilly than disinterest. I never expected to want to save her.
It was forbidden for a Superior to love a human. No one had ever crossed that line, but I did. I fell madly in love with her, so it was no surprise how we ended up.
I was raised to be a soldier, and that was what I was always going to be. However, I was not a soldier for the Superiors, not anymore.
I became a soldier for humans, and I would stop at nothing to help them. They deserved to be free, and I would die protecting them.
My name is Johnny, and I am here with one sole purpose: to finish a revolution.
“How can you do that to these humans? This is beyond cruel!” I demand of her, not as afraid of her as I am of Jax.She saunters over to me, her expression one of someone feeling carefree. “Many reasons, one being I make a lot of money doing this. Another is it is great entertainment.” She shrugs. “You humans are beneath us. I think it is disgusting that you are allowed into Superiors’ homes. You deserve to be in cages and in gutters. You are genetic mistakes that I would love to completely wipe out.”
“You wouldn’t even exist without us!” I yell, angry at her words.
“You humans stupidly created a species superior to you in every way, and then you tried to exterminate us when you realized you were no longer at the top of the food chain. You failed, and now you are forever destined be our slaves, our pets, our playthings. You are weak, disgusting, disease-ridden beings who deserve every ounce of pain I give you.”
Without warning, she shoves one of the sticks at me, zapping me with an electric shock powerful enough to send pain coursing through my entire body, forcing me against the back of the cage.
I scream, shocked and scared at how painful the experience is.
She doesn’t stop, and I swear my heart gives out. But then she pulls back, her laughter slowly filtering through my ears as I begin to calm down.
“Pathetic,” she mutters to me, turning around and moving past the cages, randomly choosing humans to zap.
“Johnny?” Tilly whispers.
I try to tell her I’m sorry. I try to apologize for failing her, needing to tell her one last time that I love her, but my voice is trapped inside me.
Rough hands pull me away from her. I fear it is only to get a clear shot at Tilly, but the hands keep dragging me until I’m crying in pain from the jolts that each knock of the stairs give me. Then we finally make it outside where Joseph leans over me.
“You are willing to die for this human?”
I can’t answer him, but I manage to nod my head.
“Then so be it. Just know that your death has meant nothing. She will suffer because of this; I will make sure of it. Every strike, every whip, and every kick will remind her of what you have done to her and that this is your doing. She will hate you before I kill her. And mark my words, she will die. So, I hope that was worth your life.”
Adrenaline pumps through my body, but I am too weak to fight, too wrecked to do anything except keep bleeding out over the ground.
This is my fault.
Please forgive me, Tilly.
Jessica lives in Adelaide, South Australia.
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