Freedom (Completed!)
Author: M.L. Holt

Chapter 14

They were like us.

I could see wings peeking out from behind some of them, and just the way they moved, so quick and precise. There was nearly 40 of them, all my age or older. They didn't have six year olds, or 8 year olds. The youngest looked about 15, and all the others were older.

The man that had been my tormenter for so many years followed them out, obviously thier leader.

"Avalyn. How are you?" He asked, his eyes focusing on me. I shot him the fiercest glare I could muster, wishing looks could kill.

Trey glanced at me, terrified, "You know him?" he whispered.

I shook my head, "He was always there," I whispered back, "But I don't really know him."

He let it go.

"This could have been avoided, Avalyn," the man said in a taunting voice, "I don't really want any of them. I like the fiesty ones. The ones that resist constantly, without even thinking about it. The ones like you.

"Now, I know how much you don't want to go back. I know you'd rather die than come back with us. I know you'll fight for your freedom. Well, go ahead. But think about this: all these kids are like you. They've been trained for this most of their lives, and they're just doing what they're told. They aren't monsters."

I looked at them. Most of them looked scared, terrified even. They obviously didn't want to be here.

"You don't have to fight for him!" I yelled at them, "You can fight for your freedom! You can fight with us!"

The man laughed, "They know their freedom isn't guarenteed, even if they fight with you. They aren't stupid,"

But some of them looked doubtful.

"Listen to me!" I yelled, "Maybe your freedom won't be guarenteed, but wouldn't you rather have a few days of freedom than a life in a cage? I have been in the real world for nearly 2 months now, and it was worth it. If I could do it over, I would do the same thing. I don't care if I die here for my defience, at least I got a taste of freedom before I died. Isn't that what you want?"

Many of them nodded, and they all looked at least doubtful. Some of them even ran away from the man and toward us, joining our ranks and preparing to fight.

"We can be ourselves here!" I said, "We don't have to hide, and we don't have to live our lives in isolation. We can be free! We can do whatever we want! We don't have to live in small cells, or have tests run on us every day! We don't have to wait for anything to happen! We can live out own lives!"

That finally got them. They came running, only a few stragglers staying behind. When they saw how many we now had on our side, they finally abandoned the man and came to us. He didn't stand a chance.

Or so I thought.


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