A/N: This is my first Sci-Fi story, so please don't be too angry with me…
Jana looked up toward the roof of the dank basement. She could hear the sound of heavy boots clattering on the floor above. Such a sound could only be caused by Crandall's henchmen, come to suppress the rebels for good. She thought of how hard she had worked to spread the message of hope to the people of the country.
"They're coming," a frightened voice said. Jana looked at little Pip, who was cowering in the corner. Was this the little boy who had been so eager to join the revolution? He had been the youngest member of The Light. Jana and the others had been hesitant to admit him, but he had proved himself skilled with a laser, far more skilled than most of Crandall's henchmen.
"What are we going to do now, Jana?" Fifty pitiful pairs of eyes stared at her, wishing for guidance from their charismatic leader.
"I don't know," she sighed.
"Do you mean to say that after all this work, we're just going to allow ourselves to be slaughtered like a bunch of cattle, all in the name of freedom?"
Angry shouts came from the crowd. "This is ludicrous!" "How could you have misled us, Jana?" "We believed in you and you betrayed us!" "You took us for fools!"
Jana looked at the one source of light in the room, an old light bulb, suspended on a string, which swung back and forth, back and forth. It was ironic, how the group was called The Light and how there was so little light here.
She stood on on one of the stairs that led up to the light, took a deep breath, and began to speak. "Back in 1776, four long centuries ago, thirteen spunky colonies declared their independence from Britain and became the United States of America, which was commonly called the USA for short. They were led by a group of visionaries that they called the Congress. For about two centuries, the country prospered, although they didn't know that they were setting up their own fall.
"On August 6, 1945 a major destructive weapon, called the atom bomb, was dropped on the city of Hiroshima in Japan. A whole chunk of Japan was devastated. Seeing the destruction that they had caused, the USA became frightened that someone could retaliate and use the same kind of weapon against them, so the USA banned the use of nuclear weapons for the entire world.
"Another century passed, and the other world powers became angry at the USA. The USA had been abusing its power for too long. In 2045, on the one hundredth anniversary of the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima, a nuclear bomb was dropped on the capital of the USA: Washington, D.C. No one is sure which nation dropped the bomb, but it devastated the country.
"Taking advantage of the USA's state, one man, Joesph Crandall, rose to the top, gaining the citizens' favor with empty promises. As soon as he was at the top, though, Crandall started to suppress the people, and go against all that the USA had stood for back in 1776. He single-handedly took away all of the citizens' freedom that was granted to them by the Constitution. They citizens were still under his spell, so to say, and didn't realize that they were being stripped of all of their rights. They still referred to the USA as 'the land of the free'. When he died, his son, Joesph Crandall, Jr., continued his father's totalitarian reign.
"Then one woman, barely more than a girl, broke free of his spell and realized the harm that Joesph Crandall was inflicting on her country. She wasn't very unlike the visionaries of the first American Revolution. She wanted a better world. She organized a small group that called themselves The Light, and they started the second American Revolution.
"The Light spread hope, reminding people of the time before the nuclear warfare, before Crandall. Crandall and his men stayed awake at night trying to find a way to suppress the rebellion. Slowly, he began to capture and kill The Light's many members. In 2170 he had only fifty-one members left to dispose of, one of them being their leader…"
Werner, one of Jana's strongest enemies within The Light, interrupted, "And now Crandall is going to accomplish his goal! We might as well just give ourselves up."
Jana earnestly pleaded her case, "But there is still hope! If we're clever, we can still evade Crandall."
Werner stepped forward until there were only a few inches between his face and Jana's. "For how long?" he spat. "Crandall won't rest. We can't win. You can't win, Jana." His eyes shot flames as he stared her down. "Since the beginning, it was all about you, wasn't it? You only started the revolution to avenge the death of some man that you loved but didn't care a bit for her."
"You liar! He loved me very much."
"He got you pregnant and left you. You were just another whore to him." Werner looked over at Pip. "Do you hear that? You always wondered who your mother was, well now you know." The entire room fell silent.
A shout came from above, "I've found them!" Gunshots rang out.
Jana screamed and shot up in her bed. Hurried footsteps came to her door.
"Jana, are you all right?" her mother asked, running to the bed.
The teenager shivered and clutched the sheets about her. "Yes. It was just a nightmare."
"Good. You gave me such a scare!" Jana's mother planted a soft kiss on her forehead. "Good night, Jana."
"Good night," Jana whispered back, as the two metal doors closed shut with a click. She rolled over in bed and looked at the calendar. She gave a sigh of relief. It was only 2160, not 2170.
"Crandall would never do such horrible things, he is a good man," Jana muttered. "He will help us to a better future."
A/N: So, what do you all think of it? Please Read and Review!