In a country with no heroes, no love, and most of all, no happiness, there is no reason for
life. At least that's what 12-year-old Carter Frazier thinks as she looks over the results of
that year's Blood Harvest. Each year, in a city harshly ruled by corrupt politicians, each
family was required to produce one person for a sacrifice to the "great government." The
only way that a sacrifice could survive was to retrieve a gem at the very bottom of an
active volcano. The sacrifices were not allowed to fight. It was a matter of speed.
Only one sacrifice had survived in history. This year, Carter's father was
taken, but he tried to escape and was now in prison. The next year, Carter herself would
be sacrificed. A voice called to her across the room. It was Isabel, Carter's 11-year old
sister, her last surviving family member. "Carter? What are we going to do, now that
Father's gone?" asked Isabel in a soft lilt. Carter turned. "We'll have to wait and see. We
need food first. Take a few dollars and go to the store. Use as little as you can."
Isabel nodded and walked the back room, and came out with 9 or 10 dollars clutched in
her hand. She smiled quick at Carter, then left the house. I won't be able to stand it when
I leave, thought Carter sadly. And what will Isabel do without me? These thoughts
repeated over and over in Carter's head, almost driving her insane. Then there were three
slow knocks on the door. "Isabel?" Isabel walked inside quickly, with a bag, and shut the
door. The second the door shut fully Isabel panicked. "Carter! There are police just a few
blocks away heading towards us! They want to get revenge for Father almost escaping!"
The last few words rose in pitch, and Isabel began to cry. Carter soothed her. "Isabel,"
she whispered."It's fine, but we need to run. We'll make it out alive." Isabel's tears
lessened, and she stood up slowly, but it was obvious that she was still about to cry
again. Carter grabbed her by the arm and they ran as quick as they could out the back.
That's where it all went wrong.
A gunshot pierced the quiet air.
Isabel screamed. Carter tightened her grip on her sister's arm and increased her pace.
They were running toward a tall, abandoned building in the distance. A policeman
swerved in front of then. Isabel reached into her bag and threw an object at the
policeman. He fell to the ground. "What was that?" Carter yelled over the wind.
"It was an apple!" Isabel yelled back. Carter nodded, but was suspicious. They were
approaching the building. Then, their luck really fell.
The building in front of them collapsed. A policeman had thrown a grenade at a weak spot
in the structure. The sisters turned, surrounded. The cheif walked up to them. He slapped
Carter brutally. "Come with me." He handcuffed them both, then dragged them away.
Carter and Isabel both passed out.
When Carter woke, she was in a cell, alone. Wondering where Isabel was, Carter was
awoken by the heavy breathing and moaning of the prisoner across from them. She put
her head in her knees and fell back to sleep. What Carter didn't know was that Isabel
had been pacing her cell for hours, wondering what was happening, before finally falling
into a restless sleep. Night after night passed, with no sign of being let free. The only
humans seen by the sisters were the guards that brought them food, and the prisoners
across from them. But one night, it all changed. Isabel and Carter, blindfolded, were
taken to a room and sat down. The chief policeman, the one that had slapped Carter,
was looking at them from across the table. "So, girls," he said arrogantly. Carter stood
up angrily. "WHAT DO YOU WANT WITH US, AND WHERE IS OUR FATHER?!," she yelled.
Two guards ran up to her and forcefully made her sit down. "Be quiet, or this could get
unpleasant." The chief's tone had turn to a snarl. "Now, we are
going to ask some questions. Our first one; Where is your father?" This time, Isabel was
standing up."In prison," she spat."Because of you!" The same two guards ran up to her,
but they didn't make her sit. They dragged her out of the room, covering her mouth.
Carter was horrified, but tried not to show it. She must have succeeded, because the chief
"Now, as I was saying, where is your father?" Carter was confused. "He's in prison!," she
said, but this time it was weak and pathetic. The policeman laughed. "You know that's not
true. He escaped!" Suddenly hope rose in Carter. Would they find him sitting in the chair
at home, hugging them as they came in? "...I don't...I don't know!," Carter whispered.
The chief grimaced. "Well, then we'll have to put you in the Pit with your sister..."
There will be more chapters soon. Um..Please review and I hope you liked it. Sorry for the cliffhanger:)...Maybe- SnowStar569