Chapter 1

Today was testing day. I was scared to death. If I failed this one test, then I would live the rest of my life with the poor. If I passed, the administrators would choose which sector of the city I would go to.

I walked out of my house, rubbing the sleep out of my eyes. My twin, Allena, walked out behind me.

"You ready?" she asked.

"As ready as I can be," I said,"We can't prepare for this."

"I know," she said,"But still, you can try."

I just shook my head and started walking. Allena was the most up-beat, kind person I knew. If she passed the test, she would make Tenderheart. I don't know what I would make. I tried asking my parents, but they just changed the subject. I lived in the Resplendent sector. We were the children of two test givers. We weren't allowed to have our test given by our parent, so I didn't know who I would get.

"Hey Theo!"

"Hi Mikel," I said.

"Wait up!" he yelled,"Hey Allena."

"Hi," she said.

I waited for Mikel to catch up. We walked in silence, which I was thankful for. I don't think I could talk until I knew I passed the test.

The testing building was a huge, brown building. They used brown because it was a sector neutral color. Resplendent was royal blue, Temerarious was black, Tenderheart was red or yellow, Sagacious was light blue, and Mendacious was orange. We walked through the doors in silence.

"Will all testers please report to the sitting room?" a voice asked. I recognized it as my mother's.

We walked towards the sitting room. I sat down in a chair as far away from the door as I could.

"Could I please have Allena and Theo Ashworth?" a woman said.

I slowly got up and walked toward the door.

"It's going to be okay," Allena whispered in my ear.

"You don't know that," I said.

"Allena, you'll be with me, and Theo will be with Leo," the woman said, waving her hand toward a Sagacious man.

I walked toward the man. He motioned for me to follow him. I followed him down a couple of hallways to a small room. I sat down in a chair. The man strapped me into a lie detector.

"Today you will be asked a series of questions. Answer honestly, or I will know," Leo said.

"Okay," I said.

"Here's the first one: If your friend was trapped in a burning building, what would you do?"

"Um," I said," I would leave him."

The lie detector remained steady. That answer probably eliminated Tenderheart.

"Next one: If you had the chance to go skydiving, would you take it?"


"Next one: Would you choose staying at home and reading, or playing outside with you friends?"


"Do you want to be a leader of our city?"


"Thank you Theo. You may go wait in the auditorium."