Authors’ Note:

First off, let me say that I wasn’t the only person writing this book. Sure, I wrote a lot of it, but two of my friends, Finn Gallagher and Emelia Aguirre, also wrote it with me. After this, I’ve learned that writing with other people is better than writing solo. Different ideas from other people can make a great difference. Just throwing that out there before we get started.

 

Chapter One: Found

Jack climbed what used to be the jungle gym of his old school, Sanjay Middle School for the Gifted in San Diego. About two weeks ago, a weaponized virus was released into the atmosphere via satellite. It infected the population except for those who had something called the Anti-Gene. The Anti-Gene took the virus and used it to amplify the abilities of others not only making them immune but enhanced. Jack’s ability was extensive knowledge of past and present military expertise and tactics. He was yet to find any other human. He pulled down the hood that covered his head from the beating sun.

“Hello?” said a weak voice trapped under the jungle gym.

Jack crouched down to get a better look. He saw a girl he knew from his Phys Ed class named Angelika Kayne. Her messy black hair was all dirty from the debris, and her bright blue tips looked almost gray.

“I’ll help you out,” Jack reached out a hand.

“Thank you,” said Angelika with a weak smile.

He grabbed her wrist and pulled up. She slipped out of the jungle gym and sat next to them. She was covered with dust and debris and her left leg was covered in cuts.

“Follow me,” said Jack, “I know a safe place from the infected.” He reached out a hand and she took it walking towards the small military base near the school.

 

Chapter 2: Safety

“How long have you been trapped under the jungle gym?” asked Jack.

“About a day and a half. I was hiding out in the cafeteria scavenging for food and water. How long have you been here?” Angelika asked.

“Ever since it happened. My ability is military expertise; what’s yours?” Jack replied.

Angelika shrugged. “It’s just building and stuff like that. Not important, really.”

“Actually,” said Jack while beginning to smile, “I need someone to build weapons and gear for me when I look for more people and food.”

Angelika looked back at him and smiled back.

Jack handed her a blueprint of a modified pistol from a nearby table. He tossed it to Angelika. “Can you build this?”

She caught the building and smiled. She grabbed bits and pieces of machinery to build it. A couple of minutes later, Angelika had a finished modified pistol. “Voila,” she whispered with a small grin.

Jack took the pistol from her. “Does it work?” he asked Angelika.

“Yeah,” Angelika said, “but there’s one thing-”

Jack wasn’t paying attention. He fired the pistol into the ground. Nothing happened.

“-you have to put the bullets in,” finished Angelika, giggling.

Jack laughed. “Thanks, Angelika.”

 

TO BE CONTINUED

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8 COMMENTS

  1. It’s so cool! I love the concept; it reminds me a lot of The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, what with the virus enhancing abilities and all. Some constructive criticism from a fellow aspiring author: Proofread. I found a few spots where necessary commas were absent. Also, where is says “Jack handed her a blueprint of a modified pistol from a nearby table. He tossed it to Angelika.”, the second sentence shouldn’t be there unless you make some changes to the first. Possible changes:

    Jack picked up a blueprint of a modified pistol from a nearby table. He tossed it to Angelika.

    Jack handed her a blueprint of a modified pistol from a nearby table.

    Jack found a blueprint of a modified pistol from a nearby table. He tossed it to Angelika.

    Jack grabbed a blueprint of a modified pistol from a nearby table. He tossed it to Angelika.

    These are just possible edits. You could choose another way to fix it. But leaving those two sentences unchanged wouldn’t make sense.

  2. Yeah, I’ve always had an eye for it. If you’d like, you can send chapters to my email (wintera@northshoreschools.org) so I can double-check for grammar, comma, or sentence mistakes that you miss. This story has a lot of potential, and I’m excited to see what it becomes!

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