Genre: YA Science Fiction (Space Opera)
They tell me I’m one of a kind. But only by the process of elimination. The elimination of everyone else on my planet.
Some call me a miracle. Some, a liability. To most, though, I’m a…
I open my eyes to the holo on the gym wall, tuning out the jeers of my potential classmates. Virtual trees whiz past and a dirt road stretches for miles, but my focus is on the luminescent text floating above the scenery: 24MPH.
I blink hard. Still there.
“Can you go any faster?” the evaluator asks without lifting his gaze from his handheld.
I’m not sure. This is the first time I’ve been allowed to run post-incident. And allowed really isn’t the right word. He gestures for me to pick up the pace and my feet obey. The track hums as it gathers speed. Teal flyaways slip from my ponytail and cling to my face. I try to slick them back,but they keep falling. Behind me, a few applicants snicker so loud it’s meant for my ears. Others whisper, unaware that I can hear their comments. About my appearance, my performance, what little chance I have of passing this eval.
It’s not a distraction. It’s fuel.
Enrollment to CS137 is guaranteed only to the top three applicants, which makes for serious competition. As one of the most prestigious public schools in the capital, it’s a favorite among local politicians and their families. It was also the easiest to forge my way into.