GENRE: YA Science Fiction
Move! Lives are at risk!
Grett’s body rose from her seat and tensed, ready for any emergency. Her Sophomore Language-Arts teacher stopped her boring recital in mid-sentence. Grett’s nose twitched, her ears tingled, and her hair shivered.
Detecting combustion products: CO, CO2, Pyrolytic carbon. Amplifying ambient noise: distress calls, location undetermined.
Moments later, the fire alarm shrilled, a choir of bells echoing throughout the school. Grett’s gaze shot to her brood-sister Sare who sat next to her. Sare’s eyes went wide.
Grett and Sare ran from their classroom, pushing past the other students into the still-empty hall. As Warrior-class students, the safety of Wide Sky High School was their responsibility, their mission. Teachers called for calm and order, but they were ill-equipped to handle this form of emergency. This was a Warrior’s job.
They had seconds to assess the situation before the hallways flooded with panicked students. Grett prayed that some prankster has yanked the alarm to avoid a test, but her nose confirmed the acrid scent of burning.
Engaging Protocol 3: Emergency Mode.
Her earpiece rattled. “Kitchen fire,” called a Warrior. “Thirty students in the cafeteria, elementary grade.”
Not the little ones! Engaging Protocol 58.B: Burst mode.
Grett felt the same as Voice, her ever-present cranial companion. She swore under her breath and turned to Sare. “Evac Main Hall.” Sare nodded and raced down a side hallway.
Grett sprinted past lockers, dodging the throng of screeching youngsters. Smoke crept along the ceiling and a tide of frightened girls turned directly into her path.