TITLE: The Alliance
GENRE: YA Science Fantasy
Noise filled the giant factory as machines hummed, metal scraped and humans grunted under the weight of the work and the watchful eyes of the supervisors. The sounds blurred together into the usual orchestra of unpleasant music. The workers didn't seem to mind though. They knew there were worse sounds, like the buzz of an electric baton and the sound it made when it contacted the flesh of a worker who wasn’t working hard or fast enough. No such sound could be heard in today's symphony, though that could change at any moment.
An unusual and equally unwelcome noise was present today, however. The metallic click of military officers' shoes on the concrete floor of the factory. They walked amongst the workers, all slaves, all under the age of 18, debating between themselves of who to choose.
Jace Faulkner carried on as he would any other day, forcing himself to ignore the click of the metal heels and the terror that clenched his chest at the sound. He kept his face impassive, focusing only on the task at hand; loading the powerdrives from his conveyor belt into the bins stacked several yards away.
If he didn't move it quickly they would begin to stack up, which would set back the assembler who had placed it on the conveyor, the person who supplied the assembler with the parts, and so on. And then the buzz of the electric baton would surely be added to the factory symphony. And that might catch the attention of the officers.