TITLE: THE ALLIANCE
GENRE: YA Science Fantasy
Noise filled the giant factory as machines hummed, metal scraped and Jace Faulkner grunted under the weight of his work and the watchful eyes of the supervisors. As he listened, the clamor blurred together like a sickly orchestra. No one seemed to mind it though. They all knew there were worse sounds, like the buzz of an electric baton and the crack it made when it contacted the flesh of a worker who wasn’t working hard or fast enough.
It wasn't the prospect of the baton or the grinding melody causing Jace's pulse to spike. He'd heard the factory song for the past two months and was long accustomed to it. But the unfamiliar clicking accompanying it was enough to make him drop the powerdrive he was holding. And then the buzz of the baton would join the factory symphony.
Their sharp steps echoed as the uniformed men walked amongst the workers, all slaves, all under the age of 18, debating who to choose.
Jace searched his sleeve for a clean area to mop the sweat from his brow, but finding none, wiped his face anyway. His thoughts flickered to the Faulkners, his adoptive parents. Word traveled fast on Renderon and they were likely in full panic for him by now. Even if they were the ones who sold him into slavery in the first place.
The officers probably wouldn't even notice him, much less pick him, Jace assured himself.
It was at that moment the clicking stopped beside him.