TITLE: Signal Void
GENRE: YA Light Science Fiction
Kate Hirst falls off Grid hours before her parents are murdered. With every citizen Bio-chipped, The EYE suspects Kate. In an attempt to prove her innocence, Kate’s thrust into a seedy world of Junkers and Tag Dealers. Ironically, her only hope lies with Defiance, the rebellious group she fears responsible.
Fifteen missed calls.
Knowing my mother she’s been glued to her bit-map since I left, only breaking to call my holophone or pee. Guilt knots in my gut. I press my foot against the accelerator and speed through the quiet intersection where the bright advertisements and holoscreens of Metro City fade behind me.
An announcement bleeds through the radio prompting citizens to get their annual Biochip scans. Brushing my fingers against the back of my neck, I push the tag beneath my skin. At any time, my parents could have tracked my location but they didn’t. An uneasy sensation swells in the pit of my stomach. Why didn’t they?
A shiny billboard catches my attention. With the upcoming 25th anniversary of The EYE my father’s face is everywhere. His illuminated image next to his partner, Dr. Vandegard, glares back at me from beneath the caption:
America-the safest place on earth!
Who am I kidding? I’m so busted.
If my father had shown up to drag me home tonight, the media would annihilate him. I can see the headlines now, Co-founder of our nation’s security provider and mastermind behind Biochip technology, traces daughter Kate Hirst via his own invention to an illegal underground bar.
I pick up my speed, relieved the Police don’t patrol this side of town at night. Wasteside seems to keep them busy enough.
Besides, nothing bad ever happens in Hampton Heights.
The holographic image of my phone-log hovers above the dash. I should call home.
Instead, I swipe Sidney’s number.