Title: Aqua Marine
Genre: YA Science Fiction
The heat sensor on Jed's control panel beeped, and he flicked to the surveillance screen on his Commpod. An armed soldier clutching a blue envelope was marching stern faced towards the house.
In 2025 the only things that came hand delivered by gun wielding officials were government documents. And the only document likely to be delivered to a high school student was an invitation to enlist, an invitation that could not be refused.
Biting back his anger, Jed met the soldier at the front door.
He nodded, white knuckled fists clenched by his sides.
"This is for you." She thrust the document at him.
"Thanks." Uncurling one hand, Jed took the sealed envelope and flung it on the ground.
"Pick it up wise guy." The soldier shoved her gun in his face.
"Sorry." Jed sneered. She wouldn't shoot him, not someone that Commander O wanted for his elite teen marine corps.
With the gun trained on him, Jed bent and picked the document up between two fingers, as if it was contaminated.
The woman stepped closer, so close that her starched pants scraped his face as he stood.
She paused, then prodded the gun back into its holster and strode to her car.
As soon as the courier drove away, Jed tore the unopened envelope into small pieces and tossed it down the garbage chute.
* * *
Several streets away, Ava Linley was handed a similar document. Waving her blue envelope, she ran screaming into the house.