Chapter 1: The Test is About to Begin
"Ugh...." Judy said as she sat in her chair, the hot sun giving her a beautiful tan. "I'm supposed to be on tour today! AND POST ON INSTAGRAM!"
Judy Rivers was the most popular person in the state, Mintha. They lived in Gashy, a big country.
"Come on. Relax a little. ACTUALLY PANICCCCCCCCCCCCCCC!" Raina screamed. She was the girl who overthinks things and worried a lot, mainly because she gets a lot of hate. Raina Erla was Judy's friend, to everyone's surprise. Raina was also famous, almost as famous as Judy. She struggles with much anxiety that many don't know.
"Stop worrying!" Lindsay Viali said, who, too, was famous. She was richer out of them all, the kindest, and the prettiest."How about some water to cool the nerves and anger down?"
Everyone burst into laughter. The laughter soon evaporated into the air as the announcement called for the third time.
"ALL TEENS! IT IS YOUR TURN TO COME TO THE SPARING TEST! AGES 13-17! YOU HAVE 30 MINUTES, OR BE A SPARE AUTOMATICALLY!"
"Hey guys.." I said from behind a tree. I listened the ENTIRE time. The Famous Popular Trio were bullies and they bully me. My name is Maddie, Maddie Lin."Mr. Jetts wants you guys to return to the practice sparing test. We have to go soon."
"Get lost, FREAK!" Judy shouted at me.
It's true. I am a freak. I can make people have certain emotions and anytime and can read minds, and photographic memory. I don't know why necessarily. "Oh. Well um. Bye...."
I let a shaky breath out and pretended to walk away. I went back to the tree and opened my mind to Judy's first.
That FREAK! ugh...why can't I be like that. No DON'T be jealous...but everyone loves her and her powers...why can't dad just revive himself....
Omg. Is that the same Judy, the one who hates me, but now, jealous of me? I smiled. I focus on my breathing and sent all my jealousy to her, hitting the invisible jealousy, only I can see it, hitting her in the head. The green ejecting out of me to her.
"I'm SO jealous of Maddie." Judy said and clapped her hand onto her mouth.
"What?" Lindsay asked.
"Do you have a fever? Are you okay?" Raina said.
I glided away to the Spare Practice area.
"Any luck?" Mr. Jetts asked me. I shook my head. "Well you should get there soon. You should stay here forever."
"I'd miss you." I said, never wanting to say it out loud. Mr. Jetts assured me I'd be fine and left.
I, being 17, drove to the area. I saw the white lamborghini pull up, the windows down, the wind making dark brown hair fly in the wind.
It was Lindsay, Raina, and Judy. I glared at the car as they scrolled on their phone for a bit.
The building was grand and white. I didn't want this to happen. Astronauts have found a new "Earth" for people to be in years ago, now the Earth is facing overpopulation. People think they can send people, who shouldn't stay, there. Robbers and bad people are going there.
"I heard a mother and father went away and the poor child has no family. He's in orphan now!" I heard someone say. I breathed in and out, I wasted lots of energy doing that to Judy. I opened my mind to her.
Mom and dad are gone...Jeremy won't survive on his own...I better pass or he will be an orphan...
I felt horrible. I used the last of my energy to send her hope, the gold ejecting towards her hitting her heart. The girl smiled at the person next to her, crossed her fingers, and went in.
I walked in with shaking legs. I felt extremely dizzy and another headache starting. I went where the big sign said 17 YEAR OLDS HERE! and sat down on one of the seats. I wanted to faint, my vision blurring.
Not now I thought. I opened my eyes to see the same girl from before.
"Hi. I'm Alyssa. Who are you?" she asked.
"Oh umm. It's uhh Maddie." I said quietly.
"Looks like we are together for the test! Well sitting next to each other." Alyssa said, smiling from ear to ear.
I wanted to open my mind to her, see if she truly wanted to be my friend. It would be impossible though, I might collapse. No one wanted to be my friend, only wanted to because they wanted to help me not be lonely or just joking.
30 Minutes Later......
"Okay. That concludes it. The spares are now already there." Boomed the voice of a 6 foot tall man with huge muscles.
The voice echoed in my head for a while. I put my head on the desk, closed my eyes, and tried to get my breathing to calm down. I didn't realize the test started until I heard shwoooo sounds and clonk. Next to me was one sheet of paper with 3 question on it. Next to it was a pencil and an eraser. The pencil was a shiny, bright yellow. The eraser was a rich color of pink. The paper was as white as snow and clean.
I looked around, it wasn't blurry anymore, and I could see everything. There were desks and chairs everywhere. The desks were positioned into a semi-circle. In the middle was a desk at the bottom. Someone was standing around looking at it. He looked old and tired. Only two seats were empty, everyone didn't want to leave Earth.
Next to me, Alyssa already started. Scribbling away. I looked at my paper. Only three questions! Phew! I thought.
Question #1 What's your name? Write your full name.
So, I wrote Madison Lin (Maddie)
Question #2 What is your favorite color?
What? They're judging us because of our name and favorite color! I thought. I wrote down Gold on the paper, and looked down.
Question #3 Draw an object that represents you. Label.
That's not even a question! I rolled my eyes and drew a backpack, my first power bag. It was a medium-sized, lots of pockets, and places to put bottles or anything in. I labeled it Backpack with an arrow pointing from the word to the sketch.
I was about to raise my hand and say "I'm done!" when the paper vanished. I looked around and saw it on the desk in the middle. Magic? I thought, But that's impossible! Only our-
"Oh! You're done, too!" I turned to the side to see Alyssa, smiling from ear to ear. I noticed she had a necklace, a small bottle with a single blade of grass in it. Alyssa caught me staring at it. "It's to keep away bad magic."
I nodded. Oh no.. I thought. "You're done, nice." I said.
"Oh, yeah! Once we're done we go outside. Out the back." Alyssa looked nervous. I think I understood why. That's when we'll know if we get sent out or not.
I left immediately, I didn't want to talk to Alyssa, she was nice, but annoying. I walked down the stairs. What if my magic goes out of control. I thought. What if I hurt someone! I continued walking, I looked around to see a transparent door with the words OUTSIDE marked at the top of the door. I pushed open the door.
The grass made a crunch sound when I stepped on it. There, I saw about 10 people with a sign saying 17 around their necks.
"NAME!" someone shouted. I covered my ears. It started echoing in my head. I turned around and saw an old lady. She had brown hair that started to turn gray, a huge stack of papers in her hand, a whistle, and a pointer.
"Madison Lin." I muttered.
"AGE!" she shouted. I closed my eyes, breathed in and out, and opened my eyes.
She slammed a paper into my hand, blew into her whistle, and used the pointer to point where I was supposed to go. I looked at the paper. It said 17. Holes were hole-punched on the sides with string through the holes, making it so that you have to wear it around your neck.
I hung it around my neck and walked on over to the "17" area. Suddenly a piercing cry screeched.