The One (1)

The One (1)

In a world where everyone is ranked by letters, Stella struggles to survive. She's born an A, but she's a helpless worm in the face of her peers. On Independence Day, when she and everyone else in her year turns thirteen, she'll have to compete in a very difficult contest in order to receive her new place in life.

published on June 12, 2015149 reads 28 readers 31 not completed
Chapter 1.
Stella

Stella

"Stella, watch out!"
I looked up from my notebook to see Jamie shouting at me. She's my BFF.
A second too late, I see Peter beneath me. I chose this tree because I thought it would be private and safe; instead, the whole posse of populars has to come.
Peter is up here beside me in seconds. How does he climb that fast? He's an A; that's for sure. He was born a C, though. He eternally hates me for being ranked below me.
He smirks, and the way he looks unnerves me a little. As a C, he's not even allowed to speak to me unless I speak to him first, but he's broken that rule and many others before.
I want to ask him what he wants, but I don't want him to speak. Maybe if I ignore him, he'll actually follow the rules for once.
No such luck. He skips the formalities and grabs my chin in an iron grip, turning my head to face him. He looks absolutely malicious.
"Peter, let go of me."
"Why would I do that?"
"Because if you don't, then Jamie will call a Shepherd and you'll be in big trouble."
My threat obviously doesn't hit home. He just smirks some more and nods down to where Jamie is. She's an E, so him and the rest of his posse, mostly D's, can bully her without even a glance from the teachers.
Life is so unfair.
I look back at Peter and give him a death glare. "What do you want, Peter?"
He gives a fake innocent smile. "I just want to talk."
I sigh. No, actually he wants my necklace. The one that says I'm an A. That marks me for all eternity - or at least until Independence Day - that I am the city's most elite.
"Peter..." he doesn't let me finish. He grabs the notebook I was doodling in earlier. I don't know what he plans to do, but whatever it might be, it won't have a happy ending for me.
I grab at it. "Gimme that!" but he catches both my arms and pins them behind me with just one hand. He flips through the book with the other.
"Is this a diary?" he asks. I can't tell if it's a rhetorical question or not.
"Maybe. Just give it back!" I hiss at him, but he just rolls his eyes.
I see Shepherd Jacob down below. All Shepherds are A's. A Shepherd is one of the highest honors; the only positions more highly esteemed are the Leaders.
"Shepherd Jacob!" I call. I can see Peter wants to absolutely murder me. If I tell the Shepherd that he spoke to me without permission, took one of my possessions, and hurt me, he could end up in Juvenile Locker until Independence Day. Which, granted, was only a month away now. Still.
Shepherd Jacob looked up in the tree. Peter wasn't touching me; as a matter of fact, he was on the other side of the tree. My diary was right beside me.
"What is it, Stella?" Shepherd Jacob asked. So far, no Shepherd had ever caught Peter in the act, and I'd never told anyone.
"Um... Nothing... I was just..." I frowned. Jamie was getting punched by Peter's second-in-command, also a C. "Would you please make Marco leave Jamie alone?"
The older Shepherd sighed. "Stella, please. I am not to interfere. I can stop people of lower letters from harming higher letters, but not the other way around. Stop bothering me about it."
He walked off, and Peter threw me a smirk before jumping out of the tree.
I carefully made my way down. Where he got the courage to jump twenty feet, I will never know.
I stalked up to Marco. Jamie's cheek was purple. Why anyone would ever be this cruel was beyond me. "Marco, stop. Now."
He turned to me, a practiced grin on his face. "Why should I, princess?"
I flinched at the awful name. "Princess" was an insult. The princesses in the history books were lazy and incapable, but received power by birth. I guess that definition pretty much described me, but it still hurt.
"Because I said so, and I'm two letters above you."
He stopped. He had to listen to me. "Not for long..." he muttered as he walked off.
And I knew he was right. After the competition, I would probably be a Z - or dead.
I grabbed Jamie's hand and walked off in the other direction.
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Comments (31)

dragonlynx
OMG i hate you so much!
your story was so good, and then you just ended it!!
i love this so much, it's like a weird cross between matched and hunger games.
i don't know how you are going to stretch this out into a whole book, but i love it so good luck!
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Lucky_Queen
XD

Thanks! I'll definitely let you know as soon as I publish it!
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Maya_swan
OK THIS IS MY NEW FANDOM plllzzzzzz write more!!!
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Lucky_Queen
O.O

I have started a fandom...?
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Maya_swan
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on October 26, 2015
Lucky_Queen
Sure but first we have to get more people on the page so tell your subscribers/friends/etc.
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on October 26, 2015
Maya_swan
It's fine wanna rp on ur hunger games page?
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on October 26, 2015
Lucky_Queen
Oh great I can't

And I think that I'm going to stop working on this publicly... It'll make it harder to self-publish and I think that I definitely want to make this my first book as an author. I'll work on it and maybe get it published by next year or so
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on October 26, 2015
Maya_swan
ONG THANK YOU!!!!!!
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on October 26, 2015
Lucky_Queen
IKR

OMG I NEED TO WRITE NOW
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on October 26, 2015
Maya_swan
Omg i can't help it my heart just skips a beat !!!!!!!! *squeals*
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on October 26, 2015
Lucky_Queen
OMG YASS



And yeah I totally just fangirled too

OMG *swoons*
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on October 26, 2015
Maya_swan
I can tell cause i kinda start to fan girl wgen stella and liam are together! Oh i'm doing it again!!
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on October 26, 2015
Maya_swan
It is to me!
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on October 26, 2015
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on October 23, 2015
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AnimatronicHeart
Love it!
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AnimatronicHeart
Awesome can't wait
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Lucky_Queen
Honestly, I can't either.
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on October 15, 2015
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on October 15, 2015
Lucky_Queen
Thanks! I'll be adding more chapters soon.
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MockingjayDistrict
Cool concept! I can't wait for more.
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Lucky_Queen
Glad you like it! I want to say, first, that the main idea of being ranked A-Z was my sister's idea. I took that and changed it around like a lot lot lot.
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HomeIsWhereWifiIs
Awesome! I would hate Peter soooo much!
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Lucky_Queen
Yep. I'm glad you like it!
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sisaloofafump
LOVE LOVE LOVE the story but grammers a bit off. Please write more!!
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Lucky_Queen
It is? Where? Please explain. I love critiques.
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Lucky_Queen
OK! I can't edit it right now though. I'll look into it later.
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on June 12, 2015
sisaloofafump
mostly indenting on a new paragraph and such
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XxlunargirlxX
Awesome!
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Lucky_Queen
I'm glad you like it!
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Maya_swan
oh my gosh i love it!!!!!!!1
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Lucky_Queen
Thanks!
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Maya_swan
np!
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