by Renee Scattergood
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you for purchasing The Redemption Games. I had a few readers suggest
that I should try writing a science fiction story, so this is my
attempt. Of course, I had to add a bit of thriller to it because
that’s just me. And, as per normal (for me), I try not to put too
much emphasis on the technology outside what is needed to drive the
story. I’m one of those people who hates too much description in
stories, so I tend to avoid it in mine. Anyway, I hope you enjoy my
first scifi attempt. Happy Reading!
was no sound. Jillian was sure she outran them this time. She was
smart though. Too smart to move this early and give up her location.
The last time she did that, they nearly got her. She crouched in the
shadows of a dumpster and waited. About twenty minutes passed before
she dared to move, and even then, it was only to move further into
the alley where she could eat in peace.
this for a box of cereal," Jillian whispered to herself. She
squeezed through the small opening in the boarded-up doorway of the
abandoned building she called home. After climbing to the second
floor, she barricaded herself in a small room that she was sure had
once been an office. Probably where the boss sat in his cushy chair
while the people worked their butts off in the sweat shop below.
opening the box, she shoved handful after handful of cereal into her
mouth until she couldn't swallow another bite. Leaning back, she
sighed. It had been days since she had a full belly.
didn't realize she had dozed until a noise woke her. She wasn't alone
in the building. A soft clang of boots on the metal stairway alerted
her to the intruder’s approach. She was trapped. She hid behind
some boxes and old furniture that had been left behind just in time
for someone to force their way through her barricade. She froze. For
a moment, everything was still.
know you're here," a male's voice called out.
didn't move or answer the man. She knew better. It was probably a
name is Aeron. I'm not here to harm you. In fact, I have a
proposition for you," he said.
bit her lip. Trusting people at their word had never worked well for
her in the past. Jillian nearly gasped when the door closed, and the
man's footfalls came closer and closer to her hiding place.
man stopped. "I won't leave until you come out, and we talk."
looked around. There was nothing around she could use as a weapon.
She would just have to try and make a run for the door and hope
surprise would win her the time it would take to escape him. She
slowly positioned herself to get a quick start without making a
sound. After taking a deep breath she darted towards the door. Aeron
was ready for it though. He grabbed her and locked her arm behind her
screamed. "Let me go!"
will release you once you've calmed yourself. Then we will talk."
not going into foster care," she said, attempting to pull
tightened his hold. A sharp pain shot through Jillian’s arm making
her cry out.
don't want to hurt you, Jillian. I just want to talk. If you don't
like my offer, I will leave."
choice did she have? He wasn't going to let her go otherwise. Jillian
stopped fighting, and as promised, Aeron released her.
a seat," he said, sitting on the floor in front of her, blocking
her escape route.
sat, pulling her knees to her chest. The man didn't look like a
social worker, and he definitely wasn't a cop. Still, that didn't
mean he was going to help her. In her experience, men only ever hurt
As I said before, I have a proposition. It's a competition really,
and if you win, you will never want for anything again in your life."
wasn't what Jillian expected to hear. "What kind of
involves a lot of athletics, and with the way you dodge the
authorities, you'd make a good contestant."
did you find me?"
smiled. "That's my job."
didn't like how cryptic he was being, but he seemed sincere. Of
course, that didn't mean much, but the idea of never having to
struggle for food and live in rundown buildings sounded intriguing.
"If I say yes, what do I have to do?"
sign this paper," he said, holding out a pen. "I will take
you to the center for training. When you're ready, you'll participate
in the competition. If you win, you will have glory and riches you
can scarcely imagine."
hesitated. "And if I lose?"
will be sent home."
bit her lip. She didn't have anything to lose by participating. The
worst that would happen is she'd end up right back where she was. So,
she ignored the alarm bells in her head and took the pen, signing the
made the right choice," Aeron said with an eerie grin.
reached into his pocket and pulled out something Jillian had never
seen before. It was the size and shape of a cigar. Before she could
stop him, he pressed it to her neck. Her vision blurred and then
there was nothing.
strange humming woke Jillian. It took a moment for her eyes to adjust
to the bright lights filling the room. She lay on a cold metal bench
that seemed to be a part of the wall. Metal walls surrounded her on
three sides, but there was no fourth wall. The
outer room was circular and there were many other rooms like hers.
Some were empty. Others held creatures she had never seen before.
stepped toward the open space, but before she could cross the
threshold of her room, electricity coursed through her body and she
was thrown into the back wall. She rubbed her head as she struggled
to her feet. The reality of her situation hit her. She had been
kidnapped. But if he was going to kidnap her, why all the stuff about
a competition and getting her to sign a contract? It made no sense.