Like Petals From A Rose

All Rights Reserved ©


This morning, coming in to work, the atmosphere is different. The usual hour-lingering scent of cooking meals is gone, and I can smell only cleaning supplies and soap. I call out, "Is anyone there?" My slightly shaky voice echoes across the massive workplace areas. Then, my chip-enhanced eyes catch sight of a shadow darting across the wall to my left. I tiptoe around rows of unmoving conveyors to find the source.

Crouching behind the grill of a workstation, I find Jacob Williams. "Don't- yell- like that- again!" he spits at me through gritted teeth.

Jacob was never a friend of mine in Primary school. He never paid attention, assuming he would be able to make up knowledge later. He never imagined that a few years later, in Middle Academy, the airbus he was riding would crash into a post, leaving him and 11 others cyborgs. He's been bitter ever since.

"You could have gotten us discovered!" he hisses at me. I step back. "What do you mean by ‘us’?" I ask. "I'm in no danger of being ‘discovered'. I'm not doing anything wrong. I showed up to work, perfectly on time, and no one's here and-" My voice catches, and I stop talking.

"Us. The Cyber Rebels."

"The what?"

"Unfair conditions. Discrimination. Half of the city's cyber-workers. Protesting. You should come."

"Where exactly are the 110 cybs that you speak of?" No longer scared, I move my weight to my human leg and smirk.

"Look behind the workstations."

I step back and glance around, even though I'm positive that I would have noticed over 100 workers. Then, I blink, not believing my eyes. Hiding behind the grill of every one of the 75 work areas is a cyber-worker. Some I recognize, wearing the light green polo of food preppers. Others, the dark blue of waste collectors. I even see a few laborers dressed all in brown.

"So," Jacob says. "Care to join us?"

Continue Reading Next Chapter

About Us

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered publisher, providing a platform to discover hidden talents and turn them into globally successful authors. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books our readers love most on our sister app, GALATEA and other formats.