Chapter 1

Girl's Dorm Room

October 3rd, 2215 A.D. – 5:00 A.M.

The Tri-Terrapin Interstellar Space Colony: Eastern Terrapin; Grace Military Academy for Girls. Freshman Dorm D

A slight breeze carried in hints of freshly tilled soiled and fresh fruit from a nearby orchard to the open dorm room window. Anna gazed out the window, enjoying the freedom of waking up an hour before everyone else in the dorm. The morning calm really was her favorite part of the day.

Everything on the Eastern Terrapin was so tightly packed together. With well over sixty-five percent of the Tri-Terrapin’s population residing on the Eastern Terrapin – it often felt super crowded during the day. Thankfully, this early in the morning – it was easier to enjoy the open space. Anna’s favorite part always came at the same time each day, she loved to watch the sky-synth panels come on for the first time in the morning. As the stars slowly faded into blue and white streaks, revealing a polished sapphire sky.

The technicians did a wonderful job of recreating the natural beauty of the Earth. Of course no one alive on the Eastern Terrapin had ever actually seen the Earth, so it was generally thought that as long as it was comforting and some shade of blue – it would suffice. There was very little transition between night and day, and few people where ever up early enough to witness the amazing sight – so it was her only guilty pleasure.

As Anna sat there staring at the newly rendered sky, she caught herself thinking of Earth. Nearly two hundred years had passed since it’s destruction and the formation of the Tri-Terrapin Colony. She had decided to dedicate her life to find a new home for those on the Eastern Terrapin, and hopefully get them out from under the thumb of the corrupt government on the Northern Terrapin.

The Northern Terrapin” she grumbled to herself.

Greedy, power-hungry, and water mongers. The Northern Terrapin was originally tasked with keeping the Tri-Terrapin’s water and power supplies plentiful and pure. The system however, was widely corrupted and had been for well over a century due to poor leadership. The North – controlling over ninety percent of the water in the entire colony – has been holding the Western and Eastern Terrapins hostage ever since. Becoming the official leader of the Tri-Terrapin, creating and enforcing all the laws that govern the people. The majority of military duty wasn’t to protect the people, but to police them. The entire system was facing a complete social breakdown on a daily basis.

Sadly – this didn’t keep anyone from wanting to live on the Northern Terrapin. In fact most of the cadets in the military academies on the Eastern Terrapin strive to join the Cross Squadron’s Elite scout unit, simply for the chance to live a better life in the North. The majority of the career veterans from this elite unit end up with very cushy academic jobs in the Northern Terrapin, teaching rich kids about the wonders of space exploration.

The corruptness of it all made Anna’s head and heart hurt. She wanted nothing more than to free the people of the Northern Terrapin’s tyrannical rule. Even though her goal of joining the Elite scouts was what most people where aiming for, her end game was much different.

ARGHH! She screamed at herself, as she clasped her head with both hands in an effort to forcefully change what was on her mind.

She calmed herself down and tried to enjoy the scenery again, fussing over the state of their small colony always got her blood boiling, but she had more pressing matters for the time being.

Movement could finally be heard in the dorms, she was no longer the only one awake. Anna had always been an early bird. Often waking up two full hours before everyone else. She just didn’t need as much sleep as everyone else, and she never could figure out why. She would often stay up til midnight or later, but would always been up by four or five in the morning. Her roommate was quite the opposite. Often waking up just before they had to leave.

Speaking of her roommate, the lazy lump laid snoring softly on the other side of the room, her clothes strewn about haphazardly as usual.

Calling Miya a slob was a bit of an understatement, yet Anna couldn’t help but love the clumsy and awkward girl. Even if she was ill-suited for the strict rules of a military academy.

Watching Miya sleep was another of Anna’s guilty pleasures.

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