(This is a long one. I had too many ideas.)
We pass a large staircase, covered in pale blue carpet and stop in front of a glass wall. “I want everyone’s attention here, now!” General Vynr shouts.
He and the 3 other adults we were following are standing in line in front of the glass. Behind it are at least 50 suspended animation tanks. Most are empty, but inside some are other students. “This is The Tank. Disobedience to Miss Nayta, missing classes, being late for class, missing homework assignments, and any rule or law breaking is punished by time inside. Depending on the severity of your betrayal, your time will either be short or long.” Madame Chen explains.
I can hear gasps from the other recruits in my group. Kiran nods gravely. “Natya, let’s continue with the tour.”
Natya nods and begins to continue down the hallway, but is stopped by a man with incredibly unkempt brown hair. “Now, now dear. Don’t you think you should tell your wards about young Miss Kassandra Oliver?”
He gestures to the center most tank, which holds a girl who couldn’t be older than me and Mesa. Her bright blue eyes are open, and full of shock and resentment. Her black hair is spread out behind her, framing her head and torso in the clear gel-liquid. She is, without a better word to describe her, stunning.
The only thing off about her is her left arm, which is covered in a black substance up to the elbow. Natya sighs and takes her place back at the front of the group.
“Miss Kassandra Oliver came to us, wounded and broken down after being kidnapped and tortured by Dark Low himself. We thought we had cleared her off all the infection he has plagued her with, and that any care for the darkness she might have gained would have been destroyed with it. But we were terribly wrong. She was placed under the care of a woman named Helena Leigh, who now is a high ranking official in the army. Kassandra attended The Academy like all new recruits. Then one night, about a year after she arrived, it was discovered that she had been trading secrets about the Republic with Dark Low in exchange for transformation into one of his kind. That is the highest offense to Light Tang, and the Republic. She is in suspended animation until the time when she would graduate, and when that happens, she will be transferred to the highest security prison we have. That is her story, and her fate.”