Claire’s Journal Entry #1:
So this is my first journal entry in my new Zone with my new family. To some people this might seem weird, but I’ve always wanted to be part of the breeding program. To me, nothing seemed better than having a family. But I was worried that I wouldn’t be chosen. I have 3 siblings, two sisters and a brother. And according to the law, there can only be two siblings per family that join the breeding program. But after my test out, I was given the news that I was selected! I was originally sad because that meant that I had to leave my family since female breeders are forced to move in with the males.
But I didn’t have to be worried! Michael is great! He’s smart, funny, and (in my opinion) cute!
He’s got an older brother named Elliot who, from what I can tell, will probably run The Waste crime division someday. The guy really gives me the creeps. He spends most of his days sleeping and hanging around the house but at least three days a week, he creeps out of the house in the dark of night and does who know what. But there are times I see, well more hear, him get into arguments with other people walking around the Zone. I don’t know why people continue to walk around outside at night with him skulking around. I just gotta say that I’m glad I’m protected by joining the family…
After Elliot is Michael’s other older brother, Adam. He’s a quite one. Michael tells me that he didn’t get the work mandate that he wanted and that it broke his spirit when he found out. I feel bad for him. It seems that the only one in the house he really talks to is Michael. I’ve decided that I want to try and break him out of his shell a bit. I know he likes playing chess, so I’ve convinced him to teach me. We didn’t have a chess table in my house, so I never learned to play.
Between you and me, I think Adam’s glad to have a different chess partner. Michael must win a lot, because Adam’s more than happy to kick my butt.
And then there’s Hailey. She’s the youngest of the four siblings. She’s a bit of an enigma to me. I can’t quite figure her out. From what I can see, she’s a bit of a momma’s girl. She’s done her best to follow in her mom’s footsteps. From the time I arrived here, I’ve not seen her doing much of anything besides reading and going at it on the computer. I can’t tell much about her personality from just that though. But she does smile a lot. So she’s either almost always happy, or she’s just really good at faking it. I wouldn’t be surprised if she was faking it, what with Elliot’s behavior, Adam’s reservedness, and Michael’s general unhappiness, she probably feels like she needs to be happy for her parents.
I need to make an effort to get closer to her. Add that to my list of things to do here in the new house.
Speaking of things on my to-do list… getting Michael and his parents to reconcile. I mean, they’re not going to be around forever. And I know that Michael will be devastated when they’re gone no matter how much he tries to deny it. But Caleb still works a lot of hours, so I’m not sure how much Michael’s going to want to listen while his dad is so preoccupied with work. The bigger problem though, is going to get him to talk to Marie. I’ve not seen him talk to her since I arrived. And Michael won’t tell me what issue is exactly. So I have no where to begin.
Let’s all cross our fingers and hope that reconciling isn’t as hard as I think it’s going to be.