I’ve been preparing for tonight for years, you know? I’ve been waiting for the day when I was strong enough to take him on.
Elise is right, Kriss said. I agree that it was absolutely terrible, but I would rather have that than death.Please, I sneered, my anger coming to the surface. You’re a Three. Everyone knows your dad’s a famous professor, and you’ve lived your whole life in libraries, completely comfortable. You’d never survive the beating, let alone a life as an Eight afterward. You’d be begging to die.
Kriss glared at me. Don’t pretend that you know anything about what I can and cannot tolerate. Just because you’re a Five, you think you’re the only one who’s ever suffered?No, but I’m sure I’ve experienced far worse than you, I said, my voice rising in anger, and I couldn’t take what Marlee went through. I’m saying I doubt you’d fare any better.I’m braver than you think, America. You have no idea the things I’ve sacrificed over the years. And if I make a mistake, I own up to the consequences.
Why should there be any consequences at all? I posed. Maxon keeps saying how difficult the Selection is for him, how hard it is to make the choice, and then one of us falls for someone else. Shouldn’t he be thanking her for making his decision easier?Natalie, seeming distressed, tried to interject. I heard the funniest thing yesterday!
But the law— Kriss called over her.
America has a point, Elise countered quickly, and the ordered conversation crumbled.I don’t understand you, little spirit, Kai says on a long breath.
I don’t understand me either, I confess.A silence falls over us, and though I’m tempted to go check on Lamar, since he’s alone, unlike the quad, I can’t bring myself to leave. Guess that makes me a masochist.
Tingles course through my body from all four of them as they get more comfortable. I keep my eyes trained on the cell walls. For whatever reason they haven’t been attacked yet.That might have something to do with Lamar’s botched attack. Maybe since their cuffs have popped off, no one—or nothing—has been brave enough to attack them.