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District 9: 90 ADD

DISTRICT 9

90 ADD

Katie had perhaps stupidly thought they'd be born near each other. It hadn't taken long to realize that that wasn't the case. She knew, at the very least, that none of them were born near her, because she hadn't been born near anyone else. Her name was still Katie here (actually, no one thought to call her by anything other than pet names, so she'd simply kept the one she'd already had) and here there was grain.

And grain.

And more grain.

Other districts, Katie was sure, were a bit more varied, but in District 9 only ten goods were produced: barley, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, quinoa, rice, sorghum, spelt, and wheat. Technically bakeries and the like also made products from the grain, but those jobs only happened near the railroad, and she was born at the edge of the district, on a barley farm.

Life was mundane on the farm. It wasn't like those old-timey granges there were pictures of in her old elementary school textbook; instead everything was done by giant, looming machines. From seed to harvest there was nothing nostalgic, nothing humanizing in the process: it was mechanical, and the people that lived and worked there were spread few and far between, perhaps one or two meant to manage a few machines based on the season, one or two per three fields to keep the machines in working order, and maybe the supervisor for the nearest nine or ten fields (at about 1,000 acres a field) too.

That was it.

Katie was born to Barba on one of the north-most farms, nearly bordering the wall dividing districts 9 and 10, and now she was four, and about to leave the only three people she really knew this life: her mother, the other farmer, and the field's mechanic.

"I don't want to go!" Katie whined. She stood at the edge of the road where they dropped off the harvest every year, holding a cloth bag with her change of clothes and a grass doll Barba had made for her several years back.

"You must." Barba said. She hugged Katie again. "You must."

Katie frowned. The only other time she'd ever left the farm was for the Games every year, and those were horrors she 'must' endure too.

"I don't want to." Katie repeated. "Are they gonna make me watch people die again?"

Barba frowned. "School's about more than that." She said. "It's about math, and reading, and the likeā€”if you're good enough, you might even be able to get a proper job at a bakery or some such."

"I don't want a job at a bakery!" Katie whined. She wanted to stay here, stay with the familiar. She'd agreed to stray so far from what she knew because she had thought she was doing it with the others, not alone, and now that she was settled in once more she didn't want to take that risk again, especially when she knew no one was coming along with her.

Past the horizon a cloud of dust rose, and her mother stood.

"It's time for you to move on, Katie. Neither you nor I can do anything about that." She paused, sucking in a breath. "It's time for you to be your own person, and I know you can be a good one."

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