A week of training had left Hannah tired but fulfilled. Her hair was now bleached white, her pupils dyed to be purple. She had a somewhat naive air to her, but she didn’t stand out too much anymore. You could say that she had finally become a part of the slums. And Hannah was enjoying it.
Other than changing her appearance, she mostly had history lessons, exercise sessions and some strolls around the block to get use to thee dark world. Hannah was curious as to why she needed to be more fit, wasn’t she suppose to sit around all day? That was what a queen did right? But when she asked Richard, he only shook his head and diced out two familiar words:
Hannah was somewhat frustrated by the fact that she wasn’t allowed to know, but later she thought that maybe Richard was trying to surprise her. At that thought, all her curiosity vanished and she was content with her daily routine.
But a week later, Richard came in and told her that they wouldn’t be training today.
“Because today’s going to be your big day.”
Hannah tilted her head slightly, staring up at him with questioning eyes.
“I thought you said we had three more weeks.”
Richard laughed slightly, his face glowing with excitement.
“Well, you’re doing better than I thought. We’ve a perfect time to rise to power. We’ve got to catch it.”
“Remember when I told you about the freelancers?”
Hannah stopped to think for a minute, digging through her small mind for the word.
“They were the people who wouldn’t let you attack the domes.”
“Well, they’re headquarters just imploded, which means they won’t try to interfere with our plan.”
“Our plan? What plan?” Hannah looked at him bewildered.
“You as queen! Then we’ll lead a revolt and no one will ever have to live in this dark place anymore!”
“But...” Hannah looked frighten for a moment. “I don’t want to revolt. It’s so scary.”
Richard rested a hand on her shoulder and flashed a reassuring smile.
“Don’t worry, you’re the queen. Remember? Queen’s are always protected.”
Hannah’s eyes lit up and she nodded eagerly.
“Of course! I forgot.”
Richard chuckled lightly.
“Now, for today, you have to listen to my directions. If I don’t tell you to do something, don’t do anything.”
Hannah nodded and Richard lead her out, a content smile on his face.