Messina is a prison. And I don't exaggerate. I had to find a gang to join, and quick. I wanted to fall in with people like Bianca and Celia from my softball team, who spoke loudly, never wasted a word, and could kick ass. Once again, Messina was nothing I expected.
I settled upon my bare bed and read the first piece of paper.
The Ten Commandments of Messina Rehabilitation Center
1. You shall have no gods before Me
The mission of Messina is Christ-centered. We honor God through our work and keep His commandments. You will be expected to obey His will and partake in ALL religious activities, excepting reason of serious illness. Failure to do so will result in solitary confinement.
2. You shall not make yourself a graven image.
You are to follow the religious lessons we give to you. You will not impose the idea of an all-forgiving, non judgmental, wishy washy God upon yourself or your coinhabitants. Doing so will result in solitary confinement.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
There will be absolutely no swearing in Messina or at Messina sponsored activities. Doing so will result in solitary confinement.
4. Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.
You will attend all church and religious services on Sundays with no exception. Failure to do so will result in solitary confinement.
5. Honor your mother and father.
You are to follow the orders of the doctors, security guards, and therapists of Messina. Failure to do so will result in solitary confinement.
6. You shall not kill.
You shall not exhibit negative emotions toward the other residents. You are expected to eat healthily and to take care of your body through provided fitness regimens. Failure to do so will result in solitary confinement.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not have any romantic relations, homosexual or otherwise, with the other residents. You shall also repress all romantic feelings toward the other residents. Failure to do so will result in solitary confinement.
8. You shall not steal
You are provided with all you require at the beginning of your residency. You may place an order for a replacement item if any are defective, and it will be investigated. Hoarding food is also forbidden. Failure to meet the above will result in solitary confinement.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not lie to your superiors. Omission is a form of lying. Doing so will result in solitary confinement.
10. You shall not covet.
You shall not desire earthly things. Doing so will result in solitary confinement.
Dr. Jeanette Joseph
Director of Operations
I put down the paper with a hearty huff. I saw the dead eyes of Paulina Nolan peering down at me from her bunk as if I was a paramecium in a biology lab. Not even blinking. That was what finally set me off.