A Day at the Central Campus

Only the strongest survived the day-to-day existence at Central. The weak and the dead were tossed out with the garbage. Xavier demanded obedience and absolute loyalty. Don’t hesitate, if a command is given. Hesitation will get you demoted. A demotion means less comfort, less food and forced participation in the fights.

It had been a good day for Xavier’s Goons. A dozen people had been plucked from the streets. Each would be given the opportunity to pledge their loyalty to Xavier. There was always one or two that refused. They would be the first to be thrown into the cage.

The captive audience cheered, as the newly acquired were paraded around the perimeter of the gym. Xavier sat on his thrown feeling very pleased with himself, as his power over the local community continued to grow.

Journal Entry 20

Dear World,

The preparations for the naming ceremony are going well. Casey is getting so excited. The baby is nursing without difficulties. Casey is tired like any new mom would be but she is doing well. I am so happy for her. I have witnessed so much tragedy in the past. It’s so nice to see a baby thrive for a change.

We still have not heard from Matt. When our runner came back empty handed again today Jonas and Pete went to sneak around the Central Campus . I am on pins and needles waiting for them to return. I am terrified the boys are going to get caught. The anxiety has given me a headache. Marty suggested I drink water, as if I hadn’t already thought of that.

Madie

Journal Entry 19

Dear World,

Matt has been inside Central for a couple of days. I hope he hasn’t done anything stupid, he can be a bit of a hothead. Matt and Jonas are our two best fighters in Bear Country. They chose who would win and loose the fight at the plaza. Tony also fights well but he is still recovering from injuries and wasn’t an option for the mission inside Central.

I was hoping we would have a note from Matt by now. The runner we sent out came back empty handed yesterday and today. This is worrisome. Matt either can’t get a note to us or he is unable.

Jonas has spent most of the last couple of days working out in the gym. I know he is anxious about his brother. We are all anxious. The wait is killing me, but we can’t do anything until Matt gives us intel.

I am undating our allies tonight on our progress. I am disappointed I have nothing to report. More than one person will not be happy at the meeting.

Madie

Journal Entry 18

Dear World,

Matt and Jonas fought at the plaza today. It was awful. I am not sure who was injured the most. They both had bloody lips, cuts and bruises. Last night, we discussed making the fight look as real as possible. The boys took it to the next level, I wasn’t expecting the brutality they threw at each other.

It didn’t take long for a crowd to form. People quickly took sides. A couple of Central Goons watched with interest. The fight ended as Matt pinned Jonas to the pavement. Some words were exchanged that I would rather not repeat. Then Matt released Jonas and stood up. Jonas struggled to his feet. He yelled at his brother that they were no longer brothers. I wanted to cry. It felt so real.

After the show, the crowd dispersed as quickly as it formed. The Central Goons approached Matt. I wasn’t close enough to hear what was said but Matt left with the enemy. He dropped his handkerchief to let us know all was well.

Madie

Journal Entry 17

Dear World,

Tony stopped by my room last night. He said he wanted to help with the mission. I think we are on the mend. I don’t think he has forgiven me yet but one day, he will.

Me, Tony, Matt and Jonas went to sneak around the Central Campus and gather info. There was a lot of activity around the school, in spite of it being only 1am. As were were sneaking around we stumbled across unlocked door. It was propped open by a rock. Accidentally or on purpose, I don’t know.

My gut said, “don’t enter” but the guys didn’t agree.

The classrooms were empty. They didn’t look used. Which is really weird. I don’t think there is one place in Bear Country not occupied or being used for something.

Feeling uncomfortable with our ease of entry I suggested we take the info we had gathered about the school and go home. I really didn’t want to get caught.

Our next step is to get someone into Central. A spy.

Madie