9th Grade Humanities
Dystopia Short Story
Sometimes the feeling of sadness is what you need to guide you to want to make a change, but in the world I live in, sadness is against the law, and happiness is the only emotion we are allowed to feel. There are people dying from diseases, every second of every day yet no one searches for a cure because they are too blinded by euphoria to see the truth of the world.
When you are born there are chips injected into your arm capable of measuring dopamine levels (The chemical that produces happiness) As soon as your body begins to express the need to show true emotion and show the sadness you’re meant experience you are injected with the a dose of the chemical. The feeling of sadness is what our nation believes is destroying us but really it is them. If a person is to develop the feeling of grief and disparity beyond the system's constraints the chip releases thousands of chemical shutting the body down . So say there was a shooting killing roughly 100 people about 1,000,000 more people would die simply because they were mourning. In an event of a shooting where someone beat the system and could not bear their own pain , killing 100’s of people they deaths by the shooter could not amount to the deaths of the system. 1000’s of people would lose their lives due to their need to mourn. The system will do whatever it can whether it be death or punishment until dysphoria is to be never felt.
In our world there are those who are illegally born without a chip, I am one of those people, I know that I was born as a secret my true identity could never be known but my mother won't tell me what exactly happened all I know is that she managed to survive removing her arm to get rid of hers. We are the only two people I knew of capable of feeling multiple emotions, until yesterday.
I don’t go into town very often because I’m more likely to be caught there, but yesterday we ran out of food so I went to the market to stock up and saw a story in the newspaper about a some members of rebellion that got arrested, apparently they discovered how to safely remove the chips but they were caught and got arrested. I bought the newspaper and food and headed back to me and my mom's hideout eager to share the news with her.
When I got back I opened the door revealing a trail of blood I began to panic and started searching the house for clues of where she could have gone denying the idea that she was nowhere, that she could be gone, fully. I then remembered about the newspaper article, I pulled it out and began to read.
“A rebellion of roughly fifteen people has been caught, some of these people were illegally born in secret and never received the mandatory chip injection, the others have found a way to safely remove it. Extensive interrogation has led us to believe that there are more of these rebels on the loose so if you see any suspicious displays of illegal emotion immediately report it to authorities.”
“Extensive interrogation,” I thought that must be their way of making torture sound professional, I wonder if that's what they’re doing to my mother, I continue reading.
“The rebels are currently being held in the country headquarters prison facility until their fate has been decided by the jury.” My stomach dropped if my mom was anywhere she was there, I had to leave immediately.
I was lucky that the headquarters are only an hour away so I grabbed my things, ran out of the house and got in the car immediately. As I begin driving I realized that I had absolutely no plan so I begin to think of how I was going to get to my mom but the only idea I could think of was absolutely terrifying. I had to turn myself in.
I pulled up to the headquarters and it was probably the largest building I had ever seen, it not only contains a prison but there is also a hospital and offices for the government. Thats a good idea I thought sarcastically, to put criminals in the same building as a hospital, and the government that put them here in the first place. I made sure to go in prepared so I grabbed one of the knives behind the seat and a gun my mom used to always keep accessible just incase we were found. “That obviously didn’t help keep her safe but I hope it helps get her back.” I thought to myself as I hid the weapons under my clothes.
I stormed in and shouted, “I surrender! I am a rebel born without a chip.” This is such a terrible idea I repeat in my head over and over until a police officer runs up to me and puts me in handcuffs. “You are under arrest for feeling illegal emotion.” He says and begins to drag me into the elevator, up to the prison at the top of the building without any legal trial or anything.
When we get there the man took me out of my cuffs and threw me into a cell without saying a word. There was a girl probably twenty on the top of the bunk bed who was crying, she had a name tag on her shirt that said Talia. I looked at her and there was something so familiar about her face shape I just couldn’t remember where she was from. “What’s wrong?” I asked her in a sympathetic tone. “My sister is going to be put to death today,” she sobbed somehow in a hushed voice. “Were twins you see and both of us were born without chips, but she’s the more intelligent of the two. She discovered how to safely remove them and started a rebellion that turned on her and reported her to the police. “That’s where she was from,” I thought to myself she was in the newspaper article.
“I’m so sorry,” I paused. “But sorry isn’t going to help your sister, my mom is in trouble too but I think I have an idea on how we can fix all this but first we need to get out of here.” I took the knife out of my shoe and started hacking it at the door. “You know wooden doors probably weren’t the best choice for containing prisoners.” I said to her somehow feeling calm and panicked at the same time. “Do you know how to shoot a gun?” I asked turning to her.
“I used to hunt my own food.” She replied with confidence.
“Okay good,” I handed her the gun. “Only use this if you really need to we don’t need to get into any more trouble than we’re already in.” I continue hacking at the door until we could break through, but when we opened the door there was a guard right outside there is no possible way they couldn’t notice I thought as my stomach churned. I turned over to Talia expecting her to look terrified but for some reason her face lit up
“Daniel?” She said excitedly,
“Shhh he replied don’t give away my cover.” He whispered. His voice tone changed to a more stern harsh sound. “How did you girls get out of here he shouted. You’ll regret doing this when the boss gets to you. He grabbed us and started dragging us down the hall and winked at Talia when nobody was looking. We continued walking until we reached a room that looked a lot different from the others, Daniel got a key out of his pocket and unlocked the door. There was a line leading to an electric chair and my mom was at the front of it with Talia's sister right behind her. I made eye contact with my mother and at first her face lit up until she remembered our current danger. We had to figure out what to do, I looked around the room and only saw one guard other than Daniel. Before I had fully formulated a plan Daniel started speaking to the guard. “I heard there was a fight in the main room and they need some more men to take care of it, I can watch them while you’re out.” The guard walked out without saying a word. Why are the workers here so quiet? I wondered to myself.
After he left Daniel immediately spoke up and hugged Talia's sister and said in a concerned tone, “We need to get you guys out of here.” The hallway was empty at the moment so we ran to the elevator which Daniel had to unlock in order for us to get in as soon as we started going Talia's sister spoke up, “We need to go to the government section of the building,” her voice sounded shaky. “During my time alone in my cell I’ve had some time to think, what if were going about this chip removal system all wrong? What if there is a machine that distributes the chemicals to everyone and if we shut it down the world would be able to feel the emotions it’s supposed to?”
We got off the elevator and all the workers stared at us for a second, but remained still and went back to working, that’s odd I thought to myself as I followed Talia's sister through the hallway until we ended up in a gigantic room with a machine that took up half the space, we ran towards it but were stopped when I saw a huge crowd of all the workers forming a circle around us all the while with completely blank faces my heart felt like it was going to pound out of my chest. “There’s no way out” I thought to myself, “we are all going to die.” All of a sudden Talia pulls out her gun. “What is she doing?” I thought. There weren’t anywhere close to enough bullets to get us out alive but she didn’t point the gun at a person she pointed it at the machine, She shot the wiring system and there were gigantic sparks of electricity and the room went dark for a few seconds and then the lights turned back on. I looked around the room and all the coworkers looked confused, some of them even started to cry, they were crying, it was as if they were finally able to express the emotions they weren’t allowed to feel their whole life. Later that day I discovered that the people in that building were given a different type of chemical that eliminates all emotion, even happiness the system thought it would make them better workers but it did the complete opposite. After the chip disabling they went on to change the way the world thinks we should act and allowed us to live as natural human beings.