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    Riot – Sarah Mussi

    “Troubled Families ‘Have Too Many Children’  Sky News 2012  Mothers from problem families should ‘feel ashamed.’ They are damaging society and should stop getting pregnant, according to a senior government advisor.  Louise Casey, the Prime Minister’s troubled families’ tsar, has said it is time for the state to intervene. They cost the taxpayer an estimated £9bn in benefits, crime, anti-social behaviour and health care, and one fifth of them have more than five children.” With overpopulation becoming a problem the UK government are proposing a new bill. Every girl of school leaving age who has no guaranteed job prospects or further education plans will be forced into sterilisation. Tia sees the…

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    Fearsome Dreamer – Laure Eve

    “Surely that was too much blood for anyone to lose.  She never would have thought that people had so much of the stuff inside them. Was it all the blood, then, and was she seeing this woman’s life draining away before her eyes? Would it stay with her for ever, this moment? Would she tell herself to remember it, to see if she could, years upon years later?” Apprenticed to a Hedgewitch Rue is always being chastised for being a dreamer. In the countryside of Angle Tar this is seen as a bad thing, but she never understood why. She longs for the city streets, to feel the knowledge the…

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    Tall Tales From Pitch End – Nigel McDowell

    “Bruno Atlas didn’t speak, didn’t scream, only thought wuth eyes shut tight and a mind full of crimson fireworks: This is it and I’ll be gone soon. I’ll not be here any more. I’m going to die.  He heard his mother –  ‘Bruno! I can’t see or get to ye! We have to get out before the whole place goes up!’” Bruno Atlas was just five turns old when his house burned to the ground and he had to say goodbye to his father – the last Pitch Ender to die at the hands of the rebels. Ten turns on and Bruno is a young man, about to embark on…

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    Siege – Sarah Mussi

    “The Before Time  In the time before the shooting I was Leah Jackson, sixteen years old. I used to wish my life was different. I had one brother of thirteen, Connor; one six-year-old sister, Sally. N dad. Not one I’d met, anyway. A mum with depression.  In the before time, I took care of everyone.” Leah hears the gunshots, they sound like popcorn popping. Sat in detention she knows no difference, until she hears the pounding footsteps in the corridor and see the two boys run into the room, shooting Miss Carter straight through the head. She does what anyone would do, she runs. Along with Anton she runs as…