Here's a Sneak Peek at what I'm going to be writing next month!
Rites of Passage
Author: Cassie Carnage
A coming of age story about a young teenage boy trapped in a hellish future where everyone is happy, all the time, especially when they're not.
To avoid harmful emotions that society has deemed as dangerous to people as a loaded gun, everyone, when they turn 13 years of age, must have an emotion controlling face mask surgically installed.
Thanks to this miracle breakthrough, no hate, no fear, no sorrow exists. Just happiness. The world is at peace.
But, is it all a lie?
Henryson is about to find out.
It's his 13th birthday next week after all. And his family is so very happy for him. But, Henryson is not happy. He has to lie, to cover up the growing anxiety that is gnawing at his chest. When his friend, Gusson, offers to sneak him into the masking facility, so that they can see how it's done, they both learn the gruesome truth of the world.
“Will it hurt?”
“What? No, of course not. Don’t be silly sweety.”
“But my child-friend companion and fellow classmate told me how it’s done. He says it hurts a lot. They strip everything off, reveal you for who you really are. Then cover it all up with a smile.”
“Don’t listen to your classmates, they don’t know anything about how it’s really done. Trust me kiddo, you’ll be fine.”
Until age 13 children wear removable masks that are blank silver mirrors with open eye holes. Since children are unable to fully control feelings, and can’t get a mask until they are 13 years of age, the mirror masks were instated to spare everyone from seeing emotions on their faces. Sadness, anger, jealousy, and hate are horrible feelings, and must never be experienced.
Tomorrow is my thirteenth birthday. Lucky 13 as they say. The day when everything changes. No more tears, no more anger or confusion or frustration. Just happiness and joy, forever and ever. A smile every day, all day. For the rest of my life.
“Joy to the World,” as they sing during morning flag salute. Our flag has a picture of the Earth on it, with a big happy smile pasted over it. Smile, and the world smiles with you. Cry, and you cry alone. No one wants to be alone, so we help them. Fix them. Make them happy. The bad emotions are gone from adult life. It has made our world a safe place, with each day the same as the last.
If you're doing NaNoWriMo, feel free to add me as a writing buddy!