Before the After: Hierarcy
Author's Note: I wrote this multi-part narrative to mirror present-day society and its class system that I feel by nature discriminates against those who are less fortunate. This story is set in Arimathea Spire in the year 2199. After nuclear warfare annihilates the entire planet, the remaining survivors are forced to form a new system of government. Their government revolves around competition, ranking, and skill; however, like in every competition, no one is equal. The story follows James Canton and Alisa Romandi -- two polar opposites who share a common belief that change needs to occur.
Arimathea Spire. Buildings upwards of a thousand stories each. The lower you are, the lower class you are. No laws are in place to maintain order, but if you’re rich enough you can have private armed security forces -- or P.A.S. -- to ensure your safety. For those less fortunate, life is much more than daily struggles, such as eating and drinking, but lawlessness and a society of seeing and taking. Thinking and doing.
“Who knows how those filthy animals live below us? Frankly, who cares?” Martin emotionally scolds his son in response to his question.
Martin Canton, father to James and Melissa Canton, and husband to Dana, is a top-floorer who despises those below him. He and all those raised on the upper floors of the Spire have been raised to fear and hate those below them. Stories passed from generation to generation have created the divide that separates them to this day.
“It just doesn’t sit right with me...” James half-heartedly says to his sister “...these people having to resort to killing to make their money … it’s not right and those who don’t kill are doomed from the start. But here we are living with all the money and power on the top.”
“I’m not saying it’s fair, J., but dad feels very disdainful towards the lower people and you shouldn’t bring it up again,” Melissa explains in a sympathetic matter. “I used to wonder why we were up here and they were down there suffering, but I had to stop because we can’t do anything about it.”
With his eyes now watering he says, “I’m not like you and I have to change this; I can’t stand by and just watch.”
He jumps up, pushing his sister away from the door front and runs to the counter, where his father's wallet is placed. Without a second thought, before his sister can stop him, James throws the wallet over the railing.