Prologue: Ezekiel and Beatrice

Tris

I was walking home from school when I stopped to watch the train go by. I had been volunteered to stay behind to help Mrs. Culpeper clean up her classroom after our science experiments today. I looked down at my watch, my brother, Caleb, was probably already home preparing dinner for my family. I sigh as the train rushes past.

I continue to walk home when I hear a scratchy voice saying "Do you know when the next train will be?"

I look towards the voice and see a boy about a foot taller than me, with pale brown hair and friendly brown eyes. I look down at his black jeans, and black t-shirt wondering what it would be like to jump on a train.

"Umm…" I say looking down at my watch, the only adornment my faction is allowed "I think it's in about five minutes"

"Oh thank you" the boy said "I'm Ezekiel, from Dauntless, but everyone, and I mean everyone calls me Zeke"

"I'm Beatrice, Beatrice Prior, from Abnegation, I'm ten years old, you don't look my age and I have never seen you around, how old are you" I say curiously.

Smiling Zeke says "You're not like most of the stiffs I've see." Upset at the name he called my faction; I turn my head down and continue to walk home.

"Wait, Beatrice I didn't mean to offend you, I'M SORRY." Gasping, I stop and look at him astonished that he actually felt bad for saying it. I continue to look at him when we both hear the whistling of the train horn near.

Quickly he looks down at me and says "Come with me" in a bold tone. Nodding my head, I follow him and start to jog beside the tracks before jumping into an open compartment. I sit up laughing at the exhilarating feeling, looking over I watch Zeke grinning from the jump as well.

Looking over at me he says "Twelve, I'm Twelve years old, Beatrice what were you doing out so late?"

"I was helping my science teacher clean her lab like I have to every Wednesday. What about you?" I ask

"Oh, I was being reprimanded by the advanced math teacher for causing mayhem in class today" he says grinning.

I look out at the scenery passing before saying "I should probably go before we leave my area"

Standing we both look at each other and he quickly asks "Can I see you again?"

Grinning I say "sure why don't we do this every Wednesday?" Looking over my shoulder I see him nod and I jump.

Zeke

I mumble to myself about how stupid the rules are when I hear the train go by. Groaning I start to walk on the long path back to Dauntless. I start to wonder how I will explain this one to my mother when I see a spritely little girl in grey watch the train pass.

Curious I walk over to her and say "Do you know when the next train will be?" Studying her I notice that she's about a foot smaller than me with blonde hair and soft blue eyes. She reminds me of the person in the picture with my father sitting on the mantle in our living room. I'll have to ask my father who she is.

"Umm…"she says looking down at her watch, the only adornment she is wearing "I think it's in about five minutes"

"Oh thank you" I say "I'm Ezekiel, from Dauntless, but everyone, and I mean everyone calls me Zeke"

"I'm Beatrice, Beatrice Prior, from Abnegation, I'm ten years old, you don't look my age and I have never seen you around, how old are you" she says quickly.

Smiling at her curiosity I said "You're not like most of the stiffs I've see." Confused, I watch her turn her head down and continue to walk. Quickly realizing what I said offended her I say "Wait, Beatrice I didn't mean to offend you, I'M SORRY." Trying to get her to stop

Gasping, she stops and look at me astonished that I actually felt bad for saying it. She continues to stare at me when we both hear the whistling of the train horn near. Quickly, I look down at her saying "Come with me" in a bold tone.

Nodding her head, she starts to follow me and jogs beside the tracks before we jump into an open compartment. Catching my breath I hear her sit up, laughing at the exhilarating feeling,smiling, I look over watching Beatrice grin from the jump as well.

Looking over at her I say "Twelve, I'm Twelve years old, Beatrice what were you doing out so late?" "I was helping my science teacher clean her lab like I have to every Wednesday. What about you?" she asks.

"Oh, I was being reprimanded by the advanced math teacher for causing mayhem in class today" I say grinning at the thought of the teacher getting worked up at my actions.

We both look out at the scenery passing before she says "I should probably go before we leave my area" in a reluctant tone.

Standing up, we both look at each other and quickly ask "Can I see you again?"

Smiling brightly she says "sure why don't we do this every Wednesday?" She turns her head over her shoulder, I quickly nod to tell her I agree and to tell her it's safe to jump and watch her grey skirt fly in the wind as she exists.