Try to imagine… Five hundred years into the future, nine of every ten babies born are female. Men have been enslaved for their own protection and the only way to get a man is to enter the Network Games and win.
The catch?It is a live battle to the death, where competition is fierce and even the winners leave damaged.
Finally of legal age and ready to challenge the rulers who make them all exist in this torment, one fiery female will put everything on the line to rescue her stolen mate from the Games and create a world where the Network doesn’t exist.
Who’s ready to play?
Candice Marie Pruett- Just barely 18, this intimidating Bounty Hunter resides in the Recovery Zones of Ohio and has a long record of excessive force. Recently fined over a million UD's for injury to a family member, the brutal Changeling only wants one thing. To get back what was stolen from her. Rank: 5/10.
The Blond Bombshell- This hardened Dock worker is reigning champion and heavily favored to repeat her vicious victory and claim a second prize. Trying to amass a harem to stand between her and the Change, she starts the games ranked 1/10.
The Ex-Defender- Fresh from tracking fugitives in the deserts of Nebraska, this former Network guard seeks make amends by winning and donating her prize to charity. The dangerous, untrained male she allowed to escape is still missing and has lowered her rankings on day one, to just 7/10.
And their prize, a choice of...Daniel is a 20 year old Bachelor with excellent home skills and no memory of his life before being sold to the Network. Calm and unaggressive, he has been trained to be the perfect, harmless mate, and now hopes for a kind and loving owner to take him home.
One of the eight other brutally brainwashed males sharing his Cell. They are lot #21198.
Who's ready to play? Are ya? Are ya really?
She was watching me, evaluating my reaction, and I wondered why it mattered so much to her. Candice owned me. If she chose to register us for breeding, who was I to argue?
"Do you have children, Daniel?"
Raw Pain. "Yes."
She was reading my face for what I didn't say. I could tell she wanted me to open up, but that was a ghost I shared with no one, and I stayed silent, trying to mend the rift in my heart... again. I had to every time the thought of being a father and never seeing the child tore me apart from the inside.
"I might be able to find them for you... if you give me details on their mothers."
Stunned into shock again, I gaped at her with my mouth open. Why would she do that?
I forced my mouth to work. "Two."
"It was recorded?"
I nodded, not allowing myself to hope. "Through the Games."
"I'll see what I can find out."
Her offer came easily, along with a tone that said maybe I'd misjudged this violent female in a lot of ways. It allowed me to form a question of my own.
"If you find them, will I... can I see them? Even if they don't know I'm there?"
She studied me with those unreadable eyes, but after a week, I had picked up a bit about my new owner. I sensed she held a deep sympathy for the torment I'd just revealed.
"If I can arrange it."
She didn't make a false promise or a claim she couldn't back up. It sent that hope I'd denied into my heart and spilling out of my mouth. "Please! I have to know if they're..."
I stopped, about to let go of a secret I'd been guarding for years.
Candice raised a brow. "If they're what?"
I dropped my eyes and hoped she missed the tremor in my voice. "If they're suffering like you and all the others... or if they're immune."
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The Change: Episode One
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