"Document 13: A Dystopian Tale" Part 5


Here is Part 5 of "Document 13", a dystopian graphic novel I'm creating with my daughter. This week I'm posting two scenes since they flow together.

I welcome any and all feedback!

The year is 2074, the world has been plunged into ecological and social ruin. One girl, Sarah Doe, will learn the secrets of the dark forces that led to such catastrophe. With the help of a few friends, her family, and her own powers she will fight to return the world to an order not known since well before her birth. Will she succeed? Read to find out!

If you haven't read the other parts, go back and read them first!

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4


Headmistress office, Headmistress Matthews is behind the desk. There is a well dressed man sitting across from her and to one side. A knock comes at the door.

HM: Come in.

Sarah enters and stands at a distance from the desk, looking down.

HM: You have been my best fundraiser, but after yesterday’s dismal failure I have decided to take you off of runs. Do you understand why?

S: Yes ma’am.

HM: (to the man) Is this acceptable, Smith?

Smith, looking Sarah over: Yes, that will do quite well.

Sarah shuffles nervously.

HM: Sarah, I need you to tend to this philanthropist. He’s giving the orphanage a very large donation and helping us in other ways, like calling off the patrols, not that patrol dogs will matter to you anymore. In return I want us to show him our appreciation.

Sarah: (in her thoughts, remembering what Robin said)

HM: Sarah?

S: Yes, ma’am.

HM: Good. You are to do whatever he asks. If he is not happy, there will be consequences.

An hour later. headmistress office. Smith crashes through the door, he is naked and grabbing his bleeding crotch.

Smith: (screaming) She bit me!!! This monster bit it right off!!!

HM: (a bit shaken by his sudden appearance but otherwise calm) Smith, that is unfortunate. I will definitely take care of the little hussy.

S: What the hell?! What am I supposed to do?!

HM: (calmly making a call) Yes, to my office right now.

Don’t worry, Smith. You have access to the world’s best surgeons. I’m sure they can help you. If I’m not mistaken, that wasn’t even your original equipment was it?

Smith: (still furious) That’s besides the point!! I paid a lot for this service and I expect to get what I paid for!!

HM: Calm down, Smith, you’re losing blood.

A man enters with a rolling cart of medical supplies.

HM: Here’s some coagulant to get you home. Get yourself fixed up and come back next week.

S: Next week? Are you nuts?! Why would I ever come back? I’m going to have you shut down!

HM: (calmly) Now now, Smith, you know I have plenty of records of your visits to this place. It’s still technically illegal in this district… tell you what, I’ll find something a little younger next time, less feisty, more boyish. I know your type.

S: And the skamp who bit me?

HM: Don’t worry about her, I know my business.

Smith is helped out by the doctor and two orderlies bring Sarah in.

HM: You know, you’re disappointing me lately, first getting caught, then getting your friend killed. Despite that, I was trying to get you out of here. Smith is quite wealthy, he could have taken you places. Yet, this is the gratitude you give me. He could shut us down.

Sarah shuffles a bit, staring at the floor.

HM: Thankfully, I have friends in New New York who have a legal house for wayward children. I owe them for some favors they did for me years ago. It’s more than you deserve, you’ll be living above the clouds, but I owe them, and they know how to train the failure out of you.

Since I can’t trust you, I’m locking you in the cellar cell until your transport arrives tomorrow. I suppose I will have the orderlies get your belongings for you. Do you have anything to say for yourself?

S: (quietly) No, ma’am.

The headmistress gestures to the orderlies who take Sarah by the arms and lead her forcefully out of the room.


Yes, it's a bit graphic, but I wanted to convey the ugliness of the world to come. I hope it makes the point.





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