Attention! All initiates report for final testing. All initiates report for final testing.
People crowd into the car around me, so we stand in four rows, shoulder-to-shoulder. And then something peculiar happens: fingers lace with mine and a palm presses to my palm. Tobias, holding my hand. My entire body is alive with energy. I squeeze his hand, and he squeezes back. He is awake.
His fingers brush my neck. My body tenses. A tender gesture? No — he has to move my hair to the side.
"Be brave, Tris," he whispers. "The first time is always the hardest."
"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love."