"If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise,
If you go down to the woods today, you'd better go in disguise..."
And that's how newly pink haired Veronica Giroffe came to be at the Divergent Teddy Bears Picnic.
Hosted by Candor dog (who honestly just wanted some fun), all five factions turned up bringing their own dress codes, food preferences and entertainment with them. Veronica wasn't so sure how this would turn out - all five of them together under the apple tree! So she stayed in the background, taking cover in the leafy shade of the Amity tree....
|Divergent teddy bears' picnic L to R: Candor dog, Amity duck, Abnegation bear, Erudite collie, Dauntless lion|
So Candor dog dressed smartly in black and white, brought a glass and Champagne - hoping to tease out some lively debate. But Dauntless lion the brave wanted to show some might. After drinking a can of beer, she refused to hand over the butter knife and challenged Candor dog to a game of truth or dare.
Erudite collie was having none of this silly business and buried his head in a copy of Divergent and brought Insurgent along too - just for good measure. Abnegation bear dressed in a dull grey dress, was on top form and brought all the food, saving only dry brown bread for herself. There was everyone's favourite dish including roast chicken, banana walnut cake, apples and cheese and beef burgers cooked on glowing coals. Amity duck, bright and cheerful in her yellow and red, sang sweetly but stayed neutral. Perhaps she'd had too much wine....qwack.
Just outside the camera shot, a group of factionless lurked (Abnegation bear had dropped half of their picnic there - she knew the other factions were likely to squabble if she took too much food anyway).
Veronica Giroffe sighed....'Is this what it's come to?" she thought, and sauntered off to write another story.
This fan fiction takes direct inspiration from Veronica Roth's novel, Divergent published by Harper Collins. It is posted as part of the #CandorUK bid to win a bag of books and swag from Harper Collins UK as part of the UK launch of Roth's sequel, Insurgent, which is released today. It's also really good fun!
Of course, the rest of faction #CandorUK have a host of surprises in the next week too. And, if you're the picnicky type (like us) head on over to Big Book Little Book to see what delicious Divergent delights they're bringing to the party.