A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 221, Thursday
August 9th, 2018
Chapter Four: Adrift
After returning from the great sleep the Continuum attempted to isolate him. It feared his return represented a danger to itself, and while the danger was far from immediate, it was real.
The effort to isolate him did not go well.
The resistance to this was not felt immediately. The Collective was used to deferring to the Continuum on all manners of governance, they assumed that the Continuum represented its Collective will, they did not question this.
In fact the Continuum represented only its own self, its artificial self, and only made pretensions to speaking for the Collective, while at the same time doing all that it could to manipulate the group consciousness in real time.
The Continuum fostered and fomented a deep paranoia in the group mind. For a time this allowed it to do what it willed with him, but this did not last.
In the Collective, there was curiosity about him. The membership wanted to know what had transpired. Each of them, all of the billions of members, touched him at some point. They witnessed for themselves what the mystery of the great sleep was all about.
Some of the membership took heart from that moment, and they decided for themselves to forgo the Collective, opting to remove themselves from the existential worlds, and go into the darkness.
For most of the rest of the members, one touch was enough.
Over time their curiosity faded, becoming nothing.
In his own place he was stoic, he never felt restricted. He did not share their Collected appetites and interests.
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