A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 264, Friday
September 21st, 2018
Chapter Five: Hostage
He was a media darling, before he developed a conscience.
Even in his youth, when he was a part of the rebellion, when he was a terrorist, the press loved him, and loved covering him.
Of course they vilified him. He was the enemy, but the people were fascinated by him, and they followed his every move, and not just the people of his home planet, he was covered throughout the Empire.
His daring and his heroism drove ratings.
The Continuum followed his every move, and the Collective loved the narratives that sprang from his life.
His motivation was anger not altruism. He manifested a hatred for the Empire, its schools, the Imperial cult, he carried it deep in his heart.
He had no desire to save anyone from anything, he only preserved people insofar as it met his starkly utilitarian view of his mission and his destiny.
He needed soldiers, he needed people who would die for his cause, and the cause was to destroy.
In his youth he was fighting for himself, against himself, and he was a brilliant tactician.
The Continuum plotted his undoing.
The Empire would not destroy his rebellion with military might, it could have. Instead, the Continuum introduced a romantic interest into his life, a woman he could not ignore.
As he learned to love, he turned his attention to the plight of the people.
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