A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Tuesday, March 5th, 2019
Chapter Five: Language
Jim busied himself with work that served a dual purpose, tasks that advanced his personal mission, which also fit within the assignment he had undertaken for the Continuum
He seemed to be devoted to the type of work the Continuum expected him to do; archiving, preserving, recording the history of this world.
Through his international network Jim kept alive the ancient languages that informed disparate groups and tribes of their essential unity, even the original language that the colonists spoke when they crashed on this planet so many eons ago.
He kept them alive through his secret societies, using them as a vehicle for initiation as the members ascended through the various hierarchies.
He hid codes within the prevailing tongues, echoes of those ancient forms of speech, that rang out like a bell, or an alarm to the initiate when they heard it.
He created auto-hypnotic tropes which they could not resist once their indoctrination was complete. He moved freely through the circles of power with the use of them.
He could not rely on his machinery to help him construct this network, the risk of its being hacked by the Continuum was too great. Instead he relied on the ancient methods of oral tradition, of complex mnemonics to achieve those ends.
Secrecy was the path to survival.
Discovery would put the Earth in jeopardy, and he might not know it until the warships appeared in the sky above the tiny blue green planet, Imperial juggernauts large enough to blot out the sun.
Jim bided his time.
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