A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Monday, April 29th, 2019
Chapter Four: The Sequestered
Inasmuch as they could not admit it, the members of the Collective were mortal beings, they emerged from the primordial ooze and became sentient creatures. They had a beginning in space and time, and they felt the pull of it tugging at the roots of their consciousness.
Some of the membership sought death;more than sleep, they wanted their light to be extinguished, they wanted to be gone for good, but there was no death for them.
There was no provision for it in the construct that was the Collective.
The sheer majority of the membership were opposed to it, and the Continuum would not allow it.
They opted for sequestration instead. This was understood to be a full separation of their individual consciousness from the Continuum.
It was as death like as death could be.
Sequestration was intended to be a deeper unconsciousness than the great-sleep, it was the outer darkness.
In sequestration the member was physically removed from the Collective field of Home world. Placed in an isolation chamber and monitored.
The physical security of the Sequestered members was of the highest importance, great care went into its planning and construction.
The only threat these members ever faced came from the Continuum itself, which used the sequestration process to eliminate those who it perceived to be its enemies.
The Continuum viewed sequestration as an act of insurrection against its governance of the Collective.
It could not accept the fact that some of the membership found no value in the ongoing continuation of their existence, the Continuum saw this as a judgement against its management of their society, a judgement of failure.
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