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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words - Section Six, The Empire; Part Thirty-six, Servant, Collected Chapters



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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 260, September 17th, 2017

Chapter One: The Oppressed

Every civilization founded by the children of the Ancients was absorbed by the Empire.

Imperial governance was uncompromising, ruling with power, and fear, while crushing the people.

The Empire sought to control every aspect of the individual’s life, down to what they thought; everything they did was for the sake of the drama it produced.

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Day 261, September 18th, 2017

Chapter Two: The Suppressed

Throughout the Empire dissent was punished with brutish joy.

Imperial police delighted in torture.

The extreme emotions such scenes produced fed the appetites of the Continuum, and the Collective as well, getting them intoxicated on fear, pain, and remorse.

A charge of dissent was not limited to aberrant behavior, it also included speech and thought.

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Day 262, September 19th, 2017

Chapter Three: The Repressed

For the citizenry, living under the heel of the Imperial police was a constant struggle.

The way of life was to go unnoticed, to blend in; these were the keys to survival.

A family might cultivate these skills, and live unremarkable lives for generations, only to be cast down for the sheer pleasure of it.

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Day 263, September 20th, 2017

Chapter Four: The Depressed

Apart from the upper classes: the nobility, the religious orders, the military, the lives of the people were sorrowful. Most were angry, without hope, desperate and alone.

Even those in the upper hierarchies spent their lives filled with dread, competing for place, and prestige, always uncertain of when they might be called upon to sacrifice.

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Day 264, September 21st, 2017

Chapter Five: Hostage

Before he developed a conscience, he was a media darling. Even in his youth, when he was a part of the rebellion, a terrorist.

His motivation was anger not altruism.

At that time he was fighting for himself, against himself.

As he learned to love, he turned his attention to the plight of the people.

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Day 265, September 22nd, 2017

Chapter Six: Victim

The Imperial powers built him up, they reveled in his celebrity.

He was the brilliant rebel, the unfailing hero who could endure everything.

They took their time, and charted the limits of what he could endure, then took him down, crushing him absolutely.

He became a sacrifice for the Empire, a holocaust, a burnt offering.

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Day 266, September 23rd, 2017

Chapter Seven: Convert

In that moment, when he lost everything, even as he was forced to watch the Imperial torturers grinding the life out of the few people he held dear to his heart, even as they lit his own flesh on fire, he relented.

At that moment the Continuum restored him to life, a newly created superstar.

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Section Six, The Empire

Part Thirty-six, Servant

Collected Chapters
01 The Oppressed
02 The Suppressed
03 The Repressed
04 The Depressed
05 Hostage
06 Victim
07 Convert

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