A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 198, Tuesday
July 17th, 2018
Chapter Two: Music
Of all the “normal” things that people occupied themselves with, the ordinary pleasantries, the little things that filled up their days and nights, music was the most difficult thing for Kathy to endure.
There were new generations of performers emerging all the time.
Every year brought new waves of artists writing songs, and making hits. Vocal styles changed, tonal styles changed, the content of lyrics and the popularity of certain instruments changed, but only within a narrow range.
The rhythm and the beats, the timing of the drums changed very little over time.
If Kathy was careless, a melody could cause her to slip, without knowing, into another lifetime. She would fall into her memories, slipping away from the present in ways that were dangerous to her
A beating drum told a hundred thousand stories; they told of the hunt and the harvest, of conflict and the march to war, of year toiling in servitude pushing through the field and pulling at the oar.
Kathy loved music, she would use it for all of those purposes, but her susceptibility to it made it dangerous to her.
It was an area of weakness.
Her handlers knew this.
They had observed the effects of music and other sensory stimulants on her, enough for them to see the patterns.
They knew enough about Kathy’s relationship to certain stimuli that they could use it to manipulate her.
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