A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 232, Monday
August 20th, 2018
Chapter One: Penalty
Ages passed before he was discovered entering the experiential field of others within the Collective, violating their privacy, and absorbing their experiences as his own.
He let it slip in a moment of candor.
A fellow member had thought to reach out to him as they were contemplating sequestration and the journey into the great sleep.
That member had been moved by the experience that had been shared when he had first awoken, his memories of the deep-dark and the silence, the quiet, and the release.
He had not had contact with another member of the Collective for so long that he had not thought to guard himself against the intrusive presence.
What his fellow found when they met was a reflection of his own private world in the consciousness of the “Awoken.” It was disturbing, he recognized it immediately, and saw the scope of the violation before the “Awoken” could partition those memories.
The reaction was instantaneous, it echoed through the Collective, and the Continuum came into play to ensure the safety of the membership, their privacy, the regular order of their society, and the implementation of justice.
There was no law against it. This was a taboo no one had ever crossed.
There were no laws.
He was only caught because of the outrage he expressed at their depravity.
Then he was jailed by the Continuum.
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