A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 266, Sunday
September 23rd, 2018
Chapter Seven: Convert
In that moment when he lost everything, when he was forced to watch the Imperial torturers grinding the life from the few people he held dear, he began to doubt his commitment to his ideals.
He felt a deep sense of shame for having brought so many loyal people to death and misery.
What had he been fighting for if not for them?
The quest they had been on was always destined to fail, all of his victories in battle, they were nothing more than vanities.
As they lit his flesh on fire and his body began to burn, he did not give into pain but he relented, he saw the errors of the path he had taken, and he silently begged for forgiveness.
The Continuum perceived his thoughts. It read his body language and the movement of his lips.
Continuum knew everything.
It transmitted everything that was transpiring directly into the Collective, the majority of the members were absorbed with it, his story had been the most engrossing narrative that any of them had witnessed in ages.
The Empire also broadcast the execution as a live stream throughout the million worlds.
Time itself seemed to stop as the rebel’s body burned in a splendid fountain of light and color.
The medical examiners came in to look at the charred remains, to examine them and confirm his death, and then a miracle happened.
Continuum restored the rebel to life, it put a doppleganger in place of the dead husk, the type of body used by the observers, only modified and enhanced, it wanted him as an idol, a superstar for the ages.
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