A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 267, Monday
September 24th, 2018
Chapter One: Gatekeeper
He became an icon of hope for the ordinary citizen.
His was an example of a life rewarded after the experience of incredible suffering.
He was a symbol of re-birth, of clemency and mercy.
His former compatriots in the rebel movements were stunned by the turnaround. They were bewildered.
Some called the whole drama a charade, and renewed their commitment to fight against the Empire, others hopefully gave up their rebellion desiring to follow their leader wherever he went.
The Continuum followed all of these narratives, passing on the drama and the excitement of the sudden shifts in alignment and circumstance to the Collective.
The rebellion would never go away. The Continuum had no desire to crush it, and therefore the Empire had to allow it to persist, despite the fact that they had the power and the technological sophistication to root it out.
Those narratives remained as riveting as ever.
New stories emerged, the stories of rebel soldiers, rebel families and rebel clans, turning piously toward the Empire and seeking forgiveness, but they were not always welcomed, not always forgiven, they suffered at the hands of their persecutors, just as their leader had done.
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