A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 320, Friday
November 16th, 2018
Chapter Five: Desire
The bonds between people, even members of the same family were flimsy, they were unreliable, but some were stronger than others.
People found one another through the things they desired most, bonding with one another through their joy and pain, they gravitated toward the same places. They were even shepherded to those places, to encounter one another through the ever-watchful eyes of the Continuum.
There was an element of contrivance behind even seemingly random encounters, the manipulations behind them were so fine and remote that the individuals involved in them had no ability to detect them.
They were cultivated for the drama they would deliver to the Collective.
Shared experiences were the strongest ties, and because of this people unconsciously sabotaged themselves, undercut their hopes for advancement, so that they could remain in proximity to those they loved.
They sacrificed their health, their freedom, their future for fleeting moments of pleasure, temporalities that were gone and forgotten as quickly as they came.
Through this medium, incredible tragedies would unfold, as ephemeral as the petals of a flower opening in the moonlight when there is no one there to witness.
Children would destroy their parents.
Brother and sisters would plot against each other.
Parents would sell their children, would devour them to satisfy their hunger for the thing they desired.
Desire would lead a person to walk with open eyes, through the gates of hell, embracing their own destruction.
The Collective thirsted for it, and the Continuum delivered.
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