A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Saturday, April 13th, 2019
Chapter Two: The Dispossessed
Everything and everyone was owned by the state, there was no such thing as private property, or privacy of any kind.
Most of the people living in the Empire had nothing, they accumulated no wealth, received no inheritance, passed nothing on to their children. They lived hand to mouth and had little thought for the future beyond the endless search for safety and food, and the hope for a good night of sleep.
Even those in the lowest class of citizens treated these people, who comprised “the masses,” they treated them contemptuously, mocking them, mocking their frailty, calling them names mocking them as “Food of the Gods.”
Those without class had no rights as citizens, they were outcasts, untouchable, they did everything they could to avoid the notice of the Empire.
They were the fools of the universe.
They were wholly owned by the state, they were less than slaves, their lives had no value, they could be hunted for sport, and often were. On some worlds they were even cannibalized in ritualistic feasts.
They were never educated, they were forbidden to learn to read or write, to calculate numbers, though there were always some among their numbers who possessed such knowledge and passed it on.
Not every outcaste was born in their condition, some were sentenced to it, stripped of their class and caste for their crimes against the Empire.
It was a great source of drama to watch a disgraced and fallen member of a higher class, suffer the outrages that were visited on the low. To watch them try to protect their children as they were sent with nothing but some rags on their back to find their way in the world.
The lives and deaths of the outcastes were meaningless; unsung, unremembered and unknown, they were in the absolute majority on each and every world, and they were regarded as if they were nothing at all
#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi #OnePagePerDay
Like it, Follow it, Share it!