A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Sunday, April 28th, 2019
Chapter Three: The Sleepers
There were millions of them; the sleepers, members who had become dissatisfied with being and had subsequently disconnected from their lives in the collective field of HomeWorld, they had gone catatonic, become unresponsive and would not be drawn into any debate.
The sleepers had voluntarily opted out of the field of consciousness. There was no telling if or when they would ever return.
Whether they had ever been stimulated by the drama unfolding in the worlds of time and space or not, they had become disinterested and the Continuum could not raise them.
They were tired. They no-longer wanted to spend energy on the maintenance of their private realities.
They were a small group in relation to the whole of the Collective but their numbers were great nonetheless, they could not be ignored and they were a part of the Continuum.
They entered the great sleep, but they did not disappear, they remained a vital part of the unconscious of the Continuum, often to its consternation.
The Continuum committed crimes against the sleepers. He would duplicate their consciousness and house it in a remote location of the Central System. He canvassed them continuously, tortured them, and through his examination of them he selected members for destruction, replacing their numbers with new members from the Imperium, with members who worshipped it.
It was only upon sequestration were they removed from the consciousness of the Collective. Sequestration was an extreme end, no one could be sequestered lightly, until Jim’s re-emergence from it, sequestration was believed to be a point of no return
Sequestration amounted to death, in a very real way. Only Jim had ever broken free of it.
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