Predericon in Darkness, Part 5

Day 93. 98 pages, 41,700 words.


The works of the Future Lost comprise a
Series darkness of statements, records and
Verse allegedly recovered from a
Small community of life-forms from the
Distant future. The settlement appeared
Inside a remote but populated
Autonomy in the Capital Mind
Hinterlands it beckons that was part of
The Qori Federation; after the
Region was compulsorily acquired-

Some of the theria, she’d found, were grouped into slightly-inefficient stacks of four, five or six run-on theria that comprised tiny stand-alone data fragments – as paradoxical as that might sound. They didn’t readily mesh with other blocks, unless enough of them could be gathered together into a hundred-thousand-strong topic cube. This was something of a puzzle all on its own, with the different sizes of the run-on theria and the different subject matters that would only fit together given an appropriate theme.

The puzzle was at once made easier and more difficult by the fact that almost all of the run-on theria had anomalies in them, and these almost always joined up when assembling a topic cube.

-By the Firstmade Plurality, the High
Council of the Corporation and the
Elder Convention, it was renamed as
‘Mastelvale’ after the name given to
The settlement in the alleged works
Of the Future Lost. Organic matter
Inside the settlement had perished at
The moment of relocation, but – though
Its molecular markers showed most of
Mastelvale’s matter originated-

Almost always, but not always. And the natures of the anomalies were staggeringly diverse. Some of them, Predericon was increasingly convinced, even changing their nature in an organic fashion to reflect her own situation and circumstances.

-From does it not beckon within Qori
Federation borders, and all of it
Originated from The Centre – the
Designs, writings and physiologies
Found in Mastelvale corresponded to
No known extant species. Translation and
Study of the works of the Future Lost
Allowed researchers to ascertain that
The settlement had been dislocated
From some point in the theoretical-

Data that adapted itself to the reader’s context … and data errors that did the same, with rather too much awareness and an inappropriate level of subconscious persuasion.

-Eighth Age by an entity known as ‘The
Elyard of Old High Torphon’. The name
‘Torphon’ lent credence to the theory
Of future Time Destroyer involvement.
Mastelvale sealed by Relth authority
And the legal strictures listed below:
Firstmade Plurality Grand Order 2
Firstmade Plurality Grand Order 9
High Council Special Order 3/7
Elder Convention Clause Gathyn 13.

Predericon rose to her feet – as always, doing so too abruptly made her head spin briefly and her eyes ache from the shift in ambient light – and circled the archive at about one-quarter depth.

The blocks and shapes scattered around the edges of the light-filled depression and melded into the floor were, according to the Bookwyrm, old fixtures that no longer had any accessible functionality without the interactulix to facilitate it. And Predericon had long since tried all of her remaining scanning equipment, and found this to be true. But she was convinced that they could still serve a purpose – and that the purpose was spelled out somewhere in the tapestry of errors.

She passed the Bookwyrm, and the looming figure handed her a soft golden-brown cake of Bookwyrm-matter. She took it absently, popped it in her mouth, and waded back into the light.

She sat, narrowed her eyes, and went back to her search.


– Posted from my Huawei mobile phone while sitting in the carpark.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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5 Responses to Predericon in Darkness, Part 5

  1. stchucky says:

    Now I just want to write a story about Mastelvale. Unconscious inspiration from Welcome to Night Vale I think.

  2. Aww, you made it into a golden-brown cake! For me?

    Hey, this is pretty awesome stuff. Future civilizations wiped out…

    Now, you have every excuse to sic Doctor Who on them! But, will you use her?

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