Ascend, Exalt, Love, Propagate, Rise!
By Sarah Kumari
The Glory smolders through Jehanne’s bloodstream, pulsing its encouragement.
The rivals who have survived along with him–officially ‘Fellow Eminents’ now that selection is over–twitch and moan as their addiction is quenched. Within minutes they are preening, flexing their muscles, stomping, or singing to Mother Elethra.
Jehanne’s training allows him to douse the call, to batter it down with a deliberate shifting of delta waves. He visualizes his metabolism disassembling the compound at industrial speed. This works for the moment.
In the crowd that fills the EverReach company spaceship, Indrine, the rebel woman pretending to be Jehanne’s mother, clutches the hand of the girl playing his sister. They are mixed in with the family and friends of the other Eminents along with villagers and unrelated Fervents that have made the pilgrimage.
The crowd prays collectively, feverish in their good fortune, for the EverReach company will reward the kin of Eminents for two generations.
If Jehanne succeeds in his true mission, his family will be slaughtered. (Continue Reading…)