Gen – Birth and Connection

  Forever It took me three cycles to reach level seven, and another ten cycles of intense training to advance to level twelve. At level twelve, there are only two choices. Become Gen, or die. Vala says that I’m almost as fast as a Gen already. But I’m still bound to this world and this flesh. Now that the birthing is so close, I’m filled with doubts and fears about becoming Gen. Will I lose myself? Who will I become? People say that the Gen reject emotion. Some say that they don’t feel anything at all. Is that what waits for me? A cold and empty life, as an intelligent, energy machine? Vala isn’t like that. She and I have been together, in love, for the last ten cycles. What if Vala is a rare exception? What if my love vanishes when I become Gen? Right after our bonding, I…

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Gen – Hands of Power and Light

  Lines and Symbols A ring of buildings surrounds me, miles high. Sunlight flows down the edges of the buildings, through light pipes, and brighten the walkways far below. This is my city, the largest in the world. Today,it seems tiny, as I imagine the endless world that the Gen live in. When I get home, my rooms feel too small to hold me for the long hours until day’s end, and my meeting with Vala. After a short rest, and a light meal, I wander the city until I reach the streets and parkland near the school. Day’s end finally comes, and I stand by the great archway at the school’s entrance. The hard crystal windows of the school are dark, the entryway a wall, sealed until tomorrow. The communicator is off. If I wait here, will Vala come? No. This is a challenge. She expects me to find…

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