Their Days Are Numbered is a new year-long project authored by the collective Entropy community. It is a collaborative online novel written by the Entropy community on a weekly basis. A different author will write the next “chapter” each week, to be posted every Tuesday, following the previous post from the previous week, and following a very limited set of guidelines (that each author has one week to write the next piece after the previous week’s installment goes up, that installments should range between 150-1500 words, and that pieces should somehow incorporate a real-life occurrence, current event, news item, or other happening from that week).
Follow the entire “novel” here: Their Days Are Numbered.
The forty-fifth installment is presented this week by Alexander J. Allison.
This was the turning point. Once the pictures went public, the focus changed. For all we had marveled at our discovery, the same feelings were now soured with outrage. The reports put perspective on our actions, our choices.
The journey back loomed. What was it we were returning to? Would they really give pause to hear our side?
We spent the final evenings getting our story straight. There were fights for the noble parts. Not all can be noble. There was no leader to these talks, but there was a scribe, sketching a script in the dirt. Each was made to read their part in turn, learning their lines and cues.
When complete, most of this account held true to what we’d been through. Most, we decided, was enough.
We sat at a distance from the remains, feeling their presence.
Alexander J. Allison is the author of The Prodigal (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2013). He lives and works in London.