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A Visit XithArcean opened her eyes slowly. There was no window in her room, but her inner clock told her it was morning. As always, she eyed the blank white wall in front of her with fright, before she remembered where she was: Organization Eternal, in Memory's Skyscraper. She was no longer on the Web. Even though she realized that every day, she still felt the wrenching pain of homesickness. Everyone she'd met so far seemed to be accustomed to strange things she had never seen before. She ran through the mental list in her head. Room, elevator, couch, table, TV, counter The list just grew and grew.
But that reminded her. She dropped
OE: Losing Heart, Part 2 [AM10] It took Catharine only a few minutes to reach the Library from her building. It was one of the reasons she liked her new "house", although she was still getting used to sleeping inside the cube of sheet metal. After all, she had spent most of her life outside or as close to that as you ever got on the Web and was accustomed to falling asleep with the deep gray expanse that was the backdrop to life on the Web underneath her. Sometimes she felt claustrophobic inside her house, but it was the only option for residence if you wanted to live on the South Spoke.
When she rea
OE: Losing Heart, Part 1 [AM10] Catharine ran along the South Spoke, her breathing even and quick. Her legs pumped in an easy rhythm, jerking slightly as every step fought against the magnetism in her boots. Squinting ahead, she could just barely make out the first of the buildings in the distance. It was a large lump, bulging out against the clean lines of the Spoke. But to her, it meant home. Catharine no longer lived near the Spider. After Rōk had left - two years ago, now - she did not see the point in continuing to make the three-hour trek to the South Spoke every day. It was the only place she spent time at, and so finally she had jo
Leaving "What?" Catharine stared at Rōk, her eyes accusing. He stepped back under her gaze, his eyes dropping to the metal on the South Spoke.
"You heard me. I'm going to go live on the East Spoke."
"But " Catharine struggled to find words to convey her bewilderment. "The East Spoke? Why?" There was an almost mythical regard for the people of the East Spoke, that strange and arcane group that called themselves "scientists". No one was sure what science they used, exactly, but there was no doubt they could do things no one else on the Web could. Catha
Catharine, age 11 Catharine ran along the Northwest Spoke, gasping for breath. Rōk ran behind her, laughing. His long blond hair flowed out behind him, and Catharine secretly thought he looked like a girl. But there was no time to think of that now. She spun around, her boots attaching to the Spoke like they always had, giving her the friction she needed to slow her momentum.
"Stop chasing me, Rōk. I mean it." She did her best to glare at him fiercely, but could not prevent a smile breaking through when he gave her an injured look.
"Or else what?"
She decided a young woman like her had no business being imperfect. Impurities had to be expelled from her life, no matter the cost. A universal remover promised to be her savior. It lived up to its commercials, doing away with the stains that disgraced her floor and some of the walls.
Would domestic hygiene free her from being flawed? Doubtful. This product guaranteed to exterminate any kind of filth. Could it go beyond the material things? She rubbed the substance on her forehead, and conjured as many negative thoughts as possible. They were recalled, only to vanish from memory a second after.
Satisfied? Not quite. Even the good recollect
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