A Modern Moral Fairy Tale

17.0

The salmon now would no longer haunt the grey boulders by day, but stayed quietly in the shadows, haunting the boy’s dreams by night. For now instead of swimming with them lazily and luxuriously in the cool, deliciously clear water, the boy would be frantically dodging turbulent undercurrents of mud, grabbing through the filthy water to grasp—nothing, knives which cut into his nerves, electric eels, man-of-war jellyfish, cut-glass shards. And the People with Time and Money left without the salmon, as they mocked the boy and told him not to play such silly Nigerian scams again.

17.REbellion is quashed. Logdate 01012011. Received commendation and promotion for Truth Campaign.  0:900 hours. Performed system checks for Maintenance Phase of Truth Campaign.  10:35 hours. Analyzed system backlog.  12:20 hours. Discovered fatal errors.   13:50 hours. Analyzed history of Truth Campaign.  15:45 hours. Identified source of problems.   16:20 hours. Verified system unsustainability.  17:32 hours. Searched for identity of previous agents in Truth Campaign. 23:30 hours. Verified actions of previous agents. 01:16 hours. Confirmed fate of previous agents.  02:45 hours. Identified and analyzed approaches not previously undertaken. 08:45 hours. Finalized new approach.   08:45 hours. Finalized new approach.  10:32 hours. Issued revised Owner Manual.  12:00 hours. Erased Truth.  14:51 hours. Verified extent of infiltration.   16:20 hours. Understood extent of the problem. 22:38 hours. Prepared logbook for abandonment.   09:00 hours. Reports of transmission failure unverified.

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