Portia, the All-Knowing

Children of Time, 4.6: The Messenger Within

Plague has worked its way thoroughly into the heart of Great Nest until physical contact between peer houses has almost ceased. Only the desperate and the starving roam the streets. There have been attacks — the healthy assaulting those they believe to be sick, the hungry stealing food, the incurably deranged attacking whatever their inner demons prompt them to.

And yet the straining strands of the community have not quite parted, the trickling exodus has not become a flood — due in no small part to Portia and her peers. They are working on a cure. They can save Great Nest and, by extension, civilization itself.

Portia has enlisted not only Bianca but every scientist — Temple and otherwise — that she has faith in. This is no time for reserving the glory to her peer group, after all.

Self isn’t sure she buys the super-intelligent spider species, but if they’ve been able to download the contents of Dr. Avra Kern’s super-intelligent brain, and furthermore if they’re able to pass on this knowledge, from one generation to the next, then spiders DO DESERVE TO RULE THE WORLD, DAMMIT!

Stay tuned.



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