The Story of E (II)
“But!” The old professor says to his students with eyes wide open.
“No one has any clue how this peaceful and prosperous society arrives. The dots are not connected in history. What has happened during the ‘lost 200 years’? What was it like? Aren’t you curious?” The professor says passionately while kicking away rubbish piling over the nasty platform.
“The wheel of history keeps rolling and rolling. Our time has forgotten how we got here today. Everyone is feverish about swapping. We swap tokens, time, souls, and yesterday’s leftover coke cans. No one cares to swap those for the truth of history, thin as air coins. Fewer show interest in funding dream chasers like us. Recorded chain information barely reveals the look of that time, as history is being increasingly neglected.” That being said, a glimpse of vicissitude flashes over his face. The next moment, the then smash-hit young dreamer finds his way back.
“We are ‘warriors’ as the world calls us. We are energized by our urge to unveil history. We are dreamers who brave uncharted areas at no cost. We want to bring back the real history to the public.” Genuine thirst and solid determination for the truth are increasingly traced in the old man’s eyes.
“And you guys are the rising stars of this world.” He pointed at his only two students, in a gesture to arouse feelings for a classic scene from the antique movie, The Great Gastby.
“Professor, you are not Gastby. And maybe you need a glass of wine,” said one young man.
“Ah… that’s not important. What’s important is that we still have hope, and you are here. Even if this time we fail. I have faith in you. The revival project will definitely take off the next time it is relaunched.”
This is not the first time. The professor always delivers passionate speeches. But this time things may change. The deficient fund may lead to failure or even suspension of the project.
Just as the speech carries on…
“Beep … beep … beep…”
“What’s that sound?”
“He wakes up! He wakes up! Come here, professor!” An outburst from the two young men adds some excitement to the other way of the dull room. The old man makes some strides towards where the exciting noise comes from. Champagne is expected for this initial takeoff. The old-aged walks, however, to the operation desk and carefully wraps up the last several operations, making sure no faults escape. As the calmness drags the young men back to reality, they return to their seats and dive right into work.
The three exhausted people are found subsiding into their chairs a few hours later. Thirty years of unremitting efforts have finally paid off with enormous progress just in time to stop any potential shutdown of the project. E is eventually revived. That unknown history of the last great era is finally gonna be revealed.
To be continued…
The writer says…
This is a rhapsody for the Metaverse. It will be unfolded in a flashback and will focus on a group of people living in 2422 who love digging into history and seeking truth. They are exploring a period of time that is mysterious to themselves as well as you, who are reading these words. I try to present the story in a relaxing way but forgive me if there is any loose logic since it sometimes became as choppy as waters when I think about metaverse.