I suppose you think escaping the village was enough. It certainly must have seemed so while you were contained within.
I wonder: did you imagine it would be simple from this point onwards? That there would be no further security measures? That it was a simple journey from here to home; only a handful of sleep until you lie safe, your child safe in your arms? There’s something almost charming about that. The naivete of it, perhaps. The thought that, honestly, everything would work itself out after this point. So wonderfully innocent.
But you’ve several steps ahead of you yet. Projects Anima and Kraken await you, as do the Friendly Robots, Cardiac Spiders, the Penanggalan, the Dvigatel’ Smerti, the Aborticide floors, the room closest to Hell…
… not to mention that child of yours, long since remade in our own, most radiant image.
But that’s the best thing about innocence, though, isn’t it?
Taking it away will always be the most delicious pleasure of all.
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