Procrastination has waged war with me. My arch-nemesis and half-brother of indecision. He comes to avenge his sibling's crushing defeat. The retaliation was expected. Yet, for reasons unknown, I am only half prepared.
Time still remains to prepare myself, I am consumed by the thought of it. Action somehow eludes me. Clarity shines its perspectives everywhere, and Understanding stands shoulder to shoulder with me.
Determination desperately seeks counsel and insists on drawing up plans for battle. I acquiese and give her a postponed date. She is not happy, but has grudgingly accepted it nonetheless.
I stand overlooking a vast swathe of my existence. My empire. If only you could see it from my eyes. The vista is beautiful and humbling. As a child, it was a play field of discovery...today, there is so much at stake.
"Individuality, we must overcome this," I murmur.
I turn my head slightly to see him step up behind me. He feels what I am consumed by and nods slowly. His expression is grim. He doesn't take kindly to challenge. He is wise, yet ruthless when it comes to anyone questioning my sovereignity or my realm.
"Freedom has expressed her concern, your Majesty. She strongly advises a counsel with Determination and Energy. We must complete our stand."
I nodded slowly. I knew I had to meet with them, but something was holding me back, my mind suddenly veered away from the conversation as I caught sight of an upliftment soaring majestically past.
I was suddenly filled with a need to ride into congnizance, I scarcely noticed Energy enter.
I turned to find her sitting a little away from me on a chair, crackling in irritation.
"What word of our counsel gathering, my lady?"
"I...need to clear my mind."
"Forgive me, but I sense an avoidance..."
"No, no...Energy, you are mistaken..."
"I speak out of turn, I know, but please, you must understand the urgency...the.."
"I understand! We will hold counsel, as soon as..."
"As soon I have completed my ride into congnizance, for a review...I feel I must do this."
"My Lady, this is your seventh ride into cognizance; what do you intend to find, you must speak of an intention, otherwise..."
"I know what a cognizance ride requires, Energy..."
"Then I request permission to ride with you."
I stared right at her. Her fiery aura was beginning to take on an electric hue. I had to smile; such loyalty, such raw, brute passion. What was I waiting for, when my trusted instincts were armed and ready? I had no answer. The questions and diversions were many.
Individuality's sudden conjunction broke me out of my reverie. He opened his eyes and looked straight at me.
"It is Freedom, she has something important to tell us. We must meet with her immediately."
"Is all well?" I asked, suddenly concerned.
Energy was already gone. Individuality extended his arm, he didn't say a word.
We approached Freedom's chambers. She had been confined to it since Procrastination's declaration of war. Her protection was an absolute requirement. However, bounding Freedom to chambers was a dangerous act of self-defence. She would not be contained for long. We had to act quickly.
Energy spoke the words to Freedom's chambers and the doors heaved themselves open. We entered to find her restlessly pacing before us. She looked up and her senses enveloped us instantly.
Experiencing Freedom's sense is to be stunned and breathless and overwhelmed to the highest degree. Until now, no one but individuality had been able to pair with her perfectly. They were joined in Energy's infintismal burst when the empire was first conceived. Only they truly understood each other's essence.
She rushed forward and enveloped us in her flow. She touched palms with Individuality. I was lost in abandon and needed to sit down. She knelt and touched my knee, and slowed her breathing. I opened my eyes and looked at her. Such weightlessness, such beauty.
"Are you present enough," she breathed.
Energy was stemming the flow; I was more connected to my ground realities now. I nodded again.
She sat back on her haunches and flopped to the floor, crossing her legs and cocking her head to one side.
"What holds you back, have you narrowed down the possibilities?"
"Why did you summon us, Freedom?" Individuality interjected.
"I must know this first, Indiv, it is important..."
I suddenly felt like I was back in infancy modus. Deep training, in the dead of night, while the outer world slept and all was unlocked. I sensed Energy's glow, and felt annoyance at the way they congregated around me.
"Nothing holds me back! Nothing!" I spat out.
"She is overwhelmed still...Energy..."
Energy sighed and her wattage pulsed down to the dullest glow I had ever seen. It frightened me. She eyed me with disappointment and walked out into the antechamber.
Freedom turned to me and smiled. "Tell me, please..."
"This is infuriating! I do not know! That's why I intend to do a cognizance ride, this time, I think..."
"Let Energy ride with you, Thought will come to your aid, but Reason will only come if you ask the right questions...you must know what you are looking for, only then will it manifest from the eternal sea of cognizance, you already know this."
"Then why REPEAT it?!" I asked stubbornly. I stood up in rage and made my way past them, striding toward the door, when I stopped mid-step.
"...Purpose, where is he hiding?"
"Why won't Purpose meet with us?!"
Individuality stepped in front of Freedom, as if defending her.
"Your Majesty, Purpose was banished to incubation, several years ago, by your command."
My head began to spin. Part in anger and part in disbelief.
"You were not pleased with his manifest."
"That's impossible! How can you say that?!"
"It is the truth, the war with indecision was long and fierce...it was during revivification, you blamed indecision's attacks on the empire on Purpose's lack of merit and substance..."
"How can that be...!," I stammered, I felt impotent and vile. My eyes began to burn.
Individuality stood his ground. He was too sure, too absolute. He could not fathom the sense in my outburst.
"What was Purpose's first manifest?" I asked breathlessly shaking from newfound resolve.
Freedom looked at Indivuality with a sudden glimmer in her eyes; she smiled at me like Hope would in the darkest times. I would have given anything to have Hope here now; but she was far, accompanying Courage to help summon and build the armies.
"You have identified your first question for cognizance, my Lady...now...we begin our ride to unlock the answer."
Energy was already back amongst us. She smiled and strode out calling for our transship. Individuality walked past and clenched my shoulder, nodding. He would ride with me too.
Freedom embraced me. "Remember, Procrastination's power is subtle but immense. He understands your weakness and strikes at the heart of it."
I nod. "Then this ride could be..."
"A diversion...yes...but it is where your answer to winning this war lies. Be brave, let nothing hold you back. May Courage's spirit ride with you. ."
"And Patience with you."
She smiles knowingly, and we embrace again.
As I walk out, my uneasiness is slightly abated as I think of my comrades joining me. I am not alone. The journey's magnitude settles on me once more. As I walk, I see them waiting for me. Understanding is at the ship's helm. I nod in acknowledgement.
My mind equips me almost without hesitation, I am clothed and sheathed. I step on to the transship and we ride out to into cognizance.
End of Part one.