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Ruthanne Reid

The World of the Sundered

It's amazing what humans can adapt to handle.

Generations have passed since a deadly flood covered the world in black, eerily still water that kills on contact. Only tiny islands remain. Even with the massive loss of population, barely enough room remains to stay out of the water, much less procure food and shelter.

That's where the Sundered come in.

No one knows when they arrived. No one knows why they came. Maybe those facts don't matter in day to day life, but three things do:

1. The Sundered have power. Power to affect matter on the atomic level, though it can cost them their lives to do it.

2. The Sundered are mentally broken. They're also telepathically sensitive, and susceptible to focused human willpower. They can be "claimed," controlled, and thus used as tools.

3. The Sundered alone, in all the Earth, are immune to the black water.

These are important facts.

Who produces food? The Sundered. Who can safely procure water for bathing and drinking? The Sundered. Who alone can build on the tiny patches of land to give protection from the elements?

You get three guesses, and the first two don't count.

Wherever the Sundered came from, whatever their original goal was, they are now essential to the survival of the human race. Claiming them has become part of general education. Controlling them is the only way to live in this flooded, barren world.

It's a pity that claiming them makes them die.

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