Sahara Light: a Novel. Part III. Chapter XIX.

22 Mar

A special holding cottage was built by the newly elected government of Gamara at an unknown desert location to incarcerate its ex-dictator, Nessos Asriom. His penal sentence meant that he was never permitted to leave it. He was too much of a danger to be allowed to roam about freely, plotting and conspiring.

The new regime utilized the widespread popularity of Artemis worship to knit together the ergati and the city tower dwellers. New suburban housing development solved many of the tensions that had plagued Gamara society. This became a form of safety valve for the vertical city.

A new industry based on both Echolight and transilient energy distribution brought an economic boom to the entire Sahara region. The planetary center of a new light industry became Gamara. Advanced exports skyrocketed.

Hermes and Echo wed and settled at the Light Institute which continued as the home of leading research in that science.

On the evening of their wedding, the new bride spoke candidly to her spouse about what her hopes were for the future of the tower city on the Sahara.

“I don’t know what lies ahead for Gamara and its population, my love,” she said in an intimate whisper. “The Greeks have proven themselves quite mercurial and changeable. The changes of recent days have been startling and shocking. What can we expect? What lies ahead for the coming generations that will follow us?”

Hermes made a sudden warm, confident smile.

“Yes, we can foresee new questions and problems. Things will not be easy, not at all. We, though, will be better prepared by what we ourselves experienced in our own time.

“We shall face whatever arises, Echo, and so will our descendants. There is no reason to fear whatever happens here on the desert. History has taught us how to thrive on the Sahara and make it our home.”

The End

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