“Any sign of rebellion – which is to be expected from the start of a time transition – and a creature’s life time span is reduced in proportion to the rebellious act: not getting to work on time gets you a zing of pain and several minutes taken off your life span – one gets notification on their body incorporated TimePad. Attempting to alter your TimePad by means of a Time agent physically disables you weeks at a time – a flu microbe or a dysentery bug in your blood stream to name a few – and sets you back a year. Becoming a Time agent makes you an outlaw although you can get redeemable months if you agree to become a double agent, evidently.”
“This planet isn’t unlike Earth,” Labaguette remarks.
“All insubordinate creatures’ bodies altered by time particles morph into sand, bit by bit and that visibility makes you live your life in the shadows, hiding, like your freshly deceased friend, who found alternative, lucrative and fraudulent ways to trade, when your body transforms into a muddy like yet more sustainable appearance. Time creatures can affect anyone else’s longevity through the institutions’ constant and coercing control. Time control is the most powerful tool ever and you’ve landed on the most powerful planet in any universe: iEarth.”
“You’re no different,” Birdseye remarks, “your hearts are controlled by clocks.”
“We’re evolved. We’re modified. We’re free from time constraints.”
“It’s a protected secret. I could tell you, but I’d have to kill you and I’d be condemned because the clocks in our hearts keep us at a perpetual, regular beat via an honour and integrity module: skip a heart beat and the clock registers it, signals it to our own central clock and activates an execution order.”
To be continued…