Prologue: The Fortunate: Born of the Unfortunate

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Chapter 1: The Fortunate; Born of the Unfortunate

I have never quite understood the human mind, and doubt the day will come that I ever fully comprehend such a masterpiece. The workings of such a beautiful labyrinth will never cease to amaze me. Upon reflection, I am astounded at how nearly every human mind has the power to receive, interpret, and send signals to millions upon millions of nerve cells in the body almost instantaneously. Even harder to believe is the fact that humans use only a small portion of their brain at a time, which awes me to think of the greatness that could be achieved with the use of their brains to their full capabilities. On top of all this is the fact that all humans possess the one thing coveted by my people, which is the power of emotion. When I say that emotion is powerful, it is no exaggeration. Emotion has been the cause and end of wars and disputes lasting generation after generation of the human race. In many cases, emotion defines humans as who they are. Altogether, being a human is a gift, a privilege, and it saddens me to know that some humans take this privilege for granted, and abuse the mind and bodies that have been gifted to them since the time they were brought into this world. If they knew what I knew, they would put their lives back into order. If they knew what I knew, there would be no self-pity. If they knew what I knew, they would come to a point in self-actualization that they would not only know, but understand how lucky they are to be human.

I, as you may have already guessed, am not human, although you wouldn't have known if I hadn't already told you. I was born in a society not as fortunate, a society of what is almost human beings, where a vast majority of it's citizens are born without some of the gifts that categorizes humans: the gifts of emotion and thought. Approximately 289 of 290 babies are born emotionless. They grow up as drones, mindlessly performing what tasks are needed of them until their lifespan is over. For the entire lives of these children, there is no happiness, no thought of changing the way their life could be. The other baby, regardless of any factor that might influence it, is born special. These infants- forever imbued with emotions- grow up to be the great philosophers, inventors, scientists, and doctors of our generation. Not only are they the great people of our generation, they are the only people of our generation with the capability to do so. Because our race doesn't repopulate as fast as humans, we have a small amount of these people in our society, and it is a constant struggle to keep our race from extinction. Our overall population fluctuates from as high as a hundred and fifty thousand to as low as fifty thousand at times, leaving only a few hundred "thinkers", or so they're called, to expand industry and improve technology for all. I, and my twin brother, were born of those lucky few. I often like to refer to us as the "fortunate: born of the unfortunate".

My name is Gabriel. I was born a thinker. I have a brother by the name of Marcus, And the conditions of our births were extraordinary. Marcus and I are twin brothers, and Marcus is also a thinker. For a mother to have twins, which is already rare, and to have both of them be born thinkers is unthinkable (pun intended). My parents' names are unknown to me, because we were taken away from them at a very young age to live in a colony with others like us. Life there was hard. Unlike other children our age, who needed no education to work one profession for the rest of their lonely existences, we needed the toughest of educations, to further the technological advances of the community. If 289 people can't think, that means one child must do the thinking for them if we ever expect our race to flourish and improve, like our role models, the humans. We learned in school about our race, which we call the humai, in which the name states our goals as a race, which is to be as close as we can to the humans. Ever since we've developed interstellar communications, we've been studying the humans closely. Before then, we thought we were the only intelligent life in the universe, but when we found them, everything changed. More and more thinkers were devoting their lives and careers towards this seemingly magical race of beings, and the more we learned about them, the more we yearned to be like them. By observing them we've learned much more than we could know on our own, especially about the humans themselves. For example, we learned that their brains are much larger than ours, and, because of that, their minds run much faster and they are much more intelligent. It was truly a breakthrough when we learned that humans only use a small amount of their brains, which baffled us. We, whilst using all of our brains, aren't as intelligent as humans who only use some of theirs. That was surprising to us, and that's when we learned with a surety that the humans are indeed a superior race. We had only learned this by looking at their planet with our finest telescopes, and we constantly yearned for more. And today, we, the humai, after many years of preparation, are going to get more.

Today marks the start of the greatest event ever recorded in humai history.

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