The Drift - Part 2


Comprehension, for humans, is something to be gathered over time. Individuals need explanation, demonstration and experimentation. Knowledge is often gained from failure. The entity that is the Drift has no need to build comprehension. It could be said that this is its failing.

Occasionally, part of the Drift splits off. New ideas and thoughts grow and individual personalities with dreams and curiosity form.  Humans have a word for this phenomenon: Drifters. They have no comprehension of the enormity of what they trivialise and mock.


“All rise.” The clerk booms his command to the courtroom.

I’m already standing, having heard the click of the chamber door. I look to see which judge we’ve been assigned. A rather large man, ruddy faced, strides in. It’s Harry Barton. Harry likes a drink and is a regular face at parties. His passion is human rights, for which he is called upon regularly, presiding over cases where there appears to have been a miscarriage of justice. Outside of the courtroom, Harry has a tendency to be a little vacant, not really socialising and appearing to ignore everyone. It’s as if he is off in his own little world.

Harry takes his place and sits.  I do the same and look at Tina and her guards. She has her usual vacant expression on her face as her guards encourage her, none too gently, to take her chair. She is still handcuffed and hits the seat awkwardly, causing it to scrape on the floor. I hear a questioning cough from Harry; he doesn’t like defendants treated dispassionately.

The only person left standing is the court clerk, Edward Cooper. “Your honour.” Edward has a loud, resonating tone to his voice, which you are forced to hear through to your core. “On the day of the 3rd March 2026, we have before us Miss Tina Rogers, the defendant, and her representative, Sofia Winters QC.” My marital status is deliberately left out so as to introduce me as a process, rather than an individual. It’s something I’m familiar with. “Bringing the case against Miss Tina Rogers is DSI Patricia Martin and the crown prosecution service representative, Mark Alexander.”

Patricia is, to be frank, brilliant. Her knowledge of law is extensive and she is a formidable police officer. She is known to be level-headed and particularly int...

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Craig Worcester
Jan 15 2021

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Wow! More please....

Janette Ostle
Jan 23 2021

I'm starting to get involved in this! Looking forward to the next installment. I love time jumps, reality jumps etc.. Nonita

Nonita Thomas
Jan 17 2021