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Reconciliation Council report A-53, statement by James 72A
We’ve been flooded with anonymous submissions. The recorders – Mary and Beatrice and I – have had our hands full reviewing them, determining which ones are legitimate, and transcribing them for the archives. Some of them have been sent electronically; some have been in writing. One was scrawled in some kind of oil on a scrap of sheet metal. I thought that one was a prank but Beatrice looked at it and decided it was probably a real statement. She’s transcribing it and it will be the next report in the B group.
Something else Beatrice noticed: the statement is about more missing memories. That’s what caught her attention. Something seemed to bother her when she read Julie Corzon’s statement, about running into that Empath from Report C-10. Something bothered her when we received C-10 in the first place, I think. Not that it’s easy to tell with Beatrice. Empaths are usually good at concealing output from other Empaths, and it’s always hard to get a read on her. But Mary was reading C-10 out loud when we got it – one of the written ones, on a sheet of paper like they used for the older charts in Medical, a clean one that wasn’t even reused with some other patient’s notes on the back. Mary got to the part where the C-10 Empath was wondering if she could use her ability to make people forget things to make people think she’d died. That’s where I got something from Beatrice, a little ping. Not like she was scared. I don’t think she is the C-10 Empath, although Mary had that idea. It was more like Beatrice was curious, like she was interested, like she was dying to know how C-10 did it.
Looking at the new anonymous submissions that have come in this week, there are a lot of missing memories. I just hope the C-10 Empath is responsible for all of them. I hope she was just running around trying to help people by wiping out little corners of their minds. Otherwise there’s another conspiracy going on: someone – probably in Government – trying to hide something else. It’s been hard enough to do these dialogues as it is without uncovering even more corruption.
I’m not sure this was really what Ana was thinking when she proposed the Reconciliation Council. She thought people would come forward to air their grievances, and not only would they be willing to sit face-to-face with their oppressors, those oppressors from the Councils would be willing to sit there and hear it. We can see how well that’s worked out. People aren’t even coming forward now. They’ve decided the dialogues are over even without Government making an official announcement. At least they’re still telling their stories.
I went to the paramania ward yesterday to tell Ana what was happening. She must have been sedated. All she said was, “David, I’m proud of you.” I’m not sure who she thought I was but she smiled at me like she really was proud. It sounds ridiculous, but that made me happy, as if it were me that she was proud of anyway.
©2016 Michelle M. Welch