Trial by Water
Upon Gin and Rev’s arrest at the hands of the Arbitrator, Nel follows his friends to the aquatic ward of Blame Outward Justice Inward. More
Nel Hanima lives in Seattle of 2089, a citizen of the newly organized Western Union. Life has stabilized since his childhood, when he lived with his parents in the Queen Anne community bunker. Government has been reestablished, and order restored. Famine and disease no longer run rampant, and the economy has stabilized. But still, the trees and grasses grow browner. The Sound continues to rise, swallowing up neighborhood after neighborhood of Nel's youth.
A faint tug drags at Nel day after day. The suspicion that his life is without purpose or meaning or hope grows ever stronger.
One night, he falls asleep in his apartment and awakens in the City of Nowhere, an impossible conundrum world of inhuman citizens, where time and space are an illusion and paradoxes run rampant.
As Nel explores the city, he meets Giniip Pana, Rev Merveille, and Drogl Belgaer, humans from alternate versions of his world's timeline. Together with his new friends, Nel works to unravel the mysteries of Nowhere, to learn how he came to be there, and discover not only a way to return to Seattle, but also the purpose and meaning his life has lacked.
Upon Gin and Rev’s arrest at the hands of the Arbitrator, Nel follows his friends to the aquatic ward of Blame Outward Justice Inward.
It is approximately 11,000 words long.