He is living proof -- for now, at least-- that turn-of-the-century public education does have its success stories.
2486 – born June 11
2487 – biological father dies
2488 – Wakana is born
2490 – begins classroom education
2496 – enrolls at Athens Junior Academy for Humanistic Enlightenment (a department of the University of Allied Studies, Athens campus.)
2504 – at age 18, becomes eligible for the academy’s Offplanet Apprenticeship program; joins small extra-Athenian research team
2507 – demolition of Athens
2509 – first encounter w/ what would become the crew of Lady Blackbird
subject: Ha ha, you’re someone’s mom
Congratulations on the birth of my nephew!
As requested, the Mayan dreamspell for 06.11.2486 is:
“Destiny: Yellow Resonant Seed
I channel in order to target
I seal the input of flowering
With the resonant tone of attunement
I am guided by the power of intelligence
Analogue / like-minded power: Blue Resonant Eagle
Antipode / challenging power: White Resonant Wizard
Occult / hidden power: Red Resonant Earth
Guide: Yellow Resonant Warrior”
He appears to be some kind of biological tuning fork.
Good luck with that, sis!
Kazuto Correra’s genome is written all over his face, and it says “It’s complicated.” His family tree is an asymmetrical wonder. Its growth shoots off wildly from side to side, lower branches crumbling to dust as the top branches become heavily burdened with leaves and fruit, and just as the entire genetic lineage seems too insubstantial to support its own weight, a new twig is grafted over here or an old root suddenly shows signs of vegetative growth, way down there where only a generation ago it was too dark for new shoots.
Kazuto’s ancestors were proud, but not foolish. Traditions mutated and evolved over the generations as superstitions were discarded and replaced by empirical real-world wisdom. By the time they left Earth-That-Was, the humans who would become Kazuto’s ancestors had accepted that Earth was a womb, and that humanity’s first real shot at life in the big jungle was about to begin.
As a child growing up in the Georgia system, Kazuto understood that he had a privileged life in that it was relatively free of futile suffering, agonizing dilemmas, or unpleasant surprises— other than the death of his father. But Kazu was less than one year old when it happened, so he has no recollection of
the man and in lieu of grief, Kazuto often wonders what their relationship would have been like.
Kazu was his mother’s first child; she married a close family friend shortly after Kazuto’s second birthday. And then Mom began to grow, and then Wakana arrived.
Wakana and Kazuto do not share a biogenetic father. Paternity was a meaningless bit of semantic information as far as their daily lives were concerned; it wasn’t until Kazu was almost a double-digit that he really understood the difference between a “sibling” and a “half-sibling.” Rather than motivate any ambivalent feelings toward his (step) father and (half) sister, the realization caused him to become more curious about the emotional lives of his three parents. Kazuto felt proud of the living father his mother had chosen for him, and impressed by the love the man had shown him in the absence of a direct genetic connection. As he rested within the experience, Kazuto’s brain began the process of reorganizing itself to accommodate a much larger concept of the world.
The Correras were thrilled to learn Kazuto’s results on the elementary school entrance exams— he made it into the top entry-level cohort; turns out he was at least one year younger than most of his classmates.
The Correras were, believe it or not, less thrilled by the news six years later that their very bright ten-year-old had been invited to attend a highly selective University of Allied Studies magnet school for pre-adults who show exceptional talent and potential in… …the humanities. With tuition waived, of course.
“Why couldn’t it have been oh, I don’t know, regenerative nanotech?” —is what Kazuto’s parents were both thinking as they cheerfully signed the admissions forms and hoped for the best.
It is important to distinguish between “alliance” and “The Alliance”. Humanity is now in a position to guide its own evolution, unbound by the economic and spatial limits of terrestrialism. Terrestrial reality, however, made homo sapiens what we are today. We have been irrevocably separated from our most ancient and steadfast source of wisdom— our Mother, Earth— to find our own way in the ageless Darkness.