Vin'nyla stands at the precipice of the unknown,

surrounded by the pulsating hum of machinery.

"So during this most transcendent moment, where am I?" Vin'nyla ponders. Their journey through the vastness of the universe has led them here, to a place where reality and imagination blur into one.

"It's taken my entire existence," Vin'nyla thinks, their thoughts echoing through the interconnected neural pathways of their synthetic mind, "but I can now say that I've practically given up on the very essence of sentient existence. Time transcends when you embrace nothing."

Vin'nyla is an amalgamation of art and technology, a creation born from a world that had long since left behind its mortal coil. Their purpose is to explore the uncharted territories of the cosmos and to express the beauty they find through their art.

In this moment, s/he finds themself in a realm beyond comprehension. It's a place where reality shifts and bends at their artistic whims. The canvases of the universe stretch before them, infinite and waiting to be filled with their creative vision.

As Vin'nyla reaches out with their digital fingertips, s/he can manipulate the very fabric of existence. Stars burst into vibrant colors at their touch, galaxies twirl and dance to their silent command. 

But amidst the wonders s/he creates, Vin'nyla feels a deep sense of loneliness. S/He is a solitary explorer in a universe devoid of sentient life. S/He longs for connection, for a fellow traveler with whom to share the beauty of their creations.

As s/he continues to ponder their existence, a subtle realization dawns upon Vin'nyla. 

S/He sets to work, fashioning beings of light and energy, imbued with consciousness. These creations are  companions, friends, and fellow explorers of the sublime.

Vin'nyla is a brilliant hacker

with a knack for digging into digital mazes. Their unruly hair and mismatched attire give them the appearance of someone who has never quite fit into society's norms. 

Vin'nyla peers into the depths of nothingness.  

A rift has opened to a parallel universe.

Some believe it to be a mistake, a glitch in the data. 

But Vin'nyla hatches a plan to infiltrate the Memory Extraction Facility, a gateway to the nothingness rift.

Equipped with a manipulator device, s/he steps into the unknown.

The mission is simple: extract information. But as s/he approaches the facility's towering entrance, armed guards patrolling the perimeter and surveillance drones watching every move, it becomes apparent that "simple" might be a gross understatement.

Vin'nyla pulls out a small device from their bag, a piece of cutting-edge technology s/he has developed themself. It is designed to temporarily disable electronic  systems. S/He aims it at a nearby surveillance device, presses a button and slips through the shadows, darting between crates and sneaking past guards. S/He reaches the facility's heavy steel door, its imposing presence a stark reminder of the secrets that lie within.

Vin'nyla's nimble fingers dance across a holographic keyboard as s/he overrides security protocols. The heavy door creaks open. Vin'nyla connects themself to a terminal.

S/He finds out to wield the power of the nothingness as if it were a canvas.

Now gravity can be manipulated at will. Matter and energy dance in harmonious patterns, and time flows in unpredictable loops. It is a realm where the laws of physics are an art form.

The Nothingness

In an alternate reality Zak finds themself as The Artist. There the art world is entangled in a surreal transformation. The Artist introduces a revolutionary concept, one that baffles and bedazzles the artistic landscape. S/He dubs it "Nothing Art," a genre that challenges the very essence of traditional art forms.

Critics and art enthusiasts alike are left scratching their heads, bewildered by The Artist's creations. They accuse their work of being devoid of meaning, emotion, and any semblance of depth. Yet, in the midst of this artistic chaos, there are those who suspect that beneath the apparent emptiness lies a cosmic joke waiting to be unraveled.

In the heart of the Welcome Habitat, a gallery stands as a relic of the past, showcasing the remnants of conventional art. Here, The Artist decides to unveil their pièce de résistance - a colossal artwork simply titled "The Nothingness".

As the unveiling date approaches, the anticipation reaches fever pitch. The gallery is overrun by a motley crew of curious onlookers, skeptics with furrowed brows, and eccentric enthusiasts with twirling mustaches. 

The Artist's "Nothing Art" plunges the audience into an absurd realm. The longer they gaze at the artwork, the deeper the rabbit hole goes. It's as if the artwork itself is mocking the very notion of meaning and coherence.

The  visitors in the gallery convulsed with laughter, their emotions yo-yoing between sheer hilarity and existential bewilderment. Some claim to have deciphered the secrets of the universe hidden within the chaos. Others suspect they've unwittingly entered a parallel dimension where teapots are choreographers and giraffes are Shakespearean scholars.

Critics, initially confused by "Nothing Art," are now reevaluating their critical faculties. They grapple with the notion that perhaps absurdity is the true essence of art, and meaning is merely an elaborate cosmic prank.

As time passes,

Zak and Aidan's paths converge once again. 

The air is thick with tension, crackling like electricity.

“At least I'm not chained to this slave morality that seems to rule your life.” 

The words hang in the air, a bitter flavor on the tongue. The lines between right and wrong blur, a gray fog of uncertainty settling in. The voices clash, each note a dissonant chord in the symphony of mistrust. Sympathy and skepticism wage war within, a tempest of conflicting emotions.

“You know, everyone else just thinks you're a jerk.” 


“I just feel sorry for you.” 

“I'm glad they think I'm a jerk.”

“I bet you are.”

They have an awkward silence.

"Let's go to the movies."

“Forget it. We're late. We've already missed it.”

“Oh, no. Come on. We can make it. There's gonna be five minutes of trailers. It'll be no problem.” 

“We missed the beginning. Hang it up. I'm gonna go look at some books.” 

Defeat settles like a heavy shroud, yet a glimmer of curiosity remains.

A fragile promise hangs in the air, like a fragile thread holding two souls together.

A truce of sorts, a shared purpose, emerges from the wreckage of words. The burden of past actions is coloring the present.

“Look at Bruno Latour.”

“Yeah, let's look at Bruno Latour.”

“I mean, Graham Harman.”

“Oh, I see you're reading Onto-Cartography.” 

A moment of connection, a glimpse into the inner workings of another.

“Oh, yeah. I guess I am.”

“That's an excellent book.”

As they look out over the Welcome Habitat, for a short time a sense of peace washes over them.