The Code Chronicles

The Code

Ah, come in, come in. I see you brought your bible. Good, good. You best get used to keeping it with you wherever you go.

Let’s do away with formalities. If all goes well, by the end of the day we’ll be much too close for handshakes.

Please have a seat. Would you care for some wine? I Turned it just this morning. Excellent. No, I insist. I’m quite capable of pouring a drink. I don’t feel nearly as old as I am. …There you are.

Let’s cut to the chase, shall we? I know everything there is to know about you. I know your past, and I can see your future. I can hear your thoughts and look into your heart. And I invited you here today to prepare you for your destiny.

Please don’t interrupt me. I know you have many questions about The Code. All in good time, all in good time. Time, you will soon find, we have in plenty. No, let us not begin with the question, What is The Code? And begin instead with a simpler question. Who am I?

I have been known by many names. In the year of our lord, 890, I went by the name Formosus the Good Looking, Keeper of the Code, but in this day and age, I much prefer to be called Mo. To my knowledge, I was the first Apprentice of the Code, and remain to this day the youngest, Chosen at the mere age of seven. On that day, I died and was reborn a new person.

Shortly after that, my Master was killed on a cross, and I was left to stumble on my own, in search of the Code. Luckily, after three days, my Master returned to teach me the most important Lines of Code—Eternal Life, Salvation, and Divination. He showed me how to find hidden Lines and Decipher them. And he warned me never to Transcribe the Code or it would surely be stolen. Then after three days, my Master died again, for the final time, and I was truly on my own.

For 800 years, I searched for Lines of Code. Each discovery was an exciting and mysterious puzzle that sometimes took years to Decipher. You see, finding a Line was the easy part. Then, with no clue as to what would happen, my task was to Translate the Code. Sometimes I was lucky, and I found a Line that required no Components. Simply Translate. But more often than not, the Line needed Components, some material—water, dust, fire, breath—something solid to complete the Alchemy.

I see you’re eyeing my robes. Yes, as you are clearly wondering, each pocket holds a Component. There are over a hundred pockets here, and each has the potential to create or destroy. You need only speak the correct words and offer the correct Component. I soon learned to keep the Components close when I was Translating. Imagine my reaction when, after five years of attempting to Translate a Line of Code, I finally thought to add water. I had been expecting something truly spectacular, truly powerful, but instead, when I offered the water and Translated the Code, I Turned water to wine for the first time.

Where was I? …Ah, yes! 800 years. Finally, after 800 years, I discovered the Line of Code I had been seeking. For you see, ever since my Master had Chosen me, I had been truly mesmerized by the thought. What had compelled him to Choose me? Why had he broken the Laws of the Code and brought me back from the dead to be his Apprentice? Surely he had used some Line of Code, perhaps related to the Divination Equation which allows the Translator to see into the future. And so, finally I discovered that Line. Providence, the Equation of Fate.

At the time, I was living in Rome, studying my bible in a quiet corner of town. I Spoke the words and instantly saw what can only be called the Threads of Fate. They shoot out of people, interweaving with each other in complex patterns, holding us together. And the stronger the Thread, the stronger the Fate. Imagine my intrigue to behold the strongest Thread came from my own chest, the other end disappearing into the distance. I had to know with whom I shared this powerful Thread of Fate.

I was off at once, following the Thread as if it was as ordinary as any other path through the park. The Thread led out of town. The quest to discover my Fate would be quite a journey indeed. It took me through many towns, across many countries, into feuding lands that might now be called France. I was lead to the royal palace.

Come now, don’t look so bored. This has more to do with you than you think.

At this time, it seems pertinent to share some things with you. Until that moment, I had believed Providence to be a Line of Code needing no Components. I had Used the Line many many times in my long journey, and upon arriving at the royal palace, I was shocked to discover that I no longer resembled the young boy that had been brought back from death over 800 years past. I had aged for the first time, with each utterance of the words that kept the Threads visible. What only amounted to days with each Use had accounted for years of time. I now resembled a young man of perhaps eighteen years. Never had I imagined that my youth could be a Component. Alas, I was naïve. I proceeded, ever the more determined to glimpse my Fate, convincing myself that it was fitting to appear older, wiser, to no longer resemble the child I had once been.

Using the Code to deceive for the first time, I ventured into the palace unseen. It did not take long for me to locate my prize—a royal prince of perhaps eleven years. I allowed my Cloak to dissolve, and our eyes met instantly, much the same way you and I shared our own meeting earlier today. At once, the boy knew that there was something special about me, something powerful drawing us together. Powerful indeed. I had journeyed far for this moment. Eager to begin and too foolish to consider the consequences, I made the young prince my apprentice.

What happened to my princely apprentice, you ask? That is a long story. Charles was his name. At first, Charles was amazing. Only a boy, he was curious, eager to learn, and moldable. But as time passed, Charles began to change.

For Charles wanted to be king. He was the youngest of three sons, and the political scene at the time was unpredictable. The country was often on the brink of revolution. At first, it was only simple Lines of Code, harmless really, and always in secret. Our safety depended on the secrecy. But as time passed, Charles began to use the Code for political gain, against my wishes. For you see, it was not enough for Charles that he would live forever, never go hungry, and had all the knowledge of the world at his fingertips. He wanted power over people.

I can remember the exact moment I began to regret choosing Charles. The day he killed his own brother and made it look like a freak hunting accident. I asked him to repent, to abandon his mad plan to take the throne, but he would not.

Against my better judgment, I left Charles. I could no longer stand to look at him, and he would not heed my words. I took what I could from him and returned to Rome, but I knew in my heart that Charles was no harmless boy. He had become a man, and he knew much of the Code. I took comfort in knowing that I did not teach Charles the three most powerful Lines of Code, and I did not teach him how to find and Translate new Lines. Charles would grow old and eventually die.

In fact, I had kept many things from Charles out of my own pride. I alone knew that the Code was hidden in the pages of the Bible, and I remain to this day the only one who knows how to find it. I truly believe this is the only reason why I am still alive.

Why did I tell you that the Bible holds the secret, you wonder? As I said before, I can see into your soul. Never have I met someone with such pure, good intent. By the end of today, I intend to show you how to find the Lines of Code.

If all goes according to what I have Seen, by the end of the day, you will be the Keeper of the Code.

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We are all writers and know what's it like to publish a hub and wait for someone to leave a comment. Please take a moment to rate this hub and let me know what you think about my writing, and I will come visit your hubs too! Also, feel free to use the group arrows below to navigate to the next hub in the serial. Most of all, thank you for reading!~

~ACSutliff

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ACSutliff 6 years ago Author

This would be the prologue for the science fiction / fantasy novel about the new Keeper. If I ever got around to writing another novel. Gotta finish the first one! :)


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BumptiousQ 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

Intriguing. You hooked me with the narrator's opening lines to his visitor. Raised immediate questions in the reader's mind: Why does the visitor have a Bible; why had the visitor best get used to keeping it on hand at all times?...The narrator is interesting -- mysterious and clearly involved in an ongoing mystery of Biblical proportion!


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Having read this, I think it would possibly make a good story for a film. It does have the ability to make you want to find out more which is always good.


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ACSutliff 6 years ago Author

Thanks for reading! My mom said it reminds her of the De Vinci Code. Which I suppose would be a good thing, if you like that kind of book. But it wouldn't really be like that, so the comparison is a bit off anyways. :) I often find myself wishing my novel could just be a TV series, and that would end up being true for this as well.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

I wish I had your imagination :-)


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ACSutliff 6 years ago Author

Thanks De Greek, but I'll let you in on a little secret of mine.... Most of my ideas come from somewhere else, not my own imagination. Sometimes it's a dream that sparks the creation of a story, or the antics of the kids in the classroom that I'm subbing for. This short story was inspired by a tabloid in the break room at work. "Send us your money and we'll make your dreams come true using the alchemy code that is hidden in the bible!" It was really hokey, but gave me a great idea. =D

Thanks for reading and leaving the comment!


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M Selvey, MSc 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Your writing is captivating. The voice in the opening is very good, very believable. I have never read the Da Vinci Code but I found myself reminiscing about the Celestine Prophecy as I was reading this.

Look forward to reading more!


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ACSutliff 6 years ago Author

Thanks for coming by, MSC! I appreciate your positive feedback.

I will check out the Celestine Prophecy and write some more as soon as I can!


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lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

This was very, very good. Finish this. The Celestine Prophecy is a great book. There are ways that you could make this book very interesting. I can see it unfold. Please persue it. You are a very good writer and I want you to succeed at this. Anyone who can write sci-fy is brilliant so go for it. I am rooting for you all of the way!


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ACSutliff 6 years ago Author

Hey again, Lisa!

Thanks for your strong encouraging words. If you have read Harry Potter, then you might have a good idea of where I plan to take this. Finding my voice will be difficult, but this world is calling to me! I am almost finished with chapter one, and I will post it soon. (My forward, which is this hub, is not my natural writing style. I love the one sided conversation, but I would never write a whole book like this.)

Thank you for rooting me on!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

Very interesting and very cool. :)


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ACSutliff 6 years ago Author

Thanks for stopping by K! I posted the first chapter of that novel that I mentioned, Dillon Custod and Keeper of the Code. It is linked to this prologue by a hub group. Check it out!


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bluejay900 6 years ago

I thought it was amazing! It was a very cool beginning, and made me wonder what was going to happen next. I really think you should finsih it!


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ACSutliff 6 years ago Author

Thank you bluejay! I am working on doing that right now. Check out the next part. Right below the spot where you vote on the hub, click the arrow going to the next one, called Dillon Custod and enjoy!

Thank you!


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silverfoxygirl108 6 years ago

Different, interesting, and completely new all at the same time! It's an intriguing beginnging. :) keep it up!


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ACSutliff 6 years ago Author

Silverfoxygirl,

I'm glad to intrigue you! This serial has an introduction and three chapters related to it. They are grouped together, so use the arrows to get to the next one.

Thanks for coming by~!

~AC


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

I was compelled to come back and read this prologue for some reason... it was even better the second time. It really makes you want to read your story. You sure know how to write a prologue. :-)


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ACSutliff 6 years ago Author

Oh My Kim!

Thank you for saying that. You have really brightened my day! I'm glad to know that this is worth rereading. THANKS!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis

Um...can I have the code please? I love the immediacy of this, that is, the way the reader is told he will become the keeper TODAY. It made me want to finish this story TODAY. Ha! But alas...there isn't time, so I'll have to continue later....


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ACSutliff 6 years ago Author

Wouldn't it be cool if there actually was a code that could do all this cool stuff? I'm pretty sure you have read parts of the later hubs in this group.... You have reminded me that I started another hub which has not been published, to try to explain what happened to this specific Keeper, who is not a part of the rest of the Keeper of the Code hubs that follow this one. In other words, I never finished this specific storyline, but I had good intentions to do it, and I would very much like to do that for you. Maybe it will happen this weekend!


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tom hellert 6 years ago from home

You asked the question about why i am hear I have a 3 part Hub on when I died and that I came back based on this hub- Please let me know whatcha think Great hub-

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ACSutliff 6 years ago Author

Tom,

Wow, that sounds interesting! I'm on my way over right now. Thanks for reading and writing your own hub based on mine! That's awesome! I enjoyed your comment!

~AC


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Jael Turner 6 years ago

AC,

I like the tone, I like the idea..I would like to see some action. Have the narrator get more into the story in detail. Have the story drift off into a flashback, or have the narrator restart and say, "Let me begin at the beginning." Keep it up. Jael.


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ACSutliff 6 years ago Author

So I guess I will confess, my purpose was to make you want all that stuff, so that you have to keep reading. This is the intro to my fantasy serial about Dillon Custod and the Keeper of the Code. The DC chapters are grouped with this hub.


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