The pen had been passed down for generations. In the early days, it must have been kept out of utility. Then perhaps for reasons of family heritage. At some point, the upheaval would have made owning such a thing culturally inappropriate. Knowledge was centralized, sorted, and approved by committee. A pen would have represented a break from centralization, being offline, and would be individual.. unauthorized.
This was written and narrated by Syeed Ali.
It was written pen-and-paper and transcribed in its most raw form. This was not a "short story", "flash fiction", "a draft", or the like. This was an entirely-unplanned writing without further editing that went where my mind went and which I can best describe as world-building.
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Thank you for listening.