Interlude IV: Backus

Backus was an old man. He'd seen how the Empire had transformed from its small, humble beginnings, to becoming the continent-spanning behemoth that it was today. It was a different time, back then; back when Denominators weren't treated like the scum of the earth.

"Gramps. Have we seen all the exits yet?"

"Not yet, little Olivia," the elder addressed the curious girl by his side. "We have one more to go."

"Okay..."

As the pair continued on their merry stroll throughout the scorching-hot Furnace, the elder coul

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### The Least Common Denominator VIII.I Integral Calculus

We should've had enough time."Sis! The guards are closing in!"I gripped my katana with grim determination; its edge still left dull due to my attention being poured on to other projects. I didn't have a rifle on me, but it wouldn't matter in the long run."What do we do now?!" Behind me, a few of my motley band of fellow Denominators shouted out, mostly at me. "Crimson!-""I know, dammit! Stay calm!"It w

### The Least Common Denominator VIII.II Integral Calculus

"Took you long enough!""C'mon! What do we do?!"I suppressed a nervous chuckle from escaping my lips as I turned to my detractors. I honestly wouldn't blame them. I would've left a long time ago if I could."We're not escaping. Not by a long shot," I began, noting the gasps and cries of some of my fellows. "They've blockaded the only way out of this place. The only thing we can do is fight!""Fight?!" a burly Denominator shouted incredulously. "You're sending us out to die?!"

### The Least Common Denominator VIII.III Integral Calculus

Battle cries rang from both sides of the fight as we waited with bated breath for the Decimals to begin their charge. The blazing, hot fires around the Central Hub visibly distorted the air as whispy mirages of the enemy forebodingly continued their approach."GET READY!" I shouted at my ragtag army from behind the veritable wall of Denominators blocking access to the Central Hub. "THEY'RE COMING!"*THUD! THUD! THUD!*I tensed up as the march grew louder, their footfalls now reverberating through my body as the Decimals now visibly lined up in front of us. We waited...

### The Least Common Denominator VIII.IV Integral Calculus

"Did we win?""Already?"I could hear my fellow Dens on the front lines ask themselves the same question I'm currently repeating nonstop on my head. The veritable army of Decimals that I expected to eventually overwhelm us through sheer numbers had retreated...And I didn't know why."Sis?" Beside me, Olivia already looked at me with something resembling pride and accomplishment. "We won, didn't we?"Quite

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"Move forward!"

### The Least Common Denominator IX.III Differential Calculus

With a start, I took off; my feet almost leaping off the ground as we rushed ahead of our front line. The roaring heat of the surrounding vats washed through my face as each step felt like a lungful of humid, super-heated air; my hair flapping through the wind in long, heavy clumps while my eyes struggled to remain open for me to spot a potential opening for our attack."Stick close!"We only had one shot at penetrating this wall. Better make it count."On my mark, 'Livia!""Got it!"It wouldn't be long now till we hit the blockade, perhaps just a few more seconds of running at ful

### The Least Common Denominator IX.IV Differential Calculus

This was a problem.*CLANG! CLANG! STAB!* One-two parry quickly followed up by a visceral stab to the poor tin can's neck.With every Decimal that we manage to take down, two more seemed to take their place as we stood dab smack in the middle of the enemy forces. The scenery around us was like a fucking massacre; dead bodies piling up around the small circle that we claimed for ourselves as we shakily held our ground. As the seconds ticked by, each swing started to become a challenge, and if this keeps up, we're bound to get overwhelmed before we can even manage to get my signal out.*Crash! SLICE! STAB!* A side-

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