Robert Jenkins Journal Entry 1
Date November 2, 2042
ID sded654ff
Burst 2

From the personal audio journal of Robert JenkinsNovember 2, 2042

“It’s becoming harder and harder to tow the line being forced upon me. I’ve just returned to my hotel room after spending all day in one of their bases where I was poked and prodded at — even given a polygraph! I suppose I ought to thank my, uh, mysterious benefactors for <R334…> giving me the training and tools necessary to pass the poly without incident, but I’ve got to admit… it scared the shit out of me. They sure are thorough with the questions.

Why don’t we start with… I dunno… why the hell I’m even a candidate? I know for a fact that they only want the best there is. The whole world knows it, and some of the other candidates are beyond larger than life. They all seem practically invincible, have scores of accomplishments under their belts, and here I am… a small timer whose greatest public accomplishment was putting down a minor political uprising. In Canada. I am certainly not invincible, and if I’m meant to go up against groups <...993...> like the Long Dragon Syndicate then I’m going to get my ass handed to me. Hell, I swear some of the testers were laughing at me behind my back. I don’t think they were used to a recruit being so, how shall I put this… inadequate?

Why me? What makes me so damn special? This isn’t the first time I’ve been chosen for something beyond my understanding and ability, and frankly it kind of stinks feeling like a marionette for someone else’s hidden agenda. The… people… who turned my life upside down knew that I would be chosen for recruitment, but how? Especially considering I quite plainly don’t belong here – did they somehow influence the most powerful organization on Earth? Perhaps they ARE the most powerful organization on Earth? Christ… what if those who recruited me are the same as those manipulating me? What if they knew I would say no, and so orchestrated this entire thing to ensure compliance?

I can’t even begin to wrap my head around all <...444> of this, but at the same time I have no choice but to continue forward. Thankfully this will all be over by the end of the year. I only need to stick with it, pass their tests, find my way into their confidences, and survive the first few days. At least that’s what I was promised.”