This story was originally going to be much, much shorter. I envisioned a quick, 10-frame caption series which I could knock out in a few hours. But as happens sometimes, I sort of got carried away by the story. As it grew, I realized that it could easily morph from an individual story to a much larger picture of an entire society - as told from the original protagonist's perspective. I think I accomplished that.
However, I will revisit this at a later date, adding other perspectives. Either way, I hope you enjoy this one.