The Simple Lie of Her Majesty Maggii McPeach Volume 0 : Invitation to the darker side

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Before one can enter the Particle Priestesses Pyramid of pure possibility you must first crave that which is invisible.  It wasn't an overexposure to gamma rays that made my eyes evergreen; it was genetics.  Exposure to pure phosphorous, however allowed my hair to be this shade of glowing iridescent purple; thankfully my addiction to the chemistry of colors has beneficial side effects.
 
 The spectrum of sensation drives my arbitrary ontological investments in illusions of individuality.  Depending on which experiment we expound upon in fundamental matters, we define our true reality without absolute certainty.  The senses can be deceived as our brains tend to filter and sift through learned misconceptions of alleged limits.  Planck's constant conundrum of the quanta of light and its influence of photoelectricity captivate me; defining the spectral flux density by my personal radiance.  Physicists are beings of great faith akin to conjurers of magic making the impossible possible only to move on to the next enticing improbability.
 
  Among my multifarious talents I am typically known as a physicist or modern-day alchemist, personally I consider myself an electromagnetic enchantress.  While seeking the purest unadulterated representations of the energy emitted from specific elements I absorb their beauty into my resonating being.  In the midst of my Radiant relations I express my passion best through my love affair of composing music with no notes whereby experimentally feeling the subatomic structural cognizance of sound, air, and energy.  Control via the lack of physical contact has always fascinated me, therefore I embody the instrument that sings like a woman that never needs to breathe.  Only upon majestic request are my soundscapes typically heard as my dexterity with the theremin is legendary throughout the lands.
   
   Most recently I received an intriguing invitation to perform for nobility who seek the darker side. What do you do when you are summoned by a darker side?  Prior to a solitary symmetry shift I fine tune my gifts.  Courageously venturing into the Vector state by decree of with my royal peers, the Sovereign Scientists, I am made aware of my true mission.  I understand that to deny the advice of my fellow spectrum seekers could inevitably entangle positive and negative forces.  Entanglement can then lead to an inability to distinguish the separation of darkness and light making conclusions cloudier than electron and positron collisions.  
 
 The processes of physics work through physical failures in order to cultivate the connections of the invisible. The guidance of the Sovereign Scientists was to pursue the possibilities and trust in my training to increase my resolve.  They encouraged me to strengthen my enlightened essence and familiarize myself with the darkness.   Aiding in my timespace transmutation I jot phase equations in my journal of joules.   Participation in social engagements is initially for the extraordinary energy of entertainment, yet I immensely enjoy demonstrating the depths of ingenuity.  
 
 By generating waves of gravity that ripple through the surface of spacetime all eyes are on me.  The fractal fabrication of my dress promotes my powers of persuasion magnifying my ideals beyond normal.  Is it the conversion of energy into matter or the melting of minds that makes each moment monumental?  Dark matters nor the missing mass of the unknown intimidate me. Adversely their properties and presence intrigue my imagination.  Since the universe itself can easily become unstable I choose to keep cool through a series of random quirky motions to coexist with the chaotic manner of subatomic particles.  What a sight to behold as the sounds and savoir-faire I create enchant the most non baryonic of elite. They stare at me captivated by my gravity as I disrupt magnetic fields stripping  their wallets of all worth.  Whether near or far, I appear the same; repeating myself until I reconstruct, shatter, and reassemble all realities privileged enough to share this experience.  My fluid motions intensify and zenith making me a strange attractor until for a brief time together we reach a zero equilibrium point and silence becomes the loudest sound.  As my captive audience explodes unto their peak exultation, I exit in a Lagrangian field of smoke.
 
 Existing beyond the faculties of fear and expected limitations, my studies of sciences help me to forge the future.  Back in the sanctuary of my Laplacian laboratory, I live to construct the concentrations of density fluctuations hidden within everyday energy. Informational access feeds my multidimensionality, yet ceases to quench the quantum weirdness that I experience by persistently pondering new theories for operative extrapolation.  An approaching seasonal storm highlights these defining spooky actions amplifying the finite flow.  Lattices of lightning produce a feynman diagram before my eyes as I factor the fancies of spacetime on the most fundamental frequencies.
 
 I'm inspired to create a cosmic cartograph, for navigating the electric global circuit between here and the ionosphere. Harmonizing with the Schumann resonances, while wave phenomena continue oscillating vertical antennae around me, the sprites spikes are ever-present.   Surprisingly an old-fashioned  non-localized receiver can make the middle of nowhere become a luxurious venue for optic adventurers. Souls are said to be able to synchronize with the EKG of the Earth.  Miraculously at the edge of space my light is found, orchestrating the aurora through my augmented magnetic field. Utilization of the advancement in technology of my human form makes me exceptionally abstract.  In the realm of simple lie groups I romantically glance at what is most likely real.  We yearn for the futuristic touches and material manipulations of creation, avoiding all influences of daily decoherence.  As the dark matters of the density matrix approach we are slowly absorbed into the indifferent energy of our environmental experiences.   
 
Summoning the supernatural scientist in me, I smile confidently on my quest to the Pyramid of the Particle Priestesses merging into the mysteries of my darker side.  The sole determinants of my landing location and velocity are only achieved by accepting the variegating truth of my steadfast wave-particle duality. An unparalleled exception of light and dark forces fosters true success.  

 

About the Author: 
Mariama Dafina has been described as "an enchanted soul that leaves a magical imprint on everyone she encounters". She is an amateur astrophysicist who enjoys greatly the evolution of the highly improbable life she leads.

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