V is for Vitrification

It’s impossible to say where the structure first began to crack. It must have been somewhere hidden away, some dark and secret place where the damage wouldn’t be seen until it was too late. Or perhaps it was somewhere plain to see, and no one knew what they were looking it. Maybe the entire system was too complex for a layperson to interpret, and as it began to break down around them, they were helpless to understand.

In any case, the records clearly show that once structural damage was noticed, it went completely ignored. The inhabitants of the structure came to view the damage as a strange but harmless quirk. They found beauty in the fragmentation of their home, in the splintering of the world around them. “Oh, that’s just the way it is,” they would say. “Oh, that’s how it’s supposed to be.” “Oh, isn’t it quaint!”

Attempts were made to correct the damage, but the structure’s inhabitants actively resisted. “You don’t understand! Who are you to come here and tell us what to do?” Further attempts were made, but finally abandoned.

Needless to say, the structure inevitably collapsed around the inhabitants. Rescue attempts were ultimately fruitless save for two survivors who refused to speak to each other.

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