The class started at 8:30 in the morning. Now it was 7:00 A. M.
[sound of early morning traffic and some birds]
[annoying sound of an alarm clock]
MATINA - Yawn, Aaah, waking up so early for the history class is just cruel. Unfair. Sleep. Need. Sleep. Snooze.
[Clock ticking, annoying sound of an alarm clock]
MATINA - Noo, snooze!!!
[Doors violently opened]
AROA - Hey there, are you awake! Get up!! Up!! Don't be late again, you know you have to ask your history teacher about the book.
MATINA - I'm not a superhero or something, I just want to sleep now, aaaargh fuck.
AROA - I made us a coffee, come on, up you go!
MATINA - I hate that Spanish passion and bursting with energy right now.
AROA - It's 7.30
MATINA - Aaah, shit, I'm late again.
AROA - Yeees, I know, hurry hurry
[Doors closed, bus arriving, walking in an empty hallway]
MATINA - Shit. [Breathing in. ]
[Knocking on the door]
PROFESSOR - Ahh hello! It seems you are late for your first class! Not the best way to start the semester, is it?
MATINA - I'm so sorry. Um you wouldn't believe me what happened anyway.
PROFESSOR - Ahh don't worry, time is relative they say. Take a seat, and tell us your name and where you come from.
MATINA - Well, my name is Matina, and I come from greece as part of the erasmus program!
[background noise of guy lecturing undiscernible with a lot of reverb]
The history lesson carried on. Professor João, being a world class expert on Portuguese golden age of discoveries era was also a modest, down to earth person. He was known to be very friendly, helpful and welcoming to students. Some considered him to also be quite excentric.
[no more background sounds, we are back to the class]
PROFESSOR - While 155 brave men departed into this dangerous and great unexplored teritorries, just 50 of them returned. But they returned in great glory. They were the first to find a direct route from Europe to India. The first to make a world-changing discovery. The great book of history has the name of Vasco da Gama written with big and important letters. It is difficult to say how much us Portuguese people, even 500 years later feel proud of him. Not just important history books -- bridges, streets, even shopping centres and pastelarias carry his name. Matina, you're from Greece! I'm pointing to you with my laser pointer just so that I ensure you're not sleeping. It's not a health hazard so don't worry.
MATINA - Um. Yes. I'm not from Greece. I'm sleeping.
PROFESSOR - That's great. We know you had a bad economic crisis in Greece. What do you think about investing in science and exploration even in the times of crisis.
MATINA - Hm. Yes, it was quite bad. But I personally believe that science is not just an expense. It's more like investment. I'm sad our science is in a such a bad state. If we just live to survive, with no passion in our lives, without culture, faith, religion, music, whatever makes us feel alive, we cannot go forward. I think it's people, not money that drives countries forward. That's why I think it's expensive to save on science and all other inspiring things. Some guy once said that mind is not a bowl to be filled, it's a flame to be ignited.
MATINA [echo voice] - How full of shit can I be even at 9 am, impressive.
PROFESSOR - Impressive speech dear colleague. The guy you quoted is Plutarch.And just that flame the colleague mentioned. What is it. What is that urge that drove people to go so far, far away from their countries? What is that made them leave their home, change safe and familiar surroundings for cold wet boats en route to unknown. Is it fame for finding new land? Being remembered in this thing we study that is called history? Having streets named after you and people passing it from generation to generation? Or something more altruistic? A desire to help your country? Or is this just something deep inside us that we can't explain? Is it possible that just like a bee searches for the flower, some of us humans desire to explore and satisfy our curiosity? I'm still not sure. If somebody has some good answers be sure to share them with us during next class!
Thanks for being here today. See you next Monday!
[noise of students chatting]
MATINA - Um, sorry professor, do you have a minute for me?
PROFESSOR - Of course. I really liked what you said. If only more people in our government agreed with you. University would be in a much better state.
MATINA - Ah, it's everywhere like this these days. I have an important thing to ask you. Umm. How can I say that. We found a book. My friend and I. It looks very strange and it's in a language we cannot understand.
PROFESSOR - You found a book?
MATINA - It's not that simple. It has some stuff about codigo de praxe written.
And um. It was really strange how we found it. Um we just found it at the church, there was lot of moonlight shining on the place in the church through the windows. And the book. It was just laying on the tomb.
PROFESSOR - Uhm. Book!? Which church? Which church did you find it in?
MATINA - In a church near the University. The new one you call it, I don't remember the Portuguese name.
PROFESSOR - Sé Nova!? Oh dear!
How did it look like?
MATINA - It's all black, leather. It has no words written on it, just pictures of a spoon, scissors and a club.
PROFESSOR - Spoon. Oh dear! Symbols of praxe. Oh dear. Oh dear!
MATINA - Sorry, are you OK?
PROFESSOR - Yes. Don't worry (says it very unconvincingly).
Could it be...
MATINA - Could it be what?
PROFESSOR - I have to check. Listen to me Matina. This is very important. Very, very important. Do you have the book here?
The teacher was looking around himself suspiciously as he said that. Matina was starting to feel uncomfortable.
MATINA - Is everything OK professor?
PROFESSOR - Matina please tell me, where is the book now?
MATINA - It's at my place.
PROFESSOR - You have to bring me the book. Right away. I don't care if you have classes or exams, anything. I will arrange that you are excused of anything. I have to see it right away. We have to check but if you told me the story right. There's no way you could know this, yes. Matina, it's probably just some old book somebody left. But if it is what it could be. Oh dear. If this is what I think it could be. I cannot explain to you how important... How precious this book is. Matina. Please. Go home and bring me the book right away.
MATINA - I'm getting a bad feeling about this now professor.
PROFESSOR - Don't worry. But please, hurry up. And don't worry. It will be OK.
MATINA - OK, I'll bring it to you in an hour.
PROFESSOR - I'll be in my office.
[Noise of the faculty, becoming distorted slowly]
PROFESSOR - [thinking, with a lot of reverb]: Is it possible. After all these years. After all these centuries.
[silence of the office, sound of turning papers]
Is it possible this is it? Wait, it says here. The book can be discovered exclusively after being exposed to the illumination of the secret invisible book. Secret invisible book can never be seen directly by humans. It can only appear after capturing the quantum information about the state in a noisy medium. That is why some scholars believe it's authors decided to hide it from ourselves. Hide it until the civilisation becomes advanced enough to develop capabilities to accurately image world. The discovery of photography. Communication fast, clear, expressive and vivid enough to transfer pictures from person to person. It is not clear what the reason to do so is. But great deal of researchers speculate it is a way to protect us from that knowledge. Probably knowledge of great influence. Not available to us for our protection. Until we are ready.
[in reverb thinking voice again] But she didn't tell me about the photo. It couldn't be it. Are we ready? Could this really be it??