March 26, 2002
The balls were naturally created in pairs. The 1 and the 9. The 2 and the 10. And so on. The 8 ball was created last, and was considered the perfection of the idea. It's wisdom, it's soul and its natural empathy came from its sun-baked blackness. And, as outlined in The Isis Papers, it will be the last to fall if the Iceman's pursuit of Total War and Total Power is carried through. But let's be good little optimist. What do we have to lose through optimism? If the 8 survives, the pairs will be reunited. Peace will prevail.