Once upon a time there was a TV series–a fabulously famous series whose franchise aired 354 episodes and lasted 17 seasons–and on one spinoff was the most intriguingly evil vampire-like race (reminiscent of the manipulative Castithans now on Defiance) with reptile eyes and white skin.
These humanoid predators travel their universe, silently hibernating in their phantom ship, until one day our heroes stumble upon them. Awakened and famished, the beings cull humans of an entire planet, keep them in cold storage, and drain their lives in their leisure.
Unless you’re a scifi nerd like me, you probably haven’t guessed that this hostile race was the Wraith of Stargate Atlantis.
At the end of the series, I sympathized with these beings. A few want to change their wicked ways and live without sacrificing humans. They go so far as to develop a hybrid race who want to be more like the humans they victimized. This was the concept that inspired the Nadirians and Trinidad, the point-of-view character.
Yes, Trinidad’s a predator, but a respectful predator. Yes, she paralyzes humans and sucks their days, but apologizes to her victims and hates the term Daystealer. But she isn’t sorry for stealing tears to sympathize with humans, and she doesn’t regret her mission to save humanity from her own people, leading them into a new way of existence. She would say, “At least I’m not a Wraith, a Lifestealer, stealing all their days like the Cides!” Well, she can deny it all she wants; she’s still a Daystealer.
A Daystealer isn’t just a fictitious race; it’s a fact of life. We all have daystealers–people, activities, or devices that can steal time. With me, I spend too much time on the computer or watching TV, saying I’m relaxing or learning, investing in my mind, while minutes, hours, days slip away as if stolen.
What about you? Do you have any daystealers in your life? Are you allowing anything to suck away your days?