A Future Chron Story.
Sometimes you don't know you aren't free until the state's coercive force is used against you. And then you learn you are only free to do what big brother allows. But sometimes you can break free, not by force, but by passion for the pursuit of your dreams.
"To Tend and Watch Over" is a story in the Future Chron Series. This series of related short stories published by Future Chron Publishing ranges from near future to far millennial, from familiar Earth-based settings to distant worlds.
This is hard science fiction, old school.