If you are reading this letter, then I have become no more than a story – a legend. I have been taken by the enemy. They are everywhere. Whether or not this is the beginning of the end is up to you to decide and act upon. I managed to catch one final word with Pau just before they finally caught up with me. We met under the moonlight, while the night was young. He looked as distressed as I am, though he said he’s only tired. He recounted the past events since our last meeting just yesterday – the fruitful Student Dialogue on Global Cooperation, the Summit Dialogue with the Straits Times editor (check file #0000583wf), the Arts Masterclasses, the visit to MediaCorp, and finally dinner at the Bugis – and shared some of his thoughts. Global cooperation, though plagued by vested interests and prejudices, can still be a way to come up with solutions to the problems we are beset with. After all, we are all in this together. We are greatly interconnected in this day and age that our actions today in one place may affect someone’s actions tomorrow on the other side of the world. We cannot wait for our own governments to act for us; we must take personal action. It may seem small, but if we are able to work together, the results will be exponential. That is why summits such as this are important, however insignificant it may seem in the grand scheme of things. The reason our secret organization has managed to survive and become effective for so long is while we accepted such realities, we did not let it consume our pursuits. Working together will require the help of media. Media is not perfect, but with proper discernment and accuracy, it is enough. After all, media is still growing, especially with the recent developments in technology. Pau frowns after voicing this thought. The APYLS Summit has been life-changing and eye-opening for him, to say the least, and he is sad to see it end so abruptly. I tell him that the real challenge is holding on to the connections he has made throughout this summit, because all we have in the world is each other. Our organization has attained so much throughout the years, but every day is a fight for survival. We can no longer depend on remaining a secret. Ensuring the growth of people such as Pau, from the Philippines, and the rest of his fellow delegates in this summit, is a way for us outsource our ideals and methods. Though the enemy is everywhere, so are we. I would to congratulate the higher-ups for a successful campaign, because as far as I see it, this has been a great win for us. We have the assurance that our endeavors will be continued by today’s youth, who are more resourceful, creative, and energetic than ever before. While there may be hope for humanity, hope has run out on me. If not for my good friend Pau, I would not have been able to write this letter. Yes, I have told him what he needed to know. I am happy to know that I will not die in vain. Just before I took my leave, he told me about his feelings for ____. I told him to remember how he became a leader in the first place. He smiled and we parted ways.
On behalf of the late Agent X44,
Pau from the Philippines