Created for the After Fantastika issue of Fantastika Journal, which considers science fictional and fantastical handlings of time.
This is an interpretation of the mythical figure of Kairos, the personification of the decisive or active moment. Kairos is traditionally depicted as a man with a golden forelock, the back of his had bald, with wings on his feet carrying a razor. He tips the balance.
This iteration of Kairos is inspired not only by myth, but by the lifestyle and culture of the Ama-San, or Japanese pearl divers. They actively seek, pursue, return to the surface for pause before re-submerging, continuing their hunt, in a series of actions that provoke and encourage continual change, as opposed to one seismic moment of opportunity.