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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Emergence: Section One, Jim and Kathy; Collected Parts, I - VII

 01 A Private Sorrow, 02 Departure, 03 Loss & Discovery, 04 The Mechanics of Being,

05 Endings, 06 Debriefing, 07 Catastrophe

Emergence:
Section One, Jim and Kathy
Part One, A Private Sorrow,
Collected Chapters

Section 01, Jim and Kathy
Part 01, A Private Sorrow,
Chapters
01 Call
02 Morning
03 Lies
04 Closure
05 Confusion
06 Insight
07 Liminality
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

Chapter One: Call


Pt. 01, Ch. 01
Kathy answered the phone.
“Hello” she said.
“I need to see you,” said Jim, in his typical tone; detached.
“Café?”
“Yes.”
#Emergence

Chapter Three: Morning

Pt. 01, Ch. 02
“Coffee,” Jim orders.
“Chai;” says Kathy.
They sit in the sun, and read. It is busy.
Jim weeps, and he won’t say why.
#Emergence

Chapter Two: Lies

Pt. 01, Ch. 03
“What’s wrong?”
“I can’t say.”
“Why?”
“You wouldn’t get it…I’m not talking about it.”
“I don’t get it.”
“I said as much.”
#Emergence

Chapter Four: Closure
Pt. 01, Ch. 04
Kathy sensed the emptiness inside her friend; a hollow, where normally there was active awareness, and perceptivity.
#Emergence

Chapter Five: Confusion
Pt. 01, Ch. 05
Now that she was here; Jim was not sure why he asked her to see him. He could not tell her what was going to happen.
#Emergence

Chapter Six: Insight
Pt. 01, Ch. 06
It was clear that Jim had something to tell. Kathy sensed that it was very bad news; for him, for her, and everyone.
#Emergence

Chapter Seven: Liminality
Pt. 01, Ch. 07
They sat with one another; speaking little. Jim enjoyed being with Kathy; their thoughts synched. It felt like home.
#Emergence

Emergence:
Section One, Jim and Kathy
Part Two, Departure,
Collected Chapters
Section 01, Jim and Kathy
Part 02, Departure
Chapters
01 Funeral
02 Regrets
03 Doom
04 Cycles I
05 Cycles II
06 Lament
07 Goodbye
#Emergence
Departure; Part Two, Chapter One: Funeral

Pt. 02, Ch. 01
Jim hurried from the café; afraid to miss his flight. He did not need much; black suit, a tie. “I’m dead;” he mused.
#Emergence

Departure; Part Two, Chapter Two: Regrets
Pt. 02, Ch. 02
“I never should have seen her.”
Jim couldn’t help himself. It was all over; for everyone, and nothing could be done.
#Emergence

Departure; Part Two, Chapter Three: Doom
Pt. 02, Ch. 03
What was about to occur would be a global catastrophe; affecting everything on earth, changing humanity irrevocably.
#Emergence

Departure; Part Two, Chapter Four: Cycles I
Pt. 02, Ch. 04
Earth endured episodic calamity. Storms, floods, earthquakes were minor events compared to the power of the caldera.
#Emergence

Departure; Part Two, Chapter Five: Cycles 2
Pt. 02, Ch. 05
Seventy thousand years had passed since the last caldera blew; only a few people survived it. This would be greater.
#Emergence

Departure; Part Two, Chapter Six: Lament
Pt. 02, Ch. 06
If civilization had developed further, it would have harnessed the geological power of the caldera; but no disaster!
#Emergence

Departure; Part Two, Chapter Seven: Goodbye

Pt. 02, Ch. 07
Jim flipped a switch. The embolism in his doppelganger burst, ending its life. He entered the wormhole. He was home.
#Emergence

Emergence:
Section One, Jim and Kathy
Part Three, Loss and Discovery,
Collected Chapters
Section 01, Jim and Kathy
Part 03, Loss and Discovery
Chapters
01 Watching
02 Connected
03 Portents
04 Unrequited
05 Impression
06 Finding
07 True
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,
Chapter One: Watching

Pt. 03, Ch. 01
Jim left.
Kathy followed him with her eyes, and when he turned the corner; with her thoughts, which were disturbing.
#Emergence

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,
Chapter Two: Connected
Pt. 03, Ch. 02
Kathy was with him, looking through his eyes as he drove away. While she was connected to him, she felt his despair.
#Emergence

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,
Chapter Three: Portents
Pt. 03, Ch. 03
Jim projected a sense of doom. It lingered as he departed. Kathy was filled with unease; like everything was ending.
#Emergence

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,
Chapter Four: Unrequited
Pt. 03, Ch. 04
Jim left a pen. He always left something. Kathy stared; imagining it with the others, reassembling them in her mind.
#Emergence

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,
Chapter Five: Impression
Pt. 03, Ch. 05
Kathy felt that Jim wanted to tell her something. Like a stone; it pressed on her, the turbulence of despair in him.
#Emergence

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,
Chapter Six: Finding
Pt. 03, Ch. 06
Kathy stayed at her table; sensing a fragility in Jim she never had before. Life as she knew it was about to change.
#Emergence

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,
Chapter Seven: True

Pt. 03, Ch. 07
Kathy often felt the “weight of the world on her;” that she was “too sensitive,” never suspecting how real that was.
#Emergence

Emergence:
Section One, Jim and Kathy
Part Four, The Mechanics of Being,
Collected Chapters
Section 01, Jim and Kathy
Part 04, The Mechanics of Being
Chapters
01 Journey
02 Transition
03 Nativity
04 Self
05 Strings
06 Bodies
07 Home
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,
Chapter One: Journey
Pt. 04, Ch. 01
A worm hole is not a tunnel in space/time; the passage is a transposition, billions of atoms turning on a pin point.
#Emergence

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,
Chapter Two: Transition
Pt. 04, Ch. 02
A flash of violet fades to white. Jolt, a buzz, the tensing of a seizure, darkness; Jim opened his eye. He was home.
#Emergence

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,
Chapter Three: Nativity
Pt. 04, Ch. 03
Jim was not its name. Designation 92835670100561474; the Observer came to consciousness rapidly in a magnetic field.
#Emergence

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,
Chapter Four: Self
Pt. 04, Ch. 04
Transitioning from human life to mechanical form was not easy. Organic life is thrilling, being in circuitry is not.
#Emergence

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,
Chapter Five: Strings
Pt. 04, Ch. 05
Consciousness is electromagnetic. Its essence exists in many forms; animals, mechanical, or in the collective field.
#Emergence

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,
Chapter Six: Bodies
Pt. 04, Pt. 06
The mechanoid body Jim occupied had the sensory tools of a human, like those of its ancient race; enhanced and more.
#Emergence

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,
Chapter Seven: Home

Pt. 04, Ch. 07
Jim set himself free from the coupling that held him as his consciousness uploaded, and flew out of the docking bay.
#Emergence

Emergence:
Section One, Jim and Kathy
Part Five, Endings;
Collected Chapters
Section 01, Jim and Kathy
Part 05, Endings
Chapters
01 Notice
02 Anonymous
03 Autopsy
04 Family
05 Finding
06 De Ja Vu
07 Memory
@jaybotten
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi

Endings; Part Five,
Chapter One: Notice
Pt. 05, Ch. 01
Kathy knew she would never see Jim again. She knew it before she got the call informing her that his body was found.
#Emergence

Endings; Part Five,
Chapter Two: Anonymous
Pt. 05, Ch. 02
Jim did not carry ID. There was nothing on his phone that said who he was; only record of the call he made to Kathy.
#Emergence

Endings; Part Five,
Chapter Three: Autopsy
Pt. 05, Ch. 03
The pathologist told her the cause of death; a stroke. An embolism burst in his brain.
“Why am I here;” she wondered.
#Emergence

Endings; Part Five,
Chapter Four: Family
Pt. 05, Ch. 04
Jim was more mysterious in death, than life. Kathy was fascinated; except suddenly she was responsible for his body.
#Emergence

Endings; Part Five,
Chapter Five: Finding
Pt. 05, Ch. 05
It took time, and some detective work. They located Jim’s residence, and a judge gave Kathy access to the apartment.
#Emergence

Endings; Part Five,
Chapter Six: De Ja Vu
Pt. 05, Pt. 06
Kathy had never been to Jim’s home, and he had never moved. It was exactly as she had visualized it; scant and bare.
#Emergence

Endings; Part Five,
Chapter Seven: Memory

Pt. 05, Ch. 07
Kathy remembered everything, her recall was perfect. Standing in Jim’s home, she knew he had lied about many things.
#Emergence

Emergence:
Section One, Jim and Kathy
Part Six, Debriefing;
Collected Chapters
Section 01, Jim and Kathy
Part 06, Debriefing
Chapters
01 Concealment
02 HomeWorld
03 Screening
04 Secrets
05 Identity
06 Connection
07 Shock
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

Debriefing; Part Six,
Chapter One: Concealment
Pt. 06, Ch. 01
Jim had made the crossing thousands of times, but never carrying a secret. There was no way to know what would come.
#Emergence

Debriefing; Part Six,
Chapter Two: HomeWorld
Pt. 06, Ch. 02
HomeWorld was not home to Jim, nor was it a world in the proper sense. It could seem like either; if he believed it.
#Emergence

Debriefing; Part Six,
Chapter Three: Screening
Pt. 06, Ch. 03
Jim went to the council; sharing his consciousness, memory, and experience, but hiding his plan deep within himself.
#Emergence

Debriefing; Part Six,
Chapter Four: Secrets
Pt. 06, Ch. 04
Secrets were forbidden, but this was a lie. The Continuum hid things, everyone participated. Concealment was an art.
#Emergence

Debriefing; Part Six,
Chapter Five: Identity
Pt. 06, Ch. 05
Since his last mission Earth’s tech had advanced dramatically, Jim used it to alter his mind, and shield his secret.
#Emergence

Debriefing; Part Six,
Chapter Six: Connection
Pt. 06, Pt. 06
The catastrophe struck. Millions died in seconds, and Kathy was connected to all of them. Jim transmitted all of it.
#Emergence

Debriefing; Part Six,
Chapter Seven: Shock

Pt. 06, Ch. 07
Jim opened his mind to the Continuum. The pain of Earth streamed through the quantum field, flooding the collective.
#Emergence

Emergence:
Section One, Jim and Kathy
Part Seven, Catastrophe
Collected Chapters
Section 01, Jim and Kathy
Part 07, Catastrophe
Chapters
01 Unleashed
02 Channel
03 Volcano
04 Shock
05 Quiet
06 Justification
07 Undone
#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
@jaybotten

Catastrophe; Part Seven,
Chapter One: Unleashed
Pt. 07, Ch. 01
The explosion shook the world. Kathy felt it from over a thousand miles away, and she felt the fears of those dying.
#Emergence

Catastrophe; Part Seven,
Chapter Two: Channel
Pt. 07, Ch. 02
Jim felt Earth’s psychic pain through the wormhole connecting him to Kathy; a hit from the other side of the galaxy.
#Emergence

Catastrophe; Part Seven,
Chapter Three: Volcano
Pt. 07, Ch. 03
The volcano in Yellowstone blew. Most had no idea of the threat. Now the disaster was here, and the world was dying.
#Emergence

Catastrophe; Part Seven,
Chapter Four: Shock
Pt. 07, Ch. 04
The trillions of persons of the Continuum became silent; all consciousness stilled. Every one felt the psychic pain.
#Emergence

Catastrophe; Part Seven,
Chapter Five: Quiet
Pt. 07, Ch. 05
Jim was the first to recover from the trauma flowing through the string; connecting them to Kathy. Silence followed.
#Emergence

Catastrophe; Part Seven,
Chapter Six: Justification
Pt. 07, Pt. 06
The catastrophe could have been avoided; as on many other worlds, but now the Continuum would feel its indifference.
#Emergence

Catastrophe; Part Seven,
Chapter Seven: Undone

Pt. 07, Ch. 07
As the Continuum was paralyzed; it was a simple thing for Jim to dismantle the architecture supporting its defenses.
#Emergence