A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 014, Sunday
January 14th, 2018
Chapter Seven: Liminality
They sat with one another for several hours.
They spoke little.
Jim enjoyed being with Kathy, the rhythm of her mind, his thoughts in syncopation with hers. It felt like he was home, and it was the closest thing to his natural state of being that he had ever experienced during the long years that he had been away.
Jim’s heart and mind was fixed the coming conflict, and the resolution of plans he carefully laid out.
He had plans with plans, and there were contingencies.
Despite the anxiety that he was feeling, the existential weight of all his plans, the loss he was contemplating, the devastation that was coming to this world, he was able to maintain his calm.
His body was engineered for it.
This is not to say that he did not feel the beginnings of panic, or fear, but that his body regulated those impulses with speed that bordered on the instantaneous.
Jim had these last few hours.
He wanted to spend them with Kathy.
He loved her in as much as he was capable of love.
She represented the realization of his deepest purpose, pride and the satisfaction of ambition.
In Kathy he not only found what he had had spent his long life looking for, his project with her was also like the unravelling of a mystery, as the assembling of a puzzle.
There were other pleasures he experienced in her company.
She was beautiful, wise, intelligent, funny; these qualities were completely unnecessary to his design for her, and yet they provided him with the greatest delight.
He could soak up her visage all day long, which is exactly what he intended to do on this day, this day that was his crucible.
In a few hours he would be gone. His plan for her would be on a glide path. He had prepared the way well.
He had to trust in his planning. He would soon enter into a place where time itself was meaningless, but events would be turning here on earth that had to be measured to the second, and he would not be here to oversee it.
Kathy had to play her part, and she had to be unaware that she was doing it.
When the vital moment struck, it must take her by surprise.
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