A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 015, Monday
January 15th, 2018
Chapter One: Funeral
Jim finished his coffee, gathered himself, and hurried from the café.
He had a plane to catch and he was afraid to miss his flight. The timing of his departure, and precisely where he was in flight when he set the final stages of his plan in motion, those things were crucial.
He returned to his apartment to gather some things, to set the artifacts in his apartment in just the right place for Kathy to follow his thoughts when the time was right.
He did not need much of anything to take with him; his black suit, his watch, his tie. “I’m dead;” he mused, the “I am death itself, a harbinger of doom.”
He knew that he would never return to his beloved Earth, and that even if he did, nothing would be the same. The culture that had evolved over the past seventy thousand years would be wiped out, with no guarantees that what would emerge in its place would have any of those qualities that he loved and found so fascinating.
He allowed himself some time to remember all that he had accomplished since he found this world. Then his telephone rang to inform him that his taxi had arrived.
With a final check of his preparations Jim exited his apartment. He walked down the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Taking in the view of the lakes from the mezzanine before he got in the car.
Jim was struck as he had been many times before by his feelings of ambivalence, knowing what was going to happen to this whole world in just a few days, while the entire population of the planet was completely unsuspecting.
It was a strange burden.
Jim contemplated it while he made small talk with the cabby.
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