A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 016, Tuesday
January 16th, 2018
Chapter Two: Regrets
“I never should have seen her.” Jim thought, doubting himself. It was something he was not inclined to do, but at this moment he could not help it.
He reviewed each step of his plan, reviewing it for every possible detail, believing, and yet uncertain that he had laid the path for Kathy to follow perfectly. He visualized each step, telling himself that his indulgence today was a necessary step, he had to see Kathy in order to reinforce, in non-verbal ways, his absolute need for her to follow the path that he had laid out.
Another wave of doubt passed over him. He was being foolish when he asked her to see him. His emotions were running high, too high. They might have alerted her to the plan.
Whenever he was with her, through all of the years that he had known her, he had to maintain a strict discipline in order to shield his mind from hers. It was the most difficult thing he had ever done, but he was able to do it nonetheless.
He could feel her consciousness probing his, like psychic tentacles pulling at his mind. Never once had she penetrated him, and that was only because she was not trying. As forceful as her psychic powers were, they functioned within her autonomically. She was not directing them, she was a passive user of her own powers, and in fact she had spent most of her life learning the skills she needed to suppress her powers, rather than push them to the limits.
Jim was always aware that if she had wanted to she could break through his defenses effortlessly.
When the time came, it was paramount to take her by surprise, his plan depended on shocking her, at just the right moment.
The delicate path he was walking filled him with dread, and sorrow, and guilt.
Jim couldn’t help himself. It was all over; it was over for everyone, and nothing could be done.
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