A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 023, Tuesday
January 23rd, 2018
Chapter Two: Connected
Kathy was with him, locked onto him. She was looking through his eyes for the first time ever, she was sharing his consciousness, even as he got into his car and drove away.
Kathy could bond this way with anyone, at any time, but never before with Jim.
He was unique.
Of all the people she had ever met, Jim alone was a mystery to her. In that moment she became connected to him, she felt his deep despair.
It frightened her.
She would never have guessed that he was afflicted with such powerful emotions. He was so very cool, and calm. He always appeared collected.
Never once in all their years of talking, never once did he let his composure slip. Jim was the epitome of self-control.
She followed him as he drove across town in his black vintage car, the Ford Galaxy. She soaked up all the things he was looking at, the objects, the people, the cars moving on the freeway.
She was barely in touch with him in that time. Kathy was not able to merge with the flow of his thinking, if he was thinking at all. She could not penetrate his memories.
She was merely seeing the world through his eyes, experiencing it thorough his senses, and feeling the powerful emotions emanating from deep inside him.
She was still with him when he parked his car at the airport, when he pulled his stylish briefcase from the trunk. She was still following him when he used some mysterious credentials to bypass every point of security and breeze through the gates.
He boarded a plane ahead of every other person. He sat alone in the first class cabin after stowing his briefcase beneath the seat.
She sensed a calm returning to him, as she did she felt her connection to Jim become untenable. She could not hold it any longer.
She was tuned out.
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