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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Three, Loss and Discovery; Chapter Three, Portents

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 024, Wednesday
January 24th, 2018

Chapter Three: Portents

As Kathy cleared away the detritus in the psychic field surrounding them, she was finally able to get a lock.

When she connected she found that Jim was projecting a profound sense of doom. Warning of danger emanated from him, so much so that it lingered in the vacuum that was left by him when he departed.

His fear permeated the psychic space inside the café. It now appeared to her as both a palpable and visible sheen touching everyone, reverberating inside of them.

The strength of it filled Kathy with unease.

Jim was projecting.

He was focused on the future; not the past, or the present.

She sensed that something was about to happen that would stop everything, and everyone in their tracks.

Jim knew something about it and he would not say. It was as if he knew the world was about to end, and he was holding on to it as a secret, a private joke.

Beneath it all there was desperation and urgency.

Jim was on task, he was managing a careful timeline of expectations. He was driving himself to a point of convergence, and beyond that crucial moment he had to let go. He had to trust in his plan and hope that things would unfold accordingly.

Kathy sensed her own presence deeply enmeshed in the events that were driving him. It reflecting back through her own past, through her relationship with Jim, into the far reaches of her childhood.

She felt as if she could follow the trail back even farther, as if Jim had been planning for her from the deepest reaches of time.

That made no sense to her.

As she looked at the future through his eyes, she saw the world covered in ashes, and everyone choking for air.

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