A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 027, Saturday
January 27th, 2018
Chapter Six: Finding
Kathy stayed at her table. She sat by herself, alone in the crowd, concentrating on Jim.
She sensed a fragility in him she never had felt before, had never imagined was possible. With that, she felt it was an omen, a portent, indicating that life as she knew, all life on Earth was about to change.
She did not let go of him she sat there in the oppressive-ominous moment and did something she had never done before, she left the present, and began to open-up Jim’s past, tracking him back in time moment by moment like rewinding thread onto its spool, carefully laying every fraction of a millimeter, mindful of her obligation to lose nothing at all.
The present had always been easy for her to see. Her own past was open to her like a billion volumes of narrative history. Even her genetic memory spoke to her in ways that it spoke to no-other, but she had never looked into the real-past of another individual.
It was fascinating, not only because the subject was Jim, a person she had never before been able to penetrate, it was fascinating because it opened a new dimension, a dimension of time to her growing powers and awareness.
She was looking into the real past, not just the recollection of their past, the editorialized version of it that every human being walks around with. She was penetrating the objective reality of the individual experience that lay behind the narrative interpretation that every person processes every moment they are awake.
This was new, and it was exhilarating, it was Jim.
It was not a process that she could engage in, in no-time, not yet, she was rolling up the thread of his recent experience moment by moment. It was like watching a movie, and in that movie, in Jim’s experience, undergirding what he was seeing and feeling, was his self-narrative, and in that narrative Kathy was the star.
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