A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 031, Wednesday
January 31st, 2018
Chapter Three: Nativity
Jim was not his name; it was merely the most recent name he had adopted as Earth’s Observer. Jim was one name among thousands that he had used over the course of as many lifetimes.
His real name, the name of his birth, that name was lost deep within the Continuum, as all names belonging to members of the Collective were.
He had no memory of what his mother called him, what her aspirations were for him when he was named.
The Continuum referred to him with the designation: Observer-92835670100561474. The names he bore from one lifetime to the next, they were only known as part of the narrative report his mission required him to deliver to the Collective.
It was Jim who came to consciousness in the magnetic field.
He was James.
A name he had adopted from a series of fiction, a Captain of a starship, in a popular piece of sci-fi.
He arrived on the Central Planet, the Home World, for what he was sure would be the last time.
If he survived what he was about to do, what he had been planning for eons, he would never return to the Observer Corps, and when he returned to a body of flesh, he would be going there to die.
If his plan failed, which he believed was more than likely, he knew that there was no chance that he would be given a reprieve. The Continuum had sought his termination many times, only for him to be spared by the Collective. But the destruction that he was about to wreck on that body would be so great that if it failed to bring about the end he sought. Then he would be doomed.
So much depended on his timing, and the many layers of plans that he had set in place throughout the Empire.
Jim had to concentrate.
He was already under incredible scrutiny from the Continuum. He had to mask his intentions, with the techniques that he alone had mastered among every member of the Collective.
His entire consciousness would be exposed, it was considered to be impossible for anyone to keep secrets under the examination he was about to endure, but Jim had kept many secrets, he knew he could do it, but he also knew that the level of anticipation, and anxiety he was currently feeling was something unique to this situation.
He had never tried to keep a secret like this.
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