A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 043, Monday
February 12th, 2018
Chapter One: Concealment
Jim had made the crossing between worlds thousands of times, but never while carrying a secret such as this.
He had carried secret intentions, he had carefully hidden his plans within other machinations, but he had never before attempted to arrive on the HomeWorld while concealing his immediate activities; things he had been doing, things he would do, things that would harm the Collective, and its Continuum.
Everything he had done in his latest iteration would be exposed to the Continuum. There was no way to know what would come. He believed he understood the depths of the Continuum’s self-defenses, but he had no way of knowing for sure if he would be exposed the moment he arrived, sequestered and eliminated, or if it would take some time, more importantly, he had no way to know if the events he had planned for would unfold according to his schedule.
He had been carrying out his plans for seventy millennia, while studying the unique genetic make-up of the humans of earth, while reporting on the culture they had produced, their conflicts, their triumphs and their tragedies.
They were the children of the Ancient Race that Jim himself had sprung from, but that had undergone millions of years of evolution during their sojourn among the stars, travelling across the galaxy, exploring and establishing colonies.
They had evolved even more significantly since the time that they came to Earth, since they crashed here, at the end of the line. Humans still resembled the other Children of the Ancient Race. They bore the same external physical features as the inhabitants of nearly every other world in the great Galactic Empire did, but they were different.
Their world was different, their brains evolved according to those differences, and so did their consciousness. Their genetic profile changed in unique ways, in relation to the life already evolving on this small blue world and the elements active within their environment.
Jim had nudged that evolution along, all the while masking his true intentions.
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