A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 048, Saturday
February 17th, 2018
Chapter Six: Connection
The timing of his plan was crucial.
Everything depended on it.
He had calculated every contingency he could think of, but many of the variables were beyond his control, they involved the free choices of individuals, each of which represented radical unknowns, and so he had enacted plans with plans that put momentum behind their decision making, pushing them in the direction he wanted them go.
It was perfect.
Everything depended on Kathy.
He had been shaping her responses to stimuli since before she was born. She was the product of millennia of breeding and genetic engineering.
There were two things he had not counted on however; her arrival in this generation, and it being the same generation that Earth was facing an existential threat from the Yellowstone Caldera
The catastrophe struck just at the moment when Kathy arrived at the portal to HomeWorld, a device that open up a wormhole and allow her consciousness to transmit itself across the galaxy, through Jim and directly into the Collective.
The great volcanos were never dormant.
Yellowstone had been gathering magma and superheated gas into its belly for hundreds of thousands of years.
From the moment it last erupted.
When it had gathered enough power, it blew.
The Earth shook, and shifted on its axis.
Millions died within seconds.
Kathy was connected to all of them.
She was connected to their shock and confusion, their fear and their pain.
It happened just at the moment she had pressed the button that opened the wormhole to the HomeWorld, to where she was still connected to Jim.
Through her Jim transmitted Earth’s pain to the Collective, like a hammer against the Continuum.
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