A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 034, Saturday
February 3rd, 2017
Chapter Six: Bodies
The mechanoid body Jim occupied on the central planet had all of the sensory tools of a human being, or of any of the descendants of the ancient race, only deeper, greatly enhanced, more broadly arrayed, and far more powerful.
Even though Jim did not need them, he had perceptual capacities and tools at his disposal far greater than any computational device that had ever been engineered in the Empire or among the colonies.
In this body he was completely linked to the Home World; every movement he made was monitored and recorded. Any interface he had with the vast data banks of the Continuum was registered.
Jim could not escape some of those shackles, but through ages of discipline and discernment he learned to mask his intentions, and rely on his own capacities for recall, and analysis rather than risk being exposed to the Continuum, and having his motives questioned.
The machine that he now inhabited would be critical to his mission. He believed he would be safe in it. He had tested the thought filters and the consciousness buffers. They were designed to protect the Collective from multiple and diverse threats. From ill will, and computer viruses, from powerful and debilitating experiences.
He believed that they would protect him from the fury he was about to unleash on the unsuspecting Collective. Everything depended on the stability of the worm hole, the force of the cataclysm on earth, the timing of the catastrophe, of his interface with the Continuum, and on Kathy.
Everything depended on Kathy.
If Kathy did not follow the path he had laid out for her, follow in the steps he had planned. Then all of his work be for nothing, he would be destroyed, and the Continuum would continue.
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