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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Two, The Continuum; Part Fourteen, The Collapse; Chapter Two, Pain


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 100, Tuesday
April 10th, 2017

Chapter Two: Pain

When the catastrophe struck the Collective, the shock of it was immediately followed by fear. The Collective consciousness was immediately filled with a long forgotten instinct for self-preservation.  

The Collective was bewildered, and looked to the only source of leadership it had ever known, had ever depended on. They sought refuge behind the strength of the Continuum.

There was no more Continuum. That artificial construct had been the primary target of Jim’s assault.

The Continuum was taken by surprise. It was as if a chasm had opened beneath the it, followed quickly by a white hot pulse of agony, pushing it over the edge, into total existential disintegration.

The Central Planet, Home World, it contained redundancies for all of its systems, multiple fail-safes for every possible contingency that the Continuum had ever imagined.

It had never imagined this. The Continuum could have had a back-up of itself ready to assume control if it something had happened to it. However, its insistence on its own singularity, its uniqueness, that vanity had precluded it from taking those precautions.

In its thoughts, it was a being, unique in all the universe, and now it was gone.

There was chaos. There was panic. The attack threatened the whole Collective with oblivion.

As the consciousness of the Continuum disintegrated, those individual members of the Collective that sought refuge in it found themselves pulled into the same field of un-being. A critical mass began to form pulling greater and greater numbers of the body to their doom.

Only those members who were the most detached, who lived primarily in their own world, had a relative degree of safety in the maelstrom, along with those members who were in the great sleep, or otherwise sequestered.

Jim had prepared everything precisely, had prepared to assume the controls of the Central Planet.

Now he had it.

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