A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 094, Wednesday
April 4th, 2018
Chapter Three: Family
It was standard operating procedure for the Observer to bond with a family, to observe the trials of that group, to watch them thrive or falter. Jim followed the directive as best as he could, and made every effort to make it appear as if he were following it perfectly. He began to practice the art of concealment. Masking his intentions and rationale for the decisions that he was making deep within himself.
He invested as much as he could in a family, and the tribes, without obviously violating the imperative to not interfere in the development of the world, he pushed the limits of what he was supposed to do as an Observer. It did not take long for him to justify all kinds of maneuvers that most Observers would never consider. He operated at a furious pace, moving all over the globe to establish relationships with every last pocket of survivors.
He used the technological resources at his disposal to feed him information on the tribal migrations, as well as on the migrations of animals they would hunt, herd, and use as their foodstuff.
He was allowed to guide, to be a voice of reason in the group, but not to make decisions for it, or assume a mantle of leadership. It was not licit for an observer to be a chief, or a shaman.
Jim did as much as he could within those parameters. Through his strategic suggestions, he led them through the dark time, when the sun was not visible for years, leading them to sources of food and water, and shelter.
He protected them as much as he was able. He tried to steer tribes away from one another in order to avoid conflict between them, and the inevitability of cannibalism, which was always threatening to overtake them.
And then Jim did something that he had planned for decades, he crafted a very specialized virus, that changed them in extremely subtle, and yet profound ways.
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