A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 121, Tuesday
May 1st, 2018
Chapter Two: 74,000 Years Ago
When Jim first came to Earth in the centuries before the first volcanic cataclysm, he witnessed the human family and found that it was very small. There were just a few million people spread out across the globe, their culture had devolved, but they were thriving and recovering.
After the eruption of the volcano in Indonesia, the human family was reduced to just a couple of thousand people. Their extinction was looming, they were starving, and suffering, living without hope.
Jim starved with them. Suffered with them, journeyed with them to places of shelter, water, food, and warmth.
He lived as one of them through the dark days, through the decades when the sun was blotted from the sky, when the air was full of ash, and poison.
Death was everywhere, disease, malnutrition, exposure, these were the ordinary challenges faces a tribe, but other human tribes were the greatest threat.
He had some ability to influence the tribes he was with, to keep them from committing the most ghastly crimes, crimes of cannibalism, the hunting of other human for food.
He only had access to limited technology. His satellite network was still rudimentary, and it did not have the ability to surveille the entire planet.
There were many tribes that he was not able to reach, those that went underground to escape the deadly air, consequently, those tribes experienced the greatest corruption of their identity and values, and they would plague the rest of humanity for millennia to come.
Jim activated the cloning systems on his orbiting platform.
He bifurcated his consciousness and sent replicas of himself to dwell with every tribe he could find. This was a violation of his directive as an Observer but he did not care, he was intent on seeing the people through this disaster and rebuilding their communities once again.
Everything was in process.
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