A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 125, Saturday
May 5th, 2017
Chapter Six: Preparations
Jim’s plan required the most delicate timing. The whole endeavor was precarious. It came down to seconds, and those final seconds were everything.
The volcano buried beneath Yellowstone would destroy human civilization, but it would catalyze the preservation of humanity itself. A few people would live, but all would be saved through Kathy.
She was the vessel that he had spent thousands of years cultivating, and she was ready. He knew it.
The cataclysm would change the Collective forever, the galactic Empire as well, it would destroy the Continuum, and replace it with a new consciousness, one endowed with morality, or so Jim believed.
Jim had spent lifetimes building the institutions, and years putting all the right people in place, cultivating relationships of trust, bribing and coercing when he had to. He made sure that there were no obstacles in Kathy’s path, and that she was prompted to take each step that would lead her to the crucible, at exactly the right moment.
She had to be standing in position at the exact second the cataclysm occurred.
The final hours and minutes he was with her allowed him to put the psychic hold on her. This did not give him the ability to control her, or to determine anything. But it was a push, he gave her some momentum, and set her on course. He had established the relationships, with key people to push on her, to get her in the right place at the right time.
There were plans within plans, and contingencies for everything.
His greatest work depended on Kathy, depended on her openness to discovery.
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