A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 202, Saturday
July 21st, 2018
Chapter Six: Recluse
Out of an innate drive for self-preservation, Kathy developed the ability to ward off psychic intrusions.
She built mental walls to ensure her privacy, to keep the thoughts and feelings of other people from seeping into her cognitive flow.
As her mastery over her powers grew she also had to be careful not to project her wishes and desires onto other people. No one knew it, not one of her handlers, but she had the ability to control the thoughts of other people, to audit their memories, to make suggestions that they would be powerless to refuse.
She wanted privacy, and she had no desire to influence people. The boundaries she established for herself were crucial to preserving her sense of identity.
Those defenses required constant mindfulness, a diligence that stole her energy. And so, in order to rest, she preferred to be alone.
Being alone was not enough, she also had to be distracted, her senses needed to be stimulated all the time, or else she would slip into the nous-sphere, the cynergenic field, or find herself caught up in the labyrinth of her memories.
Kathy desired little more than to be present, to be helpful, to advance the causes she cared about; diplomacy, justice, care for the environment, and the safeguarding of the human race.
She was increasingly focused on the long range plans to establish a permanent human presence in space, on the moon, and outward toward the outer planets.
She dreamed of a life out among the stars, in those dreams she encountered a thread the pulled at her consciousness like the threads of her ancestral memories.
She heard a calling.
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