A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 350, Sunday
December 16th, 2018
Chapter Seven: Engagement
It was a glorious time. Jim felt it, and he struggled to suppress the feelings that were peaking at levels he had no memory of ever experiencing before.
Jim reveled in his victory; his long sought after victory over the Continuum, his victory over the Collective, and his impending victory over the approaching Imperial fleet.
He wanted nothing more than to prolong this moment, to stretch it out forever like the elongation of time at the event horizon of a singularity.
This moment was a singularity, for him.
As he watched the rebel fleet approach he wanted nothing more than to destroy it, to crush it, to send the survivors back with the knowledge that it was he who had defeated them, but he had competing desires, and some of them, the vainglorious ones, he had to set them aside for the moment and concentrate on the task at hand.
He had to allow a remnant in, He had to allow them to land on HomeWorld. He needed something from them in order to complete his takeover of the Collective and the apparatus of the Continuum
He also wanted credit, he wanted an acknowledgment from the Observer Corps and any other survivors of the Collective, he needed their endorsement of his hostile actions, he required their consent to pursue his agenda any further.
He required a majority of the Collective to support him, if he were to accomplish his goal.
He needed to winnow the field a little further. When it came to the moment that he forced them to make their choice, he had to leave them in a place where they would have only one choice.
It had to be life or death for Jim to prevail in the struggle.
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