A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Thursday, February 14th, 2019
Chapter Seven: Servant
Jim positioned himself as an administrator, replicating himself as often as he needed to, in order to position himself as a servant of governments world-wide, as a specialist, a functionary, a problem solver. He was always the indispensable man.
He rarely took on a role as the lead of an agency, always working in support of the human systems, managing them.
He was good at it. He drew on the vast knowledge of governing bureaucracies that were available to him through his data bases of the function of the Empire.
H always sought to be his own counterpart in governments across the world, whether those governments worked together as allies, as competitors or as enemies.
This made the coordination of government easy and it was rarely disrupted by human interference.
He was always able to parcel out enough information to move events in the direction he wanted, whether or not his interests lay in war or peace, he was able to produce the results the rulers and governments desired.
The slowness with which events moved troubled him.
They were not slower than the eons he spent in contemplation, stretching his consciousness into the every corner of the Collective, and they were not slower than the ages he spent alone in the deep of space moving from planet to planet in his quest to discover the whereabouts of each and every colony seeded by the Children of the Ancients.
The slowness of those periods was marked by isolation, in those times he did not feel the pressure of impending doom.
The events on Earth were different, there was a clock ticking, there was the volcano, and when it blew his best chance to realize his ambition would blow with it.
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