A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Thursday, March 21st, 2019
Chapter Seven: Gift
Jim was an outlier, as a member of the Collective he stood alone in his criticism of it, this is true, but it was not the case that there were no other critics in the Collective. However, there were no other members who criticized the function and purpose of the Collective itself.
Other critics were critics of process, they were critics of the Continuum, they were critics of the structures that set limitations of their freedom, but not of its existence.
Jim had never touched another member who desired to see the entire thing go away. There were many critics who opted for the great sleep, seeking to be sequestered, and who sought the dissolution of the self, but he had never encountered another who wanted to end it all.
There were times that this caused him to doubt himself. He felt isolated and alone, and not even a period of communion with his replicants could ease that burden.
As the clock wound down and Jim realized that he had not found the vessel for his rage, he began to experience a sense of fatalism and fear of failure that he had long dreaded.
He questioned everything, he believed, everything he had thought and done.
Then he discovered Kathy, and Jim looked on her as if she were a gift from the universe itself, as if her arrival was a validation of his purpose.
After her testing was complete he knew Kathy would be able to serve as a conduit, a remnant of humanity would survive. He told himself that he could save them all, there would be time for the Empire to reach Earth before the planet tumbled into its mother star. Through Kathy the Continuum would be dealt a crippling blow, one that would allow Jim to push it over the edge into oblivion.
Kathy would be the agent of salvation for countless billions of people. Her sacrifice was demanded.
She had arrived in the hour of his need. Kathy only needed to be prepared.
Jim was ready to teach her.
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