A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Monday, March 4th, 2019
Chapter Four: Secrets
Jim continued the meditative practices that he had developed, practices which allowed him to partition his mind and thoughts from the Continuum and his fellow members of the Collective.
He exercised his ability to keep secrets. He did so while probing the mysteries of Earth’s Cynergenic field. It was unlike that artificial construction on HomeWorld in distinct ways, it did not have the smooth-predictable channels of energy, the linear circuitry, and other structural features that were the product of design and intention.
It was organic, it was messy.
In the crucial moment to come he would be exposed, he would have to keep everything he had been planning partitioned behind a wall of sheer will, until the moment when the disaster struck and then he would have to let it go.
The tension of the timing would be fraught with danger.
He had to keep secrets even from himself, shrouding all of his intentions in mystery, he had to trust that his replicants also trusted him, because like him, they were essentially free creatures. He would know it if they did, but they could turn away from their mission at any time.
He utilized the institutions he had developed to test and augment his theories, both concerning his own liabilities and concerning the hidden mysteries of Earth.
He was Prime, and he watched over his Seconds with systematic scrutiny. These dopplegangers had to be kept out of the information loop for hundreds of cycles, fulfilling the regular functions of the Observer, responsible for reporting to the Central Planet, hiding from the Collective only the things Jim had always kept hidden, and ignorant of the details of the unfolding mission.
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