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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part One, A Private Sorrow, Chapter Two: Morning

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 009, Tuesday
January 9th, 2018

Chapter Two: Morning

“Small coffee, please;” Jim orders.

“Soy chai, thank you;” says Kathy.

They sit together at a table by the window of the storefront. They sit with the sun to their backs.

It is clear to Kathy that there is something urgent taking place with Jim, but nevertheless they carryout the mechanics of their routine as if it were a normal day, and a normal visit between the two of them.

They read the newspaper, and surveil the crowd

In that at least, this is a morning like any other morning.

The café is busy.

They are together, and they are not together, at the same time. They are both, in the crowd of people, and completely isolated at one and the same time. It is not unusual, this distance has always characterized the way they interact with each other.

It was both intimate and strange.

It was the way Jim related to her, and it was something Kathy never questioned.

Time passes in silence, more than usual.

They are quiet, then Jim begins to weep.

It takes some time before Kathy even notices.

If Jim were any other person in the world she would have known he was crying before the tears even fell.

She was quietly alarmed. She had never seen such a display of emotion from Jim before.

“What is wrong with you?” Kathy asks, sounding scared and judgmental at the time.

Jim says, nothing at all.

He just looks at her, and looks through her for a long moment.

He will not say why.

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