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Monday, February 19, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter One, Unleashed

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 050, Monday
February 19th, 2018

Chapter One: Unleashed

The explosion shook the world; everything shifted. Every living thing on the planet felt it.  

Kathy knew in an instant what it was, what it meant, the sound of the blast echoed back through her memory. Ancestral voices cried out in alarm. It was the end of days, it was Ragnorak, it was the hand of God pulling the death-shroud over the world.

She felt it from over a thousand miles away, it shook the building she was standing in, it was a massive earthquake. The place where she was remained on its foundations, even while buildings all around her where collapsing, gas mains exploding, and homes were catching on fire.

Kathy felt the pain and the fear of those dying.

The volcano erupted in a remote location. People died in the tens of thousands in the first seconds, but the shock waves that ensued, and the liquifaction of the mantle spread in concentric rings for hundreds and hundreds of miles.

It took minutes before it reached major population centers filled with buildings that were never designed to endure those forces. Millions more died in those moments.

Kathy felt the fears of those about to die, she felt their panic, she felt their pain, she felt it all around her.

Kathy had spent her entire life learning to shield herself from such psychic intrusions, both from the external world, from the living people all around her, and from the multitude of voices speaking to her from her ancestral memory, and the cynergenic field.

She was stalwart and instinctively, her defenses went up.

She withstood the assault.

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