A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Saturday, March 16th, 2019
Chapter Two: Parentage
As Jim reviewed the file on Kathy’s background he began to feel remiss. He had failed to notice many things, he began to wonder how many other things he had missed over the decades, and he worried that this was an indication that there might be a fatal flaw in his plan.
He began to suspect his network of human agents, and even more critically he began to suspect the replicants acting for him, acting as him all around the globe, he began to suspect them of sabotage.
Kathy’s parents had been exceptional subjects, as Jim reviewed the materials related to them, he understood that their abilities and their genetic profile should have been brought to his direct attention years before, but he knew them only from data sheets and statistics. He had only visited Kathy’s parents once each, when they were still children, and before they ever met.
He had no other direct involvement in their upbringing.
He spent enough time with them to conduct some basic testing, enough to establish a baseline on their liabilities, and to complete the auto-hypnotic coding he subjected every person in his breeding program to.
A key feature of his manipulations was the instillation of a control mechanism in every single member of the program, making it so that they are unable to resist his suggestions or the controls of his operatives, should they need to move them in a certain way.
Kathy’s parents were docile, kind people. They possessed exceptional mental acuity, and artistic abilities but they were unexceptional in other ways.
They met and became coupled up through seemingly random interactions. This was not entirely unusual for subjects in his breeding program.
He saw that he had approved their union though he had done so without having conducted any further interviews with them, and yet they produced the child that he had been looking for.
Because of this extraordinary happenstance Jim viewed Kathy as a miracle, a gift.
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