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Monday, February 11, 2019

Emergence 4.0 - Part One, Jim and Kathy; Chapter Five, Endings


Week 06, 2019


Kathy knew it when it happened. She did not require notice.
She felt a disturbance, it was subtle, but it was Jim, and he was dead.
Kathy knew now that she would never see him again, she was certain of it. Her own emotions twisted up in turbulent waves.
She was shaken, and she felt in her gut that he had planned this.
Jim was orchestrating these events, even her responses, he was engaged in a level of manipulation that she had never thought was possible with him, it caused her to look into her heart and question everything she thought she knew.
Kathy had believed that she was impervious to the manipulations of others, because there was not a person she had ever met that she was unable to read, except Jim.
Now she felt that their entire relationship was a lie.
She was stunned.
When the initial shock had passed, when it was over, she felt the hollow emptiness and peace of being in a vacuum.
She was not surprised when she received the call informing her that his body had been discovered by the flight attendants, and that by the time they got to him he was already dead.
They never noticed that he had been in distress; they said, and they were not a witness to the moment of his passing.
It happened in flight, after he had eaten.
He had been still and quiet after take-off, and they thought he was merely resting.
Once again Jim’s behavior was unexplainable. 
He died as he lived, a mystery.
Jim did not carry identification.
He never did.
He was anonymous.
To society at large he barely existed, he left only the smallest of paper trails to define him.
He was a citizen of the world, he spoke every language. He had access to credentials that could open any door, in any country, at any time. 
He was both present and completely invisible.
Jim was off the grid. 
There was nothing on his phone to tell anyone who he was, only the record of the calls he had recently made to Kathy.
That is how he intended it to be.
Kathy’s safety and security depended on it, and Jim’s mission depended on that.
He had carefully protected this identity above all others. There was not a single information gathering service in the world, weather private or governmental, open sourced or covert that would be able to discover anything about him, unless they devoted a great deal of manpower to it.
Even then Jim had fail-safes in place to protect his privacy.
He would be alerted; he would be able to cover his tracks.
That never happened.
It was vital to his plan that when he was discovered dead, those responsible for contacting his next of kin reach Kathy and only Kathy. She had to be given the responsibility of dealing with his property and effects. She must be directed to do so.
His plan required that she pursue those duties with a sense of mystery, an openness to discovery that would place her in the right cognitive mindset for the essential moment that was to come.
Everything concerning the hours after his departure was a puzzle.
There were wheels within wheels, gears turning and contingencies developing. The pieces came together like the engineering of a fine watch.
Jim’s plans were a thing a craftsmanship.
It was working.
Kathy followed the path Jim laid out for her like she was walking through a maze. There was light at the end of the tunnel, when she arrived there, she would know what she wanted to know, and she would be standing where Jim wanted her to be.
Kathy booked a flight immediately.
She arrived at the city morgue and identified the body.
The pathologist informed her of the cause of death. It was a catastrophic stroke. The autopsy revealed that an embolism had burst in his brain, killing him instantly. Otherwise Jim had been in perfect health.
The doctor said that the stroke was like a small explosive that went off in his brain.
Kathy had no idea why she was the one to receive him other than what the authorities were telling her.
She was the only person he had been known to have contact with, the only person they could connect him to.
Jim’s relationship to Kathy was the only relationship that mattered.
“Why am I here;” she wondered, but not about the process.
She wondered about Jim’s intentions.
This whole thing had been orchestrated.
She knew that it was his plan she was following.
She was angry, but her curiosity compelled her.
There were aspects to the administrative procedures she was engaged in that were not exactly normal, or even legal, but the officials she was engaged with were acting under orders. The judge, the medical examiner, other governmental functionaries she was forced to deal with, they were operating under some kind of pressure, but they themselves were not quite sure what the exigencies were.
There were plans within plans, and the person pulling the levers was here on the slab with her, cold and unmoving.
It was inscrutable.
There was a level of caution at work that reminded her of her own handlers. There were multiple levels of misdirection and masking, which were intended to keep the objectives of their research hidden from Kathy.
As far as the locals knew, Kathy was simply the only person the authorities could connect Jim to, it was irregular, but it was what it was and that, coupled with orders from a federal magistrate; that was enough for them.
Kathy would not have believed it possible, but Jim was more mysterious in death, than he was in life. She dug into his background only to find nothing, absolutely nothing.
As angry as she was at coming to the realization that he had been deceiving her throughout her relationship with him, her esteem for him are by an order of magnitude.
            She appreciated the puzzle he had left her with, it was a gift, a final piece of him for her to assemble.
There was no record of a family, and no record of work, he had a social security number, and a passport, but no record of anything else, not at first blush.
There was no record of Jim ever having attended a school.
No driving record, only one bank account, it was in Switzerland, he was worth billions, at the least. The actual sum was unknown.
He had no legal representation. He had no heirs.
Kathy was fascinated by the developments and full of sadness. She was fine with the things she was discovering, and she accepted her involvement in his final affairs, except that suddenly she was responsible for his body, and she had no idea what he might want her to do with it. They had never had any conversations about death, or burial customs.
Kathy knew that Jim was not religious, at least not observant, he tended to believe that all religions were merely variations on a theme, and that every religious institution was at its heart corrupt, self-serving and short sighted, even those groups who did charitable work.
He was a cynic.
She opted to have him cremated. She thought she would make a tree out of him and plant him somewhere nice.
That is what Kathy wanted for herself.
Why not do the same for Jim?
He liked tree; that much she knew.
And so it was decided, she made the arrangements and waited for the return call.
In the meantime she busied herself with some court appointments.
It took Kathy some time, and there was detective work to do.
She went to the work with calm determination, finding that she was enjoying herself.
The fact that Jim’s identity appeared to be completely fictitious concerned her.
There was a moment when she feared that he was just another plant, one of the handlers sent to interact with her from the National Security structure.
The thought gave her nightmares, feelings of doubt, inadequacy, foolishness.
She was able to set them aside, because the more she thought about it, the less likely it seemed. She would have known, she would have picked up on it, if not from Jim, she would have picked up on it from one of the other agents who she had occasion to interact with, or from one of the many who followed her every move.
She considered bringing them into the conversation, asking them to help her understand who this ghost of a person was.
She rejected that idea, because it might complicate her ability to look into his affairs. They might just swoop in and seize everything related to Jim, and never give her a chance to discover anything for herself.
Given her abilities, Kathy was typically able to glean any information she wanted from the people around her, but Jim was a phantom.
He was as much of an enigma in death as he had been in life.
Nobody knew anything about him.
It took days to even locate where he lived, and then it took another appointment with another judge to grant her access, and that was limited to a very narrow window of time.
Finally, when she was in that building, Kathy began to encounter people who Jim had interacted with. Though even to them he was a mystery; a quiet, impersonal, private man.
Very few of them had even spoke with Jim.
She thought that it was funny.
In all of the years that she had known him, Kathy had never been to Jim’s home.
She thought she knew the reasons.
She thought it was because she was always under observation. Jim was aware of that, she knew, and because of that he did not want to draw attention to himself, or to their friendship.
That is what she believed.
Kathy did not want the people who watched her asking questions about him. She wanted this relationship to be something entirely under her control, and that is why Jim never came to see her where she lived. If he had ever visited her apartment she believed that he would be taken and interviewed by her handlers, and that it might be the last time she ever saw him.
She had always felt that the two of them could have come up with a plan to meet in different places. To travel together if they had wanted, to slip the watchers and be somewhere that they were truly alone.
Jim had eschewed such notions.
Kathy accepted his reservations without argument.
She had wanted to see the place where he lived, but unless he was willing, she had determined that she would not push the issue.
He was an intensely private person; that much was clear.
To her knowledge he had never moved, he had never mentioned it at least.
His apartment was exactly as she had visualized it, scant, bare, Spartan.
Walking into it was like de ja vu.
She had seen it before, through Jim’s eyes, but she had not realized it at the time.
He was like an early twentieth century minimalist piece of stage craft.
Even though it was what she was expecting, she was nevertheless, shocked by it.
He was an aesthetic.
It was extreme.
It made her uncomfortable.
Everybody needs a little something of color and comfort in their life.
This place where Jim lived was all white, black and gray.
It was cold and metallic.
There was not a moment of her life that Kathy could not recall, she remembered everything. She remembered the birth canal, the darkness of the womb, her mother’s breast.
She remembered her first birthday, her first steps.
She remembered struggling as an infant, struggling to be understood, to speak, to master the muscles in her tongue and lips so that she could form words against her palate and speak.
Her memory and her contextualization of her memories were perfect, and it was as fast as lightening.
She could pull together the most remote and seemingly unconnected pieces of data to provide context for analysis. Her proctors believed that the speed with which she could arrive at conclusions was not measurable.
She could answer questions in no-time.
She was entirely actualized.
She defied understanding.
The field of her knowledge was not limited to her own experience. It was tied into her genetic heritage, the memories of her ancestors that was built into her DNA. But it was more than that, she was able to tap into something else that was only understood through a mythic narrative, a structure that no human being actually understood, and of which only a few human beings even suspected the existence of; it was the nous sphere, of Tielhard de Chardin, the cynergenic field of Carl Jung.
It was the collective unconscious of planet Earth.
In that electromagnetic field, in that quantum reality, the entire repository of human knowledge existed.
Kathy had access to it, she was not the first human being of which this was true, but she was the first person that it did not drive into madness.  
Now that she was standing in Jim’s apartment, she knew that he had lied to her about a great many things.
His life was not at all as he had presented it to her.
This life was not his only life, and there was more than one Jim, of that she was certain.
Kathy was not surprised.


Emergence 4.0

Part One, Jim and Kathy
Chapter Five, Endings

A Novel – In One Chapter Per Week

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Five, Endings; Chapter Seven, Memory

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 042, Sunday
February 11th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Memory

There was not a moment of her life that Kathy could not recall, she remembered everything. She remembered the birth canal, the darkness of the womb, her mother’s breast.

She remembered her first birthday, her first steps. She rememberd struggling as an infant, struggling to be understood, to speak, to master the muscles in her tongue and lips, so that she could form words against her palate and speak.

Her contextualization was perfect, and it was as fast as lightening. She could pull together the most remote and seemingly unconnected pieces of data to provide context for analysis. Her proctors believed that the speed with which she could arrive at conclusions was not measurable. She could answer questions in no-time.

She defied understanding.

The field of her knowledge was not limited to her own experience. It was tied into her genetic heritage, the memories of her ancestors built into her DNA. But it was more than that, she was able to tap into something else that was only understood through mythic narrative, a structure that no human being actually understood, and of which only a few human beings even suspected the existence of; the nous sphere, of Tielhard de Chardin, the cynergenic field of Carl Jung, the collective unconscious of planet Earth.

In that electromagnetic field, that quantum reality, the entire repository of human knowledge existed. Kathy had access to it, she was not the first human being of which this was true, but she was the first person that it did not drive into madness.   

Now that she was standing in Jim’s apartment, she knew that he had lied to her about a great many things. His life was not at all as he had presented it to her. This life was not his only life, there was more than one Jim, of that she was certain.

Kathy was not surprised.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Five, Endings; Chapter Six, De Ja Vu

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 041, Saturday
February 10th, 2018

Chapter Six: De Ja Vu

She thought that it was funny.

In all of the years that she had known him, Kathy had never been to Jim’s home.

She thought she knew the reasons. She thought it was because she was always under observation. Jim was aware of that, she knew, and because of that he did not want to draw attention to himself, to their friendship, she believed.

Kathy did not want the people who watched her asking questions about him. She wanted this relationship to be something entirely under her control, and that is why Jim never came to see her where she lived. If he had ever visited her apartment she believed that he would be taken and interviewed by her handlers, and that it might be the last time she ever saw him.

She had always felt that the two of them could have come up with a plan to meet in different places. To travel together if they had wanted, to slip the watchers and be somewhere that they were truly alone.

Jim had eschewed such notions.

Kathy accepted without argument.

She had wanted to see the place where he lived, but unless he was willing, she would not push the issue.

He was an intensely private person, that much was clear.

To her knowledge he had never moved, he had never mentioned it at least.

His apartment was exactly as she had visualized it, scant, bare, Spartan.

He was like an early twentieth century minimalist.

Even though it was what she was expecting, she was nevertheless, shocked by it.

He was an aesthetic.

It was extreme.

It made her uncomfortable.

Everybody needs a little something of color and comfort in their life.

This place where Jim lived was all white, black and gray, cold and metallic.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Five, Endings; Chapter Five, Finding

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 040, Friday
February 9th, 2018

Chapter Five: Finding

It took Kathy some time, and there was some detective work to do. She went to the work with calm determination.

The fact that Jim’s identity appeared to be completely fictitious concerned her.

There was a moment when she feared that he was just another plant, one of the handlers sent to interact with her from the National Security structure.

The thought gave her nightmares, feelings of doubt, inadequacy, foolishness. She was able to set them aside, because the more she thought about it, the less likely it seemed. She would have known, she would have picked up on it, if not from Jim, she would have picked up on it from one of the other agents who she had occasion to interact with, or from one of the many who followed her every move.

She considered bringing them into the conversation, asking them to help her understand who this ghost of a person was.

She rejected that idea, because it might complicate her ability to look into his affairs. They might just swoop in and seize everything related to Jim, and never give her a chance to discover anything for herself.

Given her abilities, Kathy was typically able to glean any information she wanted from the people around her, but Jim was a phantom. He was as much of an enigma in death as he had been in life.

Nobody knew anything about him.

It took days to even locate where he lived, and then it took a judge to grant her access, and that was limited to a very narrow window of time.

Finally, when she was in that building, Kathy began to encounter people who Jim had interacted with. Though even to them he was a mystery; a quiet, impersonal, private man. Very few of them had even spoke with him.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Five, Endings; Chapter Three, Autopsy

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 038, Wednesday
February 7th, 2017

Chapter Three: Autopsy

Kathy booked a flight immediately. She arrived at the city morgue, and identified the body.

The pathologist informed her of the cause of death. It was a catastrophic stroke. An embolism burst in his brain, killing him instantly. Otherwise Jim had been in perfect health. He said that it was like a small explosive had gone off in his brain.

Kathy had no idea why she was the one to receive him, other than what the authorities were telling her. She was the only person he had been known to have any contact with.

“Why am I here;” she wondered, not about the process. She was wondering about Jim’s intentions. This whole thing had been orchestrated. She knew that it was his plan she was following.

There were aspects to the administrative process that she was engaged in that were not exactly normal, or even legal, but the officials she was engaged with were acting under orders. The judge, the medical examiner, other governmental functionaries she was forced to deal with, thhe were operating under some kind of pressure, but they themselves were not quite sure what the exigencies were.

There were plans within plans, and the person pulling the levers was here on the slab with her.

It was inscrutable.

There was a level of caution at work that reminded her of her own handlers. There were multiple levels of misdirection and masking, so as to keep the objectives of their research hidden from Kathy.

As far as the locals knew, Kathy was simply the only person the authorities could connect Jim to, it was irregular, but it was what it was, and that was enough

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Five, Endings; Chapter Two, Anonymous

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 037, Tuesday
February 6th, 2018

Chapter Two: Anonymous

Jim did not carry identification.

He never did.

To society at large he barely existed, he left only the smallest of paper trails to define him.

He was a citizen of the world, he spoke every language. He had access to credentials that could open any door, in any country, at any time.  

He was both present, and completely inviable.

He was off the grid.  

There was nothing on his phone to tell anyone who he was; only the record of the calls he had recently made to Kathy. That is how he intended it to be.

He had carefully protected this identity above all others. There was not a single information gathering service in the world, weather private or governmental, open sourced or covert that would be able to discover anything about him, unless they devoted a great deal of manpower to it. Even then Jim had fail-safes in place to protect his privacy.

He would be alerted; he would be able to cover his tracks. That never happened.

It was vital to his plan that when he was discovered dead, those responsible for contacting his next of kin contact Kathy, and only Kathy. She had to be given the responsibility of dealing with his property and effects.

She had to pursue those duties with a sense of mystery, and an openness to discovery that would place her in the right cognitive mindset for the moment to come.

Everything concerning the hours after his departure was a puzzle. There were wheels within wheels, gears turning, and contingencies developing. The pieces came together like the architecture of a fine watch.

Jim’s plans were a thing a craftsmanship.

It was working.

Kathy followed the path Jim had laid out for her, like she was walking out of a maze. There was light at the end of the tunnel, when she arrived there, she would know what she wanted to know.

She would be standing where Jim wanted her to be.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Five, Endings; Chapter One, Notice

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 036, Monday
February 5th, 2018

Chapter One: Notice

Kathy knew it when it happened. She felt a disturbance, it was subtle, but it was Jim, and he was dead.

Kathy knew now that she would never see him again, she was certain of it. Her own emotions twisted up in waves of turbulence. She was shaken, and she felt in her gut that he had planned this.

Jim was orchestrating these events, her responses, he was engaged in a level of manipulation that she had never thought was possible with him, it caused her to look into her heart and question everything.

Kathy had believed that she was impervious to the manipulations of others, because there was not a person who she had ever met that she was unable to read, except Jim.

Now she felt that there entire relationship was a lie.

She was stunned.

When the initial shock had passed, when it was over, she felt the hollow emptiness, and the peace of being in a vacuum.

She was not surprised when she received the call informing her that his body was discovered by the flight attendants, and that by the time they got to him he was already dead. They never noticed that he had been in distress, they said, and they were not a witness to the moment of his passing. It happened in flight.

He had been still and quiet after take-off, and they thought he was merely sleeping.

Once again Jim’s behavior was unexplainable by anyone.

He died as he lived, a mystery.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Emergence: Section One, Jim and Kathy; Collected Parts, I – VII



01 A Private Sorrow, 02 Departure, 03 Loss & Discovery, 04 The Mechanics of Being,
05 Endings, 06 Debriefing, 07 Catastrophe
Emergence:
Section One, Jim and Kathy
Part One, A Private Sorrow,

Collected Chapters

01 Call
02 Morning
03 Lies
04 Closure
05 Confusion
06 Insight
07 Liminality

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 008, January 8th, 2017

Chapter One: Call

Kathy answered the telephone; “hello.”

“I need to see you;” said Jim, without preamble, in his typical-detached tone, as remote as Mount Everest.

“Café?” He asked; pensive and hesitant.

“Yes.” Kathy replied; trying to mask the concern welling up inside of her.

Jim hung up the phone without further comment.

Kathy got ready to go.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 009, January 9th, 2017

Chapter Two: Morning

“Small coffee,” Jim orders.

“Soy chai;” says Kathy.

They sit at the table in the sun, and read the newspaper. In that, at least; this day is like any other morning. The café is busy. They are together, but not.

Jim begins to weep.

“What is wrong with you?” Kathy asks.

He won’t say why.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 010, January 10th, 2017

Chapter Three: Lies

Kathy looked at Jim for a long time, observing him. She watched him as he sat at their table with the newspaper folded in his hands.

“Jim…what is wrong?” She asked.

“I cannot say.”

“Why?”

“You would not understand if I did…I’m not talking about it.”

“I do not get it.”

“I said as much.”

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 011, January 11th, 2017

Chapter Four: Closure

Kathy sensed the emptiness inside her friend. She did not require psychic powers or telepathy to experience it. There was a hollowness inside of him, where normally there was an active awareness, a quick sharpness, and deep perceptivity.

Her time with him this morning, it was dismaying to her, and she wanted to comfort him.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 012, January 12th, 2017

Chapter Five: Confusion

Now that she was here, sitting at the table across from him, Jim was unsure of his motive, of why he asked her to see him. What difference would it make?

The plan he had enacted would proceed. He could not tell her what was about to happen. It was vital that she be surprised.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 013, January 13th, 2017

Chapter Six: Insight

Jim was pensive. It was clear to Kathy that he had something to say to her. She sensed it was bad news, for her, and for everyone. If it had been anyone other than Jim, she would have known, he would not have had to say anything.

Jim was unique, she could not read him.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 014, January 14th, 2017

Chapter Seven: Liminality

They sat with one another, speaking little.

Jim enjoyed being with Kathy, the rhythm of her mind, his thoughts in syncopation with hers. It felt like he was home, and it was the closest thing to his natural state of being that he had ever experienced during the long years that he had been away.

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Emergence:
Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Two, Departure

Collected Chapters

01 Funeral
02 Regrets
03 Doom
04 Cycles I
05 Cycles II
06 Lament
07 Goodbye

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 015, January 15th, 2017

Chapter One: Funeral

Jim finished his coffee, gathered himself, and hurried from the café. He was afraid to miss his flight. The timing of his departure, and precisely where he was when it happened, those things were crucial.

He did not need much; his black suit, his watch, his tie. “I’m dead;” he mused, the “harbinger of doom.”

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 016, January 16th, 2017

Chapter Two: Regrets

“I never should have seen her.” Jim thought.

He was being foolish when he asked her to see him. His emotions were running too high, and they might have alerted her to the plan.

Catching her by surprise was paramount.

Jim couldn’t help himself. It was all over; for everyone, and nothing could be done.

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Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 017, January 17th, 2017

Chapter Three: Doom

What was about to occur would be a global catastrophe; affecting everything on earth, changing humanity irrevocably, killing hundreds of thousands in minutes, millions in days, and most of the rest in a few short years to come.

Very few human being were even aware of the danger. No one expected it to come now.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 018, January 18th, 2017

Chapter Four: Cycles I

Earth endured episodic calamities; storms, and floods, hurricanes and earthquakes, these were minor events compared to the power of the caldera volcano.

There were catastrophes that came from beyond the planet; collisions with comets and asteroids, given time, technology, and planning these could be avoided, but nothing could stop the power growing within the Earth.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 019, January 19th, 2017

Chapter Five: Cycles 2

Seventy thousand years passed since the last caldera blew; only a handful few human beings survived it. It had been six-hundred thousand years since this caldera last erupted, nearly wiping out all life on Earth. The coming event would be greater still. Humanity would survive, even without intervention, but the psychic trauma would be extreme.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 020, January 20th, 2017

Chapter Six: Lament

If civilization, and technology on Earth had been given the time to develop a little bit further, human beings would have been able to harness the geological power of the caldera. In another century, or sooner they would have had it, but the Continuum would not allow for an intervention, and so the disaster ensued.

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A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 021, January 21st, 2017

Chapter Seven: Goodbye

A satellite, cloaked, and orbiting far above the earth, was the actual house of Jim’s consciousness.

From that place, the Observer, flipped a switch, sending a signal to his host body, and with that, the embolism in his doppelganger burst, ending its life. He toggled another device, and entered the wormhole.

He arrived at home.

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Emergence:
Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Three, Loss and Discovery
Collected Chapters

01 Watching
02 Connected
03 Portents
04 Unrequited
05 Impressions
06 Finding
07 True

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Chapter One: Watching

Jim said goodbye and left. He was methodical in his bearing; as always. He never looked back.

Kathy followed him with her eyes, when he turned the corner, with her thoughts, which were disturbing. She was never able to read Jim, but today the membrane of consciousness that shielded him form her, it was translucent.

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Chapter Two: Connected

Kathy was with him, locked onto him, looking through his eyes for the first time as he drove away.

She could bond this way with anyone, at any time.

Of all the people she had ever met, Jim alone was a mystery to her. While she was connected to him, she felt his deep despair.

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Chapter Three: Portents

Jim projected a profound sense of doom, of danger. It lingered in the vacuum that was left when he departed. The strength of it filled Kathy with unease, as if an event were about to happen that would stop everything.

She looked around and saw the world covered in ashes, with everyone choking for air.

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Chapter Four: Unrequited

Jim left a pen behind. He always left something; as if they were little presents just for her.

Kathy stared at the pen, imagining it with all the other things of his she collected, reassembling them in her mind into an image of him; a golem made piece by piece from things he had discarded.

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Chapter Five: Impressions

Kathy could not shake the feeling that Jim had wanted to tell her something.

It was oppressive.

Hours passed, and that feeling lingered, it was like a stone laid across her chest, pushing the air out of her. The despair was so strong in him, it was like a vacuum, and she could not breathe.

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Chapter Six: Finding

Kathy stayed at her table. She sat by herself, alone in the crowd, concentrating on Jim. She sensed a fragility in him she never had before, had never imagined was possible. With that, she felt it was an omen, a portent, indicating that life as she knew, all life on Earth was about to change.

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Chapter Seven: True

Throughout her life, Kathy felt as if the “weight of the world was on her.” She felt it in a unique way, due to the intimate, some had described as “psychic,” connection she had with people near her.

She felt she was “too sensitive,” never suspecting how real, how complete, how all-encompassing those feelings were.

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Section One, Jim and Kathy
Part Four, The Mechanics of Being

Collected Chapters

01 Journey
02 Transition
03 Nativity
04 Self
05 Strings
06 Bodies
07 Home

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Chapter One: Journey

A wormhole is not a tunnel in space/time, linking one place to another. A wormhole is a shortcut through subspace, not a passageway at all. It is a transposition. It is trillions of atoms turning on point the point of pin.

A wormhole is to quantum entanglement, the solution Alexander provided for the Gordian knot.

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Chapter Two: Transition

A flash of violet turned to white. A jolt, a buzz, a tensing like a seizure, followed by a sequence of darkness. The passage to the center of the galaxy was complete.

Jim, the Observer, arrived on the Central Planet in the body of his mechanoid self. He opened his optic lens.

He was home.

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Chapter Three: Nativity
Jim was not his name, merely the most recent name he had adopted as Earth’s Observer. One of thousands over as many lifetimes.

His real name was lost in the Continuum; as all names were. Continuum referred to him with the designation Observer-92835670100561474.

But it was Jim who came to consciousness in the magnetic field.

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Chapter Four: Self

Transitioning from one form of life to another, from the organic body of a human, to the mechanical form of a mechanoid was not easy. It was disorienting.

Organic life is thrilling. Being in the grid of silicone circuitry is not.

The mechanoid form had many more freedoms, but life in the body was grounded.

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Chapter Five: Strings

The phenomenon of consciousness, it is electromagnetic. It pervades everything. There is no point in the universe that it does not touch. The essence of consciousness is concrescent, coalescent, emergent.

Consciousness exists in many forms; animal, mechanical, and in the collective field. There is no place where it is not.

Everything is entangled in consciousness.

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Chapter Six: Bodies

The mechanoid body Jim occupied on the central planet had all of the sensory tools of a human, or of any of the descendants of the ancient race, only deeper, greatly enhanced, and far more powerful, with analytical tools superior to any computational device.

In this body he was completely linked to the Home World.

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Chapter Seven: Home

While his consciousness uploaded into the cynergenic matrix of the Home World, Jim set himself free from the couplings that held his mechanoid body in place.

He flew out of the docking bay, that housed the bodies of the millions of observers assigned throughout the Galactic Empire.

He could sense the Continuum just beyond them.

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Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Five, Endings

Collected Chapters

01 Notice
02 Anonymous
03 Autopsy
04 Family
05 Finding
06 De Ja Vu
07 Memory

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Chapter One: Notice

Kathy knew she would never see Jim again. Though, she was not certain. She felt his passing like a moment of turbulence. When it was over; it was like she was in a vacuum.

She knew he had died before she received the call informing her that his body was found by the flight attendants.

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Chapter Two: Anonymous

Jim did not carry ID. He never did. To society at large he barely existed, he left only the smallest of paper trails to define him.

He was off the grid.

There was nothing on his phone to tell anyone who he was, only the record of the calls he had recently made to Kathy.

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Chapter Three: Autopsy

The pathologist informed her of the cause of death, catastrophic stroke. An embolism burst in his brain, killing him instantly. Yet, he was in perfect health.

Kathy had no idea why she was the one to receive him.

“Why am I here;” she wondered.

She was the only person the authorities could connect him too.

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Chapter Four: Family

Kathy would not have believed it possible, but Jim was more mysterious in death, than he was in life.

She was fascinated by the developments, and full of sadness. All that was fine, except that suddenly she was responsible for his body, she had no idea what he might want her to do with it.

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Chapter Five: Finding

It took time, and some detective work.

Given her abilities Kathy was typically able to glean any information she wanted from the people around her, but Jim was a phantom, as much of an enigma in death as he was in life.

When they located his residence, a judge gave Kathy access to the apartment.

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Chapter Six: De Ja Vu

In all of the years that she knew him, Kathy had never been to Jim’s home. He was an intensely private person, and to her knowledge he had never moved. Nevertheless, it was exactly as she had visualized it, scant, and bare.

He was a Spartan, an aesthetic. It was extreme. It made her uncomfortable.

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Chapter Seven: Memory

There was not a moment of her life that Kathy could not recall; she remembered everything. Her contextualization was holistic, and it was as fast as lightening.

She was perfect.

Now that she was standing in Jim’s apartment, she knew that he had lied to her about a great many things.

She was not surprised.

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Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Six, Debriefing

Collected Chapters

01 Concealment
02 HomeWorld
03 Screening
04 Secrets
05 Identity
06 Connection
07 Shock

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Chapter One: Concealment

Jim had made the crossing between worlds thousands of times, but never while carrying a secret such as this. He had carried secret intentions, but he had never tried to conceal activities.

Everything he had done in his latest iteration would be exposed to the Continuum. There was no way to know what would come.

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Chapter Two: HomeWorld

HomeWorld was not home to Jim. He was not born there, nor in any place like it. Neither was it a world in the proper sense, it was a machine; though it could seem like either if he believed it.

There was nothing alive on HomeWorld; there was energy, circuitry, and consciousness. There was danger.

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Chapter Three: Screening

Jim went to the center of the world, to the Continuum, an artificial personality that pretended to speak for the membership.

Continuum was the primary filter through which all observers shared their experiences from the Empire. He connected, opened his consciousness, his memory, and experience to the group mind, hiding his plan deep within himself.

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Chapter Four: Secrets

From the Continuum secrets were forbidden, but this was a lie. The Continuum itself hid things, every member participated willingly in the obfuscation.

For the individual, concealment of anything was an art. Privacy, while it existed, was an illusion.

Even the Observers living off world were exposed to scrutiny, through extensive modeling of their personalities.

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Chapter Five: Identity

In the time that had lapsed since his last mission to Earth, the planet’s population, and its technology had advanced dramatically.

Jim was able to use that technology to alter the physical structure of his mind. This enabled him to shield himself from the watchful presence of the Continuum, to keep his plan a secret.

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Chapter Six: Connection

The timing of his plan was crucial. It was also perfect.

The catastrophe struck.

The great volcano that had been dormant for hundreds of thousands of years blew.

The Earth shook, and shifted on its axis.

Millions died within seconds, and Kathy was connected to all of them.

Jim transmitted her pain to the Continuum.

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Chapter Seven: Shock

The mechanoid vessel that housed Jim’s consciousness on Home World arrived at the designated location where he merged his mind with the Continuum.

His timing was perfect, it came down to nanoseconds. Jim simultaneously opened his mind to Kathy on Earth, and to the Continuum.

Earth’s pain streamed through the quantum field, flooding the Collective.

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Part Seven, Catastrophe

Collected Chapters

01 Unleashed
02 Channel
03 Volcano
04 Shock
05 Quiet
06 Justification
07 Undone

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Chapter One: Unleashed

The explosion shook the world; everything shifted.

Kathy knew in an instant what it was, what it meant, the sound of the blast echoed back through her memory. She felt it from over a thousand miles away. She felt the fears of those dying, of those about to die, she felt them all around her.

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Chapter Two: Channel

Every-thing is one beneath the quantum field.

Everything is entangled like a ball of string.

There was no distance between Earth and HomeWorld, humanity and Continuum.

Jim felt Earth’s psychic pain rushing through the wormhole connecting him to Kathy. More than fear, shock, and panic, the fullness of the human race came through with her.

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Chapter Three: Volcano

When the super volcano in Yellowstone Park blew. Most people on earth had no idea of the threat, no idea that such a threat even existed, or what it had done in the past.

Now the disaster was here, and the world was dying, life on the earth was becoming just another layer of clay.

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Chapter Four: Shock

The trillions of persons, individuals comprising the Collective became silent all at once; the consciousness of Continuum became still for the first time ever.

The emptiness swallowed the whole.

Each and every one of them felt the psychic pain, it disoriented them, it shattered them, and they had no defense against the onrush of humanity.

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Chapter Five: Quiet

Jim was the first to recover from the trauma.

The Observer had prepared himself.

He was wracked by the pain flowing through the quantum string connecting the Collective to Kathy.

He was able to let it flow through him, he never lost hold of the center of himself. He was ready when the silence followed.

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Chapter Six: Justification

The catastrophe could have been avoided. Natural disasters of this type could be mitigated, as similar problems are resolved on other worlds.

The Continuum craved the impending drama that would come in the aftermath. Now the Collective would feel it full-force.

Together, they would participate in the cataclysm, in a manner they had not foreseen.

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Chapter Seven: Undone

With the Continuum in a state of paralysis; it was a simple thing for Jim to assert the force of his individual persona into the command matrix of HomeWorld; thereby dismantling the architecture supporting its defenses.
He took apart both the psychic protections of the collective consciousness, and the military programs of the central planet.

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