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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-eight, Encounter; Chapter Seven, Jim


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 210, Sunday
July 29th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Jim

Kathy looked forward to every meeting with Jim. It both excited her, and made her feel a deep sense of trepidation.

She imagined that at any time her handlers from the Agency would come to put a stop to it, to interrogate her and ask her endless questions about who he was, how he appeared in her life, what his motivations were.

She knew that they would be disturbed if she were to tell them that she did not know the answers to those questions.

Being with Jim gave Kathy a feeling that she had never experienced before. She felt peace, and comfort.

She felt understood

She was like a child with her father. He was older, wiser, his age was unfathomable to her.  

He never asked her to use her abilities, to explain things, to read minds, to solve problems, to perform her tricks. This differentiated him from every other person she had ever met, other than her biological parents.

And yet, Kathy wanted to perform for him, show off her skills, to demonstrate her intelligence.

His mind was still. He was utterly opaque.

She knew that he was an ancient person, an alien, an anomaly, and yet nevertheless human, in the full sense of the term.

He was not like her, he was something different, and she loved him without question.

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-eight, Encounter; Chapter Six; Desire


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 209, Saturday
July 28th, 2018

Chapter Six: Desire

It took Kathy several moments to get her bearings when she met Jim.

It was the first time she had ever encountered a human being that she could not fathom in an instant.

Kathy thought she had prepared herself for the unexpected, his knowledge of ancient languages alone informed her that she was going to encounter a unique individual, perhaps another person like herself.

It was not just his knowledge, knowledge was not the right word. He had an intimate familiarity with them, akin to her own familiarity, he knew more than the meanings of characters and symbols, he knew how the speech sounded, something he could only know if he had been there, or if he was attuned to some part of himself who had, like Kathy was.

It took her several moments to adjust to this new reality. She was uncertain as to why she had believed that being in close proximity to him would change anything.

Distance and proximity had never been factors in her ability to reach another mind before.

Jim was closed to her.

All she wanted to do was to be absorbed by him, to lose herself in him, as everyone she had ever been with had been lost in her.

For the very first time she felt a longing that was not rooted in loneliness and isolation.

She felt desire.

She felt distinct.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-eight, Encounter; Chapter Five, A Man Like No Other


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 208, Friday
July 27th, 2018

Chapter Five: A Man Like No Other

Kathy was all nervous energy in the hours before she went to meet him, but on seeing him approach her she immediately began to relax.

She knew that she had never met him, but there were echoes of him throughout the long chain of her inherited memories, not him exactly, but someone like him.

The voices within her were silent, however, and so her memories were just impressions, shadows.

The myopia within her was tantalizing. Why this man, of all men, why was it that she could not summon her powers to glean anything about Jim.

It was intriguing, it caused her to want to learn more.

It was as if he had been present throughout her entire past, but there was no point of intersection where her genetic line crossed his.

Despite the mystery, or perhaps because of it. Kathy found herself at ease with Jim.

The sound of his voice soothed her.

He used patterns of speech, and inflection that leapt into her consciousness as if he were speaking through her ancestry, but he wasn’t.

He shared her personal-historical perspective but he was not a part of the same continuum as she.

That first contact with him was a dream come true for Kathy, she felt a sense of privacy with him that she had never felt before.

The most significant thing about him was that she could not read his mind.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-eight, Encounter; Chapter Four, Meeting


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 207, Thursday
July 26th, 2018

Chapter Four: Meeting

Kathy was nervous.

She was Giddy.

She had reflexively looked for answers to the question of who this mysterious man was, she had peered into her memories, and she had sought contact with him through the nous-sphere, in the cynergenic field.

She encountered a disturbing silence on all fronts.

Not only could she not reach him, she could not glean any information about him from any source. That should have been impossible.

After her preliminary foray toward answering those questions, she accepted the mystery for what it was, a gift, and she stopped looking for answers.

She was determined to move forward one step at a time, and to let the facts reveal themselves in the present moment.

They met at a café Kathy frequented, a busy place. Kathy felt secure in that, and she did not want to draw attention to him, to put him in the cross hairs of her handlers.

Kathy liked crowds.

The more people that she was surrounded by, the easier it was for her to allow the psychic chatter of each individual to blend together as background noise.

She felt safe in the cafe. It was a place where it was not unusual for strangers to sit together, as she was about to do with the man from her letters.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-eight, Encounter; Chapter Three, Conversation


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 206, Wednesday
July 25th, 2018

Chapter Three: Conversation

The day began like any other.

It was Sunday.

Kathy woke up, did yoga, meditated.

She prepared her coffee, and a piece of toast for breakfast.

She was looking through her task list for the week, planning her research.

Then the phone rang, and she had not had the slightest premonition of it.

The phone rang, and rang. Kathy was somewhat startled and slightly paralyzed

She allowed the phone to continue ringing, she though it must be a wrong number, but they did not give up.

She lifted the receiver from the cradle.

She said, “hello.”

The man who spoke to her, spoke in a language that had been dead for millennia, there was no one other than her who even knew this language existed.

She had no trouble with it. She knew this must be the person who had sent her the letter, the same person who was attempting to wrap her in the cloak of conspiracy.

Her heart began to race, and skip; for the first time since she was an infant, she was not alone, and yet, she was slightly disturbed by his presence on the other end of the line.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-eight, Encounter; Chapter Two, Correspondence


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 205, Tuesday
July 24th, 2018

Chapter Two: Correspondence

Kathy went to her mailbox as she did every day, she reached inside always hoping to find some correspondence from her parents, or a teacher that she had been fond of.

She occasionally received mail from a teacher, or a colleague, or one of the few people she had found a form of friendship with.

It always delighted her when she did.

She never received anything from her parents, not one word at all since they had left her.

Nevertheless, personal mail was rare.

When her fingers touched the envelope inside she became very excited.

Kathy ignored the fact that the letter in her box was neither stamped nor metered.

Its arrival was completely unexpected.

She was delighted.

There was a mystery in front of her, she did not have a clue what it might lead to.

She peeled the envelope open, took out its contents and read it, by doing so, she found herself entering into a conspiracy.

The script was written in an alphabet that no person other than herself could have known, and in a language from another time and place entirely, with no connection to the modern world.

She had to stretch her mind in unexpected ways to even recognize the pattern. When she did she was astounded.

She was faced with a puzzle like no other she had ever seen.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-eight, Encounter; Chapter One, Watched


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 204, Monday
July 23rd, 2018

Chapter One: Watched

Kathy began to feel something strange and unfamiliar.

She felt as if she was being followed by someone, and she was used to being followed, but this time she was being followed by a man who was not connected to the agencies she worked with.

She developed this sense in the normal way, in the way that ordinary people might feel like there are eyes on them.

The sense that she was being watched, under observation, followed, it did not come to her from the psychic antenna that was always tuned to such things, and that was the strangest of all.

He left no impression.

She began to recognize the man, to see him out of the corner of her eye while she was walking down the street, or in a line at the store.

His face evoked powerful memories, but the voices within her were silent. They could not offer any details on the man.

His presence sat in her consciousness like the weight on a fishing line, it held steady in the water, there was a hook, but she could not discern it.

She could not read him.

She could not recover a sense of him from the cynergenic field.

He was a mystery.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-seven, Isolated; Chapter Seven, Travel


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 203, Sunday
July 22nd, 2018

Chapter Seven: Travel

Kathy began to experience a degree of freedom she had never enjoyed before. She knew that it was entirely conditional, at all times her handlers wanted Kathy close to them, under strict observation.

The apparatus they built around her was an amazing thing to behold.

The National Security interests utilized a revolving network of spies to keep an eye on her. Every agent was linked by satellite, it gave them the ability to track her comings and goings in real time and from a distance which they felt was sufficiently safe from her prying mind.

Those agents whose mission it was to keep their eyes on her, they had no idea who she was.

They were junior agents who came and went so quickly from their assignment, that following Kathy was generally viewed as a basic training exercise. Nevertheless, every observation they made was pushed up into the cloud and correlated with the vast data base that her handlers were building to track everything she said and did.

Kathy felt her autonomy increasing.

Every little bit of space they gave her, she took.

The assignments she was given came less and less frequently. She could see the patterns in their behaviors toward her.

She knew that she was both indispensable, and matter of grave concern for the people at the top of the security apparatus.

In time, she even had some freedom to travel. When she did, she went to the places that her ancestors directed her to. 

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-seven, Isolated; Chapter Six, Recluse


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 202, Saturday
July 21st, 2018

Chapter Six: Recluse

Out of an innate drive for self-preservation, Kathy developed the ability to ward off psychic intrusions.

She built mental walls to ensure her privacy, to keep the thoughts and feelings of other people from seeping into her cognitive flow.

As her mastery over her powers grew she also had to be careful not to project her wishes and desires onto other people. No one knew it, not one of her handlers, but she had the ability to control the thoughts of other people, to audit their memories, to make suggestions that they would be powerless to refuse.

She wanted privacy, and she had no desire to influence people. The boundaries she established for herself were crucial to preserving her sense of identity.

Those defenses required constant mindfulness, a diligence that stole her energy. And so, in order to rest, she preferred to be alone.

Being alone was not enough, she also had to be distracted, her senses needed to be stimulated all the time, or else she would slip into the nous-sphere, the cynergenic field, or find herself caught up in the labyrinth of her memories.

Kathy desired little more than to be present, to be helpful, to advance the causes she cared about; diplomacy, justice, care for the environment, and the safeguarding of the human race.

She was increasingly focused on the long range plans to establish a permanent human presence in space, on the moon, and outward toward the outer planets.

She dreamed of a life out among the stars, in those dreams she encountered a thread the pulled at her consciousness like the threads of her ancestral memories.

She heard a calling.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-seven, Isolated; Chapter Five, Academic


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 201, Friday
July 20th, 2018

Chapter Five: Academic

After years of working with Kathy, her handlers came to an appreciation of how dangerous it could be to interact with her directly regarding the nations secrets.

She could penetrate the minds of anyone who came in contact with her.

For Kathy, this happened without effort in regard to those who near to her, either close to her emotionally, or proximate to her in space. The content of their thoughts might pass through her as if she were sifting fine particles from the air.

Her handlers determined to engage her at a distance. The efforts they took in this regard had a positive impact on Kathy’s life. Everything about her circumstances was completely contrived, this much she knew.

The efforts her handlers took allowed her to live a semblance of a normal life.

There were some in the security establishment who argued that she should be killed, that she was too dangerous, and that it was too costly to keep her in the world.

There were powers at the top of the hierarchy who would not hear these recommendations, they argued two things; first, that she was the most prodigious problem solver and analyst the world had ever seen; and second, that they needed to study every aspect of her abilities so that they could document the full range of human potential

Kathy was placed in a small-private college, did research, and wrote. Her handlers thought that distance, and noise were the keys to protecting their secrets, believeing that the more people they placed between Kathy and themselves the more likely it would be that they could shield their intentions and motivations from her

They were wrong, there were few limits to Kathy’s abilities.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-seven, Isolated; Chapter Four, Diet


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 200, Thursday
July 19th, 2018

Chapter Four: Diet

Eating was a necessity, there were many days when she wished she could dispense with it altogether.

The rituals of cooking, the textures of food, brought her to places she did not want to dwell in. Not that the memories were unpleasant, that was not necessarily so, but she could not avoid the nexus of memories those activities brought her to.

What bothered Kathy was the lack of control.

Flavors and odors haunted her, they hovered around and clung to her like ghosts.

Taste and smell could transported her instantly to past times, and past ages, placing her in a kind fuge, unbidden, that should not escape from.

Kathy found solace in the bland, comfort in modern processed foods, foods that were completely new and entirely foreign to human experience.

She did not want to mix anything in a bowl, stir something in a pot, engage in knife work, or butchery.

Even the smell of baking bread, so pleasing and comforting to almost every person in the world, even that was troublesome for Kathy.

Eating was a necessity.

Kathy consumed most of her calories like an astronaut, sucking it out of packages that did not require any processing.

The most pleasing thing to her was coffee.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-seven, Isolated; Chapter Three, Dance


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 199, Wednesday
July 18th, 2018

Chapter Three: Dance

When Kathy danced she moved without thinking.

Dancing was auto-hypnotic. She lost herself in the drums and rhythms.

She abandoned time in movement, in the moments flowing from the present time to past ages.

She relived the steps of her ancestors, felt their feelings, their fears and their hopes for the future.

Dance was a place of transcendence.

When she was dancing she was not fully engaged with the present world, the psychic noise and the din of chaos slipped away and the cares of the world disappeared.

Kathy experienced this same phenomenon in many ways, but what made dancing different for Kathy was that while dancing she did not succumb to the temptation to retreat into no-time.

She hovered in between the world of the present moment, and the world of her ancestors, simultaneously connected to both.

With her body in motion, she could fully not disengage from the world around her, and at the same instant she was connected to both the world of her memories and the collective consciousness that joined her to the entirety of humanity.

Dancing was freedom.

Dancing was the ultimate expression of who she was, of her uniqueness as a human being.

Kathy danced for the joy of it.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-seven, Isolated; Chapter Two, Music


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 198, Tuesday
July 17th, 2018

Chapter Two: Music

Of all the “normal” things that people occupied themselves with, the ordinary pleasantries, the little things that filled up their days and nights, music was the most difficult thing for Kathy to endure.

There were new generations of performers emerging all the time.

Every year brought new waves of artists writing songs, and making hits. Vocal styles changed, tonal styles changed, the content of lyrics and the popularity of certain instruments changed, but only within a narrow range.

The rhythm and the beats, the timing of the drums changed very little over time.

If Kathy was careless, a melody could cause her to slip, without knowing, into another lifetime. She would fall into her memories, slipping away from the present in ways that were dangerous to her

A beating drum told a hundred thousand stories; they told of the hunt and the harvest, of conflict and the march to war, of year toiling in servitude pushing through the field and pulling at the oar.

Kathy loved music, she would use it for all of those purposes, but her susceptibility to it made it dangerous to her.

It was an area of weakness.

Her handlers knew this.

They had observed the effects of music and other sensory stimulants on her, enough for them to see the patterns.

They knew enough about Kathy’s relationship to certain stimuli that they could use it to manipulate her.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-seven, Isolated; Chapter One, Art


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 197, Monday
July 16th, 2018

Chapter One: Art

Kathy journeyed inside of herself, reliving lifetimes through her memories. She relived those lives in quantum time, which was not time at all, it was outside of time, it was no-time.

In that mysterious space she communed with her ancestors, and under their tutelage she taught herself all of the disciplines she required to master her powers, learning from them a way that allowed her to function in society.

She wanted to be a normal person, to experience normal things, to feel the weather, or human touch, to see the beauty of the world and of humanity, to listen to music, and the sounds of the city, to smell flowers, and food cooking, and the body of her lover.

She wanted those things for herself, she wanted more than to just relive them through her intimate connection to the past.

She developed austere habits and disciplines; learning muscle control, discernment, patience.

She developed the ability to flesh out the memories she wandered in, to experience them for herself as if she were truly living.

There was no path too remote for her to follow.

She took up the plastic arts, she painted, and drew, she sculpted.

She took the time to recreate the visions of her ancestors, and to capture through various media, her own unique experience.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-six, Adulthood; Chapter Seven, Writing


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 196, Sunday
July 15th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Writing

The intelligence operatives stopped visiting Kathy in person, they engaged her by proxy and through handlers.

They did not want to expose themselves to Kathy’s penetrating psychic insight. They took every measure they could to conceal their motives. They only wanted the answers to their questions, they did not want any reflection from Kathy about the projects they were working on, the reasons why they needed their questions asked.

They submitted questions in writing.

They used a long chain of couriers to deliver the contents of their inquiries, and from which to receive their answers. Everyone who came in contact with her was watched.

The multiple degrees of separation proved to be a valuable tool. It eased the fears of the security establishment that Kathy would glean too much information from their agents and analysts if they were exposed to her directly.

Kathy received her assignments. She in turn wrote papers giving details and context, in response to the questions they submitted to her. She deciphered code, sometimes ancient script, offered geopolitical analysis, identified covert agents, pointed out weaknesses in their own security.

Oftentimes she did not answer questions directly, she supported their work by helping them to ask better questions.

This frustrated her handlers at times, but Kathy was not being coy. They often brought questions to her that they already possessed the ability to answer.

Kathy did not want to be responsible for a weakening of the intelligence and security apparatus, she wanted it to excel through her engagement with it.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-six, Adulthood; Chapter Six, Religion


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 195, Saturday
July 14th, 2018

Chapter Six: Religion

Religious conflicts began to shape the later 20th, and the early 21st centuries. Kathy’s input regarding the origins of these conflicts was invaluable.

Current events had to be understood in their historical contexts. The histories of the tribes moved them long after the members had forgotten the particular details of a broken promise, an injustice, or a blood feud.

Kathy’s ability to pinpoint the specific moments in time that were the antecedents of those tribal conflict was uncanny. If she could not reach the understanding through her own ancestral memories, she could commune with the spirits of the dead, she could pull the insight she needed from the nous-sphere, through the cynergenic field.

Her memory produced volumes of insight for her handlers, but questions along those lines left her deeply disturbed. It caused her to dread the entire human race, the vile antipathy people held toward one another, and how easy it was for the bucolic life of a farmer, or a herdsman to become twisted by greed and to drive them toward the calamities of war.

The human psyche was incredibly easy to manipulate. People were supple, pliable, soft and reducible.

Human beings had a vast capacity for self-delusion, and a profound willingness to be complicit in it.

In the midst of research Kathy often felt the instinct to flee, to run away from everything, to never return.

Just as she had been abandoned by her parents, Kathy wanted to abandon the world.

She desperately wanted to be alone.

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