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

 

Section 01, Jim and Kathy

Part 01, A Private Sorrow,

Chapters

01 Call

02 Morning

03 Lies

04 Closure

05 Confusion

06 Insight

07 Liminality

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Chapter One: Call

 

 

Pt. 01, Ch. 01

Kathy answered the phone.

“Hello” she said.

“I need to see you,” said Jim, in his typical tone; detached.

“Café?”

“Yes.”

#Emergence

 

Chapter Three: Morning

 

Pt. 01, Ch. 02

“Coffee,” Jim orders.

“Chai;” says Kathy.

They sit in the sun, and read. It is busy.

Jim weeps, and he won’t say why.

#Emergence

 

Chapter Two: Lies

 

Pt. 01, Ch. 03

“What’s wrong?”

“I can’t say.”

“Why?”

“You wouldn’t get it…I’m not talking about it.”

“I don’t get it.”

“I said as much.”

#Emergence

 

Chapter Four: Closure Pt. 01, Ch. 04

Kathy sensed the emptiness inside her friend; a hollow, where normally there was active awareness, and perceptivity.

#Emergence

 

Chapter Five: Confusion Pt. 01, Ch. 05

Now that she was here; Jim was not sure why he asked her to see him. He could not tell her what was going to happen.

#Emergence

 

Chapter Six: Insight Pt. 01, Ch. 06

It was clear that Jim had something to tell. Kathy sensed that it was very bad news; for him, for her, and everyone.

#Emergence

 

Chapter Seven: Liminality Pt. 01, Ch. 07

They sat with one another; speaking little. Jim enjoyed being with Kathy; their thoughts synched. It felt like home.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Two, Departure,

Collected Chapters

Section 01, Jim and Kathy

Part 02, Departure

Chapters

01 Funeral

02 Regrets

03 Doom

04 Cycles I

05 Cycles II

06 Lament

07 Goodbye

#Emergence

Departure; Part Two, Chapter One: Funeral

 

Pt. 02, Ch. 01

Jim hurried from the café; afraid to miss his flight. He did not need much; black suit, a tie. “I’m dead;” he mused.

#Emergence

 

Departure; Part Two, Chapter Two: Regrets Pt. 02, Ch. 02

“I never should have seen her.”

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

#Emergence

 

Departure; Part Two, Chapter Three: Doom Pt. 02, Ch. 03

What was about to occur would be a global catastrophe; affecting everything on earth, changing humanity irrevocably.

#Emergence

 

Departure; Part Two, Chapter Four: Cycles I Pt. 02, Ch. 04

Earth endured episodic calamity. Storms, floods, earthquakes were minor events compared to the power of the caldera.

#Emergence

 

Departure; Part Two, Chapter Five: Cycles 2 Pt. 02, Ch. 05

Seventy thousand years had passed since the last caldera blew; only a few people survived it. This would be greater.

#Emergence

 

Departure; Part Two, Chapter Six: Lament Pt. 02, Ch. 06

If civilization had developed further, it would have harnessed the geological power of the caldera; but no disaster!

#Emergence

 

Departure; Part Two, Chapter Seven: Goodbye

 

Pt. 02, Ch. 07

Jim flipped a switch. The embolism in his doppelganger burst, ending its life. He entered the wormhole. He was home.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Three, Loss and Discovery,

Collected Chapters

Section 01, Jim and Kathy

Part 03, Loss and Discovery

Chapters

01 Watching

02 Connected

03 Portents

04 Unrequited

05 Impression

06 Finding

07 True

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,

Chapter One: Watching

 

Pt. 03, Ch. 01

Jim left.

Kathy followed him with her eyes, and when he turned the corner; with her thoughts, which were disturbing.

#Emergence

 

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,

Chapter Two: Connected

Pt. 03, Ch. 02

Kathy was with him, looking through his eyes as he drove away. While she was connected to him, she felt his despair.

#Emergence

 

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,

Chapter Three: Portents

Pt. 03, Ch. 03

Jim projected a sense of doom. It lingered as he departed. Kathy was filled with unease; like everything was ending.

#Emergence

 

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,

Chapter Four: Unrequited

Pt. 03, Ch. 04

Jim left a pen. He always left something. Kathy stared; imagining it with the others, reassembling them in her mind.

#Emergence

 

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,

Chapter Five: Impression

Pt. 03, Ch. 05

Kathy felt that Jim wanted to tell her something. Like a stone; it pressed on her, the turbulence of despair in him.

#Emergence

 

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,

Chapter Six: Finding

Pt. 03, Ch. 06

Kathy stayed at her table; sensing a fragility in Jim she never had before. Life as she knew it was about to change.

#Emergence

 

Loss & Discovery; Part Three,

Chapter Seven: True

 

Pt. 03, Ch. 07

Kathy often felt the “weight of the world on her;” that she was “too sensitive,” never suspecting how real that was.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Four, The Mechanics of Being,

Collected Chapters

Section 01, Jim and Kathy

Part 04, The Mechanics of Being

Chapters

01 Journey

02 Transition

03 Nativity

04 Self

05 Strings

06 Bodies

07 Home

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,

Chapter One: Journey

Pt. 04, Ch. 01

A worm hole is not a tunnel in space/time; the passage is a transposition, billions of atoms turning on a pin point.

#Emergence

 

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,

Chapter Two: Transition

Pt. 04, Ch. 02

A flash of violet fades to white. Jolt, a buzz, the tensing of a seizure, darkness; Jim opened his eye. He was home.

#Emergence

 

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,

Chapter Three: Nativity

Pt. 04, Ch. 03

Jim was not its name. Designation 92835670100561474; the Observer came to consciousness rapidly in a magnetic field.

#Emergence

 

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,

Chapter Four: Self

Pt. 04, Ch. 04

Transitioning from human life to mechanical form was not easy. Organic life is thrilling, being in circuitry is not.

#Emergence

 

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,

Chapter Five: Strings

Pt. 04, Ch. 05

Consciousness is electromagnetic. Its essence exists in many forms; animals, mechanical, or in the collective field.

#Emergence

 

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,

Chapter Six: Bodies

Pt. 04, Pt. 06

The mechanoid body Jim occupied had the sensory tools of a human, like those of its ancient race; enhanced and more.

#Emergence

 

The Mechanics of Being; Part Four,

Chapter Seven: Home

 

Pt. 04, Ch. 07

Jim set himself free from the coupling that held him as his consciousness uploaded, and flew out of the docking bay.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Five, Endings;

Collected Chapters

Section 01, Jim and Kathy

Part 05, Endings

Chapters

01 Notice

02 Anonymous

03 Autopsy

04 Family

05 Finding

06 De Ja Vu

07 Memory

@jaybotten

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

 

Endings; Part Five,

Chapter One: Notice

Pt. 05, Ch. 01

Kathy knew she would never see Jim again. She knew it before she got the call informing her that his body was found.

#Emergence

 

Endings; Part Five,

Chapter Two: Anonymous

Pt. 05, Ch. 02

Jim did not carry ID. There was nothing on his phone that said who he was; only record of the call he made to Kathy.

#Emergence

 

Endings; Part Five,

Chapter Three: Autopsy

Pt. 05, Ch. 03

The pathologist told her the cause of death; a stroke. An embolism burst in his brain.

“Why am I here;” she wondered.

#Emergence

 

Endings; Part Five,

Chapter Four: Family

Pt. 05, Ch. 04

Jim was more mysterious in death, than life. Kathy was fascinated; except suddenly she was responsible for his body.

#Emergence

 

Endings; Part Five,

Chapter Five: Finding

Pt. 05, Ch. 05

It took time, and some detective work. They located Jim’s residence, and a judge gave Kathy access to the apartment.

#Emergence

 

Endings; Part Five,

Chapter Six: De Ja Vu

Pt. 05, Pt. 06

Kathy had never been to Jim’s home, and he had never moved. It was exactly as she had visualized it; scant and bare.

#Emergence

 

Endings; Part Five,

Chapter Seven: Memory

 

Pt. 05, Ch. 07

Kathy remembered everything, her recall was perfect. Standing in Jim’s home, she knew he had lied about many things.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Six, Debriefing;

Collected Chapters

Section 01, Jim and Kathy

Part 06, Debriefing

Chapters

01 Concealment

02 HomeWorld

03 Screening

04 Secrets

05 Identity

06 Connection

07 Shock

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Debriefing; Part Six,

Chapter One: Concealment

Pt. 06, Ch. 01

Jim had made the crossing thousands of times, but never carrying a secret. There was no way to know what would come.

#Emergence

 

Debriefing; Part Six,

Chapter Two: HomeWorld

Pt. 06, Ch. 02

HomeWorld was not home to Jim, nor was it a world in the proper sense. It could seem like either; if he believed it.

#Emergence

 

Debriefing; Part Six,

Chapter Three: Screening

Pt. 06, Ch. 03

Jim went to the council; sharing his consciousness, memory, and experience, but hiding his plan deep within himself.

#Emergence

 

Debriefing; Part Six,

Chapter Four: Secrets

Pt. 06, Ch. 04

Secrets were forbidden, but this was a lie. The Continuum hid things, everyone participated. Concealment was an art.

#Emergence

 

Debriefing; Part Six,

Chapter Five: Identity

Pt. 06, Ch. 05

Since his last mission Earth’s tech had advanced dramatically, Jim used it to alter his mind, and shield his secret.

#Emergence

 

Debriefing; Part Six,

Chapter Six: Connection

Pt. 06, Pt. 06

The catastrophe struck. Millions died in seconds, and Kathy was connected to all of them. Jim transmitted all of it.

#Emergence

 

Debriefing; Part Six,

Chapter Seven: Shock

 

Pt. 06, Ch. 07

Jim opened his mind to the Continuum. The pain of Earth streamed through the quantum field, flooding the collective.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Section One, Jim and Kathy

Part Seven, Catastrophe

Collected Chapters

Section 01, Jim and Kathy

Part 07, Catastrophe

Chapters

01 Unleashed

02 Channel

03 Volcano

04 Shock

05 Quiet

06 Justification

07 Undone

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Catastrophe; Part Seven,

Chapter One: Unleashed

Pt. 07, Ch. 01

The explosion shook the world. Kathy felt it from over a thousand miles away, and she felt the fears of those dying.

#Emergence

 

Catastrophe; Part Seven,

Chapter Two: Channel

Pt. 07, Ch. 02

Jim felt Earth’s psychic pain through the wormhole connecting him to Kathy; a hit from the other side of the galaxy.

#Emergence

 

Catastrophe; Part Seven,

Chapter Three: Volcano

Pt. 07, Ch. 03

The volcano in Yellowstone blew. Most had no idea of the threat. Now the disaster was here, and the world was dying.

#Emergence

 

Catastrophe; Part Seven,

Chapter Four: Shock

Pt. 07, Ch. 04

The trillions of persons of the Continuum became silent; all consciousness stilled. Every one felt the psychic pain.

#Emergence

 

Catastrophe; Part Seven,

Chapter Five: Quiet

Pt. 07, Ch. 05

Jim was the first to recover from the trauma flowing through the string; connecting them to Kathy. Silence followed.

#Emergence

 

Catastrophe; Part Seven,

Chapter Six: Justification

Pt. 07, Pt. 06

The catastrophe could have been avoided; as on many other worlds, but now the Continuum would feel its indifference.

#Emergence

 

Catastrophe; Part Seven,

Chapter Seven: Undone

 

Pt. 07, Ch. 07

As the Continuum was paralyzed; it was a simple thing for Jim to dismantle the architecture supporting its defenses.

#Emergence

 

 

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