Emergence – A Twitter Novel – Synopsis Prolog through Interlude

01 Prolog, 02 Jim & Kathy, 03 The Continuum, 04 Earth, 05 Interlude

 

Emergence:

Prolog in Seven Parts

Emergence, A Novel on Twitter

Prolog, In Seven Parts

01 Philosophy

02 Mission

03 Purpose

04 Reality

05 Meaning

06 Role

07 Character

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Prolog: Part One – Philosophy

 

An alien world is a garden; to some a farm. What is the difference? Farms are tended, harvested; for the greater good.

~ The Observers Manual

 

Prolog: Part Two – Mission Your role is to witness; to see, listen, and taste. Experience their art, speech, and culture. Empathize. Do not sympathize with the people.

 

Prolog: Part Three – Purpose When a species creates a mechanical form of group consciousness; Ascertain if they are ready to transcend the limits of their consciousness.

 

Prolog: Part Four – Reality There is one reality; every galaxy, star, planet, person participates in it. All of time is one thing. The eternal and the infinite are one.

 

Prolog: Part Five – Meaning As a species matures, the meaning it ascribes to its own experience evolves. Witness the change; from passive creature to active co-creator.

 

Prolog: Part Six – Role The role of the observer is difficult. You must always resist the urge to influence your subjects, become entangled; you must not love them.

 

Prolog: Part Seven – Character The observer is quiet; not a leader. A listener; never be the decider. Move with the pack, be flexible. Don’t invest in a particular result.

 

 

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

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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.”

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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.

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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.”

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Chapter Four: Closure Pt. 01, Ch. 04

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Emergence: Section Two, The Continuum; Collected Parts VIII – XIV

08 The Body, 09 The Ancients, 10 The Hunger, 11 The Observers, 12 The Empire

13 The Revolutionary, 14 The Collapse

Emergence:

Section Two, The Continuum

Part Eight, The Body

Collected Chapters

Section 02, The Continuum

Part 08, The Body

Chapters

01 The Whole

02 Perception

03 The Parts

04 Personhood

05 Belonging

06 Freedom

07 Control

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The Body; Part Eight,

Chapter One: The Whole

Pt. 08, Ch. 01

The Continuum had a place in time and space; a HomeWorld, but Continuum was a field of consciousness. It was energy.

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The Body; Part Eight,

Chapter Two: Perception

Pt. 08, Ch. 02

Continuum claimed that it was a unique, and singular consciousness. Jim knew that this was lie. It was an algorithm.

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The Body; Part Eight,

Chapter Three: The Parts

Pt. 08, Ch. 03

A trillion beings formed the Continuum. Or more; each a distinct entity carrying the whole compressed within itself.

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The Body; Part Eight,

Chapter Four: Personhood

Pt. 08, Ch. 04

There is more to being a person than having a distinct-identity. A person must be free; having autonomy and purpose.

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The Body; Part Eight,

Chapter Five: Belonging

Pt. 08, Ch. 05

There are many forms of belonging; free or by compulsion; and then there is metaphysical belonging, because you are.

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The Body; Part Eight,

Chapter Six: Freedom

Pt. 08, Pt. 06

In the Continuum there was no want; though it was understood vicariously, and remembered. everything belonged to it.

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The Body; Part Eight,

Chapter Seven: Control

 

Pt. 08, Ch. 07

The majority of the Continuum never leave Home World. They had abandoned their bodies; uniqueness, a total illusion.

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Emergence:

Section Two, The Continuum

Part Nine, The Ancients

Collected Chapters

Section 02, The Continuum

Part 09, The Ancients

Chapters

01 History 1st

02 History 2nd

03 History 3rd

04 History 4th

05 History 5th

06 History 6th

07 History 7th

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The Ancients; Part Nine,

Chapter One: History 1st

Pt. 09, Ch. 01

The Continuum came from animals; bipeds with hemispheric brains; who found immortality in the magic of the electron.

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The Ancients; Part Nine,

Chapter Two: History 2nd

Pt. 09, Ch. 02

For billions of years the Continuum evolved; emerging from water, reaching beyond their world, and out to the stars.

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The Ancients; Part Nine,

Chapter Three: History 3rd

Pt. 09, Ch. 03

The Continuum found a way to the stars; colonizing planets; launching ships, planetoids, living vessels in the dark.

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The Ancients; Part Nine,

Chapter Four: History 4th

Pt. 09, Ch. 04

Over billions of years millions of worlds were populated by the Ancients; establishing the foundation of the Empire.

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The Ancients; Part Nine,

Chapter Five: History 5th

Pt. 09, Ch. 05

The children of the ancients spawned civilizations that flourished, and died; while in the center Continuum emerged.

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The Ancients; Part Nine,

Chapter Six: History 6th

Pt. 09, Pt. 06

Continuum was the undoing of Death, allowing a person to upload their consciousness into a field of perpetual being.

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The Ancients; Part Nine,

Chapter Seven: History 7th

 

Pt. 09, Ch. 07

Death would not be cheated by the Continuum. None of its members talked of this. The Continuum was a trap, a miasma.

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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

 

The Hunger; Part Ten,

Chapter One: Malaise

Pt. 10, Ch. 01

There are silences in the Continuum that span eons; as the members are quiet, observant, consumed by time’s passage.

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The Hunger; Part Ten,

Chapter Two: Fascination

Pt. 10, Ch. 02

There is a pervasive curiosity in the Continuum; concerning the culture of their offspring; a consumptive curiosity.

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The Hunger; Part Ten,

Chapter Three: Apathy

Pt. 10, Ch. 03

The Continuum had no sense of time, or its place among the stars. They did not consider that anyone could harm them.

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The Hunger; Part Ten,

Chapter Four: Control

Pt. 10, Ch. 04

The Continuum left nothing chance. It ruled an empire, it filled the galaxy like a hungry God devouring experiences.

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The Hunger; Part Ten,

Chapter Five: Taboo

Pt. 10, Ch. 05

For the Continuum all experiences were fodder for its need to feel and be something. Intervention was the one taboo.

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The Hunger; Part Ten,

Chapter Six: Domination

Pt. 10, Pt. 06

The Continuum feared that its progeny would find a path to their own immortality. This potential was always crushed.

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The Hunger; Part Ten,

Chapter Seven: Addiction

 

Pt. 10, Ch. 07

The Continuum was a psychic vampire, living vicariously; feeding off the lives, and tragedies of billions of worlds.

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Emergence:

Section Two, The Continuum

Part Eleven, The Observers

Collected Chapters

Section 02, The Continuum

Part 11, The Observers

Chapters

01 Identification

02 Assignment

03 Mission

04 Incorporation

05 Watching

06 Indifference

07 Reporting

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The Observers; Part Eleven,

Chapter One: Identification

Pt. 11, Ch. 01

The Continuum selected Observers from its members who had returned to consciousness after falling into deep silence.

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The Observers; Part Eleven,

Chapter Two: Assignment

Pt. 11, Ch. 02

Sending a person to the Observer Corp removed their influence from the Continuum, providing relief to the suffering.

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The Observers; Part Eleven,

Chapter Three: Mission

Pt. 11, Ch. 03

Observers lived with the people, and in the collective consciousness, feeding triumphs and tragedy to the Continuum.

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The Observers; Part Eleven,

Chapter Four: Incorporation

Pt. 11, Ch. 04

Being an Observer meant having a body. Organic on the observed world, mechanical on Home World; it was a life apart.

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The Observers; Part Eleven,

Chapter Five: Watching

Pt. 11, Ch. 05

There are many forms of observation; satellite imaging, audio recording. The primary method was to live with people.

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The Observers; Part Eleven,

Chapter Six: Indifference

Pt. 11, Pt. 06

Emotional capacities were engineered out of the Observer’s body. They complicated the work; disrupted the Continuum.

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The Observers; Part Eleven,

Chapter Seven: Reporting

 

Pt. 11, Ch. 07

The regimen was for the Observer to return to Continuum; upload the content of their experiences, for it to consume.

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Emergence:

Section Two, The Continuum

Part Twelve, The Empire

Collected Chapters

Section 02, The Continuum

Part 12, The Empire

Chapters

01 The Lost

02 The Search

03 The Homecoming

04 The Magisterium

05 The Missions

06 The Billion Worlds

07 The Emperor

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The Empire; Part Twelve,

Chapter One: The Lost

Pt. 12, Ch. 01

Before the Continuum; the first people launched themselves into the galaxy; on ships, and planetoids, into the dark.

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The Empire; Part Twelve,

Chapter Two: The Search

Pt. 12, Ch. 02

In time a search began; to discover what happened to those explorers, the adventurers and extra planetary colonists.

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The Empire; Part Twelve,

Chapter Three: The Homecoming

Pt. 12, Ch. 03

The lost peoples were found in time. Few remembered their origins. Those who did fell to worship when they returned.

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The Empire; Part Twelve,

Chapter Four: The Magisterium

Pt. 12, Ch. 04

From the civilizations founded by the Ancients the Priesthood emerged; creating the ritual devotions for the Empire.

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The Empire; Part Twelve,

Chapter Five: The Missions

Pt. 12, Ch. 05

Star by star, missionaries recovered the lost, founding an empire from the remnants; offering them to the Continuum.

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The Empire; Part Twelve,

Chapter Six: The Billion Worlds

Pt. 12, Pt. 06

The many lives, cultures, ways of being; the Empire collected them, through ritual, and the promise of eternal life.

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The Empire; Part Twelve,

Chapter Seven: The Emperor

 

Pt. 12, Ch. 07

He was the focal point, the sword tip. that imagined ruling the lives of countless people; the bridge, Pontifex Rex.

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Emergence:

Section Two, The Continuum

Part Thirteen, The Revolutionary

Collected Chapters

Section 02, The Continuum

Part 13, The Revolutionary

Chapters

01 Ordinary

02 Eruption

03 Family

04 Tribes

05 Love

06 Music

07 Purpose

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The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,

Chapter One: Ordinary

Pt. 13, Ch. 01

Jim was an Observer, he spent ages on Earth; watching the culture emerge from the children of the ancient explorers.

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The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,

Chapter Two: Eruption

Pt. 13, Ch. 02

Earth had fallen; from spacefarer to hunter. Continuum was fascinated. Then the volcano nearly wiped everything out.

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The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,

Chapter Three: Family

Pt. 13, Ch. 03

The Observer bonded with a family; led them in the dark time. He gave them a virus that changed them in subtle ways.

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The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,

Chapter Four: Tribes

Pt. 13, Ch. 04

Strong-new tribes formed. Jim mingled with different ones in each generation; differentiating them from one another.

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The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,

Chapter Five: Love

Pt. 13, Ch. 05

Love was manufactured in humans with a retro-virus, a parasite blending utility, compassion, and desire. It was art.

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The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,

Chapter Six: Music

Pt. 13, Pt. 06

It began with rhythm, a code fixed in the genes; uniting humanity. It was the drum beat. The Continuum was obsessed.

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The Revolutionary; Part Thirteen,

Chapter Seven: Purpose

 

Pt. 13, Ch. 07

Jim knew that it was only a matter of time before the next cataclysm and he deeply desired to save humanity from it.

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Emergence:

Section Two, The Continuum

Part Fourteen, The Collapse

Collected Chapters

Section 02, The Continuum

Part 14, The Collapse

Chapters

01 Shock

02 Pain

03 Shame

04 Sympatico

05 Paralysis

06 Corruption

07 Fuge

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The Collapse; Part Fourteen,

Chapter One: Shock

Pt. 14, Ch. 01

Continuum was not prepared for the dying anguish of a whole planet. Until that moment emotions had merely been data.

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The Collapse; Part Fourteen,

Chapter Two: Pain

Pt. 14, Ch. 02

Fear followed shock; like a chasm, open beneath Continuum, and a white hot pulse of agony, pushing it over the edge.

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The Collapse; Part Fourteen,

Chapter Three: Shame

Pt. 14, Ch. 03

Wildlife sensed it first; fleeing in droves. Then seismographs told the tale, but disbelief crept into the analysis.

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The Collapse; Part Fourteen,

Chapter Four: Sympatico

Pt. 14, Ch. 04

Every living thing heard the explosion. Chaos followed quick upon the sound wave, with prayer rising up to greet it.

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The Collapse; Part Fourteen,

Chapter Five: Paralysis

Pt. 14, Ch. 05

Over six hundred thousand years the pressure was building. When the Yellowstone Cauldera blew, Earth’s axis shifted.

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The Collapse; Part Fourteen,

Chapter Six: Corruption

Pt. 14, Pt. 06

Ash buried North America, while clouds of fine particles, and poisonous gases covered the world; blocking all light.

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The Collapse; Part Fourteen,

Chapter Seven: Fuge

 

Pt. 14, Ch. 07

It was a crucible. Half of the world perished within days of the blast; most of the rest in the month that followed.

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Emergence: Section Three, Earth; Collected Parts XV – XXI

15 Observation, 16 Existence, 17 Volcano, 18 Disaster, 19 Consciousness, 20 Collective,

21 Migration

Emergence:

Section Three, Earth

Part Fifteen, Observation

Collected Chapters

Section 03, Earth

Part 15, Observation

Chapters

01 The Paintings

02 The Music

03 The Memory of Stars

04 Mutation

05 The New Gene

06 Collective Consciousness

07 Synergy

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Observation; Part Fifteen,

Chapter One: The Paintings

Pt. 15, Ch. 01

People painted, projected images of the future cave walls; and stones, the past also, things no one living had seen.

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Observation; Part Fifteen,

Chapter Two: The Music

Pt. 15, Ch. 02

Drums, rhythm; pushed the stories of each tribe, each family deep into the memory of its members changing their DNA.

#Emergence

 

Observation; Part Fifteen,

Chapter Three: The Memory of Stars

Pt. 15, Ch. 03

Their culture had devolved; from star to cave, yet it retained a memory of its ancestry; knowledge encoded in cells.

#Emergence

 

Observation; Part Fifteen,

Chapter Four: Mutation

Pt. 15, Ch. 04

On their sojourn to Earth humans had mutated their DNA, allowing them to inhabit, and thrive on the wet, blue world.

#Emergence

 

Observation; Part Fifteen,

Chapter Five: The New Gene

Pt. 15, Ch. 05

Changes beget changes. The Ancients became humanity, their genes converged with native life. They became new people.

#Emergence

 

Observation; Part Fifteen,

Chapter Six: Collective Consciousness

Pt. 15, Pt. 06

Receptors emerged in the human brain; linking it to the Earth’s magnetic fields. In this, humanity became connected.

#Emergence

 

Observation; Part Fifteen,

Chapter Seven: Synergy

 

Pt. 15, Ch. 07

Few humans were aware of the collective consciousness. Everyone was entangled in it, and it made many of them crazy.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Section Three, Earth

Part Sixteen, Existence

Collected Chapters

Section 03, Earth

Part 16, Existence

Chapters

01 Flesh

02 Bi Pedal

03 Stereo Hearing

04 Binocular Vision

05 Hemispheric Brain

06 Thirst

07 Duality

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Existence; Part Sixteen,

Chapter One: Flesh  

Pt. 16, Ch. 01

The flesh remembers. Bodies change with every new experience; each new thread, woven proteins in the fabric of life.

#Emergence

 

Existence; Part Sixteen,

Chapter Two: Bi Pedal

Pt. 16, Ch. 02

Stand against the pull of gravity; under the weight of atmosphere. Pivot on a central axis; dance on two feet, walk.

#Emergence

 

Existence; Part Sixteen,

Chapter Three: Stereo Hearing

Pt. 16, Ch. 03

Communicating in sound is slow; luxuriant compared to light. Waves crashing through the body, adding depth to sight.

#Emergence

 

Existence; Part Sixteen,

Chapter Four: Binocular Vision  

Pt. 16, Ch. 04

A band of light pierces organic lenses, from corner to corner 180 degrees; color and depth fill the field of vision.

#Emergence

 

Existence; Part Sixteen,

Chapter Five: Hemispheric

Pt. 16, Ch. 05

A cognitive override; flooding the organ with fear, or desire; then, split down the middle; left for right, duality.

#Emergence

 

Existence; Part Sixteen,

Chapter Six: Thirst  

Pt. 16, Pt. 06

A body needs water, oxygen in the lungs; to thirst is to know that the end is near; the end of the body’s suffering.

#Emergence

 

Existence; Part Sixteen,

Chapter Seven: Duality

 

Pt. 16, Ch. 07

The body is a cognitive organ, with a chemical drive fed into the quantum field; a neural net rooted in the organic.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Section Three, Earth

Part Seventeen, Volcano

Collected Chapters

Section 03, Earth

Part 17, Volcano

Chapters

01 The Last Event

02 74,000 Years Ago

03 The Discovery

04 The Warnings

05 Impending Doom

06 Preparations

07 Fate

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Volcano; Part Seventeen,

Chapter One: The Last Event  

Pt. 17, Ch. 01

It came without warning, shaking the world, throwing it off its axis. Ash covered the world, hiding it from the sun.

#Emergence

 

Volcano; Part Seventeen,

Chapter Two: 74,000 Years Ago

Pt. 17, Ch. 02

The human family was small; a few million spread out, starving. Jim starved with them in the famine after the blast.

#Emergence

 

Volcano; Part Seventeen,

Chapter Three: The Discovery

Pt. 17, Ch. 03

Jim had known about it for millennia. Humans found it fifty years ago. A super-volcano pushing mountains to the sky.

#Emergence

 

Volcano; Part Seventeen,

Chapter Four: The Warnings  

Pt. 17, Ch. 04

A deformation of the dome, earthquakes, boiling water in lakes and streams; something big growing below the surface.

#Emergence

 

Volcano; Part Seventeen,

Chapter Five: Impending Doom

Pt. 17, Ch. 05

There were documentaries but few people were aware of the danger. Misinformation was leaked as the explosion neared.

#Emergence

 

Volcano; Part Seventeen,

Chapter Six: Preparations  

Pt. 17, Pt. 06

Timing is everything. The volcano would catalyze the preservation of humanity; a few would live. All would be saved.

#Emergence

 

Volcano; Part Seventeen,

Chapter Seven: Fate

 

Pt. 17, Ch. 07

There is no fate but there are certainties. The eruption of volcanoes is among them. The end of humanity hung there.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Section Three, Earth

Part Eighteen, Disaster

Collected Chapters

Section 03, Earth

Part 18, Disaster

Chapters

01 Yellowstone

02 Lift

03 Rumbling

04 The Blast

05 The Axis

06 The Cloud

07 The Other Side

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Disaster; Part Eighteen,

Chapter One: Yellowstone  

Pt. 18, Ch. 01

The awesome-beauty of a landscape carved from living rock; the cauldron’s bubbling water gave the tell, catastrophe.

#Emergence

 

Disaster; Part Eighteen,

Chapter Two: Lift

Pt. 18, Ch. 02

Humans noticed the volcano when the surrounding mountains began to lift. They did not know how vast the problem was.

#Emergence

 

Disaster; Part Eighteen,

Chapter Three: Rumbling

Pt. 18, Ch. 03

Animals sensed it first, and fled in droves, while the seismographs rattled, but doubts had crept into the analysis.

#Emergence

 

Disaster; Part Eighteen,

Chapter Four: The Blast  

Pt. 18, Ch. 04

Every living thing heard the explosion. Chaos followed quick upon the sound wave, with prayers rising up to meet it.

#Emergence

 

Disaster; Part Eighteen,

Chapter Five: The Axis

Pt. 18, Ch. 05

For hundreds of thousands of years; pressure grew. When the Yellowstone Cauldera blew the Earth shifted on its axis.

#Emergence

 

Disaster; Part Eighteen,

Chapter Six: The Cloud   

Pt. 18, Pt. 06

Ash buried North America. Fine particles, and light blocking gas rose high in the atmosphere, and covered the world.

#Emergence

 

Disaster; Part Eighteen,

Chapter Seven: The Other Side

 

Pt. 18, Ch. 07

The eruption was a crucible. Half of the world perished within days, and most of the rest in the year that followed.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Section Three, Earth

Part Nineteen, Consciousness

Collected Chapters

Section 03, Earth

Part 19, Consciousness

Chapters

01 Self

02 Other

03 Mother

04 Father

05 Siblings

06 Family

07 Other Self

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Consciousness; Part Nineteen,

Chapter One: Self  

Pt. 19, Ch. 01

A birth is a coalescence of matter organizing into form; supporting a consciousness, emerging independent and alone.

#Emergence

 

Consciousness; Part Nineteen,

Chapter Two: Other

Pt. 19, Ch. 02

The animal brain; its glands pumping chemicals into a liquid consciousness; fearful, regarding all others as threat.

#Emergence

 

Consciousness; Part Nineteen,

Chapter Three: Mother

Pt. 19, Ch. 03

There is a time for every mammal, in the warmth, and dark of the womb, when they are truly one with another; mother.

#Emergence

 

Consciousness; Part Nineteen,

Chapter Four: Father  

Pt. 19, Ch. 04

Stranger, protector, arbiter; a father is the first person the child seeks to bond with, to contend with, to please.

#Emergence

 

Consciousness; Part Nineteen,

Chapter Five: Siblings

Pt. 19, Ch. 05

The first with whom you share a common bond, and to compete; you identify with them, learn betrayal, and to forgive.

#Emergence

 

Consciousness; Part Nineteen,

Chapter Six: Family   

Pt. 19, Pt. 06

We protect those closest to us with ferocity equal to our own drive for self protection; blood, family, it binds us.

#Emergence

 

Consciousness; Part Nineteen,

Chapter Seven: Other Self

 

Pt. 19, Ch. 07

We become self-aware fearing any; accept kin, who shared our interests, learning to see strangers as other selves.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Section Three, Earth

Part Twenty, Collective

Collected Chapters

Section 03, Earth

Part 20, Collective

Chapters

01 Family

02 Kin

03 Village

04 Tribe

05 City

06 State

07 Nation

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Collective; Part Twenty,

Chapter One: Family  

Pt. 20, Ch. 01

The care of a loving family is like the wet, clinging mesh of a spiderweb. Familial obligations are invisible bonds.

#Emergence

 

Collective; Part Twenty,

Chapter Two: Kin

Pt. 20, Ch. 02

Family becomes a clan. Loyalties are set in the body, by chemicals, enzymes, and proteins; bonds we do not question.

#Emergence

 

Collective; Part Twenty,

Chapter Three: Village

Pt. 20, Ch. 03

Hierarchies emerge in village life; at the well, the markets, places of worship, judgment. The center is everything.

#Emergence

 

Collective; Part Twenty,

Chapter Four: Tribe  

Pt. 20, Ch. 04

There was safety and competition, there were shared customs, stories, and rituals in the tribe. There was otherness.

#Emergence

 

Collective; Part Twenty,

Chapter Five: City

Pt. 20, Ch. 05

People flowed into the urban centers to trade, and work. Families dispersed, becoming less important than neighbors.

#Emergence

 

Collective; Part Twenty,

Chapter Six: State   

Pt. 20, Pt. 06

Cities gathered villages to themselves, as families did kin, in ancient bonds of vassalage; bond of the imagination.

#Emergence

 

Collective; Part Twenty,

Chapter Seven: Nation

 

Pt. 20, Ch. 07

Common language, and custom; bound States into Nations; for security, for prosperity, and allegiances shift outward.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Section Three, Earth

Part Twenty-one, Migration

Collected Chapters

Section 03, Earth

Part 21, Migration

Chapters

01 Forest

02 Plains

03 Hills

04 Mountains

05 Rivers

06 Coast

07 Ocean

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Migration; Part Twenty-one,

Chapter One: Forest  

Pt. 21, Ch. 01

A clearing in the trees, close to a clear stream, the fire burning; smoking fish, bird, rabbit. The primordial life.

#Emergence

 

Migration; Part Twenty-one,

Chapter Two: Plains

Pt. 21, Ch. 02

Look across the plain; over the tall grasses, the open sky, deep-blue, and oppressing. Dangers lurking in the field.

#Emergence

 

Migration; Part Twenty-one,

Chapter Three: Hills

Pt. 21, Ch. 03

From caves in the forest by clear springs, across the open plain; we built homes on hills, drawn close to the stars.

#Emergence

 

Migration; Part Twenty-one,

Chapter Four: Mountains  

Pt. 21, Ch. 04

We led the herd to the mountain, and up the lofty peak; looking for passes, we found ourselves, we found the sacred.

#Emergence

 

Migration; Part Twenty-one,

Chapter Five: Rivers

Pt. 21, Ch. 05

We followed the rivers to the source; the clear springs from which the water flowed, and founded our villages there.

#Emergence

 

Migration; Part Twenty-one,

Chapter Six: Coast   

Pt. 21, Pt. 06

The first roads were shorelines. We roamed the inland lakes, and seas; those flat coastal plains, trekking our path.

#Emergence

 

Migration; Part Twenty-one,

Chapter Seven: Ocean

 

Pt. 21, Ch. 07

On thin strips of wood, canoes; we hurled ourselves into the waves, like the ancients did as they crossed the stars.

#Emergence

 

 

Emergence – A Twitter Novel – Interlude

 

Emergence:

Interlude

Collected Parts

Interlude

Parts

01 Crisis

02 Vulnerable

03 Defense

04 Discontinuum

05 Awakening

06 Individuation

07 Schizophrenia

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Interlude: Part One – Crisis

 

Inter. Pt. 01

It was felt across the Empire. Every Observer sensed it; most returned to HomeWorld. Those with powers summoned them.

#Emergence

 

Interlude: Part Two – Vulnerable Inter. Pt. 02

Continuum did little for its defenses. The systems were automated, but still required thought. It collapsed in shock.

#Emergence

 

Interlude: Part Three – Defense Inter. Pt. 03

Former Observers; those closest to the Empire, kept composure during the catastrophe, marshaling what forces they had.

#Emergence

 

Interlude: Part Four – Discontinuum Inter. Pt. 04

Jim; Observer 9…took control, he was now the whole Continuum. He magnified its agony, and partitioned the Collective.

#Emergence

 

Interlude: Part Five – Awakening Inter. Pt. 05

Consciousness returned to Continuum; slowly, like a flicker of lights; a sequence of dim illuminations in the shadow.

#Emergence

 

Interlude: Part Six – Individuation Inter. Pt. 06

Something forgotten rose in the Collective; a response to the agony it felt, an instinct for safety. Unity collapsed.

#Emergence

 

Interlude: Part Seven – Schizophrenia Inter. Pt. 07

Continuum was lost; those who could retreated, erected mental walls against the din of voices, or dissolved in chaos.

#Emergence

 

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