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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Section One, Jim and Kathy

 

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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