Emergence: Section Three, Earth; Collected Parts, XXII – XXIIIV

22 Childhood, 23 Prodigy, 24 Adolescence, 25 Abnormal,

26 Adulthood, 27 Isolated, 28 Encounter

 

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Section Four, Kathy

 

Part Twenty-two, Childhood

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 Memory

02 Memories

03 Remembering

04 Knowledge

05 Knowing

06 Understanding

07 Expressing

 

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Day 162, June 11th, 2017

 

Chapter One: Memory

 

From the moment she was born Kathy lived in two worlds: one, her senses; two, the larger world of memory.

 

Her memory spoke to her in word and vision, contextualizing everything she encountered, summarizing each new experience at the speed of light, faster.

 

Every smell, every touch, every sound was evocative.

 

She was often paralyzed.

 

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Chapter Two: Memories

 

There were hidden places within her, deep places she would spend years discovering.

 

There were languages no person had spoken for millenia.

 

There were memories of love, of pain, and the promise of transcendence.

 

Her memories were full of visions, visions of transformation, of her ancestors, where she was always in a state of becoming.

 

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Day 164, June 13th, 2017

 

Chapter Three: Remembering

 

Kathy’s memories came to her unbidden. They simply suggested themselves to her in order to frame her understanding of the events she was experiencing in real time.

 

She experienced a dialog with the ancestors living within her, deciphering events, and answering questions in an instant.

 

It was an atavistic process. It happened at light speed.

 

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Day 165, June 14th, 2017

 

Chapter Four: Knowledge

 

The new was surreal to Kathy. The more unique the event, the more fascinated she was by it.

 

For her to witness something unprecedented was like watching a movie in a blurry, off-axis context, while the voices inside her attempted to shape her understanding of the event by providing context, offering comparisons, and suggesting similes.

 

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Day 166, June 15th, 2017

 

Chapter Five: Knowing

 

For Kathy, knowing things came unbidden. Details of particular points of knowledge filled her mind at quantum speed.

 

She did not have to ponder or search her memory for anything.

 

The meanings of symbols, and of histories, populated her consciousness in no-time.

 

Everything she sensed was filtered through a screen of the complete human experience.

 

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Day 167, June 16th, 2017

 

Chapter Six: Understanding

 

For Kathy, comprehension came from beyond time and space. It came from a place within the mysteries of the atom, within the waves that make up the fabric of the subatomic field, from a place in which time and space are concepts without meaning, trillions of points of light drawn into the concrescence of insight.

 

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Day 168, June 17th, 2017

 

Chapter Seven: Expressing

 

Kathy played music.

 

There was not an instrument, or a rhythm that she did not master instantly.

 

She sang, with perfect pitch.

 

She spoke in her own voice, all the while sensing the multitude within her, guiding her fingers, her brushes, her pen, and her tongue.

 

She was the living repository of all human knowledge.

 

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Section Four, Kathy

 

Part Twenty-three, Prodigy

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 A Funny Child

02 A Strange Child

03 A Frightening Child

04 Discipline

05 Conformity

06 Quietude

07 Other

 

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Day 169, June 18th, 2017

 

Chapter One: A Funny Child

 

Kathy loved jokes.

 

Her laughter was the first thing her parents noticed about her. It alerted them to the fact that she was different.

 

Even as an infant she picked up on the punch lines, understanding the spoken words, the inferences that were made. She understood these exchanges months before she had learned to speak.

 

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Day 170, June 19th, 2017

 

Chapter Two: A Strange Child

 

Kathy was as quiet as she was observant.

 

She did not flit about randomly like infants and toddlers do.

 

She was focused, balanced, and cautious.

 

She repeated sounds and gestures in patterns that quickly became noticeable to her parents.

 

She was training herself, quickening the pace by which she would learn to walk, and talk.

 

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Day 171, June 20th, 2017

 

Chapter Three: A Frightening Child

 

Kathy was crawling within weeks of being born, and walking within a few short months.

 

By her first birthday she was dancing.

 

Kathy practiced and practiced in the quiet moments of her day, at night, in the dark, while her parents slept.

 

She did not speak a word until she was speaking in complete sentences.

 

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Day 172, June 21st, 2017

 

Chapter Four: Discipline

 

The direction for her exercises came from deep within herself.

 

Kathy’s memories spoke to her, they guided her, the ancestral voices focused her, kept her calm, allowing her to see her own life and experiences in the context of the collective experiences swelling within her.

 

She formed plans spontaneously, in order to realize her goals.

 

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Day 173, June 22nd, 2017

 

Chapter Five: Conformity

 

Whatever her parents tried to teach her, Kathy took to with ease

 

She mastered complex tasks without effort.

 

The only thing that took time was developing muscle memory, which required repetition.

 

She struggled with the skill of blending in, hiding her differences.

 

It was only through the most diligent habits of mindfulness that she succeeded.

 

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Day 174, June 23rd, 2017

 

Chapter Six: Quietude

 

For Kathy to get along, she learned to be silent, listen, wait, to let the others around her fail.

 

She could not insert herself into their activity, she could not correct them, or provide the right answer.

 

She learned to experience success as a private affair, only harkening to the applause that came from within.

 

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Day 175, June 24th, 2017

 

Chapter Seven: Other

 

Kathy was unique.

 

She was different from every other human being on the planet, different from everyone who had ever been.

 

She was still young when she realized that difference.

 

Understanding it did not help her manage her feelings, or those of others.

 

Her parents were afraid, afraid for her. She was like an alien.

 

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Section Four, Kathy

 

Part Twenty-four, Adolesence

 

Collected Chapters

 

01 Anger

02 Doubt

03 Disturbance

04 Rage

05 Refuge

06 Attraction

07 Sexuality

 

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Day 176, June 25th, 2017

 

Chapter One: Anger

 

Kathy understood the things she was going through, the physical transformations of adolescence, but like much of her knowledge, her comprehension of it was abstract. It was disconnected from her actual experience.

 

Understanding had little power to quell the rank emotions rising within her body, the chemical miasma fuming within her which every youth experiences.

 

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Day 177, June 26th, 2017

 

Chapter Two: Doubt

 

As a child Kathy was composed.

 

She always acted with a semblance of poise and surety that even in an adult, would have marked her as unusual.

 

As she matured, when in public, she was paralyzed by insecurity.

 

Am I insane, she thought, who am I.

 

The answers she gleaned shook her to the core.

 

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Day 178, June 27th, 2017

 

Chapter Three: Disturbance

 

Her parents did whatever they could to help Kathy, bringing in tutors, and sending her to special schools.

 

Out of frustration and deep resentment she lashed out at her teachers.

 

She mocked them, she alienated everyone who came in contact with her.

 

Between the ages of nine and fifteen her family moved a dozen times.

 

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Day 179, June 28th, 2017

 

Chapter Four: Rage

 

Kathy burned with hatred.

 

Her contempt for everyone she came in contact with lit a fire deep in her belly. There was no talking it away.

 

There was no therapeutic approach to help her mitigate those feelings.

 

In order to cope, she turned the heat and violence inward, focusing all of that energy on herself.

 

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Day 180, June 29th, 2017

 

Chapter Five: Refuge

 

In time Kathy learned to separate herself from her emotions.

 

She found peace in meditations that took her outside of her body.

 

With an ability that no human being ever had before, she entered the cynergenic field, creating a distance from the structured feelings of her own body, and discovered unity with everyone on earth.

 

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Day 181, June 30th, 2017

 

Chapter Six: Attraction

 

She needed a place to escape.

 

Kathy found distraction in the passions of her body.

 

She was able to forget herself, and the world around her, in uncritical, careless delights.

 

She lost herself in beautiful people, in the present moment, in the desires that were immediate.

 

She concentrated all of her attention in the now.

 

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Chapter Seven: Sexuality

 

Kathy found peace, release, and freedom in the orgasm.

 

The energy of a sexual climax took her to a place beyond space and time.

 

The universe contracted, as did her psychic connection to humanity.

 

From her first time with her first lover, to the last man she took into her bed, it was the same.

 

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Section Four, Kathy

 

Part Twenty-five, Abnormal

 

Collected Chapters

01 School

02 Testing

03 Sequestered

04 Institutionalized

05 Experiment

06 Psychic

07 Think Tank

 

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Day 183, July 2nd, 2017

 

Chapter One: School

 

When she was five years old, instead of beginning kindergarten, Kathy’s parents placed her in a private tutelage. They took this step because they were continuously unnerved by her manners.

 

They were afraid of her, and they feared for her.

 

They were desperate to help her, and eager to be released from their parental obligations.

 

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Day 184, July 3rd, 2017

 

Chapter Two: Testing

 

The behavior of every tutor Kathy’s parents contracted to teach her fell into a pattern they learned to dread.

 

At first they were delighted, then scared.

 

They tested her, wrote about, and then they sought to exploit her.

 

Every one of them was convinced that the fate of the world hinged on learning her secrets.

 

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Day 185, July 4th, 2017

 

Chapter Three: Sequestered

 

By her tenth birthday; Kathy’s parents decided to forego tutors.

 

They put her in the care of doctors, and clergy, people with a broader commitment to supernal values.

 

They entrusted them to guard her education.

 

Kathy was alone, she was not a child, she had no parents.

 

She was a patient; the subject of fascination.

 

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Day 186, July 5th, 2017

 

Chapter Four: Institutionalized

 

It took a great deal of time for Kathy’s proctors and advisors to find a place for her.

 

When the did, they told her it was a home for prodigies, gifted youngsters, but it was a front for National Security.

 

It was safe. Only those who had been entrusted to help her, had betrayed her.

 

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Day 187, July 6th, 2017

 

Chapter Five: Experiment

 

Kathy read, she listened, watched.

 

She engaged all of her senses in the act of probing her memories.

 

She studied, took tests, and she was tested, probed, examined by her proctors for the limits of her knowledge.

 

There were many occasions when she was unaware of what was transpiring, but she learned to see patterns.

 

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Day 188, July 7th, 2017

 

Chapter Six: Psychic

 

Kathy’s handlers had never considered the concept of an “ordinary psychic.”

 

Genuine telepaths were exceedingly rare, but they existed.

 

In the later 20th century their abilities were tested, analyzed, put to use by spy agencies and police forces around the world.

 

Psychic abilities of any degree were extraordinary.

 

Kathy’s gifts required a completely different understanding.

 

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Chapter Seven: Think Tank

 

Kathy’s moods normalized as she grew older, and adjusted to the reality of her differences.

 

She found resources in her memory to guide her in the development of self-control.

 

Her gift for analyzing data grew exponentially.

 

Institutions formed around her, access to Kathy was more valuable to national intelligence than access to the fastest super-computer.

 

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Section Four, Kathy

 

Part Twenty-six, Adulthood

 

Collected Chapters

01 A Place in the World

02 Valued

03 Work

04 Career

05 National Security

06 Religion

07 Writing

 

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Day 190, July 9th, 2017

 

Chapter One: A Place in the World

 

As she advanced in her skills and gained control of her powers, Kathy’s sensitivity to the motives of those around her became profound.

 

The intentions of the analysts who questioned her were an open book.

 

Millions of dollars were spent to mask them, to foster in her a sense of belonging, with ever increasing difficulty.

 

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Chapter Two: Valued

 

In her work place, every little detail of her environment was contrived, scripted, fake.

 

No effort was spared to engender within Kathy feelings of safety, and love.

 

In her youth Kathy saw through the contrivances, while valuing the sentiments behind it, taking those for genuine.

 

Over time all the false fronts vanished. She was cynical.

 

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Chapter Three: Work

 

The analysts came to see her nearly every day, Sundays being her only respite.

 

Kathy listened to them.

 

She read their papers, watched their films, and when they put questions to her, she shared her insight from the depths of her memory.

 

She read ancient languages, interpreted obscure symbols, and saw the patterns in everything.

 

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Day 193, July 12th, 2017

 

Chapter Four: Career

 

Kathy loved problem solving. She took joy in it, helping people pleased her. It gave her a sense of purpose.

 

In the cases she was presented, or the analysis she was asked to give, the greater the complexity and length of time, the better it was for her.

 

She was fascinated by encountering new things.

 

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Day 194, July 13th, 2017

 

Chapter Five: National Security

 

In order to maintain their own secrecy, her handlers deliberately narrowed Kathy’s focus.

 

They sought her understanding of minute details, doing everything they could to limit the information that she could glean from them.

 

She kept her full abilities masked.

 

She never revealed to them how easy it was for her to penetrate their thoughts.

 

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Day 195, July 14th, 2017

 

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.

 

Her ability to pinpoint specific moments in time that were the antecedents of tribal conflict was uncanny.

 

Her memory produced volumes of insight, but questions along those lines left her deeply disturbed.

 

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Day 196, July 15th, 2017

 

Chapter Seven: Writing

 

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

 

They submitted questions in writing.

 

She in turn wrote papers giving detail, and context, responding to the questions they submitted to her.

 

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

 

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Section Four, Kathy

 

Part Twenty-seven, Isolated

 

Collected Chapters

01 Art

02 Music

03 Dance

04 Diet

05 Academic

06 Recluse

07 Travel

 

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Day 197, July 16th, 2017

 

Chapter One: Art

 

Kathy journeyed inside herself, reliving lifetimes through memory, in quantum time.

 

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.

 

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Day 198, July 17th, 2017

 

Chapter Two: Music

 

Of all the “normal” things that people occupied themselves with, the little things that filled up their day, music was the most difficult for Kathy.

 

It changed so little over time.

 

If she was careless, a melody could cause her to slip, without knowing, into another lifetime

 

A beating drum told a hundred thousand stories.

 

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Day 199, July 18th, 2017

 

Chapter Three: Dance

 

When Kathy danced she moved without thinking.

 

She lost herself in the drums and rhythms.

 

She abandoned time in movement, in the moments flowing from the present fuge into 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.

 

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Day 200, July 19th, 2017

 

Chapter Four: Diet

 

Eating was a necessity, she could not avoid the nexus of memories it brought her to.

 

Flavors and odors haunted her.

 

Taste and smell transported her instantly to past times, to past ages.

 

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

 

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Day 201, July 20th, 2017

 

Chapter Five: Academic

 

After years of working with Kathy, her handlers come to appreciate the dangers of interacting with her directly regarding matters of national security.

 

They determined to engage her at a distance, as a result she was allowed a semblance of a normal life.

 

She was placed in a small college, she did research and wrote.

 

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Day 202, July 21st, 2017

 

Chapter Six: Recluse

 

Kathy had 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 mental flow.

 

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

 

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Day 203, July 22nd, 2017

 

Chapter Seven: Travel

 

Her handlers wanted Kathy close to them, under observation at all times.

 

They utilized a revolving network of spies to keep an eye on her.

 

Overtime, and with everyone linked by satellite they gained the ability to track her comings and goings in real time.

 

Her autonomy increased. Every little bit they gave, she took.

 

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Part Twenty-eight, Encounter

 

Collected Chapters

01 Watched

02 Correspondence

03 Conversation

04 Meeting

05 A Man Like No Other

06 Desire

07 Jim

 

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Day 204, July 23rd, 2017

 

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.

 

His face evoked powerful memories.

 

She could not read him.

 

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Day 205, July 24th, 2017

 

Chapter Two: Correspondence

 

Kathy ignored the fact that the letter in her box was not stamped or metered.

 

Its arrival was unexpected.

 

She was delighted.

 

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

 

She peeled the envelope open, took out its contents, and read it, entering into conspiracy.

 

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Chapter Three: Conversation

 

The phone rang. The man who spoke to her, spoke in a language that had been dead for millennia.

 

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 at the other end of the line.

 

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Day 207, July 26th, 2017

 

Chapter Four: Meeting

 

They met at a café Kathy frequented, a busy place.

 

Kathy liked crowds.

 

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

 

She felt safe.

 

It was a place where it was not unusual for strangers to sit together.

 

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Chapter Five: A Man Like No Other

 

Kathy was 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 from her memories.

 

That first contact with him was a dream.

 

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

 

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Day 209, July 28th, 2017

 

Chapter Six: Desire

 

Meeting Jim, it was the first time she had ever encountered a human being who she could not fathom in an instant, and all she wanted to do was to be absorbed by him, to lose herself in him, as everyone she had ever met was lost in her.

 

She felt distinct.

 

She felt desire.

 

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Chapter Seven: Jim

 

Being with Jim, Kathy felt peace, and comfort.

 

She was like a child with her father.

 

His mind was still. He was utterly opaque.

 

She knew that he was an ancient person, an alien, an anomaly, and yet nevertheless human.

 

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

 

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