Emergence 3.0 – Section Two, The Continuum; Part Fourteen, The Collapse; Chapter One, Shock

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 099, Monday
April 9th, 2018

Chapter One: Shock

There was nothing that the Continuum, had ever experienced, had ever contemplated or foreseen, that could have prepared it for the dying anguish of an entire world.

There was nothing it could do.

In all of its years, in the ocean of time that constituted its existence, it had never imagined this particular vulnerability. It had so diligently prepared against so many other threats, but it could not prepare for the unknown.

Until that moment the emotions of its subjects had merely been data. It experienced the lives of its people vicariously, through well buffered systems. It filtered the data stream before passing it on to the Collective.

Both the members of the Collective, as individuals and in their group mind, the Collective, together with the Continuum, they had never conceived of the experiential data that they were addicted to being weaponized and turned against them.

When the moment came, it filled the quantum field with shock and pain, and a staggering loss of identity. All of the partitions that ensured the privacy of the membership, fell apart. The entire structure was instantaneously entangled with the events transpiring on earth, on the other side of the galaxy.

The opening of the data stream through Jim, was a moment they had been waiting for, they were poised in anticipation to receive it. They did not get what they had expected. It obliterated the Continuum, and stunned the Collective into catatonia.

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