A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 220, Wednesday
August 8th, 2018
Chapter Three: Convergence
His return was met with shock, if such feelings could be ascribed to the Collective.
There was bewilderment and amazement, which for the Collective was also thrilling.
It was fantastic
It was unprecedented, never even considered a possibility, the great sleep was designed to be the absolute disintegration of selfhood.
In the first moments, the Continuum immediately recognized him as a threat, and made movements to stop his return, but there was nothing the Continuum could do.
He was a member of the Collective, he was a constituent of the Continuum, he was an active part of the group consciousness. There had never been an algorithm written that was capable of changing this fundamental reality.
The Continuum raised questions as to whether his return was real, keeping hidden its own fears that this being might be an alternative manifestation of the Continuum itself, a type of demi-urge. Generated to displace him.
He was real, and for a time the Collective was fascinated.
Every member wanted to touch him, to commune with him, to experience his experience for themselves by sharing consciousness with him, a tiny interval of what he had gone through in the great sleep.
He shared the peace of it with them. He shared the silence.
He did not share the process by which he pulled himself from it or the desire that drove him.
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