A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 222, Friday
August 10th, 2018
Chapter Five: Permeation
The desires and appetites of the Collective filled him, its fascination with trivia, with frivolity, with the deeply-felt emotions that it delighted in.
He felt the guiding hand of the Continuum in everything. The artificial construct, meant to be a representation of the will of the whole, actually anchored the Collective in its own animus.
He could not escape it.
Every member that he had touched when he returned from the great sleep, and that was every member, they remained with him in some capacity, and it was disturbing.
The quantum fields that held them all together were designed to hold them all apart.
There was an intention and expectation of privacy for the membership when they withdrew into their private space.
For him at least, alone among all of the members, the partitions were meaningless.
He was not exposed to others, but they were open to him, and when they experienced strong emotions, he felt them.
The Continuum itself was exposed to him in a way that it should not have been, he felt it gravitating all the time toward fear, hate, and rage. Like an addict, it craved those things.
It fomented the conditions for those experiences throughout the Empire, feasting on pain, devouring loss, betrayal, and the crushing of hope.
Continuum was the ultimate voyeur, and the ultimate tyrant.
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