A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 344, Monday
December 10th, 2018
Chapter One: Objective
Jim was the quintessential Observer.
In this moment he was free from the chemical sequences of a human body that might influence his decision making.
He watched the drama unfold, gathering data from a million instruments, from his command position in the control seat that was once held by the Continuum.
He was the Continuum now, his consciousness governed the vast apparatus of HomeWorld, of the entire Central System, of the machinery that once housed and protected the Collective.
The battle was spectacular, the movements of the fleet, the light and heat, the surprise and gallantry, the courage on display, and the cold calculation of death.
It was a grand work of art, an epic moment worthy of poetry, and song. And the entire thing was being recorded for dissemination through the Empire.
Jim was already editing the feed from the sensors, from the combatants, their communications, everything for transmission back to the Empire.
The people of the million worlds needed to know that the fleet would not return to punish them. The news would fuel the rebellion and make it complete.
His aim was to draw the fleet in toward the Central Planet, as close as possible, and then grind it to nothing.
That is exactly what he did.
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