A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 346, Wednesday
December 12th, 2018
Chapter Three: Maneuver
Jim had spent lifetimes preparing for this moment, dividing his consciousness into the machinery of HomeWorld, waiting, hiding like a latent virus in the ganglia of the nervous system.
The Continuum was paralyzed. It could not defend itself against Jim’s incipient approach, system by system he took control of the structure.
The eons that Jim had spent as a ghost in the machine had prepared him for this. The circuitry was ever-changing, but the quantum field within which all consciousness took place, that field was eternal.
The majority of the Collective, what remained of it, had been shocked into catatonia they were sequestered, the members had become merely helpless witnesses to the drama unfolding.
Some were horrified, others were fascinated, all were powerless.
Those members who were not blacked out, were bewildered, they could not reach each other they could not communicate. They could not hide in their private worlds.
They were prisoners of the machine that had once been the source of their personal paradise.
They experienced the loss of it as pain.
This left Jim undistracted and free to direct the defenses of the Central Planet, a task he was eager to perform.
He delighted in it.
He confirmed the threat approaching in the form of the rebel fleet, plotted the telemetry of each and every vessel, and he placed the defenses of HomeWorld on auto pilot.
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