The Oracle Paths

Chapter 5 Guidance

implied an action, a movement. If you asked how to get something unreachable, you would only get silence.

Despite this restriction, the predicting possibilities were broad. There was absolutely no issue to get a limpid answer when it came to wishes like: ”How to become the new Earths President? ” or ”How to make my favorite celebrity fall in love with me in the shortest time? ”.

Surprisingly, when Jake expressed these kinds of fantasy-like wishes, he got valid Paths. He could not see the whole process, but he could see the next few steps. It was a precaution to protect his brain from short-circuiting and overheating.

He couldnt access every little detail, but he could know when a Path needed to do some ruthless actions to stride through it till the end, like killing, torturing, raping and other immoral things.

He immediately filtered these Dark Paths. From now on, all the predictions would be politically correct haha. He could still get under the skirts of any actresses though. Should he follow the right plan, of course.

There was still one thing bothering him. Petrifying him.

Everyone had such an Oracle bracelet. The implications could escalate far further than anyone could imagine.

Take a famous actor or actress for example. What if one million fans at the same time tried to follow a Path to seduce them? Were their Paths even doable? Maybe they were, but the real success rate would certainly be zero.

The other side of the coin was that you couldnt know when you were part of the Path of someone else. You could easily become a stepping stone, or yourself fall in love thinking it was love at first sight, when in fact everything was planned.

All these flowery words that made your heart beat so fast. All these compliments right on point. All these adorable attentions. Just a perfectly executed plan, step by step, following the plotline that had been written for you.

You could retort that, especially if you were a pretty girl, that you wouldnt be charmed by any boy trying to get you into his set-up. Sorry to bring you back to earth, you would. If there was a Path of course.

This wish-fulfilling ability had almost no limit. Even if you judged yourself as a straight heterosexual, or only liked blonde skinny women, the determined one would get you if you were not cautious enough. However, do remember that it would only make the Paths harder to follow. It didnt mean there wouldnt be any.

Was it unfair? Or against the principle of free will? Not really. When a poor ugly introvert boy loved a girl so much that he wanted to kill himself because of the pain while she flirted with the handsome guy of the class, was it fair? Of course not.

Fairness was the keyword of the Oracle. You could get anything, as long as you were ready to put in the effort. If you were seduced or stepped on by any random dude, you could only curse your bad luck. After all, you had an Oracle too.

You could even wish something like ”How can I protect myself or avoid these predators trying to get laid? If such was your desire, the Oracle would give you a full-time Path to follow in order to never meet them.

The Oracle devices were all linked between them. They would adapt their Paths in real-time, taking account of every change.

Interesting fact, the Paths would always be doable for you, but the Path already knew from the very start if you would effectively succeed. When they were giving the Predictions, they would naturally not forget the other Oracles predictions.

Thereby, the Path was always true at the prediction time, but it would naturally adjust depending on how well you could execute it.

Jake could already picture in his head the waves of chaos that would engulf their world soon enough. Just imagine serial killers using the Oracle predicting ability to avoid the policemens pursuit. That would be a catastrophe.

So, what was the Shadow Guide? Simple. Prediction was giving the plan, the Shadow Guide showed you how to follow it. It was a shadow-like version of you. It would do the movements you needed to do to complete a Path just a bit before you had to do them.

Sometimes a plan could be very complex, requiring very on point body language or facial expression. In these cases, just having a prediction with the steps to follow was not enough. A guide was needed.

It would perform each step of the Path perfectly in front of you. Of course, only you could see him. It was like a ghost. If you needed to make a specific grimace, a picture in your mind of the expression to adopt would be shown.

If the Shadow Guide was set to show you the moves too ahead in the future, you took the risk of having the plan changing meantime, drastically increasing the risk of failure. Thus, the more reactive you were, the closer to the present could be the Shadow Guide. Your chances of success would improve but only if you could react in time and adequately.

Now, there was only one feature to discover: Coaching.

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