|Virtual Insanity (standard:science fiction, 6726 words)|
|Author: Cucicu||Added: Feb 22 2002||Views/Reads: 1943/1350||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Sometimes the boundaries between sanity and insanity are blurred. Sometimes it is difficult to know who is sane and who is insane. This story is about a young mental patient who visists the future. Or does he?|
Virtual Insanity I think they call it déjà vu. Charlie was yelling at me for wetting my bed again. "Son-of-a-bitch!" he said, slowly. He was emphasising each word as he changed my sheets. "Charlie, you know someone else did this just to get me in trouble,” I said. “I can remember getting up and peeing in the toilet." "You must be hallucinating again," Charlie said loudly, and then finished making the bed. My mom always said that I would end up in an institution. Ever since I was a little boy, there seemed to be something wrong with me. I just never fit in. I thought it would get better when I got older, but it never did. If anything, it got worse. Sometimes I would wake up and not know where I was or how I got there. “Michael?” I heard a voice calling my name, but it didn’t come from Charlie. I put my pants on and headed towards the shower room, but it wasn’t there anymore. All of a sudden a tall figure came in through the door. "Hey, how you doing today?" It took a while for me to remember who he was. It was kind of like when you wake up in the morning and have to sort out what’s going on in your life. Sometimes it’s hard to know whether you’re awake or still dreaming. "Not that great. I'm a little confused," I said. "Well, don't worry. A few more days and you'll be like brand new." "Here, I have to scan you again," he said, and handed me something that looked like a pair of sunglasses. “All you have to do is put these on for a few seconds,” he said. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remembered that Apollo was a government agent. His speciality was psychological disorders. It seemed that I had known him for a while, but everything was really fuzzy. "You've already given me your consent, but you probably don’t remember that day very well. Anyway, regulations say we have to get it again,” Apollo said. He was right. I didn't remember anything that had happened recently. "None of the procedures we are about to perform will harm you in any way. Your participation is totally voluntary. If you choose to, you can withdraw immediately without any penalty. After the investigation is completed, we will return you, fully safe and sound to your previous space and time." Previous space and time? "For your protection, this session is being recorded." It was then that I first noticed what looked like a butterfly floating around the room. "Apollo, how long have I been here?" He stared at me for a few seconds and then started to speak very slowly. His voice had a strange, almost mechanical accent. "Well, that depends on how you look at it. The journey took us about five earth months, but we changed rhythms several times,” he said. I wasn't quite sure what he meant by that, but I knew by looking around that we weren't anywhere that I recognised. "Are we on another planet or something?" Click here to read the rest of this story (882 more lines)
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