|To The Future (standard:science fiction, 2404 words)|
|Author: Cloud Strife||Added: Sep 23 2003||Views/Reads: 2230/1381||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A drug addict agrees to take part in an insane experiment for the money being offerred not realising the horrific consequences that are to occur.|
To The Future By Christopher McCarthy Brian strolled confidently into the architectural wonder that was the South Point Research and Experimental Science Centre or (SPRESC) for short, right on time for his afternoon appointment with Doctor Graham Burke. His first thought on entering the immense building for the first time with it's magnificently decorated interior only recently completed at a cost of millions of dollars was that it was the coldest motherfucking place he had ever been in. His second thought, which followed soon after the first was that he needed a hit of heroin so bad right now that he had to bite down hard on his lower lip to prevent that horrible feeling washing over him like so often it did these days where his whole body craved the drug passionately and often violently. As he had hoped the feeling soon passed leaving him relieved for the time being but a little worse for wear. He wiped a little blood from his lip and then put a shaking hand to his thinning hair and composed himself briefly before walking over to the lovely blonde twenty five-ish receptionist whose name was Linda. Unfortunately Linda would not agree to go out on a date with him but she did tell him that Doctor Burke was waiting for him in room G21 on the third floor. Twenty minutes and several wrong turns later Brian entered Doctor Burke's office. “Um, Doctor Burke”, he said slowly while offering his hand to the small figure who was busily examining some papers behind an enormous and impressive mahogany desk. “Ah, you must be Brian Rochford. Good to see you”, replied the small bespectacled man who evidently was indeed Doctor Burke”. For the next three quarters of an hour Doctor Burke explained to Brian exactly why he was paying him the sum of $5000, which they had agreed upon over the phone after the Doctor had deemed Rochford the right subject for a very special experiment that was currently in operation at the Research Centre. It all had to do with time. Doctor Burke and six of his colleagues at the Research Centre believed that they could alter time itself and transport a human being into the future for a short period of time using a newly developed drug created by them there in the Research Centre called Maxcolenethol. They assured him it would be a painless procedure and that the experience would last only about two minutes before they brought him back to the present time safely and soundly through injecting him with the antidote for Maxcolenethol, which they had also developed and was called Thersolacane. This would be done on three different occasions and after Brian had told them everything he had experienced in detail under the influence of the ‘wonder drug' he would then walk away with his $5000 tucked safely in his pocket. What would happen during the experiment they explained was that not his physical body but rather his mind would travel somewhere independent of his body. Based on the countless mathematical calculations and other research that they had been conducting relentlessly over the past seven or eight months they believed that his mind would travel to some point of the future. They stressed to him that they couldn't say where or when he would go to but they could guarantee that it would be for just two minutes as they would then give him the antidote and so bring him back with no harm done and record his experiences on tape for further study. The experiment had been tried on mice and other small animals but Doctor Burke growing restless had finally demanded the use of a human volunteer in the experiment. Brian Rochford was not particularly interested in what may turn out to be the greatest breakthrough for science in the history of mankind but he was interested a lot in heroin and badly wanted the $5000 that they were offering him. He saw it as easy money because he had no belief that those drugs developed by Burke and co. would do anything to him whatsoever. He believed that at this stage of his life he was practically immune to most drugs anyway and the idea of being sent to the future was absolutely ridiculous. It was decided that they would go ahead with the experiment as soon as possible. Brian wasn't at all nervous about the whole ordeal facing him until it was time to begin. He lay strapped down on a very comfortable bed with an oxygen mask on his face and tried his hardest to appear at ease with Click here to read the rest of this story (156 more lines)
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