Dust: Part 12

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For a moment he just stood there, staring blankly into space. “What…” He began upon snapping to, “Uh… It happened again, dangit.” This whole randomly-snapping-to-in-the-woods thing was starting to get rather annoying. “Let’s see, I went to Rick’s place, I convinced him to put off his superhero plans, we spent some time failing to find anything new on the internet about the accident or who’s behind it, he showed me that chat thing, I left, and… that’s it. I can’t remember anything else.” He paused for a second to concentrate. “Well, I think I can kinda remember a bit of the walk home, but not much of anything, and certainly nothing eventful. I mean, all I was really doing was walking and deliberating over what the heck to do next.” Keegan wandered around for a few minutes, desperately straining to recall something, anything about the trip home, with no success. “You know, if the phone rings right when I get inside I’m gonna… well I don’t know what I’m gonna do, but I’m sure it’ll be spectacular.”

When he returned, there was no need for any such spectacular acts, so he decided to set up the chat system that Rick had showed him. Rick said it was “super encrypted”, so they would be able to converse remotely without risk of being snooped on.

“It happened again.” He told Rick once he had it set up.

“What happened?”

“The woods thing.”

“Are you trying to talk in code or something? I told you, this is safe.”

“Safe like the locks on your door?”

“Hey, this program is made by the experts.”

“If you say so…”

“So the woods thing… you mean the one where you just show up there with missing memories?”

“That’s the one.”

“Why? What happened?”

“Beats me, I can’t remember.”

“What’s the last thing you remember?”

“I was walking home, still not even a block from your house.”

“Hmm… We should always keep you somewhere where somebody can see you, or something…”

“Or we could try to get some kind of a recording device that keeps a few minutes recorded and just keep that on me at all times.”

“We can do that?”

“I think so… If just audio is enough I could probably do it myself. Video would be a fair amount more complicated though, both technically and figuring out how I can wear it…”

“Well, I guess we can start with just audio then.”

The amount of heat emitted by experiment #57005 is directly proportional to the amount of tissue that has to be dispersed and reconstructed. A minor injury may only cause a dozen degrees of temperature change, whereas a full activation can generate several hundred degrees. Fortunately the experiment is able to repair any damage that the intense heat would cause to the subject’s cells. If the neural listener were not to be tuned to detect burn damage, it would simply replace whatever injuries it is tuned to with potentially fatal burns. As such, the importance of responding to burns must be noted on any documents covering the preparation of this experiment.

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Okay, you random people who like this but never comment: Do you have anything to say? I feel like one of you would’ve commented something by now… I like hearing actual feedback on my work, such as predictions, guesses, corrections, and recommendations. It helps me get ideas and improve my writing. (Plus comments would allay my suspicions that some of the likes are just to get me to look at the blog of the person doing the liking… Do people do that?)

‘Till later

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