“Y-yes I do. But what about you’re other patients? If you have any, I forgot if you told me.”
“Yes I do have other people I see and they too are fine. So far I haven’t come across any negative side effects that you need to worry about and each person I see continues to come back for more insight into their dreams. I, again, assure you that if I knew there was a downside to my work, except for the unknown, I would have told you. I learned to be honest back in the day and so far that honesty has followed me up till now.” His words rushed through his mouth and Marquis could taste the bitterness of his lie, and the nervousness that came with the territory. Deep down he knew that the consequences of his device were devastating at worst and the only way he could perfect it was to recalculate it for the next host who stepped through his door. In this case his host was a boy not even nineteen years of age who probably had a life to look forward too. But that didn’t matter. Just as long as he finds out how to stop his device from killing brain cells that eventually leads to amnesia, or even death. If he stooped to pitiful human morals and told Gavin what his device actually did to the brain, his work would be finished and he would probably be sent away again to prison. “I can’t have that” he absentmindedly whispered.
“What?” Gavin asked. Marquis looked up with a cheep smile and stood up. He could feel his patience growing while every fiber in his body nearly told his mind to reach out and test on Gavin right then and there. It was the same type of urge that ended his career all those years ago.
Resist it, he thought and licked his lips. “C’mon...
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..., Marquis Varner, have been released from prison. It is a breath of fresh air to breathe oxygen not tainted by the fowl souls who were sentenced to rot longer than me. I pity them, those scumbags. But who cares, my work which has been postponed for fifteen years can now finally be finished. Hopefully the society will accept a former prisoner. Wouldn’t that be ironic for me to create something groundbreaking but not be recognized for it because of my history? I need to make a name for myself. Period. It doesn’t matter how I do it, or by what means, I will make a name and I will prove that I, Dr. Marquis Varner, can become somebody. I almost killed Mr. Steins all those years ago, but I feel no remorse for him.
I should have ended his life right then but what’s done is done and I can’t redo my past mistakes. That voice inside my head reminds me of that fact everyday….
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