You can only tolerate the peaceful silence for only so long before you get completely sick of it.
When I woke up from the alarm next to the pads of my fingers, somewhere behind a layer of skin, implanted before I can remember, I noticed there was a message on Maya’s Dashboard. Maya was blinking her small blue indicator. I rushed over to my desk so that the ebbing light would stop pestering me. The chair noticed my weight, and it uttered a hello in her human-like female synthesizer, which a room of computer programmers probably scrapped together a hundred years ago. It sounded all scratchy and full of robotic static or interference like one of those old radio frequencies I had learned about in Technology Basics.
“What would you like me to do for you to-daayyy, Blake?” The frail and hissing tones of her voice are hard to take as anything but a machine imitating a human.
After waiting a few seconds, she continued, “I will make some suggestions if you can’t make up your mind.” The display mounted on the cream-colored walls of my apartment flashed current news and recommended movies for me to watch. Maya scrolled through them with great ease, watching my eye movements to denote my interest. The message still hovered in the corner of the display, but I decided to ignore it for now. She noticed me noticing it and suggested to read it out loud for me.
“No, I’m fine.”
It’s probably another ad for some new diet pill. The ads got so bad at one point that my windows were showing me how many ways I could be happier. Just buy this and that. The last one I saw had a cute little bunny a small girl—probably six or eight, I couldn’t tell—with a ribbon on her head was curling up to. The ad had this sentimental music playing underneath it...
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...question was if you wanted to, not if you had been outside.”
“No. Of course, not. You wouldn’t last more than a few seconds, they say.”
“But how do you know that for certain? Couldn’t it all be a lie?”
“I don’t want to know. I wouldn’t want to take such a risk.”
“I’m sorry I even asked. I was just, you know, curious what was out there.”
That night in bed, as I tried to fall asleep, I thought about what Sarah said.
Her strange ideas that the outside world being all a lie raced through my mind. What if those pictures of the wasteland beyond these walls were fake. I mean, why would anyone want to keep us locked up inside if all of what they were preaching was makebelieve. I couldn’t let it go as though it was pushing to question everything that I have known. I had never in person seen the outside world before, but I never really had any reason to either. Before now.
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