“Stand still, Jacob.”
I obey the Computer. I stand on a raised circular platform and wait.
“Goodbye, Jacob,” says the Computer. I go to say something back. I go to ask what he means by goodbye but then I’m gone. Lights swirl around me. It’s like how my food and water arrive. It’s like I am my food and water.
There is a flash. I go to cover my eyes but I’m not sure I have arms anymore. I close my eyes.
When I open them I am in my room again.
“Computer,” I say but there is no answer.
I look around. Everything is the same but I know it’s not. This isn’t my room. It doesn’t feel the same. I’ve never been here before. I’ve never slept in that bed or sat in that chair or took food from that opening.
The door opens.
“I’m glad you’ve joined us at last, Jacob,” says a voice and a woman steps from the darkness of the corridor into the light of the room.