I was thirteen when I woke up but I’d been asleep for thirty years. That’s what the file said.
Subject Jacob – Induced February 12th 2093. Awoken March 11th 2123.
But my body was different. It wasn’t the body of a thirteen year old boy anymore. Not a normal thirteen year old boy anyway.
In the days after they woke me the colour started to return to my skin. The Computer told me the paleness was a result of the improvements.
“What improvements?” I asked.
In my room I undressed and stood in front of a mirror. My whole body was pale. I looked like I’d never seen the sun but I knew that wasn’t right. Even though I couldn’t remember running through a field on a sunny day or anything like that I had this feeling somewhere lost inside me that I’d been normal. That I’d had a normal life once.
Most of my improvements were internal. They melded neuro-enhancers onto my brain. From now on, the Computer told me, I would never forget anything. I would remember every detail of my life to come.
“You will remember every detail of every piece of information they give you.”
“Who are they?” I asked.
“They saved you,” answered the voice.
“Who are you?” I asked.
“I am the Computer.”