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All Fell Down Chapter Two

 

“Time to wake up, Jacob.”

            I’m still a child really.  It should be my father waking me with those words but instead it’s a machine.

            It was the Computer that woke me. 

            I don’t know how I came to be here but I can tell you all about my waking and everything that’s happened since.

            I was thirteen when they put me into altostasis and I was thirteen when the Computer woke me.

            “Time to wake up, Jacob.”

            Does it seem strange that when the computer first woke me I didn’t even know it was talking to me? I’d forgotten my name just like everything else.

            My eyes opened and I saw darkness.  Lights blinked on above me and I sat up.  My neck hurt and when I moved my arms they were stiff and sore.  The room I was in was empty apart  from the bed I was lying on.  The walls were bare.  There was just one door and a strip light on the ceiling.

            “How are you feeling, Jacob?”

            I remember looking around the room expecting to see this Jacob but there was only me.      I asked a silly question then.  Most people in that situation would have probably asked whose voice it was talking to them, where they were, what was happening to them.  I didn’t ask any of that.

            I asked, “Who am I?”

            I looked at my hands.  They looked pale but then I had no idea if that was just how my hands were.  Was I a pale person?  I could almost see the blue of my veins and my nails were bone white.

            “You are Jacob.”

            The voice was calm and cold.  Certain.  I was Jacob.

            When the door opened I expected someone to come in for me.  To take me somewhere.  To tell me where I was. 

            No one came.

            I could see a corridor.  There were strip lights all along it, dimly lighting the way.

            “You need to get up now, Jacob.”

            My body responded to the voice.  I felt like a robot.  I lowered my legs.  I stood up.  I walked.  I obeyed the voice.

            “Where am I going?” I asked.

            “Follow the light,” said the voice and at the end of the corridor I saw an orb of light growing in strength, growing brighter and brighter.

            “Follow the light and go through the door.”

            My body obeyed the voice.

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About michaeleganpoetry

Liverpool based poet and editor. I have had four pamphlets of poetry published, most recently After Stikklestad (Knives, Forks and Spoons Press, 2010). Penned in the Margins published my first collection, Steak & Stations, in 2010.

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