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Reflections on the Other Side
It's was year 2030. Humanity began to migrate over to the "other side." The hardware to port minds into the worldwide consciousness, or the Web, existed, and people began to abandon the physical world in droves. The advantages were obvious - No pain, no fear, eternal existance and a universe of possibilities. It seemed like there wouldn't be a single drawback to it.
So, when I'd made my peace with the real world, and decided I wanted to cross over to the other side, I went to the nearest scan facility. They explained the procedure to me, and it amounted to a non-invasive brain-scan. Basically, it was an extremely high-resolution MRI which scans your brain and creates software based on the state of each neuron in your brain, in essence, turning your consciousness into a software program. They'd then dispose of my now unnecessary body in a clean fashion.
Prior to this procedure, I was given an anesthetic. In retrospect, I should have mentioned I possessed an unusually high tolera
SolaceShe never slept well in the dark,
not without the children of the sun and moon
to guide her weary lids home.
Guided by the aftermath, she was always two steps behind.
What did the world look like to the girl who had been through it all?
Braved the heaviest of storms,
yet skipping over cracks in the pavement.
They said her eyes were the wisps of clouds before the storm.
To him they were reflections of pages overlooked.
She said it was like she lived the life of someone she had never met.
Laid out to dry, yesterdays news.
He knew her as the girl who was built to never collapse.
He wished he was too.
He loved her more than words could say, and yet her pain was such,
that at times, he feared she wouldn’t make it.
But on nights like these, even when it threatened to consume her,
he became convinced that somehow she would.
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