“Hello?” Ian replied, but this was an automatic response; a common courtesy. What Ian meant to say was “Where am I?” hence the question mark on the end of “Hello.” The question was lurking, but his brain didn’t merge the word with the phrase, as many others are wont to do. As a result, it must have sounded like he didn’t know there was another person in the “room,” but he could see the other person – or figure – clearly outlined ahead of him. What threw him off was the void of infinite blackness around them.
Occasional specks of light flickered into view here and there – some above, below, and some shooting across the sky(?) for brief moments; these lights looked the way stars look from a well lit room… if the room had any lighting outside of these flickers.
Like most rational people, Ian thought this couldn’t be space because he could breathe and those couldn’t be stars… but there were lights emitting beyond the other person and – what seemed like – several hundred thousand feet below him. It wasn’t a reflection of a light from above either and this did two things to Ian, namely cause nausea and vertigo. Ian resigned to keep his eyes straight ahead and refused to look down the way a frightened cartoon coyote would; he wasn’t altogether convinced he was standing on solid ground and feared that, if he looked down, and saw that he was standing on nothing at all, he’d plummet to whatever was beneath him. Ian wasn’t even altogether convinced he was standing since he didn’t feel the flex of his legs, it was almost as though they were being held in place and he could relax. In fact, he was almost certain he could recline, but the vertigo stopped him from testing that hypothesis.
“I’m sure you’re wondering where you are.” The voice said.
Ian meant to say “Yes,” but nodded – in the blackness. It didn’t seem to matter much to the being opposite him, he continued on-script like a seasoned greeter to some roadside attraction.
“You’re at a crucial juncture between life and death. You were in a car accident, those memories should be coming back to you.” Continue reading