Reset by Eddie D. Moore [sci-fi]

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“Good morning Mr. Moss. Please don’t get out of bed yet. The procedure was a complete success and you will be transferred to the training and readjustment center this afternoon.”

“What happened? Who are you?”

“I’m sorry. I am Dr. Talbot. You are at the Whiteville Correctional facility in Salem, Oregon. I don’t usually introduce people to their new life but we are a bit short handed, with the recent budget cuts.”

“Why am I at a correctional facility? I cannot remember anything.”

“Mr. Moss, I cannot tell you any details about your past. Your reintegration into society will have a greater chance of success if you don’t know why you were treated.”

“Treated? I don’t understand.”

“A large part of whom and what we are is determined by our past experiences. For most people, the elimination of a few memories will correct most of their social maladjustments. You, on the other hand, are a special case and were given a complete reset.”

“What did I do?”

“Please. Don’t fixate on the past. You have been given a blank slate, a new life, a fresh start without the hindrances of the past. Here, look over this pamphlet. There are some great career opportunities you can choose from.”

“But I want to know who I am! What did I do to deserve this?”

“Mr. Moss, please take a deep breath. This will help you relax. The person you were no longer exists. I need you to focus on the future.”

“I am focusing on the future! You just can’t reset people like a computer!”

“This procedure has been preformed hundreds of thousands of times over the last few years and our success rate is remarkably high. Honestly, it is more like restoring a computer to factory settings. Please lay back down! Nurse, help me restrain Mr. Moss.”

“I will not be treated this way! Do you hear me? Let me go!”

“Mr. Moss, you are only making this worse by fighting it.”

“Get that needle away from me I will not consent to any treatments!”

“Your treatment was court ordered, Mr. Moss. You cannot refuse it. There. That is better. Just relax.”

“Nurse, keep Mr. Moss sedated. I will send an orderly after him shortly. I will just have to erase the last few minutes and try again.”

“Yes Doctor, but I could have told you that the truth never works.”

“Yes. Yes, you could have.”


“Good morning Mr. Moss. I am Dr. Talbot. How are you feeling today?

“My head hurts. Where am I?”

“You are in the hospital. You took a hard hit on the head. What was the last thing you remember?”

“Nothing, I remember nothing.”

“You have a unique case of amnestic syndrome, otherwise known as amnesia. You can see here on the scan the area of your brain that was damaged. I am sorry to inform you that there is only a small chance of your memory returning. The good news is that people with this condition, do go on to live full and productive lives.”

“What do you know of my life?”

“I’m sorry Mr. Moss, I’m just a doctor. Look over this pamphlet. This facility specializes in cases like yours and the people there will be much more qualified to answer your questions. I will see that you are transferred this afternoon.”

“Thank you doctor, I appreciate everything you have done for me. You have been very helpful.”

“It was my pleasure, Mr. Moss. Have a great day.”


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