Welcome to the next episode of Archi’s Diary, a weekly entry in my favorite amnesiac’s journal as he tries to adjust to a world he doesn’t remember.
Episode 3 – January 2016
I‘ve had horrible dreams since my first journal entry and I’m not sure what to make of them. I keep experiencing a persistent darkness or void or lack of anything. It’s like everything ceases to exist inside me and I have nothing to grab on to. I don’t know if it’s related to the medication, which I stopped taking completely, but my mind seems clear and crisp despite the dreams. I can read an average novel in a mere 2-3 hours, my podcasts and audiobooks (which are the coolest things) run at 5 times their normal speed, and I can even follow TV shows in the background. Except I had to turn the TV off to keep the commercial breaks from distracting me, and to avoid disturbing Steve at night. Apparently I kept him up one night too many and he chewed me out during breakfast. Verbally, of course; I wouldn’t fit in his maw.
We’ve been to the institute every morning for therapy sessions (which I suppose have been useful), more blood tests and next week I’ll be doing cat scans. Why I would need to scan a cat is unclear to me. I mean, what does a cat have to do with a medical scan. Anyway, I did get to talk more about the future, how I’m coping with other people, what I think of my progress, which is nice. Except they didn’t tell me my backstory this time either. The briefing was postponed despite their promises, because apparently I’m still too fragile. According to my lead caretaker, who finally told me her name, Inger Koldberg, it was unclear if I could handle that kind of shock. I requested that she should tell me the truth. She subsequently stood up and yelled that I couldn’t handle the truth, looked slightly embarrassed, and sat back down mumbling something to herself. I’m not sure what to make of this.
I met Willy again last night. After the initial embarrassment he told me that he is a practicing druid and that he’s observing the lunar phases as a sign of respect to nature. He invited me back for soup and moonlight. Sounds nice. I think I’m going to try to make more friends around here. Would be nice to visit others people (friends?) more often. I feel kinda lonely back at the studio.
Oh, and despite Steve’s less than social demeanor, we’ve been out a lot this week. Besides the institute, we went to the library and the church several times, we found a hardware store where he picked up rolls of plastic sheeting and box cutters for a project he’s doing (though he didn’t tell me what) AND he gave me a smartphone, this really cool sleek black thing… Actually the institute gave me the smartphone, but I like to think of it as a present from Steve since it came from him. The instructions were to keep it with me at all times and use the apps to record any thoughts or questions that might come up. The phone even has Steve’s (not that I need it) and Inger’s contact information so I can reach out whenever I feel like it. And a map app. I used it to see where we are exactly. Sure, they told me we’re in a country called England, but at least now I have some sense of what that means.
Got to finish this up now. Willy told me that there would be a waning gibbous moon tonight and that he would bring homemade pea soup, so I’m going to sneak out after Steve’s gone to bed. Not sure what a waning gibbous moon means, but some things have to be experienced first hand rather than read about beforehand.
Quick note: I just researched this CAT scan on the internet and it’s short for computerised tomography, which I will now have to read up on. I feel a little stupid thinking it was about a cat, but none of the lab techs corrected me.
Quick note 2: I found a small memory stick with the Koldberg Institute logo on when I came back from moon watching (had to look up what a memory stick is). Somebody must have slid it under the door during the night. I don’t think it’s Steve’s doing, so I’ve decided to keep it to myself for now. I will try to open it on the landlord’s computer tomorrow.
And a waning gibbous moon just means Earth’s shadow has started moving across its surface. Still very awesome.
And I think I’m ok. Or I’m going to be.
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