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believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.”
recognition was hearing music, she dreamily recognized the song. It
was ‘Love on the Brain’ by Rihanna. She immediately thought it
was that damned Cochlear cell phone implant of her boyfriend, Denny.
she realized as her consciousness solidified more. ‘He had that
damn thing removed three weeks ago. Oh crap, it’s the damned alarm!
No! Not already.’
rolled over and wearily reached to slap the ‘sleep’ button.
more minutes… yes.’
was too late though, as she felt Denny rolling out of bed.
to get up Jess. Come on.” He half yawned.
Time to make the damn doughnuts… again.”
Jess took a
shower after he was finished in the bathroom, and when she got out
and dressed was happy to see that Denny had made her breakfast again.
again for breakfast, babe.”
smiled and joined her at the small table.
know you’re still trying to make up for the cost to get that damn
Cochlear cell phone removed.” She half teased, but the other half
no. I should be golden from the last three weeks of making you
so you just got in the habit, or what?” Jess raised her brows.
this is for something else.” He grinned.
stopped her. He was an avid techie and was always interested in
having all the latest gadgets and devices, and that could only mean
that he found a new one he wanted.
babe, what is it this time? Don’t tell me you want one of those
penile stimulator implants.” She gave him her challenging look.
laughed. “You know I don’t need one of those, babe.”
not yet anyhow.” She shook her head.
He turned on the
TV to the main news feed. The lead story is of the President having
nationalized another group of businesses that had opposed him in the
final election. Now they will be under his own parent company, and
the owners have been arrested for treason. Since this madman had
declared himself the permanent president, and that elections will no
longer be held, he has moved quickly to silence any and all
opposition to him. This drove Jessica insane, and she always let
Denny know just how she felt about the rotten situation.
told you that he would become a damn dictator! See!” She pointed at
just doing what needs to be done to unify us, babe. With Russia
invading Estonia and all, we need to all come together and support
gave Russia Estonia! Remember?”
shook his head. “We had to pull out of NATO, we couldn’t afford
are such a damn moron, Denny!”
well keep talking like that, and I’ll have to turn you in.” He
laughed and raised his eyebrows at her.
was the big divide between them, politics. Jessica had sincerely
thought of leaving him when it became clear that he supported the
monster, but then he was the main bread winner of the two of them, so
she stayed. Now she honestly did fear that he might just do what he
threatened. She bit her lip and continued eating.
Things were damn
dangerous now, since the dissolution of the Congress and Senate. Even
many of the previous supporters of the president in Congress were
arrested, and presumably killed. The new media had all been subverted
and now they all spoke of how necessary the unification process was,
and they showed very little in the way of the resistance movement. On
line there were still some videos of the protests being broken up by
riot police, and of the mass arrests. There were also some very
disturbing ones of renegade supporters performing executions of those
they deemed to be non-supporters. All in all it was completely
terrifying, and Jessica was frightened beyond belief. The morning
news was bad enough, but the nightly news was a massive propaganda
assault. She could hardly watch it, and often just went on-line
instead, but Denny ate it up, becoming more brainwashed every damn
day it seemed.
for the commercial break, which made everything seem like it was
still normal, but she knew it wasn’t. Jessica hurriedly ate, before
the news came back on and ruined her appetite. Then a particular
commercial aired toting the latest in cell phone technology. It was
for a system that was directly wired into a person’s brain.
my god!” She gasped. “Now that is damn sick!”
it isn’t.” Denny defended.
looked at him with wide eyes. “You don’t mean… that is what you
want to try next?”
yeah!” He smiled.
your last experience with that damn Cochlear cell phone was a
isn’t anything like that, Jess. I’ve read up on it, and there
have been zero, absolutely zero malfunctions.”
is dangerous! It has to be! Don’t do it Denny, you don’t want
other people having direct access to your mind. Heck, you’re
already…” She bit her lip, knowing she’d said too much already.
what?” He leaned towards her with a menacing grimace. “Already
brainwashed? I know you think so, but I think you are the one who is
still brainwashed from all that old crap! It’s all been proven to
be lies, Jess.”