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The Day I Almost Changed My Mind

I walked around the office gingerly, trying to figure out where would be the best place to sit, not too close to anybody, but not completely removed either so that nobody would think I was snobbish. Everybody took me in without directly looking at me, the way you do with people thrust into the same situation you're in without wanting to actually engage them in conversation. Eventually I found a spot, picked up the magazine I was least disinterested in, and flipped through it looking at the ads until my name was called.

There was some small talk with a person who took my weight, temperature, blood pressure, and all of the metal items I was wearing or carrying. Then I was put into a small office with more magazines and asked to wait. I had just gotten comfortably asleep when the door opened and I sat up again, greeted by a man slightly older than myself but much wealthier. He asked me how I was ("okay, I suppose,") and looked at his notes.

"So," the doctor said. "Are we changing your mind today?"

"Well..." I said.

"Well what?"

"I don't really want to," I said. "Isn't there any other option?"

"You don't want to keep going around with that mind you've got now, do you?" he said.

"Well it's not like I'm that attached to it," I said. "But I don't really want to change it."

"Look at all the trouble it's caused you. And it's only going to get worse."

"I know, I know."

"Then what's the problem?"

"I'm used to my mind," I said. "It doesn't work very well, I know, but a new one is such a hassle. Getting a new one I have to reset all my preferences, tweak all the settings, all that jazz. And honestly, I'm not convinced a new one would really be any better than the one I've got. I mean really, this one does pretty much everything I want it to."

"But a new one would do it so much faster," said the doctor. "And let's face it, the one you've got now isn't going to be supported much longer. Sooner or later you'll have to change it, you won't have a choice. Why put up with all that difficulty? If you change your mind now, you'll get all the benefits of a new one right away. It's not like it's really that hard to get used to. By this time next week, you'll be wondering how you got along with that old mind all this time."

"I don't know," I said. "I want to think about it before I change my mind."

The doctor gave a sigh and a shrug of resignation. "Okay," he said, "if that's really the way you feel. But it's going to be harder to change your mind later, and probably cost more in the long run."

"Well, if that's the case, I'll just deal with it then. But I don't want to change my mind before I'm ready."

"If that's what you want, that's what you want," said the doctor. "I think it's a mistake — a man your age will probably need to change your mind more and more as time goes on. But it's your mind, you'll have to decide when to change it I guess."

"Yeah," I said.

"If you do decide to change your mind," the doctor said, "just call and make another appointment. We'll be glad to take care of it for you."

"Thanks," I said. "I'm sure I'll change my mind eventually. But not today." I got up and went out, collected all my metal objects, and went home.

-The Gneech

Comments

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raishi_fox
May. 28th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
Well, that was different. =D
aki_no_kaze
May. 28th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
I loled
aj_hyena
May. 28th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
I kept visualizing this in Greg's voice. Heh.
kylet
May. 28th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Was about to say... I saw "fictionlet", and it totally fits XD
the_gneech
May. 28th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
Well it is a Fictionlet, just not a Brigid and Greg Fictionlet! :)

-TG
the_gneech
May. 28th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Not really what I intended, but whatever suits ya! :)

-TG
rhanlav
May. 28th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
This would make a great Twilight Zone episode. I hope you know that. Then again, for some reason, I've been thinking about that show a lot today. No clue why though.

Like the guy who is sentenced to die because he loves and collects books, and he gets to choose how he dies and the lawyer who argued that the guy was guilty goes to the house to gloat to him, only to find out that the doors are locked and can't be opened without the key the man has who's picked to die via a bomb to explode at a specific time.

I won't spoil the episode but for some reason, thats been on my mind today.

--Salen
the_gneech
May. 28th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
That's kinda the vibe I was going for. :) Not necessarily "Twilight Zone" specifically, but that whole "speculative fiction" thing.

-TG
rhanlav
May. 28th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
"The Obsolete Man". Wikipedia to the rescue. Yay! And yeah, don't know why I've had that sort of thinking going on today. Seriously, I don't even like TZ, but that story just sort of jumped at me today for some reason. Anyways, nice story.

--Salen
jedi_iwakura
May. 28th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
lol


I really enjoyed this one!
ski_fox
May. 28th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
Mmm, smells like fresh-brewed Vista...
torakiyoshi
May. 28th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
*giggles at the fictionlet*

I'd wait for the next version. You know, these things are like Star Trek. Every other one is good. The ones in between, not so much.

-=TK
hossblacksilver
May. 29th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
Makes me think of this science fiction short story I have in my head and really need to put down on paper.
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