Awful Shadow, ch. 10: Simon Martin

Monitoring: Simon Martin
Vienna, Virginia, USA

4:50 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Monday, June 16th, 2014
20:50 Coordinated Universal Time
Monday, June 16th, 2014

Fast forward—

Simon is in a clean, brightly-lit room. There is a white-and-blue checkerboard pattern in the floor tiling, and kitschy animal figures on the shelves. Most of them are elephants, and all of them are engaged in various activities usually reserved for humans, playing golf or putting on bowling shoes or reading the newspaper on a park bench. A few are wearing bowler hats; the rest are bareheaded.

(He’s so cold, but it isn’t the room. It’s him. It’s his body, frantically flipping switches to try to stay alive. If it is alright to personify his organs and bodily systems, then all hands are on deck and every one of them is running terrified.) Continue reading

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Awful Shadow, ch. 6: Simon Martin

Monitoring: Simon Martin
Vienna, Virginia, USA

4:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Thursday, May 29th, 2014
20:15 Coordinated Universal Time
Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Fast forward—

Dr. Denham has this thing where he draws a curtain in front of the door after Simon enters his office, as if there needs to be an extra layer between them and the outside world. The window blinds, too, are always closed until Simon has been asked whether he’d like them to be open. Simon isn’t sure if the quirk is Denham’s, specifically, or if it’s some trick that he’s picked up over the years for a certain kind of patient. Asking would feel too weird, so Simon has never brought it up. Continue reading