If you think I’m writing an opening paragraph as well as an entry, you’ve another think coming. Move along folks, scroll down to the picture; there’s nothing to see here unless you have no idea what I’m talking about.
Nicky and Mike over at We Work For Cheese are running a 28 day writing challenge. This is day three.
See? Told you. Nada.
And the next thing I know, I’m falling.
I look about. A clear blue sky, with cloud below.
My tummy yawns with the effects of physics.
This new simulator, created by arch genius Max Tunguska, really is something. As the clouds rush towards me, the wind deafening in my ears, I open my mouth and scream authentically.
And I’m back in the chair. In the lab.
Are you alright? asks a bearded Max, his hand still on the simulator’s Immersion switch. You were screaming.
I cough, my mouth dry, and imagine my hair wild.
I thought you’d put me on the ground! I bluster, to conceal my naked terror, How can I explore the new terrain if I’m not on the ground?!
Max sighs and shrugs.
Sorry, I didn’t recalibrate ground level after the mountaineering. My tummy twists afresh; I didn’t enjoy the mountaineering. There was screaming.
Max starts to turn a notched knob and reaches for the Immersion switch again. I wonder what will happen if…
And the next thing I know, I’m falling. A lot faster than before too; the clouds blink by, and the hedged fields of my home county rush towards me, far faster than gravity and terminal velocity would require.
I can picture my friend in the lab, spinning the dial quickly towards zero.
I hope he’s paying attention.
The earth looks hard and unforgiving and increasingly detailed.
Nope, it’s no good; I need to scream again.
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