Believe It or Not!
“It’s also illegal…”
“Can’t tell my wife, my kids, my in-laws, my friends…my country.”
“These are the most frustrating moments of my life!”
The Shrink sat in his stuffed leather chair, legs crossed, staring across the short space with imperious blue squinted eyes. Dr. Keeley paused for several seconds, his white hair and beard giving him an appearance of some ancient scholar whose mind held all the answers.
“Do you wish to discuss with me these concerns, Mr. Taylor?”
“I do. I have to talk to someone, or go nuts…no humor intended. The information I have is smothering me. May I ask, is our conversation totally private and cannot be divulged to anyone?”
“That is correct, Mr. Taylor. The information you share with me is private and assured confidentiality. Feel free and secure in sharing your information with me.”
“Does that hold true for divulging government ‘Top Secret’ data to which I’m privy and have signed ‘Non-Disclosure’ agreements, under penalty of fines and imprisonment?”
“I can only tell you of my ethical standards and ask that you be sure whatever it is you wish to discuss has some medical basis, that is, it is detrimental to your mental and/or physical health. I can say I’ve had no one before you discuss with me any ‘Top Secret Non-Disclosure’ data.”
“Well, there’s no one with whom I can talk, or, at least, feel safe in talking…even my good wife. You know, most people likely have a predisposition about ‘Conspiracy Theories’, and what I will tell you certainly qualifies…although it’s the absolute truth. It’s been a real problem for me, watching our country for years go down what I believe is the wrong path, and, now, with me privy to this information, I’m feeling like we are near the Apocalypse stage… Damn, where do I start?”
“Take your time, Mr. Taylor, and try to relax,” said Dr. Keeley.
After a few quiet moments, Mr. Taylor spoke.
“I will not tell you how I obtained this information, nor will I mention any names or locations. You will listen and perhaps think I’m rational and sensible, yet a big part of you will doubt and presume I’m a fruitcake…”
Mr. Taylor waited for a moment for Dr. Keeley to reply. He did not.
Mr. Taylor proceeded.
“There is a new Army being built in our country as I speak, an Army the likes of which the world has never seen, except, perhaps, in ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Terminator’ movies. The machines will indeed take over the world – THAT is my fear! I’m talking about bio-sensitive machines, huge machines that can move at the speed of sound, including human-oriented robots that can take different shapes, robots and machines that cannot be destroyed.
“There is a global central command here in our country that will electronically, intricately, with scientific, technological fail safe certainty, control these machines and human robots and send them to the troubled spots of the world… ISIS and all the other terrorist groups will be eradicated within weeks, not months, years, but days and weeks. Talk about art imitating life! This is Science and Technology imitating life – or, maybe somehow more accurately, creating new non-organic life forms and machines.
“While I want ISIS and all evil eradicated, Dr. Keeley, my fear is we are creating a human wasteland. We are letting the wisdom of history and the ages fall upon deaf ears. We are messing with an ‘Intelligent Creator’s Grand Plan’…unless we’ve been duped by the tenets of Faith – and, I don’t believe that. Barbarians who behead and burn people alive, of course, deserve their eradication for their ideology is pure evil. What about the emotions of love and compassion? What about that intricate nine-month cycle of birth? What about the beauty all around us, the oceans, seas, deserts, and mountains? Are we…”
Mr. Taylor, lost in his passionate oratory, looked across at Dr. Keeley. He was slumped in his chair, his chin on his chest, eye glasses askew on his face… There was a soft snoring sound, louder with each breath, emanating from Dr. Keeley’s benign face.
Mr. Taylor slammed his right foot down on the lovely wooden flooring.
The noise brought Dr. Keeley upright in his chair, announcing: “We will meet again this time next week if it is convenient for you…”
“Have you not heard a word I've said?” asked an irritated Mr. Taylor.
“Of course, you give me the same 'conspiracy theory' every week at this time. I practically have your words memorized. I'm hoping each week that I shall hear additional information about your theory. Are you taking the medication I prescribed for you?”
“You have prescribed no medications for me, Dr. Keeley...if you are a Doctor! This is my first and only visit to your office. You are a conspiracy yourself, a real 'quack', if you ask me!”
“And, you tell me that each week, Mr. Taylor.”
“So, why do you take my money? If you can't help me, why do you continue seeing me?”
Dr. Keeley rose, walked to the exit door, opened it, smiled gently, and bid Mr. Taylor goodbye with these words, “It's 'ground hog day' each week for you, Mr. Taylor, with your monologue and our dialogue repeating itself. Please take the medication. It can help you. As I've told you, the original Mr. Taylor died shortly after seeing me the first time. I've also told you that at each visit. If you are one of the 'human-oriented' and 'bio-sensitive' robots, you should have the new army re-program you...you should have the new army re-program you...you should have the new army re-program you...you should have the new army re-program you...”
Mr. Taylor stood mortified. On and on went the would-be Dr. Keeley with monotonic sameness and the same gentle smile.
“Oh, my God! The new army has begun its new computerized 'key people replacement process'. What can I do? What can I do? What can I do? What can I do? What can I do? What can I do?”
Flash Fiction authored by: Billy Ray Chitwood – December, 2016
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