October 25th, 2002

Brainiac

Weird dream

A grey-ish urban setting. Cars on the asphalt, not too many. No traffic jam. I'm running, and I mean really fucking peeling, the only thing I can think of is that I have to get away, from what I don't know, but getting away is the only thing I can think of. None of the fire escapes are accessible, this being an English setting, and the only buildings I can get into appear to be deserted. The streets aren't deserted but the alleys are. A few people, dressed fairly smart. Suit and tie, like office workers going home early, but they are just scenery. Some aren't. A woman in a black skirt suit down an alleyway, holding a hypodermic needle. That's one of the things I must get away from. Sat behind a desk, a short man in a tan trench coat, holding a SPAS-12 shotgun is another. Leaning against the door of a pub, a broad-shouldered man in a grey suit, holding a length of pipe in one hand, the other in his pocket. Another two, the details of which I cannot make out. They slowly herd me into a dead-end alleyway. No way I can get away. I know without knowing how that I have to chose one of the three people to kill me. It needs doing, I am far too tired with the chase and the relentlessness of those following to go on running. I pick the guy with a pipe, who proffers the other hand, which contains an amount of powder. A slow poison. An hour to run and die. As I run again, I realise that I don't want to die. It takes a while, but I makes it to a place I can only think of as safe, where someone can get rid of the poison. I am not yet ready to die. It's going to be close as I walk up to the door...

And then I wake up.
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    Squeeze - Up The Junction
Brainiac

What if?

What if, for whatever reason, you could not die? Your body adapting to changing circumstances and healing itself, and never aging or ever dying, until the heat death of the universe puts an end to space and time. What would you do when you see generations of humanity sloughing away like so many autumn leaves. Worse, what do you do when you realise that humanity is extinct, so much time has passed that counting your age no longer matters, that you are well and truly alone in the universe. What do you do then, knowing that whatever happens, you cannot die. You cannot end it all. Even when the sun burns out and the planet Earth is reduced to so much dust you still hang there, alive, forever. How long would it take you to go insane? What kind of insanity? Or would you try to cope, attempting to observe the whole universe from a static point? What would you do, and why would you do it? Far too often people forget that immortality means outlasting the entire human race and is more of a curse than a blessing, especially in the long run.

What would you do?
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