A Short Story in the Slice of Life Series
David Lee Howells
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[“I am Mariel. Praise to the One who sent me to this place. I have come to give you peace and comfort, Shawn Browning. Your time in this existence has come to a close, and you have suffered greatly. Let go of the trivial things. Let go of memories that would have passed upon your inevitable demise. Walk toward the light and be embraced. You are leaving. You are gone.”]
January 2nd, 2017. Initial log for Senior Project for Psycho-social Advanced class. Mary Taylor and Jeremy LaHoda co-authors. Topic: severe mental trauma due to accidental prolonged exposure to sensory deprivation.
Mary: Person to be studied will be referred to as ‘Subject’ until privacy rights can be researched. Subject, according to reports from AP, Reuters and Huffington Post (bibliography entries 1-3) had built a sensory deprivation chamber, reasons unknown. The system, according to a spokesperson for Oceanic Bliss Floatation Company, when properly installed, allowed a maximum of one hour exposure, but recommended 20 minutes maximum for beginners. There are failsafes that automatically open the chamber cover should there be damage to the device or a power failure. A motor vehicle accident nearby damaged a transformer and shut down electrical power to the region for sixteen hours. Tech reps for Oceanic report faulty installation and failure to follow instructions. Subject was discovered two days later by local police and rescue personnel upon request by Subject’s concerned sister, who lives in Southern United States. The rescue of Subject occurred on March 17th, 2016.