We see the interior of an unlit cubicle, where Tim, a lanky 12 year old boy sits, his back to us, on a hovering pad, wearing a long sleeved purple cotton gown with a hood.
As we observe him, we see that he is playing a computer game which generates a hologram display. The game’s sound is filtered through a set of earphones covering his ears and over his hood.
He types fast and furious on a hovering keyboard. His mom, Ann, calls out to him.
Calling him a couple of time with no answer, she resorts to sending a message…The word “DINNER” appears in a hologram form between Tim and his game. Tim weaves his head to see past it.
“Aw mom!” – Tim screams out -“Cut it out. You’re making me lose.”
Ann is furious. Accompanied by her husband Sam, they appear in a long white corridor that has small golden pads spaced 4 meters apart, about a meter up from the ground.
Both Sam and Ann, only seen from the back, are also dressed in long hooded gowns, Ann is in green and Sam in yellow.
Ann is now really getting worked up – “Argh! He makes my blood boil.” She says to Sam “and he’s locked the cubicle again” Sam places his hand on the nearest golden pad.
A COMPUTER GENERATED VOICE IS HEARD – “Parental lock override.”
The golden pad expends until it becomes a transparent door, revealing Tim in his cubicle. They peer in, side by side.
” Humph! Look at him!” – Ann says to Sam -“What’s wrong with kids nowadays?”
Tim keeps gaming.
” Come on Ann” Sam says “Even in my great-great grandfather’s day’s teenagers played computer games.
Ann faces Sam, THEIR FACES ARE NOW REVEALED FOR THE FIRST TIME. They have identical features, CONSISTING of a bald and elongated head, with chiseled chick bones and small slit like formation that replaces their ears and nostrils.
They have Glossy black eyes the size and shape of a hen’s egg with no eye lids and no eyebrows…. Their mouth, almost non-existent, disables their speech.
We now realize their speech was all telepathic…. As Ann says “And I thought we had evolved!”
This is a shortened version…
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© Elisabeth Dubois 2005
Nothing really changes over time even in the far fetch future…kids are still playing games
this is all to realistic with a twist of humor!