Mind Control

 

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PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Mind Control

People were enthralled with the street art of halo-lights, it was fun.
Over time, their interest waned and slowly their minds sunk into abject docility.
Did anyone notice their robotic behaviour, their blank stare and repetitive monotone exchanges?
Professor Katrina Mayne knew why.
The Overlords had hijacked her pioneering medical research; Egon waves to pacify disturbed patients and help them recover from mentally impaired brains.
She knew how the system worked and had to stop the Higher Council enacting their citizen control policy. The human right of free expression was being subdued.
Katrina struggled and bit at the straight-jacket straps.

39 responses to “Mind Control

  1. That’s a really smart, imaginative take on the prompt. All the tension of a spy thriller! Well done James

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  2. brilliant ending: I didn’t see it coming but it works; a whimsical opening and an ending with bite

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  3. Great twist there at the end. 🙂 A fun story.

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  4. Sci Fi intrigue. I love it.

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  5. Scary shit James!!!!!

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  6. This is all too close to reality. As the world progresses toward a one-world government, more and more of our treasured freedoms will disappear. And yes, those who object will end up chewing on the straps of their strait-jackets.

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  7. Brilliantly written story. Her good intentions were hijacked by those who wanted to control the citizens. Will she or won’t she escape in order to stop them? I want to know more!

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  8. Is Professor Katrina that only sane one? Using “egon waves to pacify disturbed patients” doesn’t sound far-fetched. A mind-bending story!

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  9. As usually the totalitarians will always use the mental hospital to silence opposition

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  10. Disturbing because is feels so close to what is actually happening in this era of hidden influencers. Great story James.

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  11. This is diabolical! Subduing unsuspecting people with rays. Prof. Katrina Mayne must do something.

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  12. Dear James,

    You’ve painted a frightening pictures. Those halos of light certainly didn’t herald singing angels, did they?

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  13. Time to rebel. I can see this as the bases for a much larger story.

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  14. Just once, I’d like to see the overlords be the good guys.

    Other than the overt anti-overlord propaganda, nice take. Why do evil people have to ruin everything?

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  15. Perhaps Katrina should focus more on what she’s going to say rather than gnawing at the straps. She’s only going to escape by persuading someone to release her…
    Good snippet of a thriller, James.

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  16. Why do great inventions always fall into the wrong hands?
    Well done, James.

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  17. I hope she’s got strong teeth. Those straps are going to take some gnawing through.

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  18. Keep biting girl, before it’s too late. Spooky stuff.

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  19. Oooo nice twist on the last line. However I think she is right

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  20. And so she ends up in the very place she was working to free people from. Keep biting, Katrina, there’s work to be done!

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  21. Good. That pesky Professor has been stopped, now onwards! 😉

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  22. Yes, we must overthrow the overlords 😀

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  23. Aha. I was thinking we’d worked along similar lines until I got to the twist at the end. Nice one, James

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  24. I always distrust the overlords! 🙂 Great story!

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