Early Bird Sneak Peek: “Unraveling”!

Hi all! It’s time for another Early Bird Sneak Peek, where I share a glimpse at the story my lucky Early Bird patrons will be enjoying next Saturday thanks to their pledges at my Patreon page! Of course, if you’re not an Early Bird patron, you’ll still get a story next week–“Uh Huh”, teased previously as an Early Bird story, has already been submitted to the EMCSA. But the Early Bird patrons will be getting “Unraveling” (MC FF)!

Doctor Ishani Gupta has been waiting for this moment for a long time. She’s tested her brainwashing helmet on countless victims, she’s perfected the process of unwinding a person’s core personality and leaving them a blank slate, and she’s finally lured her colleague Doctor Priyanka Misra into the perfect position of total vulnerability. You can’t blame her for boasting just a little, can you? Here’s a taste:

“By now, I suspect, you’re experiencing a phenomenon known as hypnotic paralysis–you can hear my words, and even make sense of them, but reaching up and pulling the headset off probably seems too much like work when the spiral that you see wherever you look is so compelling. That’s normal, Priyanka. In a few minutes, you’re probably going to reach a depth of trance where remembering anything beyond your immediate experience is simply too difficult, which is the approximate baseline state that I’ll need you to be in for the rest of the experiment. It’s why I feel so comfortable talking to you about what’s to come–your brain simply isn’t up for retaining that knowledge right now. It won’t help you. Nothing will.

“Since I’m telling you all this, I may as well let you in on everything you’re going to experience. Once you’ve reached a deep hypnotic state–the device is tracking your eye movements, heart rate, breathing rate, a few other simple variables, it’ll know when you’re deep enough–you’ll begin to hear a voice through the headphones. You won’t recognize that anything’s changed, because it will still be my voice–I’d program you personally, but I’m afraid I simply don’t have the energy to keep talking to you through the entirety of the process. I’ll need to sleep at some point… well, so will you, but the machine won’t let you reach REM state. A certain amount of sleep deprivation is essential to the plan. Keeps your brain’s critical thinking faculties suppressed.

Hope you enjoy it!

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