Super Autist

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fan Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

How life would be if you were autistic? It’s somehow difficult to imagine it when you observe an autistic person. Are they happier than normal people, more optimistic? Do they fall in love, do they make friendship, are they religious? Dustin suffered from autism spectrum disorder -more exactly, savant syndrome- since early childhood. He had a younger brother, Charlie Babbitt...

How life would be if you were autistic? It's somehow difficult to imagine it when you observe an autistic person. Are they happier than normal people, more optimistic? Do they fall in love, do they make friendship, are they religious? It would be hard to get a clear answer directly from them on all these questions. But with a little help of someone who know them well, some understanding and progress is possible.

Dustin suffered from autism spectrum disorder -more exactly, savant syndrome- since early childhood. He had a younger brother, Charlie Babbitt. And with his help we will get to know more about Dustin's life and private universe. When is parents "John and Mary" realized Dustin would never have a normal life, they decided to "Wag the Dog". It would just move his head from side to side, as if he was saying "No, Dustin is no good", and it was right. Then a few years later, they had a another baby boy, Charlie. And quickly, Dustin became Charlie's "Hero". The family decided to get rid of the "Straw Dogs" after Dustin got badly beaten by them. Dustin was just playing, but the dogs were fighting. He was such a nice bloke, he never made the difference between playing and fighting.

When Dustin was 20 years old, his family went to "Ishtar" in a "Family Business" trip, where they met with "Dick Tracy" and "Billy Bathgate". Dustin's mum,"Agatha", had an "Outbreak" and died shortly after coming back home. For Dustin it was "The Holiday" -business trip were always holidays for Dustin- that would change his life forever. His father, not being able to cope with the situation, decided to put Dustin in a mental institution called "The Lost City", which was in reality more a "Mad City" than a Lost one. But Dustin had no problems with it. It was kind of "Stranger than Fiction" and like "Finding Neverland" surrounded by people like him. He even made a new friend to replace little bro Charlie: an "American Buffalo" the mental institution kept in an enclosure on the property. Believe it or not, the American Buffalo suffered from autism too, and that's the reason the mental institution kept him.

At night they were all "Sleepers", except him, watching his favorite programs on his little portable television through the night. He was obsessed with the same question over and over again.

"Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?"

By the way, Harry Kellerman was talking to another guy in the show, he was not talking to Dustin. But it's something he had trouble to figure out. He believed they were talking to him. When he watched: "Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story" he believed it was a love story like Romeo and Juliet, American version. When he watched: "The Tale of Despereaux", he identified with Roscuro, the rat, and would only eat cheese for the next couple of months. And when he watched "Kung Fu Panda", he identified with Master Shifu, and tried to teach the other patients with Kung Fu moves.

At the mental institution, he made another friend, beside of the American Buffalo, whose name was Harvey. And sometimes Harvey got into trouble, and the personal working there would shout to him:

"Last Chance Harvey."

Dustin never believed in what said the caretakers at the mental institution. He only believed in "Barney's Version", the purple and green tyrannosaurus rex (dinosaur) who comes to life through a child's imagination, and sing "Barney is a Dinosaur". And like him, his favorite food was peanut butter and jelly sandwich. At the mental institution they would give him a sandwich to calm him down whenever he had a tantrum, to make him stop banging his head and screaming.

When his father passed away, his brother Charlie Babbitt visited him, and together they went on a long journey where they learn more about each other after so many years of separation. They even made a stop at Las Vegas where they won big at a casino. Unfortunately, they were asked to leave after being accused of cheating. It was a long journey, and "Rain Man" (Dustin's nickname) cared more about his little bro than the wealth his father left him. At the end of the journey, Charlie was so happy to have his big brother back in his life, his only family member alive, that he completely forgot about his father's fortune.

Dustin was smarter than people thought, but he had problems expressing himself. His brother Charlie would help him putting his feelings and ideas into words, and it would come out as follow.

Dustin's words translated by Charlie Babbitt in an understandable way for normal people:

"Next to that kid, we all look like onions."

I think there's a problem with the translation. Let's hope Charlie gets the next one right.

"In my room as a kid... I'd play a fighter and get knocked to the floor and come back to win."

Dustin was much older than Charlie. And when the little brother was old enough to fight, Dustin was already an adult, which means he probably fought by himself in his room, and knocked himself to make the fight looks more real. Autists do sometimes hit themselves, and make out stories to look better, to look like an hero or something.

"The two basic items necessary to sustain life are sunshine and coconut milk."

As a toddler, Dustin had trouble making the difference between breast milk, coconut milk and cow's milk. As coconut was his favorite, he would call any milk coconut milk. He would also spend hours watching the sun wearing sunglasses. He couldn't live without sunshine and coconut milk. There were the good old times when mum was still alive.

"Depressed, anxious, sad, frightened? Yes. But I've never been bored."

As long as you don't take away his little portable television from him. Life would be depressing, sad and frightening without his favorite programs to keep his mind busy.

"Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me... aren't you?"

This is how Charlie found out Dustin had kissed his girlfriend in the elevator. But Dustin didn't tell the whole truth about the incident. He was trying to seduce Mrs. Robinson, not the other way around.

"So, goodnight Dustin. I wonder how life would be for mankind if we all suffered from autism. I'm pretty sure we would be walking around with a little portable television to keep our mind busy like you do. In a way we already do it with the television, cell phone, iPad, tablet, notebook..."

Submitted: February 18, 2017

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