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Chapter 4 (v.1) - Interrogation

Submitted: February 16, 2019

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Interrogations are not what they used to be. Waterboarding, electroshock, sleep-deprivation and beatings - so passé. They already know everything and the rest they can read off a brain scan. I can assure you it's quite painless, they may even arrange for it to be pleasurable - if that's convenient. Depends on the areas they choose to stimulate. Trust me, I didn't mind a minute of it.

I find myself strapped to a dentist chair in a green-tiled room bristling with instruments. A symphony of burnished steel and plastic. Disturbing mechanisms protrude from robot arms.

I don't know why the major even bothers to talk to me. Perhaps he enjoys the sound of his own voice. Perhaps he's just rehearsing the spiel he gives to visiting ministers. He's dressed in a plain grey suit and sits casually, facing me like he's a medical consultant. He speaks.

“You're going to ask, 'Where am I?’ and to your surprise I'm going to tell you. You're presently in re-education camp 4 at Marne-la-Vallée. We're quite close to Disneyland Paris. It's ironic in a way: they're the great purveyors of illusion; here, we dispel them.”

Clearly an interrogator who likes the sound of his own voice.

“I understand you're a Marxist. You had hopes for a different future than the one we have planned.”

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