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Can I get a restart?

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Jurgen has a headache that won't go away. He knows his fellow scientist Simon is watching him, waiting for him to be careless and kill another rat. Ben knows all about these mistakes, and more. But he's online, always online, talking with others. He's in trouble and doesn't know how to get out of it. Mark fears he knows what actually is going on in the lab and the consequences for all three of them could be fatal. Who is the liar? Who is in danger? Who will die?

Can I get a Restart?' is a stunning psychological thriller, set in a London neuroscience institute in 2018

Table of Contents

Prologue

Submitted: February 16, 2019

The black and white footage was of the inside of ATI's Neuroscience Bristol lab. In a hallway a female technician, wearing a bulky lab co... Read Chapter

Ben 1

Submitted: February 16, 2019

Bleak starving trees around us held their breath, none in our group willing to break the silence. Faces in the dirt, peering through the ... Read Chapter

Mark 1

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Night time in central London. Mark stood hunched over his phone outside a lively pub near High Holborn underground station. The shadow of... Read Chapter

Ben 2

Submitted: February 16, 2019

Ben: I don’t like Mark all that much. Evelyn: Why? (^o^) Ben: There’s something off about him. He’s always... analysing peo... Read Chapter

Jurgen 1

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“Will the door open?” In the dark, her voice resonated close to his ear. “Relax. There won’t be a problem.” He tapped fast ... Read Chapter

Ben 3

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I don’t care about the money anymore. I just wanted to go home but I had no idea how to get back, and there was no way I was going to l... Read Chapter

Mark 2

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In a common hallway of an apartment block, Mark hovered outside Ben’s front door. His neighbour had been pestering him to chat for over... Read Chapter

Jurgen 2

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“What was I thinking? I should have just gone with her. She's amazing.” Jurgen spoke to his reflection on his office window. He saw t... Read Chapter

Ben 4

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Tom: Is everything ok Ben? You've missed your appointment this week. Ben: Sorry. I'm still not feeling well. I'll check in next week.... Read Chapter

Mark 3

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I can do this. Keep the silence.   Mark's youthful face spasmed, lines contorted with controlled rage as he heaved the hundr... Read Chapter

Jurgen 3

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A wide bright light above the scientist lit up the surgical table at which he tinkered with a microscope attached to a set of measuring s... Read Chapter

Ben 5

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Ben: Hey! You're online. Evelyn: Miss me? (/_;) Ben: Maybe. Evelyn: Anyway, where have you been? I’ve been texting you for ... Read Chapter

Mark 4

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Mark was in his flat rolling up a thin joint. A rattle on the table, and he saw on his mobile a young Japanese woman waving. It was Asami... Read Chapter

Ben 6

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Wednesday Evelyn, you're not online. I'm logged onto a computer in Jurgen's experimental room. The place is surrounded with boxes ful... Read Chapter

Mark 5

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At night, Mark found Lucy in her office. She was looking curiously at a monitor as a series of wave-like graph lines were generated. From... Read Chapter

Ben 7

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My entire living room wall turned from beige to sea blue. I was on a ship that creaked up and down as it drifted down a wide river. I saw... Read Chapter

Jurgen 4

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In fact most of the cocaine would have just sat in my nose, there's only so much your nasal membranes can absorb at once. And most of tha... Read Chapter

Ben 8

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“Jesus Christ!” I shouted, as loud bangs rang down on the navigation door I was forcing shut. Outside there were dozens upon dozens o... Read Chapter

Mark 6

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“Everything counts.” Mark said to the pony tailed Italian ogre, Carlo, by a water fountain in the gym. “Everything.” He repeated.... Read Chapter

Ben 9

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In the experimental room my body shook. I had only got three hours of sleep from the night before, and now it felt as if I were in a drea... Read Chapter

Mark 7

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In the morning, light blue had begun to emerge across the dark sky as Mark walked through the park square to the Institute. Up above, the... Read Chapter

Jurgen 5

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Alright, I accept your apology. The movie seems potentially interesting, but I think I'll pass on drinks next week. I thought the first l... Read Chapter

Ben 10

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Even the God of Spring knows not where the flowers come from   DK had painted his face green and brown. He seemed to have do... Read Chapter

Mark 8

Submitted: February 16, 2019

In February, a week after Emma had been dismissed, Mark found Lucy in one of the testing rooms. Her white lab coat buttoned all the way u... Read Chapter

Jurgen 6

Submitted: February 16, 2019

Hi Jurgen, Its ok, you don't have to apologise. I know how busy you can get. It sounds like we just missed each other. I would have w... Read Chapter

Ben 11

Submitted: February 16, 2019

Ben: Jurgen almost got into a fight! Evelyn: What happened???? Ben: I'm not sure exactly. Evelyn: What do you mean??? Ben... Read Chapter

Ben 12

Submitted: February 16, 2019

At night we were still camped out in the caves by the set of waterfalls. Shallow streams poured down the rocks above, easing out the ince... Read Chapter

Jurgen 7

Submitted: February 16, 2019

There is nothing to fear   I lay in a sealed tube, a white coffin with no space to move. Fixed in place, with arms crossed o... Read Chapter

Mark 9

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The white powder inside the brown glass bottle, slide up and down as Mark tipped it to and fro. In his office he sat before a computer pa... Read Chapter

Jurgen 8

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Sunk deep into his couch, with oiled hands Jurgen felt out an invisible crown that had fused onto his head. Focused, he sensed the mound ... Read Chapter

Ben 13

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I was nearly home. We had taken our time traversing through the abyss of jungle, choosing long cuts through back rivers, or by foot a... Read Chapter

Mark 10

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Seated, the nurse took a towel on a tray and neatly folded it in half. “Is there anything else I can do for you sir?” She asked with ... Read Chapter

Jurgen 9

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In the experimental room, Ben vigorously washed his hands, scrubbing the soap hard onto the skin of his hands and forearms. A computer ca... Read Chapter

Ben 14

Submitted: February 16, 2019

Online, relief poured out as the colours of Evermana bled onto my retinas. I was at the start of a woodland trail, below, a slope of gras... Read Chapter