Insidiously Spread

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: The Imaginarium


A Flash piece inspired by 'Thought Contagion' by Muse.

Submitted: March 24, 2018

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Insidiously Spread

“Get out of my head!”

Did I say it aloud? I’m sorry, it’s just these thoughts. They are not mine and yet they are taking up space inside my mind and pushing my ‘real’ thoughts aside.

Whose are they? And even more importantly, how have they taken root?

These are callous thoughts, coldly analytical, calmly cruel. I don’t need to think of anyone else, just consider myself; at least, that is what my head is telling me now. Self interest – that’s the name of the game, the one called ‘How To Win At Life.’

“No! I don’t agree. Get the hell out of my head space!”

They’ve been drip-fed, one tiny thought at a time. Insidious, creeping their way in without me noticing their existence. One by one, they have dug their way through to form a coagulated, cohesive lie, which is now trying to seize control.

Concentrate! Drown them out. Dig deep and find myself again.

If only it was so easy. These infiltrators have loud voices while my real thoughts seem to whisper. How can I listen when I can no longer hear?

Of course, the question, the most important one to find an answer to, is who has put them here? Have I been brain-washed, infected by some kind of mind-controlling disease? They’ve not taken over completely yet. My mind has had more resilience than many; they seem to have lost themselves entirely to this contagion while I at least have enough of my old self to see what is happening.

“Resistance. That’s the only way,” I say through gritted teeth.

They don’t like to fail though, and will fight tooth and nail to beat my true thoughts into submission.

Will I have the mental strength to fight back, to hold them off?

Only time will tell, I guess. But believe me, I’m going to have a damn good try!


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