Thursday, May 9, 2013

FSF: Mindshadows (5)

Five Sentence Fiction – Goggles

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Since learning she'd had amnesia until her recent flashbacks at age 35, MacKenzie's world felt like constant sensory overload; her Post Traumatic Stress Disorder surfaced fully and her startle response was so much faster than normal reaction time she often frightened herself with her own screams.

Her memories came in pieces and not always in order and not always one piece going with the next piece.

It was enough to make one go insane if not for her therapist reassuring her that the way her memories leaked through her broken amnesia was to be expected.

Since seeing the steampunk goggles on a passerby, she realized she was highly agitated, foretelling the coming of a memory--a sign she learned to recognize rather quickly,  a feeling of dread knowing she would see more details in her now predictably fitful sleep.

In her dream state, her mind floated from the innocent steampunk but triggering goggles to the the face of a surgeon wearing goggle-like glasses as she, feeling so small, lay down restrained on a metal table, her heart pounding out of her chest.

(The full story to date of Mind Shadows can be found here.)


  1. I've always thought that amnesia would be horrible. Then again, there are things that I'd rather forget.
    Being restrained is also an idea which terrifies me. This piece brings up some very visceral feelings.

    1. It is awful at first. Eventually you realize it's there for protection and don't want to know everything. And don't need to know all to heal, thank goodness. Thank you for reading and for your thoughts. Feelings are good...I just don't want them to be too intense for readers.

    2. I guess I have partial amnesia since my stroke. I lost 10 days immediately following with little or no memory of that time. I now have bits and pieces lost of my past and sometimes lose parts of short-term memories, though not often or much.
      It was a good piece. I enjoyed it very much.

    3. Am so sorry you lost parts of your memory with your stroke but am very glad it did not take you. You still have gifts to offer.

  2. This is so descriptive, I feel uneasy reading it. Which is a good thing :)

    1. Oh good... I've been reading some really disturbing things for me. Just want an emotional wrenching with this. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Very emotive, and certainly brings confusion and fear to the front! Enjoyed this!