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What's going…..?

………am…am I…………?

Oh my god you're— Are you okay?

I don't understand… Where…

Whoa, take it easy. How are you feeling?

Empty… but filling up?

I suppose that makes sense.

It does? Ugh… There was a light… and now… can I see?

It's gonna take a bit before your senses manifest.

I don't… the light's not there anymore.

From light to dark?

No, it's not dark. It's just… it's like I'm becoming the light now.

Interesting way to think of it.

Are we talking?

If you want us to be.

But are we talking? If my vision was impaired then it's possible my hearing was too.

Was the bright light accompanied by a loud noise?

Not exactly? It wasn't silence but it was… like when the world is still, and you're not worried about anything, and everything else fades away.

I can only imagine.

…am I dead?

I think that depends on your perspective.

Are you god? Or a god?

Haha, definitely not.

You never answered my question. Are we talking?

We can be. Shortly.

But we're not right now?

No, sorry. Hearing's gonna come a little after vision. How are you feeling now?

Nearly half full.


How are we communicating? If we're not talking.

Well, simply put, in this form your consciousness doesn't need to talk to transfer information.

So I'm telepathic now?

If you would like to think of it that way, yes.

And you are too I take it?

To an extent, I can't interact with everyone like this. But I can interact with you because of what you are.

You mean because I'm dead?

No. Honestly, I'm not sure if we can consider you dead. After all, someone went to considerable lengths to keep you alive. Probably the Foundation. How are you now?

Just above half filled. Who are you? How do you know about the Foundation?

Only asking easy questions, I see. For now you can call me Bertram. I used to work with the Foundation. Sort of. It's hard to explain.

So you left?

Because I had to.

You can't exactly just leave the Foundation.

You can if they don't know you exist.

How the hell did you–

You never told me your name.

Are you trying to change the subject?

Yes. Doesn't change the fact that you never told me your name.

How do I know I can trust you?

Trust me or not, that's your prerogative but I told you mine.

Did you?

I gave you a name. Aren't I owed the same courtesy.


It's nice to meet you Helen. I wish it was under better circumstances.

Three quarters now. I should've died.

Maybe. It's hard to say.

No, I understand now. I should've died, but I didn't so I'm here now. What I don't understand is why I'm here now.

I suspect you will any moment. Hearing and speech should be ready now, if you'd like to try it.


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