YOU DON'T REMEMBER ME

Written by D.T.Yarbrough

A SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY

Copyright 2009 All rights reserved

YOU DON'T REMEMBER ME
Written by D.T.Yarbrough

Philip had just awakened from a good night's rest. He looked around and did not recognize his surroundings. It was a pleasant enough room. The pictures on the walls were those of his favorite actors and singers. He didn't remember ever owning these pictures. Philip walked to the closet and found all of his clothing hanging neatly. He got dressed and walked over to the window and looked outside. He didn't recognize anything he saw. "Where am I?" he thought. "How did I get here?" Philip had gone to bed in his dorm the night before. He had stayed up late studying for a test today. The test... he had a test today. Philip looked at his watch and saw there was plenty of time, assuming he was near the campus. As he started to leave the room he saw a message on the door. "Watch the video before you leave your room," the sign read. "My room ... this isn't my room ... is this message for me?" Philip thought. "This means you, Philip," the note added. Philip found a DVD on top of the TV with a note that read "For Philip". He placed it into the DVD player and turned on the TV. Philip took a seat on the sofa and waited for the DVD to load and begin playing. "Hello, Philip. You don't remember me, but I am your legal guardian. You've watched this video every day since you came to live with me, but you won't remember that either," said the man in the video. "What's he talking about, I just woke up here for the first time today. I was in school just yesterday," Philip thought. "Pay attention, Philip. It's important that you understand. Don't think ... just listen. You can think about it later," said the man in the video. "Do you ever remember hearing about the wise ones. It wasn't widely known about by children below the age of 21. They didn't want it to influence your early development." Philip couldn't ever remember hearing about the wise ones. "The wise ones came to Earth about 500 years ago. They left us with a precious gift. They virtually put an end to death. Every human was implanted with a crystal in the palm of their hand. The crystal helps our bodies fight off all known diseases, but the most significant feature is its ability to regenerate the body so that we never die of old age." "I've seen lots of old people. What is he talking about?" Philip thought. "When the body reaches the age of 100, give or take a few years, the aging process is reversed. You are going through that process now. As you slept last night, your body, as well as your memories, regressed about 3 weeks. You only have memories from childhood through that day in college. You lived to the age of 100, but all of those

memories, after that day in college, are gone now," said the man in the video. "You're not in college, you don't have a job, you are retired. Go out and have fun, enjoy yourself. I'll see you this afternoon when I get home from work. There are movies and music that you like if you just want to stay in. If you do go out, you should be prepared to see some things you would never have imagined when you were originally your present age. Don't bother to try to learn anything, you will not remember anything that happens today when you awaken tomorrow. See you later, Philip, and don't get lost." Philip walked downstairs and found the kitchen. He ate some toast and cereal and decided he would go out and look around the neighborhood. As he left the house he looked back at the house number. Then he thought to look at his wallet. There was a photo ID of him, but the photo showed him to be 28 years old although he was only twenty. The address was on the ID as well as a phone number. At least he wouldn't stay lost if he got lost. The weather was nice. Philip didn't even know what month it was. It looked like spring time where he had grown up. The automobiles were quite different from what he remembered, and they made virtually no noise as they drove down the street. It looked like they were driving themselves; the occupants seemed to be preoccupied with other things. Philip came to a park and saw what at first looked like some kids skateboarding. Then he noticed the boards had no wheels. They seemed to float inches above the sidewalk. "I'll have to try that one of these days, maybe when I'm younger," Philip laughed to himself. Many of the people in the park wore strange clothing like Philip had never seen, while others wore clothing more like Philip's. Philip remembered what the DVD had said about the crystal. He looked at his palms and saw a red crystal in the center of his right palm. He tried to see if all the kids had crystals. From what he could tell, they all did, but some were green, not red. Those with the green ones were also the ones with the strange clothing. Philip decided to investigate the neighborhood some more. He had been heading south since he left the house. He decided to go east for a while. As he walked along he thought how houses hadn't changed that much since he was a kid, except that they all seemed to be about the same size as the one he woke up in. None of them could have had more than three bedrooms, a few slightly smaller. And all the automobiles were very similar, different colors, but other than that they were almost identical. Of course this might not be typical of the entire city. What city was this? The auto license plates said New Mexizona, United States of California. Well, it looks like a few things have changed, he thought. Philip decided to go back to the house and watch some TV to see what was happening in the world. As he entered the house, he was met by a woman in her early 30's. "Philip, give your mom a hug," she said. "Do I know you?" Philip asked.

"Oh dear, I'll never get the hang of this. I'm your mother, dear, or I will be. Your dad will be home in a few hours. Have you been to the park, dear?" she said. "Do you need a snack?" "I'm fine. I think I'll go on up to my room. Let me know when dad arrives," Philip said. "I have a lot of questions?" "You always do, dear," she said.

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