Defragmenting Daniel: The Organ Scrubber
by Jason Werbeloff
GENRE: Sci-fi Thriller
“You feel that, son?”
“No siw,” Daniel mouthed. His tongue was numb. Had been numb since they’d replaced it with the generic a year ago, but it felt more swollen than usual. Clumsy against his palate.
“That’s good. Try to relax.” The surgeon’s voice was deep and quick. Like a scythe. “Music, nurse.”
With Daniel’s head turned the way it was, he looked directly into the surgeon’s crotch. He tried to turn away, but his head had been immobilized.
A beat Daniel remembered from somewhere rolled through the operating theatre. The bass vibrated along the legs of the steel table, up, into the brace that pierced his skull, down, through its metallic fingers, and into his brain. It tickled.
The surgeon shifted. A nurse’s masked face replaced the crotch. “Don’t move.” Only her eyes showed above the mask. The doctors and nurses all looked the same with their masks on. How do they tell one another apart?
A grainy woman’s voice hissed through the beat.
We had you cleaned
We had you eat
The high-pitched whine of a bone saw echoed in Daniel’s skull. “We’ll have you open in no time,” said the surgeon.
Daniel felt pressure against his temple, above his right ear. The whine of the blade morphed to a lower, choppy grind.
We had you bathed
We had your feet
Yes, he remembered the song now. It was all the rage in the cafeteria on Friday nights, when they cleared the chairs to make room for an ad hoc dance floor.
“How the kids?”
“Good, thanks doctor. Jordan’s starting school next week.”
Daniel tried to swallow, but lying on his back with his head fixed at this angle, most of the saliva dribbled onto the operating table.
We ate your lungs
We heart your beat
The bone saw slowed to a toothy stop.
There was a hollow metal twang, as something red dropped into a metal bowl on the edge of Daniel’s vision.
“You doing okay there, boy?”
The surgeon bent down. Peered into Daniel’s eyes.
“We’re in. Won’t be too much longer now.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Human. Male. From an obscure planet in the Milky Way Galaxy. Sci-fi novelist with a PhD in philosophy. Likes chocolates, Labradors, and zombies (not necessarily in that order). Werbeloff spends his days constructing thought experiments, while trying to muster enough guilt to go to the gym.
He’s written two novels, Hedon and The Solace Pill, and the short story anthology, Obsidian Worlds. His books will make your brain hurt. And you’ll come back for more.
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Purchase link for Defragmenting Daniel: The Organ Scrubber – The book will be free on Amazon for 4 days, August 24 – 27 2016.
The Organ Scrubber is the first fragment of the Defragmenting Daniel trilogy:
Fragment 1 – The Organ Scrubber
Fragment 2 – The Face in a Jar
Fragment 3 – The Boy Without a Heart
Jason will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.