by Jon Rollins
Ah, let's see. According to the chart, it appears one of our clients, Mr. James A. Levitz, has just awakened. If you'll accompany me, we'll debrief Mr. Levitz together, acquainting you with the formalities of this magnificent and quite lucrative new science. Come along, and mind your step; this equipment is both delicate and expensive. Also, before we engage our client, you should remember to always use first names when they wake up. Studies show last names are often disorienting before debriefing. Now, simply follow my lead, take good notes, and please refrain from questions until after I've dismissed the subject.
There you are, James. How are you feeling? Just relax while I remove your IVs and electrodes. The vertigo you're experiencing is very common. It will pass soon enough, I promise. Please calm yourself, sir! No need for such outbursts. This? It's only a mild sedative, to help you through your transition. Everything will be fine now. You're in very capable hands. Ah, that's much better.
What transition? Well, this confusion you're feeling is typical among our clients. So, my job is to help you get your bearings, help you remember. Speaking of which, what exactly do you remember, James? Anything about this place?
May I interrupt? What I meant was, do you remember anything before--eh, Sarah, you said? Before your, um, life with her? Does this place seem at all familiar? From the look on your face, I suspect it does not. Not at all? Oh, don't worry, James. It will come to you soon enough. Always does.
My apologies for the delayed explanations. All will be revealed, but timing is crucial in this matter, sir. Too much information too soon or imparted in the wrong order only adds to your confusion. Have patience. I will explain everything.
Let me begin with this place, Dreamscapers Incorporated. Ring any bells? No? Well, we're an amazing company, really. Pioneers in an exciting new realm of technology, offering clients like yourself virtual immortality. Yes, immortality! Pure genius. We call it "dreamscaping." Hence the company name. You already know these things, so feel free to speak up when the memories return.