art by Billy Sagulo
Time to go Home
by Stephen R. Persing
"It's always a beautiful day."
Those words, not spoken but thought, fell across Ward's mind. He even noted, with a chuckle, that the "voice" in his head had the same Massachusetts accent as he did. It spoke his language; anything to make him feel at home.
"I don't mind a little bad weather," Ward said. "A snowstorm at evening, spring rain. It can be beautiful--even a hurricane has its attractions."
"Those can be provided," said the voice. "And the location need not be one place alone. You can combine the best elements of your favorite towns, places where you vacationed, anywhere. Should you want to make changes, we have devised it so that the changes occur in real time. Buildings are torn down and new buildings rise. It helps to pass the time."
"And if I want immediate change?"
"That is possible," said the voice, "but we find that it causes greater stress on the client. Your body and mind are in tune to natural rhythms."