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Apr 03 2017

C #AtoZChallenge Conversing #Fiction #SFF

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My THEME for the A to Z challenge 2017 is an ongoing speculative fiction story featuring telepathy.

Each letter post is titled and inspired by a commonly misused word or phrase.

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Conversing

Conversing without speaking out loud freaks everyone out the first time. Mr. Bennett is no exception. Having been only on the hearing end all these years has really messed him.

We sit under the oak tree across from the high school. Most students have piled on buses or driven off in their vehicles. A few are still around since some after school activities started even before the first day of classes.

Mr. Bennett’s mind drifts to memories of his early teen years. That’s when his mind-reading developed. He didn’t know what was happening, of course. A girl named Cindy kept having sex dreams about him. She thought about the dreams when she saw him. Mr. Bennett thought this was a sign that she liked him. It turned out that wasn’t the case.

“She humiliated you at an assembly? In front of everyone? Wow. I’m so sorry.”

His eyes widen and he thinks a string of curse words.

“Beck and call, remember? Sorry, I guess. You can’t lock me out.” I’m actually #SorryNotSorry about this. It’s nice to have a friend I can honestly talk to. Or think to. “No,” I answer his next thought. “The journal assignment isn’t to blame.” I’d have figured out what you are as soon as you tried to read my thoughts.

I never try. It just happens. Why don’t I hear all your thoughts? You’re mostly just a dull buzz. It’s a nice break, don’t get me wrong, but it’s weird.

Weird? I laugh. He yanks up a blade of grass and shreds it while laughing along. You only hear what I allow you to hear because I think at different volumes.

“How did you learn to do that?”

I shrug. “Most of it is easy.” Even regular people can think VERY LOUD or very soft.

“Yeah, but none of them have a dull buzz in between.”

Can you hear me now? I hold up my finger. He nods. Can you still hear me? I rotate my finger.

“I could, but then it cut off at the end. I can’t now at all.”

“Yeah. Volume. I keep it off unless I’m trying to be heard. Picked that survival skill up when I was seven.”

Someone else could hear inside your head? Someone besides me?

Mr. Bennett, you have no idea how not alone we are.

GO AHEAD, MOTHERF*ER, SAY CONVERSATING INSTEAD OF CONVERSING ONE MORE TIME. Meme. #AtoZChallenge Conversing #Fiction #SFF @JLenniDorner

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Have you ever had an inappropriate dream about a classmate or co-worker?



by J Lenni Dorner
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  1. rads

    oh wow, so true. That was deep, took me a couple of reads and i so agree. We are as alone as we think we are, but never alone in our heads. Until you reach further down your journey. Meditation helps with silence.
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  2. Janet Miles

    Great! Keep going. I’m hooked.
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  3. Sue at Space, Time, and Raspberries

    Intriguing concept, engaging style. You’ve got me. Have I ever…? Hahaha — of course I have!
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  4. Marquessa

    Wow! I enjoyed that! i’ll be back for more!
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  5. Jaishvats

    This is awesome…. I love the theme as well as the way the tale is unfolding… Just trying to think what would have happened had my teachers been able to hear my thoughts… I would have been in a lot of trouble 😉
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  6. Nilanjana Bose

    Part of the hooked brigade! 🙂
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  7. Duncan

    Inappropriate dreams? Yes, they seem to crop up quite often haha!
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  8. Nick Wilford

    I like all the little details you are drip feeding about this concept. Count me in as hooked, too!
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  9. D.A.Cairns

    Inappropriate dreams? Me? Never. But seriously, who hasn’t? Mind reading only appeals superficially to me. The more I think about the less i like the idea, although there are times when such an ability would be decidedly handy.

  10. Ronel Janse van Vuuren

    We are not alone… Awesome! Happy A-to-Z-ing.
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  11. Random Musings

    Great twist! Being able to turn the volume down and guard your thoughts would be a good thing to have
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  12. Donna Smith

    I really liked this. Well done conversation. I had to go back to A to make sure I understood how the conversing was going on…the italics and quotation marks. It’s quite complex…as would be telepathy!
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  13. Kaddu

    I find the idea of mind reading quite appealing, if only we can do it when we want, instead of how Mel Gibson was stuck with all the “voices” without any control.
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  14. FinnBadger

    No dreams from me, although one coworker had a dream about me!

    I like the cliffhanger (at least for Mr Bennett) end to this one. And that meme is fantastic.

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  15. Patricia Lynne

    Nice cliffhanger. The GIF made me laugh, too.

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  16. Menaka Bharathi

    This post is awesome

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  17. Namratha

    Loving the series till now! looking forward for more of the story to unfold:)
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  18. Tamara

    And there I was thinking “conversing” means walking around wearing fancy sneakers 😂
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  19. Tamara

    I don’t think I’ve had a sex dream about any coworkers. I have been freelancing for a while…so it would be weird dreams about myself, lol.

    Will all the flash fiction pieces piece together for a complete story at the end? I really liked this piece.

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  20. Leslie Moon

    Love the volume control on mind reading – clever!

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  21. Anna

    Ooo volume control. That’s a neat trick.

    No inappropriate dreams that I can recall right now…. probably repressed by my subconscious.
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  22. Natalie Westgate

    I’m intrigued by the volume dial, wondering if the finger motion is needed or just a helpful prop for his mind to focus on. Great chapter! 🙂

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    1. J Lenni Dorner

      Yay! I was hoping someone would wonder that.
      *hands you candy*
      Good reader. 😉
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      1. Natalie Westgate

        Ooo candy! *noms happily* 😀
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  23. Mithila Menezes

    Woah! Loved the twist in the story. Specially the protagonist’s ability to block his own thoughts from other people. I mean, when we think of mind reading and telepathy, we never think about a the hiding aspect too!

    As a regular mortal, I wish I could up my poker face game once in a while 🙈
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  24. Sara C. Snider

    Interesting, I wonder how she learned to control her volume.
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