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“I Forgot Day” (Inspired by this list of silly holidays.)
She didn’t know the face in front of her eyes. She reached out and touched the cool glass surface of the mirror. She didn’t know her own face. When had this happened? She realized she couldn’t remember her own name either. In neighboring apartments and out the small bathroom window, she heard screams and wails. She didn’t feel like screaming. She felt numb and confused. She wandered out of the bathroom into the rest of the apartment.
It was comfortable yet alien. Pictures of her unfamiliar face adorned the wall, often accompanied by a young man. The bookcase was full of books; many of them looked interesting. Pleasant music played over the speakers.
“Who are you?” it was the young man from the pictures. He wore pajamas. He looked angry.
She pointed immediately to the pictures. “I don’t know. But we know each other. You can’t remember anything either, can you?”
He looked away, acknowledging. Those screams must have been other people, lost, frightened.
A voice boomed from the sky. “Do not be alarmed! You do not remember anything, but this is for good reason. You must unlearn to relearn.” The words were mechanical, like a voice navigation system or translation. It was the most frightening thing that had happened yet.
“Please exit your domiciles in an orderly fashion in order to begin relearning.”
She exchanged a wild glance with the man. She knew that he didn’t intend to obey the big voice either.