Written by: Hannah Rosenblatt

A man awoke last Friday morning to gaze upon his mysteriously acquired spare brain. Deciding that he no longer needed an external manifestation of knowledge, he drove it to an abandoned warehouse and quickly dumped the brain into a vat, and returned to his car while glancing at his watch.

Distracted by the possibility of hitting bad traffic, the man didn’t contemplate the repercussions of his action, or how his manipulations could alter other streams of consciousness. He instead continued down a congested suburban road. The man cursed after having to dodge several police cars, packed with latex gloves, yellow tape, and cameras. The police were heading towards the abandoned warehousein response to to a tip about a brain found in a vat.

The man arrived at his office desk as the lid of the vat was lifted by an officer, and its new contents were exposed to the outside world. He wasn’t aware of the slow, methodical processing of a crime scene he had created as he scrolled through unanswered emails and paper work.

He later headed back down the suburban road. He paid no attention to the returning police cars, or the abandoned warehouse, which returned to its original state of darkness, engulfing a now-brainless vat.

Hannah Rosenblatt is an MQ alum. She was the 2017-18 Editor-in-Chief.

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