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Imagine you wake up one day and nobody knows who you are. Not your friends, not your family, nobody.
The clock radio sprung to life at 8:30 am. Joel lay in bed for a few minutes listening to a static-filled rendition of a classic rock song that he would never usually tolerate but was too tired to turn off. When he couldn’t take it anymore, he reached out and whacked the bright red digital clock that sat on the table by his bed. The music came to an abrupt stop and Joel lay for a few more moments enjoying the silence.
With a heavy sigh, he sat up. He swung his legs over the side of the bed, planted his feet on the floor and rubbed his eyes. Then Joel remembered – it was Saturday! No school and no responsibilities, unless you consider soccer practice a responsibility, which Joel definitely did not.
He looked around his room for something to wear. He didn’t have a big bedroom – there was barely room for his bed, and the chest of drawers. One wall was lined with shelves that were packed with books, toys, collectables and other treasures. The small amount of floor space that he did have was covered by a bright red carpet with a large smiley face. He grabbed a pair of shorts and a T-shirt, got dressed and headed downstairs.
The house was completely silent, which was unusual – Joel had a younger brother, Marc, who could be counted on to cause a general uproar wherever he was. There was no sign of his parents either. It wasn’t completely unheard of for his mom and dad to have gone somewhere without him, but usually they told him about it beforehand.
Joel walked into the kitchen and opened the fridge. He was not exactly sure what he would find there, but he was in no way prepared for the sight that met his eyes. The fridge was empty. Totally empty. There was no food, no shelves, no light, and no color: just dark emptiness. It was like a black hole had materialized inside the refrigerator. Continue reading