Me: The dog is basically dying.
Me: The vet used these words, “If he was a human, they would put him on the heart transplant list.”
Girlfriend: Why don’t they?
Man tries to hand me a leaflet in the street. “Bad news sir”, he says.
Work colleague: So what did you do on holiday?
Me: I drove up a volcano.
Work colleague: What?!
It wasn’t the day I knew I wanted to become a scientist, but the day I became a scientist. The teacher of our primary 6 class was explaining that the speed of light was extremely fast. To demonstrate, she walked over to the light switch and turned off the unnecessary classroom bulbs.
“Now watch how quickly the light comes back on when I hit the switch.”
The room instantly became that bit brighter. I raised my hand and she looked over.
“That’s not really the speed of the light. It’s also the speed of electricity.”
A hesitant Hello
Hello, Erm who is this?
Michelle, she confirms
A pause for thought
Followed by a tone
Oh my God!
I knew there were others.
Err, other what?
Other people, like me.
Are you all alone?
I have been for always. I think I remember being left out here when I was younger. I believe it’s my earliest memory.
Why? Is it because of the way you look?
What do you mean by that?
The way you both are?
Well you’re twins… Joined. That’s not normal.
What are you talking about. It’s just me…. Isn’t it?
How long have you been alone?
As I basically said, for as long as I can remember.
So all this time you’ve been alone, not knowing the difference between one self and two?